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The Moth Announces Its 2018 Lineup

Planned Shows Including Louisville, Nashville and Phoenix StorySLAM Debuts; Premiere Mainstages at Sundance Film Festival and in Cincinnati, Flint, Montgomery, Sioux Falls, and Albuquerque; and a Firs... (February 06, 2018)

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Beloved storytelling nonprofit The Moth -- the force behind the popular series, The Moth Radio Hour, heard on over 450 public radio stations nationwide, and The Moth podcast, which is downloaded 46 million times a year -- today announced its jam-packed lineup for 2018. The Moth will present close to 600 shows on stages  in the U.S. and abroad throughout the year, all featuring true personal stories told live, without notes.

R. Eric Thomas on stage at a Moth storytelling event. (Photo by Jae Yi for The Moth)

"Last year—our 20th anniversary—was incredible: celebratory, challenging, exciting, and invigorating. We're thrilled and honored to do this work and to provide a platform for the personal stories that are shared every year on The Moth's stages around the world," says Sarah Haberman, Executive Director, The Moth. "Now, looking towards the next 20 years and beyond, we are striving to bring in more voices and perspectives; to seek out new ways to amplify those stories as a way to continue to build bridges and brighten people's lives." 

Close to 6,000 stories will be told from The Moth stages in 2018; show schedule highlights include:

  • 503 StorySLAMs, taking place in 29 cities around the world including inaugural SLAMs in Nashville, TN, and Phoenix, AZ
  • 44 Mainstages, including premieres in Cincinnati, OH and Flint, MI; Montgomery, AL and Whitesburg, KY (supported by grants from EFA); and in Albuquerque, NM and Sioux Falls, SD (supported by funds from the NEA)
  • 41 GrandSLAMs, including the inaugural GrandSLAM in Atlanta, GA
  • 18 Education StorySLAMs throughout the year, with citywide High School GrandSLAMs in the summer and winter. In addition, the annual Moth Teacher Institute will be held in June, and a special Moth Education keynote highlighting true stories from teachers will open the SXSW EDU in March
  • 5 Community showcases including the first-ever Moth show in Nairobi, Kenya —presented in partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation— and those created in collaboration with new partners such as Upstream Arts, HealthGap, and Urban Resource Institute 
  • 1 Moth Ball—the annual fundraiser for the nonprofit—slated for June 5th

Also on tap for 2018: The Moth's beloved podcast celebrates its 10th year and crosses the 46 million listener threshold. Special bonus episodes will be presented on Fridays throughout the year. Themes and specific stories to be announced.

About The Moth
The Moth is an acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 30,000 stories, told live and without notes to standing­-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth conducts seven ongoing programs: The Moth Mainstage, which tours internationally, has featured stories by Malcolm Gladwell, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, John Turturro, Molly Ringwald, and Tig Notaro, as well as an astronaut, a pickpocket, a hot­dog eating champion and hundreds more; The Moth StorySLAM program, which conducts open mic storytelling competitions in 28 cities: 25 in the US plus Sydney and Melbourne, AU and London, UK; The Moth Community Program, which offers storytelling workshops and performance opportunities to adults who are too often overlooked by the mainstream media; The Moth High School StorySLAMs, which bring the thrill of personal storytelling to high schools in New York and educators around the world; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded more than 46 million times a year; The Moth Corporate Program, which provides industry-specific storytelling solutions; and Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour which airs weekly on over 450 public radio stations nationwide. The Moth's second book, All These Wonders; True Stories About Facing the Unknown was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.


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