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New York, NY - Transformation

  • Caveat 21A Clinton Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

This July, join us for five true, personal stories of transformation. From addiction and homelessness to close encounters with lava, come prepared to hear about some transformative experiences.

Hosted by Tracy Rowland and Nisse Greenberg. Doors at 7:30pm.

Stories by:

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Niccolo Aeed is a comedian, writer and director based in New York. He is half the comedy group Marina & Nicco.  Recent plays include Room 4 (The PIT) Unpacking: A Ghost Story Told in the Dark (HERE Arts Center) and If You Do This Right You'll Probably Break Their Chest (Ars Nova). His work has been featured on The New Yorker, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, The Moth Podcast and many others. He is a resident writer of The Flea Theater's Serials and also directs sketch comedy at the People's Improv Theater and the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater.  For more check out


Phillip Comella is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His research includes machine learning and genetics in an effort to better diagnosis patients and simulate disease. Phillip has a passion for translating technology and tales from science to the public.


Rose DF is a born explorer with a passion for accessible and inclusive science and education. A first generation scientist born and raised in the Dominican Republic, currently pursuing studies in Biophysics. After opening up about her life for a feature in "Stories in Science" Rose's social media presence has increased since, and she now uses it to raise awareness in the topics of inclusivity and diversity in STEM as she constantly challenges some of the stereotypes associated with being an "non-traditional" academic and a Latina in the US.


Dan Freed is the Founder and CEO of PlaceboProof, a personalized nootropics company based in NYC. Dan, a high school dropout, spent his teenage years as a heroin addict in and out of jails and halfway houses, and lived on the streets. He cleaned up at 19 and started his culinary career as a Sandwich Artist at Subway, which eventually led him to become a world class chef, working in a Michelin three star restaurant in France. In spite of never going to college, he went on to earn an MBA from INSEAD, and a Master of Advanced Management from Yale where he studied cognitive science and public health, which led him to launch PlaceboProof in 2017. He is also a trained clown and has performed in the circus. Find out more about his story at


Lorena Russi is a comedian-actor-writer-centaur hybrid whose experience ranges from 8 years in improv/sketch comedy to head writer for Spotify’s web series. She’s created content with the “Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert,” BuzzFeed and also hosted Chipotle’s Snapchat channel. Burritos! Outside of comedy, Lorena is a videographer and an ex-pro soccer player, currently playing for Nike's NYC team, where she daydreams about what symmetrical knees look like.

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