The Moth has been spinning yarns for a very long time. Not as long as, say, the Greeks or the Romans, but the New York nonprofit has become legendary over the past 17 years for its enthusiastic love of and dedication to the art and craft of storytelling.
Calling on anyone with a true story to share and the guts to tell it in front of a live audience—with no notes!—The Moth has transformed from an informal gathering of friends to an epic event with a cult following.
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has toured all over the world to collect the most incredible stories for people to perform in front of others, attracting big names from all walks of life, like Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Reverend Al Sharpton and 22nd White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, to share their incredible stories along the way.
Artistic Director Catherine Burns talks to us about the art of telling the perfect story and how we can apply some of The Moth’s tried-and-true story workshops to the tales told around the dinner table or punch bowl this holiday season.