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 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 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.
Niccolo Aeed is a writer and director based in New York. He is half of the comedy duo Marina and Nicco whose short films and sketches have been featured at the UCB, the PIT, Funny or Die, The New Yorker's Shorts and Murmurs, Comedy Central and Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets. With Marina and Nicco, he co-wrote and directed the plays Room 4, Unpacking: A Ghost Story Told in the Dark, The Night Club and the comedy/thriller radio series MURDER! amongst many others. Other directing credits include Abraham's Daughters and W.R.E.X. at the New York International Fringe Festival and the musicals The ToyMaker and Martha Cipolla for President. He has written several one acts including Good Advice and No King in Israel and he wrote and directed the short film How People Die.
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.
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.
Vera Carothers is a writer, audio producer, and educator who spent the last year traveling the country as a bilingual facilitator with the StoryCorps Mobile Tour. Her work has been featured on WAMU radio and in journals such as Asymptote, LensCulture and Prospect Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and has lived abroad in France, where she taught English to elementary schoolers. She loves to ride her bike and is unabashedly obsessed with clowns. She is excited to work with the talented students and teaching artists who make up the Moth Education community.
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.
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 is a native New Yorker with Haitian roots. She creates beautiful things, that uplift, inspire, educate, and move people: poems, one woman shows, programs/curriculum, workshops/retreats, music, articles, spiritual life coaching sessions, lesson plans for her teaching artistry, oh and outfits (she tries). Woooh!! And other stuff too... I know! (She's awaiting an award.) She is intent on being a powerful healing, loving, and joyful contribution to the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christiaan Pfeifer is an artist, educator, and community organizer. Drawing from the life of the Filipino community in Jersey City, NJ and the Philippines, he explores the narratives of migrants and youth through writing, filmmaking, performance, cooking, and collaborative pedagogies. As his activist and artist practice develops, he aims to collaborate across mediums to catalyze de-colonial organizing and spiritual healing.
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.