Telling stories, helping others tell theirs, and investigating the power of story to connect us, has been at the center of my work.
At The Moth, I am the Director of Community and Education Programs. I co-founded and designed The Moth High School StorySLAM Program with the incredible Catherine McCarthy, Education Program Manager for The Moth. We direct performance programs in schools across NYC, and create curriculum resources for educators worldwide.
As a researcher, educator and keynote speaker, I earned my PhD in Educational Theatre at NYU with a research focus on personal narrative performance and identity in the classroom. I've facilitated storytelling workshops, and given keynote addresses about my work, at SXSWEDU, Lincoln Center Institute, Penn State University, The New School, Yale University's Center for Innovative Thinking, Teachers College at Columbia University, and many others.
As a storyteller, I'm a two-time Moth GrandSLAM champion, regular Moth MainStage storyteller and have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour as well as several other excellent podcasts, including the acclaimed Panoply podcast Family Ghosts.
As a playwright, my solo show, The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher, sold out at the 2016 NYC International Fringe Festival. You can find out more here and even bring me to your town or school.
As a writer of fiction and nonfiction for children, I'm currently working on a fictional adaptation of The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher into a middle grade novel. It's an adventure about a (seemingly) hapless third grade teacher, the secrets she keeps, and the kids who have to save her.