Staff

Staff

Ana Stern

Senior Manager, Education Program
Ana Stern
Ana is extremely thrilled to join the Moth! Although she has traveled all over the world, she is a die-hard New Yorker with a bachelor’s and MPA from New York University. For over 10 years she has worked with programs that amplify and promote young people voices, their stories, and their dreams. The current chapter of Ana’s story features bike rides through Brooklyn, her two cats Andre 3000 and Big Boi, getting her hands dirty with her pottery craft, speaking different languages, reading books in the park, and now being a team member at the Moth!

Melissa

Manager, Education and Instructor Programs
Melissa Brown
Melissa Brown is The Moth’s Manager, Education and Instructor Programs. As an instructor with The Moth's Community, Education, and MothWorks programs since 2011, Melissa has taught storytelling to high school and college students across NYC, as well as exonerees at the Innocence Project, individuals living with disabilities at Upstream Arts, team leaders at Google, mentors and mentees at Bloomberg and Summer Search, and storytellers at Rikers Island, Muslim Writers Collective, and Center for Court Innovation, among many others.

Melissa has also taught public speaking, communication, and theatre at CUNY and worked as a teaching artist and curriculum developer at B.A.M..  She is Co-Artistic Director of ARTBARN - a theatre company that creates immersive performances that draw on the stories and history of the spaces they are performed in- and the co-founder and Education Director of Other Shore - a company that partners with social justice organizations to employ storytelling and theater toward a more equitable future.

Delia Bloom

Program Manager, High Schools
Delia Bloom

Delia Bloom is The Moth's Program Manager, High Schools. As a former camp counselor, English/Creative Writing/Theater major, and comedy performer, no one is ever surprised by her amount of energy and drama. She produced for The Moth's StorySLAM and Education teams for three years before transitioning full time into Education. She can also be found trying to learn the piano and looking longingly at other people's dogs.

Julio Chavez

Assistant Producer, Education
Julio Chávez
Julio left his hometown of El Cajon, California for the hustle and bustle of New York City. He realized his love for storytelling after watching videos from The Moth's StorySLAM archive years ago, eventually putting on a solo performance sharing his wildest life moments for his college community. He is excited to bring out the storyteller in all of us, and is grateful to do so with The Moth.

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. 

Hannah Allen

Hannah Allen is a Brooklyn based performer, choreographer and teaching artist. She received her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch where she studied at Atlantic Acting School. Her work in educational programs around the city focuses on student driven theater, writing and movement exploration. As an interdisciplinary artist, HannaH seeks collaborative spaces with an emphasis on process and community building. She loves frolicking in nature and swimming in the ocean (no matter how cold!)

Anooj Bhandari 2

Anooj Bhandari wandered around taking long pauses until he found himself here, showing up places claiming to be things and people believed him, so he then became those things.  He is a company member of the New York Neo-Futurists where he writes, directs, and performers in their weekly show, The Infinite Wrench, and works as the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Make the Road NY.  He makes art at the intersection of queerness and diaspora, hoping to play with lifelong liminal space as a place of dignity and joy as he floats within his own.

Micaela Blei

Micaela Blei is a two-time Moth GrandSLAM Champion, former Director of Education and Community at The Moth and taught third grade for 8 years (if you count substitute teaching, which you should). Her solo show, “The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher,” will be returning to NYC. Find out more at micaelablei.com.

Amy Blumberg

Amy Shoshana Blumberg is a theater director, dramaturg, and teaching artist based in Brooklyn. She is co-producing artistic director of the after-image, a passionately postmodern theater company, with whom she creates devised dance-theater works. She also collaborates with IKantKoan Games / Jessica Creane (Chaos Theory), GREYZONE, and MeenMoves. She holds an MFA in Theater Directing from Temple University and a BA in Africana Studies and Dance from Barnard College. She loves going on adventures, particularly if they involve snacks.

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.

Eric Carrera

Eric Carrera is a rising sophomore at New York University. An All-City alum, Eric is an aspiring creative and hopes to use storytelling to illustrate the communities he grew up in. You can find him jogging in and around Southern Brooklyn, free writing in between classes at Washington Square Park, or listening to the latest Logic album. On a lighter note, one of his medium-term goals is playing a background character in Law and Order SVU.

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.

Shana Creaney

Shana Creaney received her Bachelor's from Fordham University and her MA in Literature from City College. She attended The Moth's Young Women's Voices Festival and her story was featured on the 10th Anniversary podcast. She has had poetry published at The Poetry Shed and her fiction appears in Sword and Sorcery Magazine and RIPE, while productions of comedy sketches and longform plays have been staged through Fordham University, Poor Mouth Theater, and The Tank. In addition to being a Moth Instructor, she currently teaches the freshman writing courses at City College. She has won the David Dortort Creative Writing Award of Playwriting and was longlisted for the Stauch Book Prize. She has presented at City College's annual Graduate Student Literature Association, Pacific American Modern Language Association, and Popular Culture Association academic conferences. She is a native of the Bronx and enjoys strong tea, bad weather, and scary movies.

Chris De La Cruz

Chris De La Cruz is a regular host for the Moth High School Slams. He is a comedian, storyteller, and social justice educator originally from Dayton, Ohio. He works as a Youth Development Specialist at South Bronx Community Charter High School and has most recently been featured on Refinery29, The Food Network, and SXSWedu as a keynote speaker.

Mariama Diallo

Mariama Diallo is an alum from the Brooklyn High School of the Arts Moth team. She’s really excited to join the team as an Instructor and begin to work with storytellers. When she is not singing to herself, she is often happily standing on egregiously long theater rush ticket lines.

Casey Donahue

Casey Donahue has been a lead instructor with The Moth since 2012, where she has worn many hats, including that of the Moth's Community Program Manager and Curatorial Associate.  As a speech coach, Casey has shaped TED Talks, British Vogue interviews, and wedding vows, among other things. She has also partnered with organizations such as the Supportive Housing Network, Caring Across Generations, Girls Who Code, the American Jewish Historical Society, Pioneer Works, and the Reproductive Health Access Project to help people shape their personal experiences into powerful stories.  She holds an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, loves officiating weddings, and eats ice cream for breakfast sometimes.

Ciera Dudley

Ciera Dudley is an educator, illustrator, and writer excited to join the Moth team. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley and has worked for four years in education, focusing on the intersection of urban planning, geography, and storytelling. She currently leads workshops at Green-Wood Cemetery and Brooklyn Children’s Museum with youth visitors. Since 2017, she has organized with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, documenting and fighting displacement and eviction in New York City through oral history, cartography, and data visualization. Originally from California, she has a low tolerance for cold weather and a high tolerance for people complaining about traffic.

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.

Jasmine Francois

Jasmine Francois is a theatre artist, storyteller and Applied Theatre Practitioner, and aspiring writer from Riverside, California. Most recently she worked as a Teaching Artist Americorps Fellow with ArtistYear at PS 171 in Astoria, Queens. She created a theatre curriculum for the school and taught different theatrical styles such as playwriting, movement, puppetry and acting to students in Pre-K to 5th grade. Jasmine is also a proud alum of the Teaching Artist Project. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Drama and History from Ithaca College in 2011. After graduating, she taught in English in Japan with the JET Programme for three years. Jasmine then rejoined the theatre-making world and graduated with a Master’s degree in Applied Theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. While in London, she worked as a drama workshop facilitator with Body and Soul Charity and Outside Edge Theatre Company. She was also a writing workshop assistant and intern at the Ministry of Stories, Production Assistant and performer with The Paper Project, and Festival Assistant for Talawa Theatre Company.

Tishell Gabriel Intern

Tishell Gabriel is a sophomore at Medgar Evers College majoring in Psychology. She’s from the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago and enjoys music regardless of genre; from Alternative to Annette Hanshaw (because she is her own genre) to Soca. She loves open water and adventure.

Instructor Julian Goldhagen

Julian Goldhagen is a social worker 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 cat, Lavender.

Lauren Gonzalez

Lauren Gonzalez loves to share her passion for storytelling in community throughout New York City, and has worked with The Moth for the past two years to cultivate these spaces. She's taught workshops in partnership with community organizations, high schools, and in conference settings, and co-hosted The Moth Podcast Tenth Anniversary Episode. She is constantly astounded when a room full of strangers becomes a makeshift community throughout the course of a Moth workshop.

Marion Lopez

Marion Lopez is a theatre educator, facilitator and director. As a native New Yorker, she has always found inspiration in her hometown and the local stories that can be found in every corner of this city. In addition to her work with Atlantic Pacific Theatre Company, Marion is a teaching artist with the Creative Arts Team and Opening Act. She holds a BA from Hunter College in Theatre and a MA in Applied Theater from The CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is over the moon to be joining The Moth family!

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. Tim has been an instructor with the Moth Community Program since 2012. He has worked with communities including the Metropolitan Correctional Center, The Fortune Society, and the 9/11 Tribute Center. He is honored to be a part of the high school slam program and has taught at schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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.

Catherine McCarthy

Catherine McCarthy is the co-founder and former Senior Manager of The Moth's Education Program.  She has been a story director for the Moth Mainstage, and is the co-editor of the Penguin Random House Teacher's Guide for The Moth: All These Wonders. She also directed the award-winning solo show The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher at the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University, and works as a psychotherapist at the Kull Initiative for Psychotherapy in Manhattan.

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!

Instructor Nora McLoughlin

Nora Revenaugh is a writer, performer, and educator from upstate 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 MothWorks and the Moth EDU program in both High School and College.

Ingrid Romero

Ingrid Romero is a creative educator, youth worker, and rebel, born and raised in NYC with deep roots in the Andes of Colombia. Ingrid came up through a faith-based youth group in Bushwick, Brooklyn and began organizing as a teenager with a youth-led collective called Misled Youth Network. She has a passion for the arts, music, knowledge, and culture, in alchemy with liberation and people power. Her youth work experience includes Sadie Nash Leadership Project, the Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and Kite’s Nest.  Ingrid currently works as a teaching artist and facilitator for local youth arts programming throughout the five boroughs, while developing and creating her own work and galaxies.

Onnesha Roychoudhuri

Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a Brooklyn-based writer, educator, and storyteller. A 2013 fellow at the Center for Fiction, her writing has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, n+1, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Boston Review, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The Nation, The American Prospect, Salon, and Mother Jones. She is the co-founder of Speech/Act, an organization working at the intersection of storytelling and social justice. Her book, The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America (Melville House Books, July 2018) was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews.  

Brielle Silvestri

Brielle Silvestri is a recent graduate of the MA in Applied Theatre program at CUNY SPS.  She is an educator, performer, and writer. As part of her degree, Brielle co-facilitated applied theatre workshops at the University of Rwanda, College of Education.  She also co-facilitates anti-sexual harassment workshops for start-up companies and works as a teaching-artist with the The Moth Community and Education Programs, People’s Theatre Project, Creative Arts Team, and New York City Children’s Theater. Brielle studied abroad at the London Academy of Theatre, is a graduate of The William Esper Studio's two-year acting conservatory, and has taken improv classes at The Magnet Theater. In 2016, her play SALT was accepted into the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. She holds a BA in English Literature from Rutgers University.

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.

Diavian Walters

Diavian Walters is currently a junior at Mercy College who aspires to be a Social Worker. Her love for stories has grown throughout her time of being a student and Interning Teaching Artist in the Moth Education program. Brooklyn born and raised, she enjoys the city life and its opportunities. As an introvert and empath, she finds joy in creating art, writing, fighting social injustices, and caring for animals.  Recently becoming a mother of two Red Ear Slider turtles and a kitten has given her purpose and motivation.

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

Mmachi Dimoriaku

Mmachi O. Dimoriaku is a Nigerian-Bronxite actress, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, and freelance photographer. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Creative Writing from Wilkes University in 2020. Some of her performances include Martha Kenton in Tecumseh!, Mrs. Muller in Doubt, and Star-To-Be in Annie. As a proud EDU Alum, she is excited to work with the EDU team and help create the next generation of storytellers.

Eddy Laughter

Eddy Laughter grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and is an alum of the Moth Education Program at The Beacon School in Manhattan. She’s a fan of writing, wandering aimlessly, and overanalyzing monster movies. Currently, she’s attending Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she will most likely end up studying some form of storytelling. 

Danny Llerena

Danny Llerena is a sophomore at Brooklyn College and an All-City alum. As a poet and storyteller, she has found a way of expressing emotions and speaking her mind through words. She’s hoping to fulfill her dreams of becoming a teacher and guide others into using their voice as she has learned to do. As a current Teaching Intern with The Moth, she aspires to gain the confidence and knowledge to build herself a successful future.

Frandy Zeferino

Frandy Zeferino is a current undergraduate student at St. John’s University who aspires to be a physical therapist. With passions spanning from boxing to writing, his love for knowledge and desire to learn from others fuels him in hopes of fighting for a better world.