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109 Concord Rd
Acton, MA, 01720


Winter/Spring 2018

West Acton

    The Gallery at West Acton Villageworks features a championship storyteller at each event!

    • Sunday, January 28 — “Surrender”
    • Sunday, February 25 — “What I Did for Love”
    • Sunday, March 25 — “Arrival”
    • Sunday, April 29 — “Bad Timing”

    Storytelling begins at 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. There is one intermission with the evening ending at approximately 8pm.

    Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a sweet treat on your way up.
    True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!


    Fugitive Stories events at Kickstand Cafe have been jam packed with people thrilled that storytelling has arrived in Arlington Center!

    • Thursday, January 25 — “Surrender”
    • Thursday, February 22 — “What I Did for Love”
    • Thursday, March 29 — “Arrival”
    • Thursday, April 26 — “Bad Timing”


    • Thursday, May 31 — “Mother Knows Best”
    • Thursday, June 28 — “Summer Breeze”
    • Thursday, July 26 — “Some Like It Hot”
    • Thursday, August 23 — “Time Out”

    Storytelling begins at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. There is one intermission and with the evening ending at approximately 9:30pm

    Click here to purchase tickets online.

    The cafe will be serving food and beverages before the event and during intermission. Check out what you can get at Kickstand Cafe.


    We’re bring our brand of non-competititve storytelling back to Amazing Things again this winter/spring.

    • Sunday, February 18 — “What I Did for Love”
    • Sunday, May 6 — “Mother Knows Best”

    Storytelling begins at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm. There is one intermission and with the evening ending at approximately 8:15pm
    The Amazing Things snack bar will be open before and during the event for you to enjoy snacks, sweets, non-alcoholic beverages and beer & wine.


    Peter Carcia
    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 Codianni
    Our next teller 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 Dicks
    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
    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 She is the founder of, and a co-founder of 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

    Rachel Gans-Boriskin
    Rachel Gans-Boriskin is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at Simmons College where she teaches storytelling, journalism, health communication, and media studies. A political junkie, she blogs at waxing eloquent, and at times angry, about feminism, politics, and popular culture.  She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, two cats, two lizards, and numerous dust bunnies.

    Christine Gentry
    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, 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 Golinski
    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 Goodwin
    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
    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 Harris
    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
    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
    Katie Liesener is a co-coordinator for Massmouth. 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 Modrall
    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.

    Don Picard
    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 won two Moth StorySLAMs and two Massmouth Story Slams in 2016, her first year as a storyteller. She has been a featured teller at WGBH, The Life is Good Kids Foundation, and The International Institute of Boston. She placed third in Boston’s 2017 Moth Grand Slam. She teaches “True Stories Told Live” workshops As a newcomer to the craft, Rose gets energized finding that common bond with an audience, but practices relaxation breathing to stop shaking before every event. Rose was one of the co-founders of Fugitive Stories.

    Brendyn Schneider
    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

    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.  She is a former member of Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans and a founding member of Heloise and the Savoir Faire. Sara is a Moth GrandSlam champion and she is currently working 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
    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
    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 and watch their nationally syndicated partnership with WGBH-TV, “Stories from the Stage.”