Fugitive Stories is co-produced by Acton residents David Gerratt and Rose Saia who rely on their friends and community to make it all happen.
“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” — Madeleine L’Engle
D A V I D G E R R A T T
David brought Fugitive Productions to life in December 2015 as the producer of events in The Gallery at Villageworks. This new space was conceived by owner Mathias Rosenfeld as a venue for music, storytelling, lectures, private events, fundraisers, and meetings for the Acton community and those nearby. David shared this vision, and got to work. In Fugitive Productions’ inaugural winter/spring 2016 season, David produced nearly 50 events that entertained thousands of people.
David has booked music locally since 2008. In his day job as a graphic designer, communications consultant, and project manager for the nonprofit and education sectors, he has helped hundreds of clients craft and present their “stories” to their constituencies. He believes that sharing stories, whether in professional, personal, or performative contexts, is a powerful tool for connection and for action toward the common good.
The first spoken-word event David introduced in The Gallery, SPOKENWHEEL, brought actors and writers from Boston to draw from prompts spun on a wheel to create and tell stories in the moment. He then co-created, with Massmouth, a non-competitive monthly showcase that featured “professional” storytellers along with local folks; all shared stories based on a theme selected in advance. David served as a celebrity judge at Massmouth’s “Big Mouth Off” competition in Boston in May 2016. And recently, he finally shared a story of his own.
In the music world, early in his career, David managed a restaurant in Somerville that offered live classical music and jazz where he also organized and hosted a late night Cabaret. For many years he had the pleasure of serving as a backstage volunteer at Farm Aid concerts held in various cities around the U.S. David created, performed with, and arranged for a mixed-voice a cappella group and was a regular keyboard player at Fugitive Blues Jams.
Before founding DG Communications, David was designer for Oxfam America, and worked for several years as a graphic designer and print-production trainer in West Africa. His entrepreneurial streak has also yielded the co-creation of a traveling bookstore for nonprofit and co-op events throughout New England, and owning and operating a homemade ice cream shop in Amherst, Massachusetts (a year before the launch of Ben & Jerry’s).
R O S E S A I A
Rose told her first story at Fugitive Productions/Massmouth’s inaugural storytelling showcase in January 2016. Three weeks later, she went to her first Massmouth competitive slam — and won. In her first year of storytelling she has won two Massmouth Slams and two Moth StorySLAMs and is a Moth GrandSLAM finalist. She has been a featured teller at WGBH Studios, The Life is Good Foundation, HubSpot Boston Innovation Week, and Fugitive Stories. She has been a judge at a Moth GrandSLAM and a judge of high school student finalists competing in “StoriesLive” at Club Passim.
Prior to jumping into the storytelling pond, Rose was a marketing writer and published journalist as a featured columnist in Acton’s The Beacon, as well as a contributor to MetroWest News and The New York Times. She was interviewed on the topic of raising the minimum wage both for The Wall Street Journal and as a guest on WGBH Radio’s “The Emily Rooney Show.”
Rose’s career has always included a focus on community involvement. She has won awards for social responsibility and entrepreneurship from Boston Business Journal’s Mass High Tech and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (now the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). She has been a coach and advisor for students at Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and for start-up organizations through The Commonwealth Institute and The Capital Network.
Rose is a former technology executive, CEO, and a serial entrepreneur who recently finished a five-year run as a restaurateur, chef, and digital marketing maven at The Local Table in Acton. She has also served as a marketing director for nonprofits, and an independent marketing and development consultant for nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Although she hails from Boston, Rose is a 20-plus-year Acton resident who raised her children here and has deep ties in the community. In addition to co-producing “Fugitive Stories,” Rose teaches story writing and presentation skill-building through coaching, workshops, and private events to those in Acton and beyond.