Staff

Micaela Blei

Micaela Blei, PhD is a storyteller, doctoral candidate, former elementary school teacher and Director of Education and Community for The Moth. Micaela helped launch The Moth High School StorySLAM Program in 2012. 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 helped launch The Moth High School StorySLAM Program in 2012.  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.

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Jazlyn Pinckney joins the Moth from the UK where she was Associate Producer for intergenerational community arts group, Wyldwood Arts. With nearly 10 years’ experience in producing and education, Jaz brings her expertise, along with her love of storytelling to the Moth's Education team.

Instructor Hanna Campbell

Hanna Campbell is the Coordinator for the Moth Education's CUNY and All-City Programs. She has worked in the education/nonprofit sector for the last ten years. Right after college, she became a Teach For America corps member -- teaching middle school reading in Georgia-- and two years later, moved to New York City. Since then, she's been a founding Director of Operations for two charter schools and gotten her master's degree in Nonprofit Management. In January 2016, she took a Moth Corporate workshop -- excited and inspired, she applied to be a teaching artist with the EDU team and has been instructing ever since. She spends her free time feeding her cat too many treats and listening to new playlists on Tidal.

Instructors

Niccolo Aeed

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. 

Anooj Bhandari Instructor

Anooj Bhandari is a Community Builder and Artist, working and creating at the intersection of queerness and diaspora, and the investment in possibility and cultivation in the face of community voids.He is a graduate of TischSchool of the Arts (MA’17 Arts Politics) and has worked with Youth Organizing in various capacities around the world. He is a constant creator, having shown works in progress and performances in various NYC spaces including Judson Church, The Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, La Mama, and the Glorya Kaufman Studio at The Julliard School.He is an alumnus of the Artist as Citizen and EmergeNYC Emerging Artists Fellowships and currently working to launch his own community arts project, The Liminal Lab.

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.

Vera Carothers

Vera Carothers is a writer, audio producer, and educator. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Previously, she worked as an assistant producer at WNYC and traveled the country as a bilingual facilitator with the StoryCorps Mobile Tour. Her audio work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's Latino USA,WNYC, WAMU and Panoply. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, where she won the Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction. She was also awarded the Impact Providence Grant for her work compiling a bilingual oral history of a Latino community in Rhode Island. She loves eating empanadas and riding her bike, preferably at the same time.

Arlene Chico Lugo Instructor

Arlene Chico-Lugo is super excited to be joining The Moth’s Educational team. She is a seeker of truth, meaning, justice and joy. When she’s not being co-founder of Liberation Arts Collective, performing, producing, consulting medical students on interpersonal communication skills, teaching, organizing, or emailing you might find her dreaming of a vacation...and then thinking about how that vacation can turn into a project.

Sandrine Dupiton

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.

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.

Anindya Kundu Instructor

Anindya Kundu is a sociologist, writer, and educator. Hestudies the potential of human agency to help people create positive change in their lives.Anindya's work has appeared in NPR Education, MSNBC and Huffington Post.At NYU,Anindyahas taught the undergrad course, “American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Public Education," for which he won an NYU teaching award.

Tim Lopez Instructor

Tim Lopez is a storyteller and teaching artist from Los Angeles. A multiple Moth StorySLAM winner on both coasts, his stories have been heard on WNYC, KCRW, and CBS Radio. For the past five years he has been an instructor with the Moth Community Program, where he has worked with communities including the Metropolitan Correctional Center, The Fortune Society, Instituto Cervantes, and the 9/11 Tribute Center. He is tremendously excited to bring this experience to the Education team and grateful for the opportunity to grow as an instructor.

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.

Melle Powers Instructor

Melle Powers is a writer and performer whose work has been produced at the NY International Fringe Festival, The NY Frigid Festival, UCB and The Pit. Her solo show.“Whence Came Ye, Scarlett O’Hara O’Hanrahan,” earned her a NYTheatre.com “Person of the Year” commendation, as well as a nomination for “Best Solo Show” from the NY Innovative Theater Awards. As a professional actress she's appeared in over 100 films, commercials, voiceovers, theatrical and television shows. In addition to The Moth, she facilitates for The Anti-Defamation League, WomenSpeak Training, and Bi-Jingo! She has enjoyed being a Teaching Artist for Tada!, Black Nexxus and has been an Adjunct Professor at NYU. Melle loves storytelling!

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. 

Callie Thuma Instructor

Callie Thuma is a listener, an educator, and a believer in the power of sharing our stories. She currently works at HERE to HERE, a new partnership between Dreamyard Project and Big Picture Learning that builds interest-based career pathways for 14 to 25 year olds in the South Bronx.  Previously, she worked at The Moth Education and Community Programs, producing live events and teaching the art of personal storytelling to high school students and adults. She began her career as elementary school teacher in New Orleans, and has also worked on StoryCorps' national Mobile Tour, where she recorded and archived life stories from over a thousand individuals. A Pittsburgh native, Callie is a proud Schenley High School graduate, and holds a Bachelors of Arts in American Studies from Macalester College.

Nica Williams

Nica Williams is a teaching artist at The Moth. As a former high school storyteller herself, she relishes fusing both experiences to not only encourage students, but to additionally demonstrate different ways to contribute to storytelling. Outside of The Moth, Nica is an artist and performer, who’s always ready to create and connect with others. She spends half her time daydreaming of the day she meets Rihanna and hopefully introducing her to The Moth Stage!

Interns

Alexis Chin Intern

Alexis Chin is a Manhattan-based performer and storyteller. She has been a part of The Moth All City StorySLAM since 2015. Alongside storytelling, Alexis dabbles in music, acting, and photography. The lead singer in her school's rock band, she is an accomplished tambourinist, and greatly enjoys yelling into a microphone. Finding authenticity in performing arts is her life's passion; her greatest talent is being her genuine self.

Bryan Gross Intern

Bryan Gross is a current junior at Hunter College who has been involved with the Moth since High School. His interests include coding,running, and telling stories of course!

Sayeda Hussain Intern

Sayeda Hussain is a freshman at Barnard college and a proud All-City alum! Some of her hobbies include reading, daydreaming, cooking, and painting! She's really into Harry Potter so definitely talk to her about it!

David Lepelstat Intern

David Lepelstat is a senior at Laguardia High School. He would like to thank The Moth for helping make high school a happier time and is so excited to be a teachingintern!

Diavian Walters Intern

Diavian Walters is a Psychology major at Mercy College. So keep talking, she’s diagnosing you.