Special Event

The Moth


Made possible by the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation

“The most memorable and hilarious narratives… An exuberant moveable feast.”


Since its launch in 1997, THE MOTH has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. 2017 marks The Moth’s 20th anniversary year! Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase.

Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 20,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school students and adults in underserved communities through their Education and Community Programs and develops innovative applications for Moth storytelling through their Corporate Program.

The Moth podcast is downloaded over 44 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, is heard on over 450 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette) was an international bestseller and its new book All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown from The Moth (Crown) is available now.

Hailed as a “storytelling guru” by the Wall Street Journal, Kate Tellers is a writer, performer, and teacher whose students range from fledgling eight-year-old stand-up comedians to Fortune 500 CEOs. In 2007 she discovered The Moth and has been a part of it ever since. She is currently working on a collection of essays about falling apart tentatively titled, We Always Knew You Would Be OK and lives in Brooklyn with her furry husband, toddler, and dog.

Tony Buba has been producing documentaries since 1972. Tony’s films have been screened at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and other major international film festivals. He has had retrospectives, one-person exhibitions at more than 100 universities and museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum Ludwig-Cologne, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archives and The Carnegie Museum of Art. Some of Tony’s awards include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award as well as grants from the PCA and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. His most recent documentary Ghosts of Amistad-In the Footsteps of the Rebels aired on PBS, and in 2015 was awarded the John E. O’Connor Film Award from the American Historical Association. Tony has worked on several feature films, including George Romero’s Martin and Dawn of the Dead. Tony has appeared onscreen as well. In Dawn of the Dead, he is a featured motorcycle raider who gets his arm torn off at a blood pressure machine. In Martin Tony is a drug dealer and a teacher in the Sundance hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksGuernica, PEN AmericaLiterary HubConvolutionHEArtApogee, and on Nerve.com. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she founded Pittsburgh’s Nasty Slam and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz co-founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.

Sarah Shourd, is a journalist, author and educator based in Oakland, CA for over two decades. For the last five years, her work has focused on exposing the cruelty and overuse of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, which she views as a key component to ending mass incarceration. To this end, Shourd has traveled the country extensively as a public speaker and UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar; conducting over 75 interviews with prisoners in isolation across the country. Out of this extensive research emerged several works: The BOX, a play about solitary confinement (which premiered to sold out audiences at Z Space in San Francisco in July 2016, see Aplaycalledthebox.com); an anthology, Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement (2016, New Press); as well as numerous articles and op-eds (The New York Times, Mother Jones, CNN, Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, SF Magazine and more). Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt published the memoir she co-authored about her own imprisonment, A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran, in 2011 (Shourd was held as a political hostage by the Iranian government from 2009 to 2010). Shourd was awarded the 2016 Community Hero Award by San Francisco’s GLIDE Memorial Church and is now developing a podcast called Of Two Minds in her new position as a #LoveArmy Fellow at The Dream Corps. For more information see sarahshourd.com.

Jason Trieu was born February 24, 1961 in central Vietnam as the oldest of three boys, and graduated from high school in the U.S. in 1978. After working for a few years, he went on to earn his BS degrees in Speech Communication and Computer Science and has worked in IT/Software engineering ever since. Jason currently lives in Camas, Washington with his wife, Jaclyn, and two daughters, Tionni and Lena, and works as a Software Engineer Principal for XPO Logistics. In his spare time, Jason enjoys art, traveling with his family, skiing, playing tennis and ping pong, and being in the outdoors.

Morgan Zipf-Meister is an artist who originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has studied mask and dance work in Bali. During the past decade she has found an artistic home in the New York Indie Theater scene as both an actor and a lighting designer. She has worked with companies such as Theater of the Apes, Dreamscape, Piper McKenzie, Old Kent Road, Gemini Collisonworks, and Boomerang among others. She was a 2015 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee for “Outstanding Lighting Design” for her work on The Temple, or Lebensraum by Nat Cassidy, and is a member of the New York Madness Acting Company. When not in the theatre, Morgan also works at the School of Visual Arts. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Kent. For more information on past and current projects, visit morganzipfmeister.com.

A native of Mexico, Maureen Conlon Gutiérrez has performed to much acclaim across the globe as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She has participated on half a dozen recordings as a classical artist, cross genre violinist, light rock improv and tango violinist. Miss Conlon has appeared on television and radio in several countries and is prize winner of many national and international competitions in both the United States and in Mexico. She began her studies at an early age in her home town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico. Miss Conlon subsequently pursued further studies at Rice University, Penn State University and Carnegie Mellon University. She co-founded the Trio Nova Mundi, currently in residence at Grove City College, with whom she has performed across the Americas and appeared as soloist with various orchestras. Maureen is concertmaster of the Erie Chamber Orchestra and member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and when not playing the violin enjoys eating good food, watching movies, and traveling.

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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets start at $20.
$10 and $15 student tickets are available with valid ID.
Tickets may also be purchased via phone (412.622.8866) or at the door from 6 p.m. on the day of the event.


Byham Theater
101 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


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