The Moth Community Education Showcase

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:00pm

The Moth Community and Education Programs – which include MothSHOP and the Moth High School StorySLAM Program – bring storytelling workshops and opportunities to high school students and marginalized adults, many in underserved communities.  Join us for a celebration of these programs, including some of the best stories from this season’s workshops. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Hosted By: Peter Aguero

Stories by:

  • Bob Browne, Sunnyside Community Services
  • Justin Cole, The School for Classics
  • Yvonne Honigsberg, National Aphasia Association
  • Rachel McCormick, Bronx Leadership Academy
  • Nikkita McPherson, Summer Search

Remarks by Community Leaders including:

  • Ellayne Ganzfried, Executive Director, National Aphasia Association
  • Karina Saltman, Executive Director, Summer Search

Music by: Marika Hughes

Directors: Catherine McCarthy and Larry Rosen

Producer: Caleigh Waldman

Our Host:

Peter Aguero was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey. He's been a high school history teacher, bar bouncer and ice cream truck driver, and now resides in Queens with his lovely wife. Peter is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and instructor for the MothSHOP Community Education Program. He regularly hosts, performs, and produces storytelling and burlesque around the city, as well as hosting The Unchained Tour throughout the South. Peter loves his mom.

Our Storytellers:

Bob Browne is from Astoria, New York. He is the proud father of two two dynamic and inspiring children. He manages the repair and renovation of very old houses. He writes plays & short stories, teaches Tai Chi to Seniors and dances the Argentine Tango.

Justin Cole: I'm 15 years old in high school, a sophomore. I love to sing, dance, act and draw. I'm good at anything once it's taught to me. People say I have a calm spirit. I wouldn't say I'm funny but I got jokes. My favorite quote is, 'When life gives you lemons, squirt them in someone else's eyes and let them suffer.' I do like girls but it doesn't hurt to like boys too. So yes, I am bisexual. I'm very open to everyone and everything. I am an aries. I have what my friends call a lusturity mind, which is saying I speak like I'm very mature but in a sexual tone. I do find it crazy but that's just how I am.

Yvonne Honigsberg was a Senior Acquisitions Editor in Clinical Medicine with Oxford University Press, where she commissioned medical authors in neurology and psychiatry. She started a NYC Stroke Survivors Meetup, putting together events on physical therapy and occupational therapy and Aphasia rehab. She now writes a blog called Another Day in Paradise, mostly about the post-stroke life, and volunteers for CIDNY (Center for Independence of Disabled New Yorkers) helping with advocacy and civil rights for people with disabilities. She appeared in a short documentary film about aphasia called Without Words, for about 5 seconds. She’s an intrepid traveler, most recently climbing up endless, rocky, ancient steps in Pompeii, ltaly--limp and all.

Rachel McCormick is a Spanish teacher at Bronx Leadership Academy. This year she  combined her passion for teaching with her love of storytelling by inviting the MothShop into her classroom.

Nikkita McPherson is a first generation college graduate and earned her bachelors degree in Geography from Dartmouth College in 2013. Living in the South Bronx since 1995, Nikkita currently is teaching science to her 6th graders at the Bronx Lighthouse Charter School in the South Bronx. She has lived in the South Bronx her entire life.

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