Special Event

Eye of the Storm: The Moth in Pittsburgh


Made possible by the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation

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


Join us for an evening of stories, shared live at the beautiful Byham Theater in Pittsburgh as five storytellers take the stage and share a true, personal story from their lives. Stories of who we are and what we come to see—testing the waters, throwing caution to the wind, and split second decisions that changed the course forever.

Listen to previous stories from The Moth online.


Beth de Araújo is a Writer and Director recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her feature screenplay, Josephine, participated in the 2018 Sundance Directors Lab, Screenwriters Lab and is a recipient of the SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking GrantJosephine will mark her feature directorial debut. In 2017, Araújo directed 2 episodes of television for Lifetime Movie Network and was a shadowing director within the Ryan Murphy HALF Program. She is in post with two short films, one of which was shot through the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, based on her Gawker essay, I Want To Marry A Creative Jewish GirlAraújo has a BA in Sociology from The University of California Berkeley, and an MFA from the American Film Institute. Her mother is Chinese-American and her father is from Brazil.

Zeb Baccelli lives in rural western Pennsylvania with his wife and 5 children. He owns and manages Clarion River Organics, a business he founded to market organic vegetables for a community of Amish farmers along the Clarion River.

Alistair Bane is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma and currently resides in Denver Colorado. Besides being a storyteller he is also a visual artist. He makes dance regalia, quilts and paints. In 2016 he was a resident artist for the Denver Art Museum’s Native American Arts Program. In his spare time he enjoys rehabilitating feral rez dogs, which is a much more relaxing hobby than it might sound like, as long as you don’t mind a tiny bit of growling.

Adam Gopnik has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. During his three decades at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, memoirs, critical essays, and reported pieces from at home and abroad. His many books include The Table Comes First, Paris To The Moon, Through The Children’s Gate and, most recently, At The Strangers’ Gate. A musical, written in collaboration with the composer David Shire, The Most Beautiful Room In New York, opened last May at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and his one man show The Gates, based on material developed with The Moth, played for a sold out week at New York’s Public Theater in January.

Erin Marie (EM) Williams-Hatala is an Ann Arbor native who moved to Pittsburgh nine years ago to be closer to family. She is a professor of human anatomy, and serves on the Board of Directors of PULSE Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU. An avid baker and runner, EM lives with her husband, Kevin, and dog, Daisey, in their Highland Park home which they bought sight unseen upon the recommendation of cousins.


Hailed as a “storytelling guru” by the Wall Street Journal, Kate Tellers is the Senior Producer, Corporate Programs at The Moth, a regular host, Mainstage storyteller and a member of the The Moth’s Creative Team. She has designed programs with non-profits including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Ashoka Future Forum, Ronald McDonald House, as well as Ogilvy + Mather, Nike, Google and the U.S. State Department. Her performance credits include numerous Off Broadway productions, the Upright Citizens Brigade and iO Chicago.

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Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets start at $20.
Tickets may also be purchased via phone (412.622.8866) or at the Byham Theater Box Office starting at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event.


Byham Theater
101 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


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