TELLING TRUE STORIES:
MOTH STORYTELLING 101
The Moth is an international, critically acclaimed performing arts organization that’s all about true stories, told live. In this presentation and mini-workshop, students will learn from Moth storytellers and experts about telling true, personal stories: how to tell a great story and how to think of a story to tell. We’ll talk about ways that storytelling can make other art forms (like dance, film, even visual arts) even better—and make your life just a little bit better, too. You’ll leave with ideas for your own stories, tools for excellent performances, and a new way of listening to other people.
Micaela Blei is a storyteller, former elementary school teacher and Senior Manager of Education at The Moth. She’s a two-time Moth GrandSLAM champion and her solo storytelling show, The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher, was an Encore Series Pick at the NYC International Fringe Festival in 2016. She’s taught storytelling in schools all over NYC, as well as for Google, the 9/11 Tribute Center, Lincoln Center Education and many others. She is a PhD candidate in Educational Theatre at New York University.
Catherine McCarthy is a director on the Moth Mainstage, a former producer of StorySLAM and Mainstage events, and Moth Education Program Manager. Catherine co-founded and designed The Moth High School StorySLAM Program, and has facilitated storytelling workshops with partners such as the US State Department, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and countless amazing high school students. She is currently pursuing her MSW at Fordham University. She directed The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher, a FringeFAVE and Encore Series Pick at the NYC International Fringe Festival in 2016.
The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and a recipient of a 2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions (MACEI). Since 1997, The Moth has presented more than ten thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded more than 25 million times a year, and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour airs weekly on radio stations nationwide. The international bestseller, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hyperion), is available now. themoth.org