As we announced last fall, Story Collider is expanding in a big way in 2019! To support our expanding roster of shows, as well as day-to-day operations, we’ve made some new additions to our team, and we’re delighted to introduce you to each of them as we gear up for an exciting new season of shows!
Story Collider senior producer Nisse Greenberg will be taking on an expanded role as our new deputy director. Given Nisse’s extensive experience with storytelling, both onstage and in the classroom, and the pivotal role he’s played in helping us expand these past several years, we feel fortunate to have his guidance now on a full-time basis.
In addition to this, celebrated New York-based storyteller and comedian Gastor Almonte is joining our team as a roving producer. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening, the RISK storytelling podcast, and our own podcast, and is the founder and host of Stoops2Stages, a weekly interview series featuring many talented independent artist from the worlds of music and comedy. TimeOut magazine has named him one of their "New Comedy Obsessions." His new album, Immigrant Made, will be released in February 2019. Find him @GastorAlmonte on Twitter and Instagram.
Science communicator Emi Okikawa will be helping us launch our new series of shows in Seattle! Though she’s currently the Digital Communications Fellow at the Washington State Sierra Club Chapter, we first met Emi when she was the Community-Based Storytelling RAY Fellow at Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. While there, she shared her story -- about her decision to leave her home in Hawaii to pursue her career in conservation -- on our DC stage. Follow her on Twitter @EmiOkikawa.
Also producing our Seattle show will be Melia Paguirigan, who worked with Emi at the Ocean Conservancy in DC as the Roger Arliner Young Marine Conservation Diversity Fellow. Now that she’s moved back home to Seattle, she organizes around environmental justice challenges facing young people of color, goes hiking, reads comics and cooks for friends. Follow her on Twitter @meliapaguirigan.
Nakeysha Roberts Washington is joining our team to help lead the charge on shows in Chicago, as well as additional locations in the Midwest (stay tuned!). An accomplished writer and educator, Nakeysha is the owner and creative director of Genre: Urban Arts, a platform where artists can become published digitally and in print. She’ll be telling a story on our stage for the first time this March in New York! Follow on her Instagram @Nakeysha.
Working with Nakeysha in Chicago will be Lily Be, a veteran storyteller and show producer born and raised in Chicago. Lily has numerous accomplishments in the world of Chicago storytelling — from winning The Moth’s GrandSLAM storytelling competition to teaching storytelling at institutions like Second City — and she also founded The Stoop, a local show that focuses on community and survival storytelling, in 2013.
Stay tuned for more news coming soon about additions to our team in Dallas and Milwaukee, as well as our launch in Cambridge, UK!