Anna Brenner


Anna is a director and writer whose work has been produced regionally and in New York at Classic Stage Company, Soho Rep, PS 122, HERE Arts, the Bushwick Starr, Fordham University, and the Drama League, among others. Her interest in community devised theater began in 2001 when she co-led the Antigone Project in collaboration with the Marjorie Kovlar Center and asylum seekers in Chicago. She teaches directing, documentary theater, and collaborative practice at SUNY Purchase. MFA Columbia, BA University of Chicago.


Melissa Brown

Co-Founder and Education Director

Melissa writes, directs, and performs stories and teaches people about storytelling. 

In her freelance practice and as a lead instructor with The Moth's Community, Education and Corporate programs, Melissa has taught storytelling to exonerees at the Innocence Project, individuals living with disabilities at Upstream Arts, Team leaders at GOOGLE, volunteer coordinators at New York Cares, mentors and mentees at Summer Search, ‘kindness ambassadors’ at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, documentary filmmakers at the A+E Network, educators and administrators at Teacher’s College- Columbia University as well as storytellers at Muslim Writers Collective, Genentech, The Young Women’s Entrepreneur Conference, The Young Women’s Voices Festival, Mrs. Field’s Literary Society, Urban Resource Institute, Bronx Defenders, Center for Court Innovation, Rikers Island, SUNY Purchase, University of Puget Sound, Kingsborough Community College, and Lehman College.

She also teaches Communications and Theatre at CUNY: BCC and works as a teaching artist at BAM. Melissa is co-artistic director of ARTBARN, creating collaboratively generated, site-specific performance.



Hanna Campbell

teaching artist, Consultant

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Mikal Lee 

teaching artist, Fresh roots music

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Samantha Farinella