Featured Storytellers for February’s Grand Slam!

Meet our Featured Storytellers for the GRAND SLAM February 21st!


alanaAlana Eve Burman

Alana Eve Burman is a Co-Founder of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, owner of JoyLife Therapeutics, a nationwide massage and wellness business, mother, actor, director, producer, musician, visual artist, administrator, graphic designer, massage therapist, swing dancer, chocolate maker, collector of waterproof blue objects and oh, so much more!




cooperCooper Braun

Cooper Braun was born in Boulder, Colorado. He grew up without a television and so found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Drawn to performance and theater from a young age, Cooper started as an actor, has a BA in Theater from Union College and has been working as a professional theater technician the last nine years. Returning to the world of live storytelling two years ago he now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Storytelling advisory board. He performs regularly in Longmont and Boulder. He makes up one half of the storytelling duo Stories with Spirit.



Joseph LoganJoseph Logan

Joseph Logan works with extraordinary leaders and teams. His coaching and team development work focuses on entrepreneurs and executives with world-changing ambition and grit. Joseph has worked with companies on five continents to build the courage, insight, and tenacity to remake the status quo. He has spoken at TEDxBoulder, Philanthropy Southwest, and Colorado Nonprofit Day. He is the author of Seven Simple Steps to Landing Your First Job and the forthcoming Heretic: How Extraordinary Misfits Change the Rules and Change the World.



KitProfilePicKit Marcy

Once upon a time, Kit Marcy was an author, a photographer, and a lighting designer. He danced the role of the Rat King in Boulder Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” He even co-created Frequent Flyers Productions Nutcracker parody, “The Ratcracker.” Now, he pops popcorn and pushes play at the Boedecker Theater, in the Dairy Arts Center. His one-man story-telling show, “Coloring My Time Sheet,” won the coveted Encore Performance for its venue in last year’s Boulder International Fringe Festival.


LoisLois Shannon

Lois Shannon is the founder of The Woman’s Network (www.thewomansnetwork.com) an organisation she created after feeling a deep disconnection with herself as a woman. It’s a resource where women come together to unwind unconscious patterns and reclaim their sovereignty and worth. She is a certified Mindfulness facilitator from UCLA Semel Institute and a trained facilitator of Trauma Constellations in London. She has worn many hats over her lifetime, giving her a unique insight to the many roles we play as women. She had a successful business career and was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal in 1999 as one of the top 30 Business Women in Europe. She then left her high performance job in London to become a full time mother living in the South of France. Lois has been an avid explorer over her lifetime, traveling across all continents. After almost 20 years living in Europe, she now lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and three teenage children.


Mare Trevathan headshotMare Trevathan

Mare Trevathan has performed Inupiat folk tales in Barrow, Alaska; stage managed dance-theatre in Tokyo; and studied Chekhov in Vladivostok, Russia. Colorado tamed her wanderlust and has been her home since 2001.  She was a member of Curious Theatre Company for many years, and is now the Associate Artistic Director of LOCAL Theater Company in Boulder.  Most frequently, Mare works as a theater director and audiobook narrator. Recent directing credits include “Choose Your Life,” an anti-bullying show for 3-6 grade audiences produced by Kaiser Permanente and “SWEAT,” an improvised musical on bikes for the Denver Center’s Off-Center at the Jones program. With Stories on Stage, Mare tours Boulder area middle and high schools with a teen suicide prevention program. In 2015 she performed in WITTENBERG at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, she played a confused angel in FAITH with LOCAL.


Matthew TaylorMatthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor was transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England. He has been a professional actor, award-winning author, storyteller, and humorist for the last 25 years, working throughout the U.S. and internationally. His recently published book GoatLips: Tales of a Lapsed Englishman is the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medal winner for humor, and a National Indie Excellence Awards finalist. He is a Moth Story Slam two-time winner, and founder of Persuasion through Narrative, a company that helps to make stories matter.

Matthew loves to bike, ski, sail, and is proud to be a husband and a father of two fabulous children (who continually keep him on his toes and laughing constantly).


MeridithMeridith C. Grundei

Meridith C. Grundei is an actor, director, educator and improviser who has performed all over the United States. She presently lives near Boulder, CO with her husband, daughter, stepdaughter, cat, dog and chicken.  Meridith holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, is a proud member of The Catamounts in Boulder, CO, and owns her own company, Red Ball Speaks, where she coaches professionals on public speaking, presentation skills and creative team communication.


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Nancy Norton has toured nationally and internationally as a standup comedian since 1991 headlining clubs, colleges, cruises and USO tours.  She is also a Registered Nurse whose healthcare anecdotes that will leave you in stitches… and really wanting to stay out of the hospital.

You may have seen her on various comedy showcases over the years, from doing standup on “Evening at the Improv” on A & E, to her one-woman show, “The Yellowish-Green Girl” on PBS and most recently featured on Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon.


paula2Paula Jayne Friedland

Paula Jayne Friedland is a certified life coach, licensed counselor, public speaker, and corporate trainer. Additionally, she teaches a humanistic form of public speaking called, “Speaking Circles”, as well as co-leading a group practice called, “Soul Speaks”, a transformational experience that allows people to deepen their ability to speak from the heart and share their voices more powerfully and authentically in the world.

Before entering the counseling/coaching field, Paula spent 13 years as an actress and singer, pursuing theatre in New York City. She continues to do theatre here in Colorado in various arenas, which includes doing her own shows. She has co-written and performed 3 original Stephen Sondheim revues, as well as a one-woman show called, “Aging—The Musical”* (*this hasn’t enabled her to get younger, unfortunately, but at least it was a fun way to vent her grumblings about it.)


tracibrownTraci Brown

Traci is a Body Language and Unconscious Persuasion Expert. She is a frequent guest on local and national TV shows decoding body language of celebrities, politicians and those involved in current events. She even trains lawyers how to pick and persuade a jury based on body language.

Additionally, Traci is a Three Time US Collegiate Cycling Champion and former member of Team USA.

Traci is the president of the National Speaker’s Association Denver Chapter. She’s the author of two books, Body Language Confidential and Body Language for Profits. She holds a business degree from the University of Colorado and is a certified master practitioner of Neuro Linguistics, Hypnosis and Hawaiian Huna. www.BodyLanguageTrainer.com