Staff

Micaela Blei

Micaela Blei is a storyteller, doctoral candidate, former elementary school teacher and Senior Education Program Manager for The Moth. Micaela co-founded and designed The Moth High School StorySLAM Program. She has facilitated storytelling workshops and directed performance programs in schools across New York City as well as for Google, Humanity in Action, The 9/11 Tribute Center, DreamYard Project, The Wounded Warriors Project and others. As a storyteller, Micaela is a two-time Moth GrandSLAM champion and the Daily Dish recently called her “hilarious and heartrending.” You can hear her stories on The Moth Radio Hour and podcast, Narrative.ly, and other places on the internet. Micaela is a doctoral candidate in Educational Theatre at NYU with a research focus on personal narrative performance and identity in the classroom.

Catherine McCarthy

Catherine McCarthy is a director on the Moth Mainstage, a former producer of Moth StorySLAM and Mainstage events, and Education Program Manager for The Moth.  Catherine co-founded and designed The Moth High School StorySLAM Program.  A former elementary school teacher and teaching artist, she has worked with organizations such as Princeton in Asia, Children’s Aid Society, and the 52nd Street Project.  At The Moth, she has facilitated storytelling workshops for the US State Department, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, DreamYard Project, and more.  Her band, Em and the Fates, can be seen performing around NYC.

Kirsty Bennett

Kirsty Bennett is a producer and director for the The Moth Mainstage and the founder and designer of The Moth College Program, which brings workshops and StorySLAMs to college campuses across the US. She has facilitated workshops for Brown University, Elon University, Vassar College and Penn State University, among others. Kirsty holds a Master of Arts in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Leeds, UK, and currently volunteers as a mentor for recently-arrived immigrant students in Cambridge, MA. She is also a student in the University of Iowa’s How Writers Write Fiction online program, and spends as much time hiking as she possibly can.

Instructors

Instructor Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown is a teaching artist at B.A.M., The Shakespeare Society and The Moth, Co-Artistic Director and resident playwright of theatre company, ARTBARN, and faculty at CUNY-BCC.  When not performing, teaching or writing, she’s been known to bake a mean savory cupcake.

Instructor Hanna Campbell

Hanna Campbell is a teaching artist at The Moth, as well as the Director of Operations for City School of the Arts. She is currently pursuing a master's degree at the New School in Nonprofit Management. When she's isn't teaching, directing or pursuing, she is either snuggling with her cat or plotting her next escape to Jamaica.

Shannon Cason

Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. Shannon is a host, MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth. He is a regular on Snap Judgment; awarded their Best Performance of 2013. Shannon also hosts his own storytelling podcast with WBEZ Chicago called Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories. He is a husband, father, and is originally from Detroit.

David  Crabb

David Crabb is a storyteller, performer, instructor and Moth Slam host. He is the author of the memoir Bad Kid, based on his New York Times Critics’ Pick solo show about growing up Goth in Texas during the nineties, which was just as much fun as it sounds. He probably loves Morrissey more than you do.

Instructor Chris De La Cruz

Chris De La Cruz is an educator originally from Dayton, Ohio. He received his MA in English Education from New York University and teaches theatre and storytelling in all four boroughs throughout the week with The Moth, Opening Act, and Story Pirates. His favorite forms of liberation are education, self-expression, and play.

Instructor Casey Donahue

Casey Donahue is the curatorial assistant at The Moth, as well as an instructor in both the High School SLAM and Community programs. She is pursuing a Masters degree at Union Theological Seminary and certification as a yoga instructor. The A Train is her second home.

Sandrine Dupiton

Sandrine Dupiton started her professional career as an English and Creative Writing teacher and went on to serve as a teacher leader in both public and private schools. She is a published poet and Senior Writer for the celebrated New York based African Voices Magazine. She has worked as a Teacher Artist using writing and performance to advance issues of social justice and personal empowerment, and currently works with Girl Be Heard, a theater and social justice based program in Brooklyn, NY.  She rounds out her work as a spiritual life coach and transformational workshop facilitator. 

Instructor Julian Goldhagen

Julian Goldhagen is an arts educator and performance artist based in Brooklyn. His storytelling work has been featured at the New Museum, NY International Fringe Festival, the United Nations Palais de Nacion, and the Moth GrandSLAM stage. He is madly in love with his Tabby cat, Quinn.

Instructor Allison Lerman Gluck

Allison Lerman-Gluck is a theatre educator, director, and master's candidate in Applied Theatre. Allison's many varied credits include an assistantship with the Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Art Center and the creation and direction of several identity-based, NYSCA grant-funded theatre pieces in Upstate New York. Allison comes to The Moth with a strong belief in the power of storytelling as an opportunity both for speaking out and for coming together.

Instructor Heather Harvey

Heather Harvey is a Brooklyn-based performer, producer, writer, and digital marketer. Her work often revolves around social criticism and intersectionality for the stage and digital media. She is an ensemble and producing member of Black Revolutionary Theatre workshop and regularly writes for the sex positive webseries, Awkrotika

Instructor Tamekia Jackson

Tamekia Jackson is excited to start her second semester as a Moth Teaching Artists. She hails from Houston, Texas; is a graduate student at NYU; and regularly celebrates the clarity that a good story brings.

Instructor Tim Manley

Tim Manley is a writer, illustrator, storyteller, and former high school English teacher. He is the author of the book, Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation.

Instructor Nora McLoughlin

Nora McLoughlin is a writer, performer, and educator originally from Utica, New York. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and her plays have been used as teaching tools by colleges, high schools, and non-profits. Nora has also performed with the Moth Mainstage and taught with The Moth's Corporate and College programs.

Onnesha Roychoudhuri

Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer, and human (not necessarily in that order). Author of the book Go To Hells, her writing has also appeared in publications such as Boston Review, n+1, Mother Jones, The Rumpus, and The Kenyon Review. She performs regularly at The Peoples Improv Theater and other venues around the city. 

Aaron Wolfe

Aaron Wolfe is a storyteller, writer, filmmaker, and obsessive fan of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. He is the screenwriter of the Academy Awards Shortlisted “Record/Play” and yet still somehow hasn’t won his friend's Oscars Pool. He has, however, taught his son to love soccer so there’s that.