The Moth is coming to Skidmore
Popular storytelling nonprofit The Moth will lead three days of educational workshops
at Skidmore, culminating in a StorySLAM event on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Arthur
Zankel Music Center.
During the SLAM, 10 students will take to the microphone and tell a five-minute story — without notes — about a personal metamorphosis or transformation. A Moth host will emcee the event, which will be recorded for possible broadcast on a future episode of The Moth Radio Hour — presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, and airing on more than 475 public radio stations nationwide — as well as on The Moth Podcast (free at themoth.org).
The event is free but tickets are required; visit www.skidmore.edu/zankel and click “tickets” at the left, or call the Zankel box office at 518-580-5321.
The Moth is renowned for coaching storytellers from all walks of life and hosting their performances around the country and abroad. Since launching in 1997, it has presented more than 30,000 stories — including those by Malcolm Gladwell, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, John Turturro, Molly Ringwald, Tig Notaro, an astronaut, a pickpocket and a hotdog eating champion. The Moth StorySLAM program conducts open mic storytelling competitions in 29 cities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
The organization’s education wing has been helping students in New York City public high schools tell their own stories since 2012, but rarely offers the opportunity at colleges. “It’s an especially huge deal that The Moth Education team is coming to Skidmore,” says Adam Tinkle, director ofthe John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) at Skidmore. “My hope is that their visit sparks a culture of storytelling that can flourish at the college beyond the visit.”
In addition to the event emcee, four Moth Education instructors will come to campus for the three days of workshops. In a Sept. 28 faculty workshop, they will teach Skidmore professors methods for shaping and facilitating stories, as well as incorporating storytelling practices into their classroom curricula. Up to 60 students will attend three-hour workshops on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 to explore Moth storytelling strategies and techniques, brainstorm stories from their lives and receive feedback from Moth instructors and fellow students. Selected students will tell their stories on the stage at Zankel’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall on the evening of Sept. 30.
MDOCS is presenting The Moth visit through a generous gift by Eric and Lisa Green P' 20.