Together, Jenness and Cappiello (full bios below) have decades of experience working with people to tell brave personal stories, often for the first time. They will share examples and observations about the process of expressing, crafting, and telling deeply personal stories, whether about sexual and gendered violence or other forms of trauma. As theater artists, Cappiello and host Singsen may also share first-hand observations of the ways such stories can sometimes be transformative for artists and audiences alike.
Episode Guest Bios
Sarah Austin Jenness joined the staff at The Moth in 2005, and as Executive Producer, she has worked with hundreds of people to craft and hone their personal stories. She is one of the hosts of the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, and launched The Moth's Global Community Program -- coaching storytelling workshops in the US and Africa to highlight world issues including family homelessness and public health. Moth stories she has directed in the past decade have been told during the UN General Assembly and as far afield as the Kenya National Theatre. She believes stories have power and can change the world by creating connection.
Katie Cappiello is a critically-acclaimed playwright and director whose works explore issues of sex, gender and human rights. Her plays include SLUT, Now That We’re Men, A Day In the Life, After 18, JOY and Her Story, Uncut. Her works have reached thousands of students across the US and have been produced in Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, and Australia. Katie has been honored by The National Women’s Hall of Fame for her work fusing arts and activism, and was recently named one of New York’s New Abolitionists in recognition of her arts-based efforts to combat sex-trafficking. Katie and her teen ensemble actors/activists have been invited to speak and perform at the US State Department, The White House, The United Nations, The National Institute of Peace, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Google. In 2015, her book SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combatting Sexism and Sexual Violence was published by The Feminist Press. Katie is the Founder and Artistic Director of GoodCapp Arts, a youth-focused theater program dedicated to changing the world the creation and production of daring, accessible theater.