SoundBites

Sunday Nights at 7:00 pm Thru July 26

SoundBites is a new kind of storytelling series produced by Frontier Studios, the new non-profit arm of Frontier in Brunswick that expands our work as a community connector/curator/catalyst. With a dedicated theme tying each Bite together, the night will feature regional Moth StorySlam Champions and locals sharing true tales. 

Sponsored by Allagash Brewing, Toad&Co, The Press Hotel, Downeast Pension Services, and Maine Public. More information about SoundBites, including how to attend a live storytelling event, is at soundbitesme.org.

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.

 

Lush, Green Herbs of Rebellion

Feb 7, 2019

Katie Liesener is a writer and storyteller who has performed in over 90 shows across nine states. She is a Moth GrandSlam champion and a Massmouth "Big Mouth Off" champion, and she has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival. Her written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Conde Nast Traveler, and various other publications.

Waxing for a Cross-Country Wedding

Feb 7, 2019

Janice O’Rourke has had a winding road kind of life. She grew up in New Jersey helping her mother learn lines to Neil Simon plays. She performed all of A Chorus Line to the living room couch whenever the house was empty (one time getting a fat lip on the side of the coffee table during “At the Ballet”). Janice worked as an actor and singer songwriter for many years in New York City, as well as in Maine. Janice now works at L.L. Bean, where she designs and delivers senior leader development and organizational learning. She and her photographer husband, Darren Setlow, are raising two boys and a dog to be outsiders through and through.   

Seven Days, Two Mothers, One Mother Nature

Feb 7, 2019

Sandi Marx has been touring the country telling stories for the past four years. Most recently, she was featured on PBS’s Stories From the Stage, and also at last year’s Women’s Comedy Festival in Boston. A seven-time MothSlam champ, Sandi is the mother of three grown children (who continue to pray that she won’t tell stories about them).

Hotel or Meth Lab?

Feb 7, 2019

Samuel James is an award-winning songwriter, one of the world’s most innovative guitar players, and a Moth-featured storyteller. He brings all of this to his live performances, which can be part theater concert, part stomping-on-the-porch dance party, and part stand-up comedy. He was born the last in a long line of performers, including dancers, story tellers, choir singers, jazz pianists, and porch-stomping guitar thumpers dating back to the 1800s.

A Quest to Find God and Win a Girl

Feb 7, 2019

Max García Conover is a Maine-based songwriter currently signed to the Spanish record label Son Canciones. He’s spent the last five years touring the U.S. and Europe, playing lyric-driven, politically charged folk songs. This is his first time telling a story on stage without a guitar in his hands.  

Hiking Mount Katahdin

Feb 7, 2019

Bree Candland is a teacher, traveler, music lover, and animal enthusiast. A proud alumna of Bowdoin College, she has taught social studies at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham since 2001. She studied abroad in Namibia in 1999, attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Portland, and earned an MA in Theology in 2011. Bree started writing whatbreesees.com nearly seven years ago to document her extensive concert-going experiences. Bree adores her orange tabby cats, Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher, loves the beach, and stops to pet every dog in her path (after asking for permission, of course). She has never told a story on stage before, because captive classrooms of 15-year-olds don’t fully count.

Walking Through Suicidal Thoughts

Feb 7, 2019

Sultana Khan is a writer and activist who lives in South Portland, Maine. She writes for the Portland Phoenix about women's issues and allydom in the Trump era. She also works with Maine youth to support their leadership development. Sultana is currently finishing her first book of essays about mental health.

The Big Green Slide

Feb 7, 2019

Matthew Dicks is an internationally bestselling author. When he isn’t writing, Matthew fills his time as an elementary school teacher, a professional storyteller, a wedding DJ, a minister, a blogger, and a life coach. Matthew is a 36-time Moth StorySLAM champion and six-time GrandSLAM champion who has been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and This American Life. He’s the co-founder and artistic director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 

Matthew lives in Newington, Connecticut. He’s married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie. He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of 18 and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself. 

Living the Life She Wants

Feb 7, 2019

Marsha Greenberg is currently living the life she wants as an entrepreneur, leadership consultant, and educator. She lives on an island off the coast of Portland, Maine with her husband, Steve Schuit. They have two adult sons and three wonderful grandchildren. They enjoy traveling around the world, laughing, cooking, eating wonderful food, and drinking great wine. Marsha has completed two marathons and several triathlons. She and her husband recently walked 500 hundred miles across Spain completing the Camino de Santiago. She recently spent four years living and working in South Korea, and she recently went to Budapest for a 10-month teaching assignment. 

Compassion Is the Solution

Feb 7, 2019

Katie Rutherford mostly tells stories in the form of grant writing or to a small group of friends around her sister’s fire pit. However, she has performed live during a pretend Moth StorySlam game with her niece and nephew. When she is not spending her time working as a professional fundraiser (for a cause that is very important to her), you’ll find Katie getting extremely fired up about politics, enjoying a nice glass of wine, running, paddle boarding, or fulfilling a pact she made with her niece to always agree to a surprise dance in the streets in the style of La La Land. 

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