Join us for our June show in Washington, DC featuring five true, personal stories inspired by the tipping points we encounter in our lives.
Hosted by Shane M Hanlon and Maryam Zaringhalam. Doors at 7:30pm.
Wesley Della Volla is a lifelong Washingtonian with the birth certificate to prove it! He fell in love with storytelling in high school thanks to the persistence of one teacher, Mrs Christie Marks, who knowingly shoved a camera in his hand and script in his face. Thanks to that brief taste of editorial control, and an excuse to skip most classes his senior year to work on his “final project”, he foolishly decided to become a TV producer. He has helped produce Emmy and Peabody Award winning documentaries for National Geographic, non-award winning crime docu-dramas for Discovery ID, and educational videos for high school kids that were actually entertaining damnit. Burnt out from the manic pace of TV, he decided to take it easy and became Editor-In-Chief for a GRAMMY Affiliated dance music site and it’s Events & Tour Producer. Taking these skills and a clear disregard for any kind of work life balance, he changed his mind yet again and has been creating live events and experiences for The National Geographic Society for nearly four years. He spends his days devising ways to make people not realize they are learning while enjoying a beer and a laugh, or get them to blindly stick their faces into VR headsets. So far the results are mixed at best.
Tatiana Eaves is a Science Writer and Communicator, Biologist, and Photographer. She obtained her B.S. in Biology with a concentration on Ecology from Appalachian State University and is pursuing her Masters in Environmental Science and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. She currently works on the editorial team for Science Advances, a journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, she writes freelance, develops scientific figures for her partner organizations and participates in environmental activism. She works to protect the rights of scientists and non-scientists alike by increasing scientific literacy of the public, normalizing scientists, and illustrating the role of science in our everyday lives. Twitter: @EcologistSays
Ritija Gupta has performed on the Moth Mainstage around the country, including the Apollo Theater, and has appeared on Risk!, the Capital Fringe Festival and many more places. She is currently producing the storytelling show "Mistakes Were Made" nationwide.
Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr. is the the Chief Medical Examiner of Washington, DC and is uniquely positioned to understand the social determinants that lead to the violence affecting our most vulnerable communities. He has a great interest in Violence as a public health issue. He is board certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology and a Fellow with the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). Dr. Mitchell is also a licensed minister serving as a mentor in his local community. He often shares how drugs and violence have shaped his own life. He is a husband to his wife of 17 years and a father to his three children. Dr. Mitchell has pledged his professional career and personal time to the service of others.
Jenn Montooth is a public historian for the National Human Genome Research Institute where she helps with the public’s understanding of genomics and captures the history of the Human Genome Project. She received her master’s in public history from UMBC where she focused on the Black Power movement and has written about her research in The Washington Post. Most importantly, Jenn loves storytelling and is thrilled to be part of the Story Collider family. She has previously told stories for Story District and she is the executive producer of the live storytelling show Health’s Angels: Personal Stories about Women’s Health, where women can share their mental, physical, and emotional health stories. Say hi to her on Twitter @jenn_montooth.