Season 2 Coming in the Winter of 2020

SoundBites is a program presented by Frontier Studios, a nonprofit extension of Frontier in Brunswick. SoundBites is a live storytelling series running from May through November each year. Each night of storytelling is crafted around a unique theme changing monthly. The finale's theme is "Unmasked," and the stories will be tied to the many creative ways of interpreting this theme.

More information about SoundBites, including how to attend a live storytelling event, is at

The new season of SoundBites will be podcast and broadcast on Sunday nights on Maine Public Radio. Stay tuned!

Friends in SCUBA

Feb 7, 2019

Skylar Bayer is a marine biologist, a producer for the Story Collider, and a science communicator. Currently, she is completing a fellowship in policy in Washington, D.C., where she is learning how to communicate in Congress. However, her heart, husband, house, and dogs all still reside in Maine. She completed her Ph.D. in the secret sex lives of scallops, a subject that landed her on The Colbert Report in 2013. 

An Intimate Appointment

Feb 7, 2019

Mark Pagán is an award-winning film and podcast producer, storyteller, writer, and former b-boy. A Moth Storyslam winner, Mark's work and performances have been shown at festivals and shows worldwide, including Slamdance Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Charleston Comedy Festival, RISK!, The Moth, Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, Story Collider, Peoples Improv Theater, and Magnet Theater. He currently produces and hosts the series and live show, "Other Men Need Help." 

Popularity Via Pity

Feb 7, 2019

Gabrielle Melchionda is a hapless entrepreneur who fell into business while working with monkeys and studying anthropology. She began making lip balm when she was 19, selling it out of her car and launching her life’s work and the company Mad Gab’s. A lifelong writer and dinner-party story teller, Gabrielle is a mother to two sons and has lived in and around Portland, Maine for over 20 years.

Shoplifting Bust

Feb 7, 2019

Danusia Trevino is an actress and storyteller born and raised in Poland. She is a two-time Moth GrandSlam winner and a regular teller at Moth MainStage events. She has been a part of the New York literary salon, Women of Letters; as an actress, she’s written and performed her solo show, Wonder Bread, in New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Danusia lives with her husband Xavier in New York City.

A Thanksgiving Lasagna?

Feb 7, 2019

Dame Wilburn is a storyteller, Moth Mainstage host, and host of the her own podcast, Dame's Eclectic Brain. She has completed two residencies for storytellers: one at Serenbe outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and one with AIR Trez in Almont, Michigan. Dame is also a poet, painter, and prolific knitter. She lives in Detroit, Michigan with her partner, four chickens, a peg leg cat, and too many dogs.


A Fiery Lesson

Feb 7, 2019

Brendyn Schneider is a storyteller, performance instructor, host, and TedX Coach in the Boston area who has been featured at WGBH Studios and other action-packed venues across New England. He is a Moth StorySLAM winner and GrandSlam finalist, winner of multiple Massmouth regional and semifinal slams and a three-time finalist for Massmouth's annual BigMouthOff show. He's been featured as performer and host at the Northeast Storytelling's annual conference, and recently moderated a panel of master storytellers at Juilliard in New York City. He loves performing in Maine because he says our state has the best audiences!

Allan Monga, 19, was born and raised in Zambia, moving to the U.S. in the summer of 2017. He is a junior at Deering High School and hopes to pursue a career as an actor after graduation. He loves to read and memorize poems. Although he’s only been in the U.S. for a little more than a year, he became the State of Maine Poetry Out Loud Champion making his way to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Almost banned from competing, Allan managed to successfully sue the National Endowment for the Arts to win the right to recite poetry in a national contest despite his immigration status. Allan is a strong advocate for immigrants at his school and all over Portland.  

Punching a (Former) Nazi

Feb 7, 2019

Phuc Tran is a classicist and tattooer. He has taught Latin, Greek, German, and Sanskrit at schools in New York and Maine, and he was an instructor at Brooklyn College’s Summer Latin Institute. In 2010, he served on the committee to revise the National Latin Praxis exam. Phuc currently teaches in Portland, Maine. His TEDx talk on grammar and identity was featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour. As a tattooer, Phuc owns Tsunami Tattoo in Portland. He has been featured in national tattoo publications, and he has been quoted in The Christian Science Monitor and Time Magazine. His memoir, forthcoming on Flatiron Books, is about growing up in a rural town as a nerdy, Asian punk rocker who would eventually become a Latin-teaching tattooer.

The First Time I Discovered a Dead Body

Feb 7, 2019

Katie Brown is the co-founding director of the Locker Project, a nonprofit based in Portland that manages food pantries and fresh produce distributions in schools for children who are food insecure. She is also a professional mascot. She was born in Houston and raised in Upstate New York. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and moved to Portland 29 years ago.

The Seattle Freeze

Feb 7, 2019

Gina Alibrio is a New Hampshire native and Musical Theatre graduate of Emerson College. As such, she has been performing regularly in the New England music scene for over a decade. Gina has been a lead and back-up vocalist in several collectives, including The Amorphous Band, The Jackleg Preachers, Richard James & the Namechangers, and John Powhida & the International Airport (the 2011 WBCN Rock N’ Roll Rumble Champions). She spent two years in Seattle, Washington working with producer Gwen Jones of Allikat records, and she formed the band Acadia Slideshow with West Coast singer-songwriter Justin Froese. She has taught vocal instruction at the Midcoast School of Music for three years. Currently, she fronts the Portland funk supergroup The Red Eye Flight Crew, featuring members of the bands Model Airplane, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Rustic Overtones, and Jaw Gems.

The Mystery of an Uncle's Murder

Feb 7, 2019

Donna Galluzzo began her career as a third grade teacher in the South Bronx, New York City. Since then, she’s lived and worked in Washington, D.C.; Toronto, Canada; and (gratefully) Maine. Donna’s employment history has been as varied as the places she's called home; she’s worked in education, finance, advocacy, media arts, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. In December 2012, she and her wife were one of the first couples to legally marry in the state of Maine after Donna wooed her spouse with a shared love of iceberg lettuce. Donna currently lives in Portland’s Arts District with her wife and their adorable Goldendoodle, Teddy. 

"Black Comedy" Means Many Things

Feb 7, 2019

Ben Cunningham won Boston’s 2017 Big Mouth Off Story Slam at Somerville Theatre.   He has also won Boston’s Big Mouth Off Story Slam 2011. Ben was chosen to represent Massmouth in the sold-out Boston vs. Philly Story Slam at Philadelphia’s Book and Science Festival, and he was a guest storyteller at Massmouth’s 2012 BigMouthOff at Coolidge Corner Theatre hosted by WGBH’S Tony Kahn. Ben has also performed at The Fuller Craft Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.   

The Bully's Burp

Feb 7, 2019

Susanne Schmidt is a standup comedienne, master storyteller, and producer for The Moth. Her stories have been featured in The Boston Women in Comedy Festival, The Toronto Comedy Festival, and on New England Public Radio and CBS Sunday Morning. Susanne is a teaching artist at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, a graduate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and the mother of two amazing young men (who would prefer that she stop talking about them on stage).

"Just Some Memories"

Feb 7, 2019

Shannon Cason has told stories all over the country with The Moth, Snap Judgment, and his own podcast, Homemade Stories. His new podcast with WBEZ Chicago is called The Trouble with Shannon Cason. Shannon is a husband, father, and he’s originally from Detroit.

Unearthing Your Passion

Feb 7, 2019

Peter Aguero was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. He is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and has been an instructor for The Moth Community Program. He spends most of his days making ceramics in Queens. His most recent show, Daddy Issues, has been performed in the far reaches and middle grounds of North America.