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>>POST-SHOW PANEL | Crafting Change: Finding Resilience Through Storytelling

Wednesday, April 27th
Following the 7:30pm performance

We’re chatting with a few of Boston’s very best storytellers about their craft and how the medium of storytelling can create change. Gina James from The Moth, Katie Liesener from MassMouth, Corianna Moffatt from the Impossible Questions Tour, and Misch Whitaker from Stories Without Roofs will share their insights about the way stories impact listeners, and invite our audience to create powerful narratives of their own. Audiences will have the chance to create 6-word-stories as part of Michele Norris’ Race Card Project.


Corianna Moffatt is an actor, producer, dramaturg, and collaborator with a penchant for new theatrical work and a hankering for questioning the impossible.  She is the Associate Producer of Playwrights’ Commons, the Conference Planner for Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the Boston Bootown Co-Producer for the upcoming Grown-up Storytime (GUST) series at Aeronaut Brewing Co.  Corianna recently completed a traveling interview project entitled “Impossible Questions Tour,” which explored how moments of crisis affect people’s personal philosophies on life, love, and loss.  She is known in Germany as Miss Holiday Spirit from the Christmas song Just You, Noël.  Basically, she is up for anything.

Katie Liesener is a journalist, storyteller, and board member for MassMouth, a storytelling organization that holds story slams around the Boston area. A Moth GrandSlam champion, she has performed on the Mortified podcast and at venues throughout the Boston and Chicago areas. Her written work has appeared, among other places, in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Best Food Writing anthology series.

Misch Whitaker is a Boston born performer, writer and director who believes that art, and particularly theater, is a powerful tool creating dialogue that inspires new ways of thinking about society. She is the creator and program director of Stories Without Roofs, an arts org which makes use of writing, dance, music and theater to share the stories of local men and women who have experienced homelessness. Past SWR productions include Transitions (2013),Writing Home (2014) and Fragile (2015).

Gina James

  • PRX (The Public Radio Exchange) – Manager of Development & Operations
  • The MOTH – Producer
  • Lex Knows – Children’s Book Author
  • Local storyteller, oral-history-gatherer, mom, friend, sister, daughter, aunt, lover of the spoken word.