Kevin Allison is the creator and host of the live storytelling show and podcast RISK!, and a member of MTV’s legendary comedy troupe The State. He has appeared in Reno 911!, The Ten, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Viva Variety and HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. Kevin has written for The Village Voice, Premiere, Film Journal and more. He has written for Blue Man Group and served as the Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater from 2006 to 2008. Kevin recently founded The Story Studio, a storytelling school in New York that offers workshops for businesses and individuals. He has also taught at NYU, the Philly Improv Theater and SXSW.
Dawn J. Fraser is a humorist, storyteller, and national speaker based out of New York City. She is the Host and Producer of “Barbershop Stories,” which features musicians, poets and storytellers performing true tales in barbershops and salons. Then she chops off their hair. Dawn delivers speeches about the nature of stories to develop vision, identity, and leadership potential, and is a storytelling instructor with The Moth and The Story Studio. She has performed in shows nationwide and has been a featured performer along with Neil Gaiman on The Unchained Tour. She loves being a twin, a Trinidadian and tweetable @dawnjfraser. www.dawnjfraser.com | www.facebook.com/dawnjfraser
Kitty Hailey is a professional investigator. She is also the author of dozens of short stories and articles related to her profession, as well as several books on investigation and ethics. www.kittyhailey.com
Katonya Mosley is a facilitator, breathworker, medical actor, lawyer, and West Mt. Airy neighbor. She has been truth-telling with First Person Arts since 2008. Katonya records hot fire in the basement of her talented bassist friend, and she attempts to respond to all communications in a timely manner. Ms. Mosley believes in love. At times starkly vulnerable or fiercely political or downright tired, she creates a connection with her audience. Acknowledging that her stories can be an emotional ride, Katonya offers a hug.
Andrew Panebianco is a copywriter at a Philly ad shop where he devises creative ways to make advertising less evil (drink Coke). Prior to that, he inflicted piles of Romantic poetry and Shakespeare upon college freshmen and sophomores as an English professor. He’s a writer, a three-time FPA Grand Slam storyteller, has played Cassius (the badguy!!!) in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” and is the author of over 150 definitions to words that aren’t, but should be. Follow him on Twitter @neologasming.
Katie Samson works as a Museum Educator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She finds time to tell stories when there is a microphone, an audience, or ten seconds of awkward silence in any conversation.