Featured Storytellers for December 18

Introducing:

 

LindsayLindsay Bourgoine

Lindsay recently returned to Colorado for a gig with Protect Our Winters, where she works to engage the snowsports industry in fighting climate change. With a passion for politics and the great outdoors, Lindsay has always sought out opportunities to advocate for conservation and recreation. Prior to her (second) move to Colorado, Lindsay worked for the Outdoor Industry Association and the Appalachian Mountain Club, and completed a masters at Vermont Law School. When she’s not raising a ruckus on a policy issue or telling stories about her beloved home state of Maine, you can find Lindsay hiking, biking, running, or skiing deep in the mountains, typically wearing a significant amount of neon.

 

 

 

 

 

MeganMegan Mathews

Megan was born and raised in Venice, CA, graduated from Harvard University, and received post-graduate training in educational theater from NYU. In 2011, Mathews co-founded Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO, which focuses exclusively on developing new American plays. Since its founding, Local Theater Company has produced three world premieres in Boulder (Elijah: An Adventure by Michael Mitnick, Faith by James McLindon, and The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman), and has aided more than ten other playwrights in the development process through the Local Lab New Play Festival. Before founding Local, Mathews worked in film and television production for Paramount, Castlerock, Gracie Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation on such projects as “Clueless” (TV series), Mission Hill, The Critic, The Sam Simon Project, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, and Kung Fu Panda. She served as director of education at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and as a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute®. In 2013, Megan directed the premiere of Hang-Ups: An Evening of Phone Calls, in Los Angeles.

Currently, Megan writes, directs, produces and serves as Managing Director for Local Theater Company, and is a freelance writer specializing in Youth Outreach and Education materials for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Over the past five years, her study guides have been used by over 400 teachers and 10,000 students, including the materials for Clybourne Park, which the production took to Broadway.

Featured Storytellers for October 30

Introducing:

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Jason Berkowitz

Jason Berkowitz works in sales for IBM, and spends all day telling stories to his clients.  He loves to tell the story of how he was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, but escaped to California as soon as he was able.  He loves to tell the story of how he was fired from his first sales job after only 3 months.  And, regardless of the topic of conversation, he’ll manage to work in the story of how he completed an Ironman a bunch of years ago – in just under 15 hours.  Jason lives in Longmont with three sons, a dog, and a weed-filled yard which he’ll get around to weeding one of these days.

 

 

Kit 2Kit Marcy

Kit Marcy is a published author, award-winning photographer, award-winning lighting designer, and has a degree in mathematics. He has danced the role of the Rat King for Boulder Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” and is co-creator of Frequent Flyers Productions Nutcracker parody, “The Ratcracker.” Most recently, Kit has narrated “Carnival of the Animals” for Boulder Ballet, become a Truth Be Told: Boulder Storyslam Grand Slam finalist, and has performed his one-man show, “Coloring My Time Sheet” as part of the 2015 Boulder International Fringe Festival. Kit is currently the Assistant Cinema Manager and host of Friday Night Weird at The Dairy Arts Center.

Featured Storytellers for September 11

Introducing:

katie dayKatie Day Weisberger

Katie is a photographer and teacher. She photographs portraits, weddings, families, and most everything else. You can find her work at www.saykatieday.com. She also teaches art and photography to high school students in downtown Denver, which is a constant creative endeavor in and of itself. Katie is a traveler who is always working up to her next trip, an aspiring gardener, and a mom to a seven-year-old girl.

Andy ProtorAndy Proctor

Andy is a consultant who works with clients to create and preserve affordable housing. He is based in Boulder and works nationwide. He has been involved in affordable housing for nearly 20 years, and has been consulting for 12. Professional positions have included the State of Colorado Division of Housing, and manager of the City of Boulder’s Housing Division. His work can be seen at his website (www.andyproctor.net) as well as LinkedIn and Facebook (Proctor Community Enterprises).

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Laura is a writer, speaker, teacher, and dream reader. She’s certified as a Dream Work Facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work and has taught writing classes for more than ten years. She speaks about creativity, dreams, and metaphor. She’s the author of The Newcomer’s Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination and Marbles: New and Collected Poems. Her stories have appeared in Cricket Magazine, WolfSongs Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, and in Space Sirens (Full-Throttle Space-Tales #2). Her poetry has appeared in Collective Dream Arts Magazine, and online. The critique group she helped start has been meeting for 25 years. You can find her at www.FirstChurchofMetaphor.org and www.LauraKDeal.com.

Featured Storytellers for June 19

Introducing Our Featured Storytellers for June 19th

 

Featured storyteller Monte Montepare

Monte Montepare

Monte grew up in Breckenridge, CO and spent the majority of the last decade living in Alaska. He’s a guide and part owner of Kennicott Wilderness Guides in Wrangell-St. Elias NP, AK, as well as a 3 time Moth Story Slam winner.  You can catch him performing at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver for the rest of July; Fridays at 7pm w Jester’s Court & 10pm with his improv team Conqueror, or Saturdays at 11pm on Talk Showdown, Denver’s new late night unscripted madhouse.

 

claireClaire Patton

Claire is a director, teacher, and performer of physical theatre. She graduated from Kiklos International School of Theatre Creation in Padua Italy, where she studied under Giovanni Fusetti. She also completed his course in the pedagogy of movement theatre in 2009. Patton is the Artistic Director of Quake Theater. She has created and directed numerous original and touring productions, including the mask comedy Woe to the Conquered and Shana Cordon’s Dancing with Demons.Patton has served as a guest artist at the University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance, specializing in Commedia dell’Arte, and has collaborated as a movement coach on several of the university’s productions. For the past two years, Claire has toured her original work in the US and Canada. For more information, please visit www.clairepatton.com.

 

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Angelique Espinoza

Angelique was the Public Affairs Director at the Boulder Chamber from 2011-2015, and is a former Boulder City Council member. Stories have always been central in Angelique’s life whether through music, theater or the written word. She co-founded Free Range Geeks, an IT support business, in 2001. She has served on the Resource Conservation Advisory Board and the boards of the Dairy Center for the Arts and Impact on Education. She has also volunteered for Intercambio United Communities and Reading to End Racism and served on the advisory boards for Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy and the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster.

Featured Storyteller for April 24

Meet our Featured Storyteller for April 24th!

 

Create Wealth Doing What You Love

Myka McLaughlin

 

Myka McLaughlin founded WINC (Women In Community) to help women entrepreneurs – especially artists, healers and creative types – translate their passion into a profitable business that actually makes money for them and their families.
After proving WINC’s model in Boulder, Colorado, WINC is now serving women across the US and internationally, and is expanding its live programming to NYC, LA and San Francisco. Myka graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics and International Affairs.

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.

 

<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-3301" src="http://storyslamboulder.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/nancylefthandout try here.jpeg” alt=”nancylefthandout” width=”254″ height=”240″ />Nancy Norton

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

 

Featured Storytellers for December 13

Meet our Featured Storytellers for December 13th!

Ellen

Ellen Nordberg

Ellen’s articles and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Huffington Post as well as on NPR. She writes regular humor pieces for Boulder Lifestyle and Colorado Babies. A co-producer of the Boulder Listen To Your Mother show, Ellen is honored to be back on the Truth Be Told stage. She lives in Louisville where she teaches water aerobics and spends much of her time on neighbors’ roofs rescuing golf clubs and remote control drones for her 12 year old twins.

 

 

 

 

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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com |facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal |facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

 

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Nancy Norton

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.

Featured Storytellers for November 1

Meet our Featured Storytellers for November 1st!

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Traci Brown

Traci is a Body Language and Unconscious Persuasion Expert. Through dynamic presentations she assists groups across all industries learn the tools to hear “Yes!” more easily and more often.

Traci 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.

Traci is a high-content, high energy speaker who is sure to motivate, educate and entertain at your next meeting. She enjoys using the body language and unconscious persuasion skills she teaches in her presentations in all sorts of business negotiations, with personal clients and has even adapted the skills to talk herself out of an embarrassing number of traffic tickets.

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

 

Heather Grimes

Heather Campbell Grimes

Heather is an essayist, blogger, stage performer and devoted mama.
She has written dozens of articles for elephantjournal, hundreds of personal essays for her various blogs and has been published in Mindful magazine.
Her stage credits include Johanna Walker’s Fearless Solos 2012, first place winner at the very first installment of Truth-Be-Told 2013, FEED (a production of Catamounts in Boulder) 2013,
and Listen To Your Mother 2014.
For further investigation, you may see her website: www.hcgrimes.org

Featured Storytellers for September 12

Meet our Featured Storytellers for September 12th in Boulder!

Ann Harding

Rachel Ann Harding

Rachel Ann Harding is a teller and singer of a wide variety of folk, myth and traditional tales. She received her BA from Naropa University in interdisciplinary studies where she wrote her thesis on storytelling and child development. She traveled to Ireland to study with the international storyteller Liz Weir and fell in love with “once upon a time”. She is on the board of Rocky Mountain Storytellers and is a tour guide for Fort Collins Tours where she gives spine tingling ghost tours on the weekends. She and Cooper Braun run Stories with Spirit which produces storytelling events featuring traditional stories for adults.

 

 

 

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Alana 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!

Featured Storytellers for September 13

Meet our Featured Storytellers for September 13th in Denver!

 

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Mare 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. This summer, she’s performing in WITTENBERG at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and this fall will be playing 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).

 

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.)
 

 

 

 

 

Featured Storytellers for August

Meet our Featured Storytellers for August! Then put August 9 on your calendar!

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! 

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. This summer, she’s performing in WITTENBERG at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and this fall will be playing a confused angel in FAITH with LOCAL.

Featured Storytellers for June

Meet our Featured Storytellers for June! Then put June 21 on your calendar, and tell your dad you’ve got a great surprise for him.

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Buzzy Jackson

Buzzy Jackson is the award-winning author of The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life, among other books. She has a PhD in History from UC Berkeley and is a correspondent for the Boston Globe. She is the unofficial PR flack for Carhenge, Nebraska and you can pry her mug of Yorkshire Gold tea out of her cold, dead hands.

 

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.

 

Ann HardingRachel Ann Harding

Rachel Ann Harding is a teller and singer of a wide variety of folk, myth and traditional tales. She received her BA from Naropa University in interdisciplinary studies where she wrote her thesis on storytelling and child development. She traveled to Ireland to study with the international storyteller Liz Weir and fell in love with “once upon a time”. She is on the board of Rocky Mountain Storytellers and is a tour guide for Fort Collins Tours where she gives spine tingling ghost tours on the weekends. She and Cooper Braun run Stories with Spirit which produces storytelling events featuring traditional stories for adults.

 

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 theU.S. and internationally. His recently published book GoatLips: Tales of a Lapsed Englishman is the 2015Independent 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 ofPersuasion 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).

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