At The Story Studio, you will learn the art of storytelling, as taught by some of the most
accomplished storytellers across the country. We provide friendly, expert training to help you
turn the most meaningful events of your life into unforgettable narratives.
With his writing and acting work on the legendary sketch comedy series The State on MTV, as well as Stella, Reno 911!, Flight of the Conchords, the performance troupe Blue Man Group and more, Kevin Allison has created all kinds of stories.
In 2009, Kevin created RISK!, the live show and audio podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share. The podcast is now downloaded by nearly half a million listeners per month.
As the founder of The Story Studio, Kevin has coached bestselling authors, famous comedians, and brilliant teachers and executives from a wide spectrum of fields.
Mel Dockery is a professional trainer with over 35 years experience with large global corporations including JPMorgan Chase and Citibank. During her career, she has delivered multiple soft skills training classes, developed training courses, and implemented and managed large training and development departments.
She has a passion for communication and mutual understanding, which led her into the world of autobiographical storytelling. She is a multiple-time Moth Story Slam champion and has performed in many storytelling shows in and around New York City. You can hear one of her stories on The Moth Radio Hour.
She is thrilled to be able to combine her vocation and her passion by facilitating Story Studio corporate workshops and Storytelling for Business classes.
David Crabb has been teaching storytelling for the stage and corporate world since 2010. He has coached & lectured on business/educational storytelling at Viacom, Novartis, Prudential, the Writers Guild of America, Course Horse, NYU Tisch School of Arts, & NYC Social Media Week.
David is also a storytelling/writing mentor for vets and care-givers through the Wounded Warrior Foundation and is currently a lead instructor for The Moth’s High School Slam Program, where he also hosts events and speaks at corporate workshops.
His memoir “Bad Kid,” based on his New York Times Critics’ Pick solo show of the same name, was released in 2015 by Harper Collins. Audible.com selected David to host an original storytelling series, “Stories In Session,” featuring stories from and interviews with the nation’s best-known storytellers.
Dawn J. Fraser is a humorist, storyteller, and national speaker based out of New York City. She is the host and producer of “Barbershop Stories,” which features storytellers performing true tales in a salon in Brooklyn. Dawn delivers speeches and workshops about the nature of stories to develop vision, identity, and leadership potential, and has worked as a storytelling instructor with The Moth’s Community Outreach Program. She has performed on storytelling shows nationwide and has been a featured performer along with Neil Gaiman on The Unchained Tour. She loves being both a twin and a Trinidadian.
Beowulf Jones produces and co-hosts RISK! LA at Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Before that, he was the Technical Director of the RISK! live show in New York.
In addition to storytelling, Beowulf has written and performed in such long running shows at The Peoples Improv Theater in New York City, such as “Morning Show w/ Hobart & Grace” and “The Sitcom”, as well as his acclaimed storytelling solo show “Disconnected”.
He’s also worked on the Webby award winning series “Wainy Days” and “Horrible People”.
He has trained at Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, iO and The Peoples Improv Theater.
Beowulf loves teaching storytelling, and if you have a cat, he’d like to see pictures please, thank you.
Giulia Rozzi is a NYC based writer, actress, and comedian. Her personal, blunt, and animated comedy has earned her the honor of being a Moth GrandSLAM Champion, a Boston Comedy Festival finalist, one of The Frisky’s Top 15 To Watch, and two ECNY “Best Female Stand Up” nominations. She has also performed and written two solo shows: Stupid Foreigners and Bad Bride. Giulia also co-hosts the highly acclaimed nationally touring storytelling show Stripped Stories as well as Dive Comedy at Freddy’s Backroom in Brooklyn. She’s appeared on Chelsea Lately, MTV, Vh1,TLC, Playboy TV, CNN and can be seen soon on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening. As a writer Giulia has worked on MTV’s Girl Code and Silent Library, Bravo’s Odd Mom Out and TV Land’s Younger. She has also contributed to BUST, Esquire.com, XOJane.com, Playgirl, NY Press, Gawker, AOL, Lifetimetv.com, and The Huffington Post. She was also a contributor to the anthology “My Parents Were Awesome” and a contributor and associate editor for the Mortified book series. She has been teaching storytelling for the past three years in New York City and around the country. You can learn more about Giulia at giuliarozzi.com.
Gail Thomas loves helping her storytelling students find, shape and share their own unique voice. She tailors her feedback to each individual student and their specific goals and experience – be it performance, business or just for fun!
Gail is a Moth StorySLAM winner and has appeared as a storyteller on many other shows and podcasts such as RISK!, The Liar Show and ModernStoriesMix. She has over 20 years of performance experience, appearing on stage and screen as an actor, improviser, sketch comedian and standup comic. Her voice over credits include David Letterman and Beavis and Butthead, and she has appeared in commercials and on Law &Order SVU. Her one person show, The Accident, had successful extended runs in NYC and Los Angeles.
A former lawyer, Gail also has a over 20 years of multi-media professional writing experience. As a speechwriter, Gail has written for over 30 live world-class events, benefits and corporate conferences, such as the Tribeca Film Festival and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Los Angeles. Gail has crafted scripts, jokes, dialogue and talking points for celebrities, politicians and executives, including Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Vera Wang, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Clinton. In addition to teaching at The Story Studio, she currently works as a strategic storyteller, writer and interviewer for clients including a prominent nonprofit STEM education network.
Michelle Walson is a writer, director, and producer with a passion for storytelling. As a founding producer of the storytelling show and podcast, RISK!, she has developed stories with SNL’s Rachel Dratch, Comedy Central’s Lisa Lampanelli, The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi, This American Life’s Starlee Kine, The Moth’s Dan Kennedy, actress Lili Taylor, and more. In addition to The Story Studio, Michelle has taught storytelling at The Peoples Improv Theater and The Women in Comedy Festival. She co-wrote and directed the short film, Chin Up, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Atlanta Shortsfest and Best Graduate Film at NYU’s 2013 Fusion Film Festival. She edited comedian Michael Showalter’s memoir, Mr. Funny Pants, and has worked as a comedy development consultant on a wide-range of projects for screen, stage, and print. Michelle holds a MFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a MS in Television Production from Boston University, and a BA in Creative Writing from Brown University.
Brad Lawrence is a storyteller, solo show performer and teacher who has performed to sold out crowds around the United States and in the UK. He got his start as a storytelling teacher conducting workshops at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He then went on to become a story coach for the RISK! podcast and live shows and an instructor for The Story Studio. As a storyteller, Brad was the first person to win back-to-back Moth GrandSLAMs, which led to him becoming a host of the Moth and a regular on Moth Mainstages around the United States. He has co-produced and performed in storytelling, solo, and variety shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, South By Southwest Interactive, and in conjunction with WBUR, USA Network, and Grant’s Whiskey. He also hosts a podcast, “The Brad Lawrence Cast” and performs his critically acclaimed one man show, The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn.
Julia Whitehouse is a writer, performer and storyteller who has lived all over the world and loves New York City the best. Her show NAKED PEOPLE ran at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC and LA and The 2013 Women in Comedy Festival. She trained in improv and sketch at UCB and writes book reviews for Splitsider. She has performed her stories at Ask Me, Risk!, The Moth, Soundtrack Series, Solocom, School Night, Nights of Our Lives, Real Characters and hosts the weekly storytelling open mic Happy Hour Story Hour at UCB East every Monday at 6:30pm. Her new show I’LL SHOW YOU MINE, a funny story about abuse and the abuse of abuse, was presented at The People’s Improv Theater in NYC. She is perpetually working on her next project and loving that process.
Cyndi Freeman has 20 years of experience as a storyteller and 8 years of experience as a storytelling instructor. She has worked with The Story Studio for the last 3 years, leading classes in storytelling for business, performance and personal growth. In addition, Cyndi has taught storytelling to seniors, adults with cognitive impairment, teenagers and individuals learning English as a second language. She has worked with a diverse collection of organizations including The Moth, The Federal Bureau of Prisons, The 9/11 Tribute Museum, The New York Public Library, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and ZenDesk, to name a few.
A two-time NY Fringe Festival award-winning solo performer, Cyndi has presented solo shows in Boston, Amsterdam, Ireland, The UK, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York. Cyndi is the recipient of a grand prize play writing fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and three artist-in-residence awards through the Brooklyn Arts Council: SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists City Wide) and SU-CASA – CASA, a collaboration among the New York City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the city’s five local arts councils.
Minneapolis actor/writer/storyteller Amy Salloway is a lifelong fan of that Venn Diagram spot where theater, human psychology and social activism overlap, and her writing and performance have often focused on the issues she knows best – body image, bullying and isolation, dysfunctional relationships, and the search for self-worth. She has been called “smart, funny, and fearlessly candid,” “skilled at finding humor where others might mine only darkness,” and “the voice for all of us who were picked last for kickball”. Her mostly-true solo plays (“Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?,” “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!,” “Circumference” and “Entwined”) have toured to fringe festivals, theater festivals, colleges and communities in the US, Canada and beyond. Since 2006, Amy has been teaching classes and workshops in creative writing, memoir, storytelling, and autobiographical solo performance. She’s especially enjoyed developing interactive workshops around challenging topics like playing with story structure, and how to approach revealing or controversial material.