Meet The Moth: A Night with Directors, Hosts and Producers of The Moth Radio Hour
Jennifer Hixson, Christine Petersen, and
Bethany Van Delft
In an age where information is disseminated with lightning speed, what accounts for the popularity of a return to simple, straightforward, uninterrupted storytelling?
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Deceptively simple, Moth stories feel both intimate and universal. Join three members of the acclaimed arts organization The Moth for a discussion about the power of personal narrative. A Moth Director, Producer, and Storyteller/Host will form the lively panel sharing their thoughts on the resurgence of the art form, and describing how a story makes its way from an idea, to a fully developed tale on a Moth stage.
The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. The Moth has an enthusiastic following for all of its content. Its Peabody award-winning public radio show, The Moth Radio Hour, is heard by millions across the nation each week and The Moth Podcast is downloaded 52 million times each year.
Jenifer Hixson is a Senior Director and one of the hosts of the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour. Each year she asks hundreds of people to identify the significant turning points of their lives - fumbles and triumphs, leaps of faith, darkest hours- and then helps them shape those experiences into story form for the stage. She falls a little bit in love with each storyteller, and hopes you will too. In 2000, she launched The Moth StorySLAM, which now has a full-time presence in 26 cities in the US, UK and Australia and provides more than 6,000 individual storytelling opportunities for storytelling daredevils and loquacious wall flowers alike. Jenifer’s story, “Where There's Smoke” has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life and was a part of The Moth’s first book: The Moth: 50 True Stories.
Christine Petersen loves black coffee, a hearty laugh, and a good, hand-written note. She's zigzagged the globe for work, hikes, marathons, and love. A recovering executive administrator, she has completed over 3,000 hours of massage therapy and has produced nearly 50 StorySLAMs for The Moth. She finds herself happiest when she's immersed in the authentic details of the stories that make up the lives of real people, from the invisible to the celebrity, in Boston and beyond.
Bethany Van Delft’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, SF Sketchfest, 2 Dope Queens, and All Jane Festival. She produces/hosts “one of the top indie nights to check out”, Artisanal Comedy, and award winning live show/podcast, “Starstruck: Close Encounters of the Awkward Kind”. She also hosts and performs Moth Mainstages & StorySlams, and is known for her 2014 Moth Story “Light & Hope”.
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