Staff

Meet the engine and heart of The Moth.

Full Time Staff

Artistic Director

Catherine Burns
Catherine Burns is The Moth's long-time Artistic Director. Born and raised in Alabama, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and seven year old son. Find her on Twitter: @burnzieny

Executive Director

Sarah Haberman
Sarah Haberman is The Moth's Executive Director. A native of Wisconsin, she's a devoted Packers fan and cheesehead. Having been involved with The Moth since 2002, she's always looking for ways to support this beautiful artform.

Executive Producer

Sarah Austin Jenness
SAJ has been on staff at The Moth since 2005. Despite rumors that it must be a laugh-track, her distinctive laugh can be heard on many Moth recordings. Each laugh is absolutely genuine.

Senior Director

Jenifer Hixson
Each year Jenifer asks hundreds of people to identify the turning points of their lives and helps them shape those experiences into stories. She falls a little bit in love with each storyteller, and hopes you will too.

Senior Director

Meg Bowles
You: Seat 21A on a flight from Copenhagen to New York - you told me that amazing story about the crazy thing that happened to you. Me: The person who wants to convince you to stand on stage and tell it to a room full of people.

Director of MothWorks

Kate Tellers
Kate went to her first StorySLAM, fortuitously themed BEGINNINGS, in 2007 and has been a part of The Moth ever since. She lives in Brooklyn with her furry husband, baby and dog.

Managing Director of Programs

Jennifer Birmingham
From Wisconsin, Jennifer shared 1 bathroom, a pillow and a communal sock drawer with 10 siblings. The ultimate team training, this experience gave her a deep appreciation for stretching budgets and finding quiet voices in a crowd.

Director of Finance and Administration

Marina Klutse
A strange and unwavering connection to numbers from a young age combined with a love for the arts and over a decade of nonprofit accounting experience has led Marina to the Moth. When she's not working Marina spends most of her time exploring other parts of the world learning, listening, and laughing to the stories from individuals of all walks of life.

Senior Curatorial Producer

Suzanne Rust
Suzanne believes in talking to strangers, whether in her native New York, or in Rome, where she lived for ten years. A favorite Italian memory was Marcello Mastroianni giving her a kiss on the hand when she was an extra in a Fellini film. After years of working in the publishing industry, Suzanne is thrilled to be at the Moth to help find great stories and tell them in new ways.

Director of Marketing

Brandon Grant
Brandon has always loved telling a good story—and that passion informs his work as Director of Marketing for The Moth. Brandon is a die-hard Marvel fan, a tequila connoisseur, and proud uncle. As a Florida native, he gravitates towards the sun and beach, but he has an equal love for his adopted home of New York City—the food, the culture, the skyline, and the people.

Director of Donor Experiences

Inga Glodowski
Mom of two tween boys, Inga is always looking for ways (other than basketball) to connect with them. Moth stories have proved, time and again, to be powerful keys for unlocking the doors to their magical hearts and minds.

Director of Creative Operations

Sarah Jane Johnson
A proud Nebraskan, Sarah Jane is a former homecoming queen and rugby player who is passionate about gardening, carbs, and the transformative power of storytelling.

Director of Production

Aldi Kaza
Aldi has spent more than a decade designing and producing event experiences that blend performance, community, and media. He once auditioned for Blue Man Group, wishes he were penpals with Anne Lamott, and is an incognito Red Sox fan living in New York.

Assistant Director of Production

Patricia Ureña
Shy of her first birthday, Patricia’s family emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx, NY. Sometime after that she did a short stint in Florida and is now back in the borough that raised her. Patricia highly enjoys binge watching a great show, dancing the night away, and spending almost every weekend with her 3 year-old nephew.

Assistant Director of Institutional Giving

Melissa Dognazzi
A New York transplant, Melissa is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to tell stories through the intersection of poetry, sound, and dance. Apart from her work in arts fundraising, you can find her strolling through galleries, walking her overly dramatic doggo, Hamilton, and journeying on the quest for the City’s best bagel.

Master Instructor

Larry Rosen
After 25 years teaching, directing, and practicing theater and comedy performance, Larry discovered the simplicity, power, and beauty of true stories. Shortly thereafter he found The Moth. As they say, timing is everything.

Producer and Director

Michelle Jalowski
After exploring and adventuring for much of her 20s, Michelle is happy to have landed back in New York and at The Moth, where she can fulfill her insatiable need for building connection through stories.

Controller

Jen Lue
Jen's first story was about a bird and a bunny who find each other, lose each other and find each other again. While the cast of characters has changed, she's been writing and listening to some iteration of this story ever since.

Producer and Director

Chloe Salmon
Chloe came to The Moth from Manhattan, Kansas (yes, really). She loves mysteries and would be the world’s best detective if given the chance, but is more than happy to live in the suspense that can be found in a story well-told.

Producer and Director

Jodi Powell
For Jodi, stories are a common fabric of humanity. She connects to her story of Mama’s home cooking, the bumpy country roads of her Jamaican childhood and the glories of elementary rubber band dealing through tales told by others.

Senior Manager of Education

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!

Manager of People and Culture

Keighly Baron
When counting all of the different routes that led her to The Moth, Keighly's (kay-lee) favorite has to be the NJ Transit Coast Line. A few runner-ups include the D train from the Bronx to Coney Island, Metro-North late at night, and the M train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge in the snow. Keighly has a vested interest in getting your name right the first time and hearing the long version of your story.

Manager, Brand Partnerships

Heather Colvin
Heather developed a deep appreciation for the art of live storytelling while acting as her mother's captive audience on long drives throughout her childhood. Now as an adult she often finds herself in the driver's seat when it comes to sharing wild and true tales about her own life. Just ask her about falling off a cliff during her high school years on Maui or the time she accidentally kissed her boyfriend's father's neck.

Manager, Education and Instructor Programs

Melissa Brown
The daughter of traveling scientists, by age 6 Melissa had moved from Missouri to Washington State, gone to kindergarten in Holland, and had once been detained by the German police (a story for another time). Now she finds that listening to stories can transport you anywhere. She’s been with The Moth since 2011.

Manager, MothWorks

Anna Roberts
Anna was drawn to the Moth because of her fascination with the stories we tell ourselves and how they inform the decisions we make. Raised by artists and educators, she is driven by progressive action, fairness and amplifying the perspectives of women and people of color. She‘s a writer, an artist, an amateur travel photographer, and is probably covered in cat hair.

Manager, Community Program

Juan Rodriguez
Juan, a native New Yorker, earned his BA in Journalism at SUNY Stony Brook. He has served NYC through several city agencies and non-profits, as a program manager and coordinator. This experience has given him a deep passion for charitable work. Juan is thrilled to be at The Moth because he believes in the power of words. He enjoys cooking, reading, writing and relaxing with his dog, Storm. His favorite saying is, “Not all those who Juander are lost."

Global Producer

Ignacia Delgado
Ignacia comes from the world of Theatre, where she works as a dramaturg on new plays. She is a mom to a grumpy dog named Herbie, still considers herself an Angelino even after living in New York for ten years and she looks very good in the color yellow. She comes off better in person than on paper. Prince Forever.

Podcast Producer

Marc Sollinger
Whether they're told live on stage, through a podcast, or in a novel, Marc absolutely loves experiencing a good story. So, obviously, he's super excited to help shape The Moth's podcast. When he's not working at The Moth, he's either baking bread, going to an art museum, or writing some weird audio fiction.

Marketing Manager

Isaiah McNair-Wilson
After co-founding a performing arts collective post-college, Isaiah discovered his profound love of talking to strangers. He moved to New York solely because he ran out of people to talk to in California. Isaiah now works at The Moth to be in a space to connect with like-minded people who are also compelled to talk to strangers. In his downtime, he draws, makes music, writes stories, and throws get-togethers to show off his adequate cooking skills.

Producer, Special Projects and Radio

Emily Couch
Emily enjoys a well-spun yarn, both figuratively and literally. An avid listener, amateur writer, and occasional motormouth, she has always been drawn to stories. As her last name suggests, you can most often find her on a couch tangled in knitting and surrounded by cats.

Program Manager, EDU Engagement

Devin Wilson
Born and raised in sunny southern California, Devin found (& continues to find) her truest voice in New York. Storytelling led to her commitment of creating safe spaces for marginalized communities. When she’s not on her bike, catching a musical, or eating Levain cookies (OG choc chip walnut of course), Devin can often be found belting out showtunes at her favorite singalong piano bar in the West Village.

Community Program Manager

Devan Sandiford
Born and raised in a small town in Southern California, Devan spent his childhood and young adult years keeping his personal stories hidden from almost everyone. Feeling a voice within him longing to be heard, he moved to Brooklyn, New York to push himself out of his comfort zone and find his voice. Becoming a published writer and NYC StorySLAM champion, he loves searching for people who are quietly waiting to speak and yet urgently needing to be heard.

Associate Producer, MothWorks

Amanda Garcia
Born and raised in Warwick New York, Amanda’s favorite part of growing up was the sleep-away camp she attended every summer in Connecticut. She first discovered The Moth Radio Hour while doing laundry, and it incentivized her to make the chore a weekly routine. One of her favorite things about the New York experience is overhearing strangers share their stories with one another on the subway.

Associate Producer

Zora Shaw
Raised in Bed-Stuy, Zora loves stories in all forms. Despite its troubles, she loves New York and will fight for its soul and the multitudes of stories that it holds. She takes long evening walks and only stops to pet dogs.

Associate Producer

Jo Chiang
A queer second generation Taiwanese-American, Jo is quite proud of her many diligent years as a Girl Scout and Junior Park Ranger. Among her accolades, she’s only slightly embarrassed that she won Most Library Books Checked Out when she was a freshman in high school. You can always find her riding shotgun, compiling the trip playlist, and making sure everyone is hydrating.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Salma Ali
Salma is a storyteller with an offbeat perspective and a knack for giving life to the ideas incubating in her brain. She is most comfortable behind the lens of a camera or with a pen in her hand. She spends her free time concocting the perfect recipe for green juice, cuddling her cats, and planning how to take over the world (or at least planning her next passion project).

Staff Accountant

Blaze Ferrer
Blaze comes to The Moth having worked in various capacities in the performing arts sector. Born and raised in Downtown Manhattan, Blaze can be found either in a dance studio, or eagerly awaiting for new indie albums to drop.

Assistant Producer

Neaco Fox
Born in the dry heat of Arizona, Neaco is a designer, technician, and educator with a deep love for theatre and storytelling. In their free time, Neaco enjoys dragon boating, hiking, and eating dim sum.

Associate Archivist

Vella Voynova
Realizing that archiving combines her love of history and culture with her inclination towards community building, Vella pursued her MSLIS, which led her to The Moth. When she’s not unwinding on the yoga mat, she can be found hanging out with her parrot, reading a good book, or bingeing early 2000s TV.

Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator

Travis Coxson
Travis came to The Moth by way of the theater, after working as a stage manager for Broadway, off-Broadway, touring, and regional stage productions. He has a knack for finding order and creating systems in the inherently messy creative process, and feels very lucky to now utilize those skills in empowering people to own their stories. He loves melted cheese, the beach, and dogs of all sizes.

Part Time Staff

Publicist

Meryl Weinsaft Cooper

Lead MothWorks Instructor

Bonnie Levison

Event Recording Supervisor

Miles Smith

Community & Education Program Instructors

MothWorks Instructor

Mary Adkins

Hannah Allen

Anooj Bhandari

Amy Shoshana Blumberg

Chazz Bruce

Zahra Budhwani

MothWorks Instructor

Tricia Rose Burt

Kujegi Camara

Vera Carothers

Eric Carrera

Arlene Chico-Lugo

Shana Creaney

Chris De La Cruz

Yadira De La Riva

Mariama Diallo

Casey Donahue

Shani Douglas

Ciera Dudley

Sandrine Dupiton

Megan Xotchilt Espinoza

MothWorks Instructor

Meg Ferrill

Jasmine François

Tishell Gabrielle

David Gaskin

Dawn Fraser

Julian Goldhagen

Lauren Gonzalez

Aleeza Kazmi

Zoë Laiz

Tim Lopez

Nancy Ma

Tim Manley

Catherine McCarthy

MothWorks Instructor

Vikram Patel

Melle Powers

Ingrid Romero

Onnesha Roychoudhuri

MothWorks Instructor

Stephen Ruddy

Brielle Silvestri

Callie Thuma

Christopher Moncayo-Torres

Diavian Walters

Nica Williams

Local StorySLAM Producers

Ann Arbor and Detroit StorySLAM Producer

Patricia Wheeler

Asheville StorySLAM Producer

Sara Fields

Atlanta StorySLAM Producer

Meredith Danielle

Berkeley StorySLAM Producer

Eileen Lee

Birmingham StorySLAM Producer

Jasmine Shaw

Burlington StorySLAM Producer

Susanne Schmidt

Chicago StorySLAM Producer

Joyce Kim

Denver StorySLAM Producer

Darian Wilson

Denver StorySLAM Producer

Betsy Lamberson

Houston StorySLAM Producer

Jasper Gumatay

Houston StorySLAM Producer

Jessica Nguyen

Los Angeles StorySLAM Producer

Gary Buchler

London StorySLAM Producer

Anna Lumsden

London StorySLAM Producer

Clare Wadlow

London StorySLAM Assistant Producer

Adam Cohn

Louisville StorySLAM Producer

Tara Anderson

Madison StorySLAM Producer

Jen Rubin

Melbourne StorySLAM Producer

Selena Brennan

Melbourne StorySLAM Swing Producer

Silvi Vann Wall

Miami StorySLAM Producer

Virginia Lora

Milwaukee StorySLAM Producer

Niki Robinson

New Orleans StorySLAM Producer

Maryam Foye

Philadelphia StorySLAM Producer

Aman Goyal

Phoenix StorySLAM Producer

Sarah Ventre

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Meghan Sinnott

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Dave Williams

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Masimbaashe “Cookie” Zvovushe

San Francisco StorySLAM Producer

Brenna Beluk

Seattle StorySLAM Producer

Yolanda Suarez

Twin Cities StorySLAM Producer

Julie Censullo

DC StorySLAM Producer

Marissa Brown

Interns

Development Intern

Nimat Muhammad

Production Intern

Sarah Birkle

Education Intern

Salma Elboute