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New York, NY - Game Changer

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

This September, prepare to be amazed by 5 true, personal stories of game changing moments. From lava burns to serial killers, this show will keep you on the edge of your seats!

Hosted by Tracy Rowland and Paula Croxson. Doors at 7:30pm.

Stories by:


Raquel Castellanos is a first-generation Chicana scientist, born in the Bronx, New York. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Diversity Training at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She develops program initiatives geared towards increasing the number of underrepresented minority trainees in biomedical sciences across multiple career levels. She is passionate about mentoring and shares her own personal stories as a Latina in STEM to motivate students to pursue scientific careers. Raquel earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and completed her postdoctoral training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She debuted her second solo show, Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving across Borders, with Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival at Lifeline Theatre in January 2018. She will bring this solo performance to the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York in October this year. Ada is the producer and host of the show Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show, where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. In addition, she is the co-producer and co-host of Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, along with Archy Jamjun, a show where they showcase Asian/Asian American storytellers and performing artists. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. Check out her website:


Gioia De Cari is an artist, women’s equality activist and former mathematician. As a professional actress, she has performed leading roles in numerous theater productions and independent films. For many years she kept a journal, for her eyes only, of personal stories of her experiences in mathematics. In 2005, sparked by the controversy that ensued over then-Harvard President Larry Summer’s remarks about a possible inherent difference in men’s and women’s ability in math and the sciences, she began to think of crafting her stories into a play. The result, the play Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, has since become a national hit. After winning an Overall Excellence Award at its premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival, Truth Values been presented at over 50 different theaters and performing arts centers nationally, including the La Jolla Playhouse Potiker Theatre, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Ensemble Studio Theatre EST/Sloan First Light Festival. For upcoming performance dates, visit

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Mia Lipsit is a future expat who just can't seem to quit New York. A seasoned traveler, she has witnessed Blue-footed Boobies doing their mating dance in the Galapagos, bribed her way onto a locals-only bus in Cuba, sang Joni Mitchell to a group of drunk teachers and village mucky-mucks in middle-of-nowhere Vietnam, and gotten herself stranded overnight on an island in the middle of Lake Titicaca. Though Mia usually tells her travel stories on her blog,, confining her live storytelling to teenage diary readings at Cringe and Mortified that still make Rick Springfield's ears burn, she is excited to be making her debut on the Story Collider stage. When she’s not spinning yarns, you can usually find her knitting them into scarves.


Esther Stone is a London transplant, who, 15 years ago, fell in love with living in New York.  Switching continents sparked a career change from IT to TV. Now, she is a producer with a wide range of credits including a documentary, The Brain, the American Princess competition show and the ever-popular wedding staple – Say Yes to the Dress. Her work has brought her into contact with royalty, neuroscientists, psychopaths and lots of white dresses.

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