Dispatches from the Moth

Explore interviews, storytelling tips, playlists and other Mothy fun curated by our staff and community.

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Mar 23, 2012

Martin Scorsese to Receive 2012 Moth Award, Honoring the Art of the Raconteur

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

We are thrilled to announce that Mr. Martin Scorsese will receive the 2012 Moth Award, Honoring the Art of the Raconteur at The Moth Ball on Tuesday May 8th. The festivities, part of our 15th anniversary, will take place at Capitale in New York City, and will include a VIP cocktail party, dinner, dancing and show. Rev. Al Sharpton will present a scholarship award to a graduate from our MothSHOP Community Education Program. Additionally, we are delighted to be honoring Bonnie Hammer,...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Mar 23, 2012

The Moth Profiles: Alex Trajano

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

Alex Trajano is Production Manager at one of The Moth’s beloved partner stations, WDET. When we first decided to launch a StorySLAM in Detroit, WDET’s Pro-Moth, uber-supportive station manager, Mikel Elcessor, recommended Alex Trajano to be our WDET-Moth liaison. Hilarious, efficient, wise and also wise-cracking (as you’ll soon read), Alex helped us land the beautiful Cliff Bell’s for the premier show. He helped us with all the logistics, found our sound person, videographer and started to...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Feb 15, 2012

The Moth Receives MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

by Joan D. Firestone, Executive Director

Dear Moth family, We are thrilled to announce that The Moth is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (also known as the MACEI Award). On behalf of our Founder, Board and Staff, we would like to express our gratitude to The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for this great honor. The award will be used in part to preserve The Moth’s 15-year video and audio archive, protecting for history voices of such storytellers as Wanda...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jan 09, 2012

The Moth Profiles: Paul Ruest

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

When The Moth began its journey into the wide world of audio production, we were lucky enough to find Paul Ruest of Argot Studios. Those of you who listen to our podcast or The Moth Radio Hour have undoubtedly heard his name and those who have attended Moth events have probably even seen him for yourself – the man wearing headphones and twisting knobs at the side of the stage and occasionally adjusting the microphone. Paul’s ears also work magic behind the scenes on many other Moth projects.

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Dec 20, 2011

A Year of Exceptional Stories

by Joan D. Firestone, Executive Director

What a year! Standing-room only audiences at 25 Mainstage shows in 13 cities, an extraordinary 123 open-mic StorySLAMs with regular series now in seven cities, plus hundreds of teens and underserved adults benefitted from our MothSHOP Community Education Program. Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Electronic Media, The Moth Radio Hour reaches audiences in the millions on 250 public radio stations, and our podcast was downloaded more than 14 million times. The cost of...

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