Tricia Rose Burt left the corporate world in 1995 and is now a writer and performer. She chronicles her journey from successful executive to struggling artist in her one-woman show, How To Draw A Nekkid Man, which was shown in the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival.
When not on stage, Tricia teaches the power of storytelling, conducting workshops for some of America’s top businesses and institutions as part of The Moth’s corporate program. She also works with her own clients, which include the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Grant and her Creative Discovery Weekends; the Global Poverty Project, who invited her to conduct a workshop at the prestigious SXSW Conference in 2015; and individual writers and performers of all levels.
In addition to contributing to both online and print magazines, Tricia is currently writing a memoir and maintains a (somewhat) weekly blog at www.triciaroseburt.com.
Karey Kirkpatrick is a screenwriter and director. His films include James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte's Web and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adaptation, along with contributions to the Smurfs films. He has also directed the films Imagine That starring Eddie Murphy as well as Over the Hedge. Kirkpatrick wrote the English-language screenplay for U.S. release of The Secret World of Arrietty, in 2012 and From Up on Poppy Hill, in 2013. He wrote the 2015 Tony Nominated Broadway musical Something Rotten!. with his brother Wayne Kirkpatrick.
Even if you aren't familiar with Wayne Kirkpatrick's name, you undoubtedly are familiar with at least a few of the many hit songs he's written. His works have earned Grammy and Dove awards and been recorded by such artists as Eric Clapton, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks in his Chris Gaines persona, Amy Grant, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Susan Ashton, and Michael W. Smith, among others. The steady beginning to Kirkpatrick's songwriting career ultimately led to his winning Song of the Year in 1996 with "Change the World" at the Grammy Awards. He wrote the 2015 Tony Nominated Broadway musical Something Rotten!. with his brother Karey Kirkpatrick.
Shelagh Ratner appeared on Last Comic Standing 9 and is a nationally touring comic; she performed at The Moth for 6 years where she created an improvised finale based on the stories told in the show. She won California's Funniest Female at Flapper's Comedy Club, and was a series regular on Lifetime’s Prank My Mom. Her first national appearance as a stand up aired on Pop TV’s Stand-Up In Stilettos, followed by Stand Up And Deliver on NuvoTV. Shelagh penned an internet campaign for Glamour magazine; in addition she wrote Fashion Slip Ups for Life and Style magazine for five years. Shelagh recently shot the pilot episode of Balls Of Steel, NBC’s answer to Britain’s show of the same name; in addition she stars in a web series entitled Hillary Unplugged.
Nina Rolle is a voiceover actor, musician, writer, and storyteller. She co-hosts Truth Be Told, a bi-monthly story slam in Boulder, Colorado, and performs regularly with the Samba Group Chegando La. Her original show, ZEN Cabaret: a contemplative burlesque received acclaim at the New York International Clown Festival, was awarded a Best of Denver, and was a two-time Pick of the Fringe at the Boulder Fringe Festival. Nina has music directed and performed her original scores in L.A., Minneapolis, New York, and Colorado. She teaches meditation at Naropa University and Dharma Art for Chapman University.
Jessica Tuck has been working actress for 30 years. Her numerous television credits include series regular roles on HBO's acclaimed "TRUE BLOOD", the Emmy-winning "JUDGING AMY" and a starring role on the daytime drama "ONE LIFE TO LIVE," for which she received an Emmy Award nomination as Best Actress. Jessica's feature film credits include the J.J. Abrams film, SUPER 8, the hit comedy WILD HOGS, Steven Shainberg's SECRETARY, and BATMAN FOREVER, for director Joel Schumacher. Jessica also made her mark as Mrs. Evans in the sequels, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 and 3 for director Kenny Ortega.
Jessica is the founder/executive producer/artistic director of Spark Off Rose, a monthly storytelling series, currently in it's 16th season. She has worked with over 1,000 storytellers, helping them craft their pieces for the Spark stage in Santa Monica. She is also a story and presentation skills coach.
Johanna Walker is the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission. Which is another way of saying she's a public speaking coach. She's the founder and CEO of GET REAL Public Speaking, and helps entrepreneurs and change-makers put their powerful stories and from-the-heart voices out front so they can create the business, life, and world they want. She's the co-producer and co-host of TRUTH BE TOLD, Boulder's popular story slam series, where audiences come to the stage to tell true, 5-minute, stories based on a theme for the night. She's presented two full-length, originally scripted solo theater shows at the Boulder Fringe Festival, and at theater festivals around the US and Canada. She's worked with adolescent girls, women in jail, corporate execs and fledgling entrepreneurs, over and over witnessing the transformational power of telling our stories and speaking our truths. www.johannawalker.com / www.storyslamboulder.com