Fugitive Stories Featured Tellers
Our Featured Storytellers
“To be a good storyteller, one must be gloriously alive.” — Ruth Sawyer
Fugitive Stories Featured Tellers is an accomplished group of storytellers who have appeared on stages in Boston and beyond. Many are Moth StorySLAM winners and GrandSLAM finalists; some can be heard on The Moth Radio Hour or on WGBH-TV's Stories From the Stage! They include Massmouth Story Slam Winners and Champions, theater professionals, comedians, authors, podcast producers, teachers, and story club competitors.
Peter Carcia — Massmouth Story Slam Winner, StorySpace Featured Teller
Jannelle Codianni — Massmouth Story Slam Winner & “Big Mouth Off” Champion, WGBH Featured Storyteller
Ben Cunningham — Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” Champion
Matthew Dicks — The Moth StorySLAM Winner & 3x GrandSLAM Champion, founder of Hartford-area SpeakUp Storytelling & published author
Norah Dooley — Teacher & Children’s Author, Massmouth co-founder, StoriesLive Creator, Greater Boston Story Slam Series Founder
Rachel Gans-Boriskin — Senior Lecturer in Communications at Simmons College where she teaches storytelling
Christine Gentry — The Moth StorySLAM Winner & GrandSLAM Champion, WGBH Featured Storyteller
Robin Golinski — Stand-up comedian & Storyteller, founder & producer of Boston Comedy Chick
Amanda Goodwin — The Moth StorySLAM Winner & GrandSLAM Finalist, Chief Storyteller for The Life is Good Kid's Foundation
Cheryl Hamilton — Massmouth Co-producer, Int’l Institute of New England’s “Suitcase Stories” Founder, Co-founder WGBH’s “Stories from the Stage”
Kemp Harris — WGBH Featured Storyteller, Children's Storyteller, Actor, Musician & Composer
Wes Hazard — Massmouth Story Slam Winner & “Big Mouth Off” Finalist, Boston Globe “Comedian to Watch,” New England Emmy Award Winner
Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey — The Moth StorySLAM Winner & GrandSLAM Champion
Karen Lock Kolp — Moth StorySLAM Winner, “We Turned Out Okay” Podcast Producer
Katie Liesener — Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” Champion, Massmouth Co-producer
Mark Modrall — Massmouth Story Slam Winner & “Big Mouth Off” Semi-Finalist
Theresa Okokon — Massmouth co-producer and co-host of WGBH-TV & Massmouth’s Stories from the Stage
Don Picard — The Moth StorySLAM Winner & GrandSLAM Finalist, WGBH Featured Storyteller
Rose Saia — Moth GrandSLAM Finalist (3rd place), Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” Semi-Finalist, WGBH Featured Storyteller, Co-founder Fugitive Stories
Brendyn Schneider — Massmouth Story Slam Winner & “Big Mouth Off” Finalist, WGBH Featured Storyteller, StorySpace Featured Teller
Bart Thompson — Massmouth Story Slam Winner & “Big Mouth Off” Semi-finalist, Producer of “Now Hear This” Storytelling
Bethany Van Delft — Comedian & Storyteller, Mainstage storyteller and host for The Moth, “You’re the Expert” Panelist.
George Vendura (George from the Bronx) — Multiple Massmouth story slam winner, Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” Champion Finalist
Aaron Wolfe — Moth GrandSLAM winner, Featured on the Moth RadioHour, Teaches Storytelling at the PRX Podcast Garage
Our featured storytellers are committed artists who embrace you with their craft. They love sparking an interest in storytelling or bringing an audience member to a fond memory. Best of all, they are a talented, creative souls full of encouragement for new storytellers!
FEATURED TELLER bios
A former Divisional VP at Polaroid Corp., Peter now teaches storytelling at UMass Boston. Peter is a founder of Reading Neighbors Network, an organization that works to keep elders (50 and over) in their homes and works to increase their activities outside of their home. Peter sits on the board of directors of MassMouth.
Janelle is a writer, performer, story coach, and the owner of High Maintenance, her handy-woman business. She co-produces Harpy, a storytelling show in Somerville that features the voices of women and femmes. When she isn’t doing these things, she’s remodeling her vintage camper, powerlifting, or attempting to casually talk to her two daughters about consent.
Matthew is an elementary school teacher and the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, and The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. He is the founder and Creative Director of “Speak Up,” a Hartford-based storytelling organization and a 34-time Moth StorySLAM champion and four-time GrandSLAM champion. Matt loves ice cream cake, golf, tickling his children, staring at his wife, and not sleeping.
Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author, and educator who performs in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, and specializes in teaching people of all ages how important their stories are. For the past 18 summers, she has told stories to thousands of children through ReadBoston.org. She is the founder of StoriesLive.org, and a co-founder of massmouth.org and the “Boston Story Slam” series. She teaches storytelling at Lesley, Tufts, and Suffolk Universities. Internationally, she has lectured teachers of English and graduate students in Japan on the role of storytelling in language acquisition, and in Arsuha Secondary schools in Tanzania as part of the African Storytelling initiative of http://www.worlded.org.
Rachel Gans-Boriskin is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at Simmons University where she teaches storytelling, journalism, health communication, and media studies. A political junkie, she blogs at politicsinpink.com waxing eloquent, and at times angry, about feminism, politics, and popular culture. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, two cats, six chickens, one lizard, and numerous dust bunnies.
Christine joins BBQ on the list of good things to come out of Texas. She holds a PhD in English Education from Columbia University and currently serves as Director of Teacher Development and Licensure for a network of public high schools in Boston. Christine likes to write short stories, perform in oral storytelling shows and is the co-producer and host the Boston branch of “The Story Collider.” Her writing has been published in Word Riot, The English Record, and Printer’s Devil Review magazines, and her oral stories have been featured on the “Story Collider,” “Best of RISK!,” and “This American Life” podcasts. Christine is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and Mainstage performer.
David Gerratt (Fugitive Stories co-founder, producer, and host)
Over the years, David has performed on a number of stages and promoted live performance in many settings — from a local farmers market to urban concert halls, from restaurants to stadiums. In 2015, he created Fugitive Productions where he produces music, storytelling, and comedy events in Boston’s ’burbs. In his day job (dba DG Communications and NonprofitDesign.com), he works as a communications consultant and graphic designer with nonprofit organizations and schools where he “promotes the good work of others by helping them look good.”
Robin founded a company where she focuses on leadership, persuasion, sales training, relationship building, and character development which led her to strengthening her communication repertoire by training in improvisation, comedy and storytelling. She is an accomplished stand-up comedian, and is founder and producer of Boston Comedy Chicks, Boston’s only all-female comedy show. Robin also founded, produces, and emcees a monthly story slam in Boston.
Amanda has always found great joy in connecting and caring for those around her, which is why it came as no surprise when she built a career in helping leading New England nonprofits raise funds and awareness for their causes. Currently, at The Life is Good Kids Foundation (LiGKF), Amanda shares the many stories of the Foundation’s life-changing social work. Amanda has also served as the Director of On-Air Fundraising and Marketing at the WGBH Educational Foundation — managing live and pre-produced fundraisers. When Amanda isn’t steeped in the stories of non-profits, she’s busy crafting and sharing stories of her own. She’s a published short story author, a Moth StorySLAM winner, a gratitude blogger, and the co-founder of Blind Tiger Tellers.
Cheryl Hamilton is a former resident of Arlington and fan of cycling and rollerblading on the Minuteman trail. When not outside, she is on the phone and email organizing storytelling events for Massmouth, a local nonprofit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling — which can now can be seen on PBS television nationwide.
Kemp is a storyteller, composer, musician, children’s author, and actor. He has performed as a storyteller at festivals, schools, and libraries across the country. As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and Koko Taylor. He has written and performed original compositions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and WGBH public television. Kemp has been a featured storyteller featured at WGBH and, in 2016, brought his children’s “Stories on The Wind” to Fugitive Productions. As a 30-year educator of kindergartners and first-graders in Newton, his stories sometimes include lively vignettes of daily life with mischievous and innocent faces.
Wes Hazard has been named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the “Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!” podcast and “The Story Collider” podcast. His debut humor book Questions For Terrible People was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016, and in 2017 he was awarded a New England Emmy for his hosting work on CBS Boston’s “The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con.” He currently co-hosts the nationally syndicated storytelling television program “Stories from the Stage,” a collaboration between WGBH WORLD Channel, and Boston’s Massmouth storytelling organization.
Katie Liesener is the board president for Massmouth, Inc. As a storyteller, she’s performed in over 80 shows across eight states. She’s also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other publications. Katie was the 2016 Massmouth “Big Mouth-Off” champion.
Karen Lock Kolp
Karen Lock Kolp began telling live stories in 2015, when she won the first slam she ever entered. She's competed in multiple semifinals in Massmouth’s annual “Big Mouth-Off” competition. Karen has told for WGBH's Stories from the Stage and she's told many stories as a featured teller here at Fugitive Productions. Karen is also an expert in child development whose podcast, We Turned Out Okay, features lots of stories and updates weekly.
Mark is a computer programmer from Littleton. He started telling stories in public about six years ago when he ran out of relatives who hadn't heard that one before. He's won several story slams at the Moth and Massmouth, and he's been a featured speaker at WGBH's “Stories From the Stage.” And he counts himself blessed that he's occasionally invited to speak with much better tellers at great venues, like Fugitive Productions.
Theresa Is a Wisconsin native, a yoga teacher, a social worker, a storyteller, and the co-host of WGBH & Massmouth's Stories from the Stage — the first nationally televised TV show dedicated entirely to live storytelling. She works in nonprofit development, and also owns and operates a small business called LEGIT.yoga, where she provides trauma-informed yoga to people at Boston-area homeless shelters, low-income housing communities, and alternative schools. She loves sandwiches, hammocks, crafting cocktails, cooking without a recipe, and laughter.
Don Picard is a Moth storyteller who shares his own moving life moments with humor and humility. He has worked in software development for nearly 30 years and is currently employed for JobCase, “a place to manage all things work-related, especially the wisdom, experience and connections” of other job hunters. Don was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to be able to live in Cambridge and feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband, and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic, and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn’t become bitter.
Rose Saia (Fugitive Stories co-founder)
Rose Saia is a Moth and Massmouth story slam winner who most enjoys telling stories outside of competition. She's been a featured teller at The International Institute “Suitcase Stories” and WGBH’s Stories from the Stage as well as on other stages in the Boston area. When she isn’t telling stories she’s hearing them at her day job as food pantry director for Open Table in Maynard which provides food and meals to over 400 households a week. She's lived in Acton for 25 years but grew up in South Boston, a place full of stories. She is the co-founder of Fugitive Stories who loves returning to the warmth of this community of tellers and those who join to hear them.
Professional storyspinner, published writer, performance instructor, host, and TedX Coach, Brendyn Schneider is a Boston-based storyteller who’s been featured at WGBH Studios, Emerson College, Coolidge Corner Theater, Somerville Theatre, and other action-packed venues across New England. He is a Moth StorySLAM winner, a winner of multiple Massmouth regional and semifinal slams, as well as a three-time finalist for Massmouth’s annual “BigMouthOff” show. He’s also been featured as performer and host at Northeast Storytelling’s annual conference, “Sharing the Fire” and he recently moderated a panel of master storytellers at Juilliard in New York City. A Fugitive Stories veteran, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing up and the everyday slog. For more, please venture to brendynschneider.com.
Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey
Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey grew up on Cape Cod and has lived in Boston for nearly twenty years. Sara has an MFA in Choreography and Dance History from Smith College and was the Founder and Artistic Director of hoi polloi, a modern dance company based in Central Square for many years. Sara is a Moth GrandSlam champion and recently performed on her first Moth MainStage production. She is co-founder of Blind Tiger Tellers and honored to be a featured teller with Fugitive Stories.
Bart Thompson has won Moth StorySLAMs and Massmouth Story Slams and has been a Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” finalist. He honed his skill in storytelling on the stages of Boston and New York after a humble beginning seven years ago in a storytelling show in Providence, RI. He is a Nebraska native and avid traveler who now lives in the Boston area. He tells stories anywhere he can find a captive audience (such as elevators and bathrooms).
Bethany Van Delft
Bethany Van Delft’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and notable appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and NickMom. Her monthly show, “Artisanal Comedy,” has been named “one of the top indie nights to check out.” Unashamedly in touch with her inner nerd, Bethany enjoys being a panelist on “You’re the Expert” and “Literary Death Match,” and is thrilled to be Mainstage storyteller and host for The Moth.
Aaron Wolfe is a filmmaker, a Moth GrandSLAM winning storyteller, and occasional host of the Moth StorySLAMS in Boston. His films have been featured at Sundance Film Festival, the New York Times, and his film “Record/Play” was shortlisted for an Oscar. Aaron is the host and producer of the podcast “First Time, Long Time” where he tells stories about sports for people who may not like sports.
Thanks to the moth and Massmouth
The Moth Radio Hour was where I first heard true stories told live and was the original inspiration for creating Fugitive Stories. But it was our partnership with Massmouth in the spring of 2016 that provided the spark to the Fugitive Stories engine. Thanks to Massmouth (and specifically Cheryl Hamilton) for believing in our original partnership and for helping to identify some of the area’s finest tellers, many of whom we bring to our stage as "Fugitive Stories Featured Tellers." To learn more about Massmouth, go to massmouth.org and watch their nationally syndicated partnership with WGBH-TV, “Stories from the Stage.”
WANT TO Be A Fugitive?
If you are an experienced storyteller who would like to become a Fugitive Stories Featured Teller, click here to let us know. We welcome new Fugitives to our stages to become a part of the warm community of storytellers and those who enjoy listening to them.