Join us for five personal stories about blowing stuff up. From smashing the patriarchy to unleashing an actual tiger, hear how fireworks are set off all year ‘round.
Hosted by Gastor Almonte and Tracy Rowland. Doors at 7:30.
Nisse Greenberg is an educator and storyteller who has won multiple Moth StorySlams and First Person Arts Slams. He has taught math to high-schoolers and storytelling to adults. He is the person behind the shows Drawn Out, Bad Feelings, and VHS Presents. He also identifies as vegetarian, but he'll eat meat if it looks good or if he feels like it's going to hurt someone's feelings if he doesn't. He just feels like it's an identity he doesn't want to let go of. He misses you. His playground is at nissegreenberg.com and he is Nisse@storycollider.org..
Frank Gauthier, AKA Uncle Frank, is an actor, storyteller and writer. Drafted in 1971, he ended up in Army Intelligence at the Pentagon. While there, he rewrote the boring security lecture given to all new employees at the Pentagon into an entertaining true story that people actually listened to. Frank has done many commercials and industrials where he usually plays a friendly (befuddled) Dad. He lives in Brooklyn and is married to Dana Vance.
Allison Holzer is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of InspireCorps, which partners with organizational clients to produce next-level results through sustainable inspiration. Allison and her co-founders are publishing the book Dare to Inspire (Hachette Book Group, 2019, #DaretoInspire), which stands on their own original research on inspiration in the workplace and builds on existing research on positive psychology and organizational scholarship. Prior to InspireCorps, Allison worked with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, helping them crack the code on coaching emotional intelligence skills. Allison holds a B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College and both a MAT and MFA from American University. She lives in West Hartford with her two boys and husband and loves dancing, kickboxing, and riding horses.
Alvin Irby received his M.S. in Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and his MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University. He is a former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian, and author. As Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, Irby was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize. His TED Talk "How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader" has been viewed over 1 million times. Irby's clever social commentary and humorous observations earned him a coveted spot in the StandUp NBC national showcase. His fresh perspective and smart brand of humor shine through in his 2018 comedy album "Really Dense." Irby’s debut children’s book, Gross Greg, combines his passion for early literacy and humor while capturing the hilariously gross behavior of kids everywhere.
Adam Selbst is a writer and graphic designer living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is the host of Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow as well as Big Irv's Pet Detect Agency. He has been a featured storyteller on shows around New York including Storyfest, Tale, Two Truths and a Lie, Dummies and Co., The Dump, and The Artichoke. He is a Moth Storyslam winner and a contributor to McSweeneys. Adam also helps run the Brooklyn art collective Big Irv's, and enjoys spending his free time cooking and getting rejected from The New Yorker.