Storytelling takes The Center stage

JACKSON, Wyo. — Five storytellers. Ten minutes each. One stage, one “more perfect union.”

The Moth Mainstage is back at The Center Tuesday, January 28. It will be a night of intimacy among total strangers. Five storytellers will share personal stories without notes in just 10 minutes. Each story will somehow fit with the theme “A More Perfect Union.”

This year, The Moth Mainstage will be hosted by Jon Goode, an author, poet, and playwright from Richmond, Virginia. Good currently calls Atlanta, Georgia home. He has been a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry, TVOne’s Versus & Flow, and BET’s Lyric Café. His stage play Khalas was showcased in the 2013 International Festival of Arts and Ideas. In 2006, Goode’s work with Nick @ Nite earned him an Emmy nomination alongside the Promax Gold for best copyright North America. Jon’s debut collection of poems and short stories, Conduit, was published in 2015; has received to date 47 five-star reviews; spent 12 weeks as the #1 title in its category on Amazon and is the best-reviewed book of poetry on Amazon for 2015-16. He is the host of The Moth StorySLAM in Atlanta, GA.

Meet the storytellers

JACKIE ANDREWS was raised in Western Nebraska in the 1970s. After college, she served as an Army officer and now lives in Columbus, Ohio. Jackie is a glass artist and tutor. She spends her days building her home next door to her daughter and grandchildren.

ANDREA COLLIER is an award-winning author, journalist and photographer based in Lansing, MI. She has been married to Darnay Collier for 37 years and is the mother of two adult children. Her favorite title is GoGo to two sweet grandsons.

KATHI KINNEAR HILL works at Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school in Portland, Oregon. She is also an Artist in Residence for Storytelling at M.L.K. Jr. School. She hits the gym regularly because she loves to cook! She has a daughter, Erica, who is in the wellness and fitness industry, and a son, Anthony who is an actor. Kathi and her husband, Dennis recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Luca. Two years ago, Kathi found members of her birth family. The journey has been a time full of joy!

BROLIN MAWEJJE is a pro snowboarder in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and a Ugandan Olympic hopeful. He recently graduated with his Master’s in Public with an emphasis in Epidemiology, and also has a Pre-Med Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry & Public Health. Currently, Brolin is training in Salt Lake City and competing on the international circuit as he prepares for a run for the 2022 Olympic Games in China. Brolin is an activist, a community leader, a devoted family member, and friend to many. He hopes to attend medical school after his pursuits towards the Olympics.

MIKE STEINBERG was the legal director of the ACLU of Michigan for 22 years, where he worked to defend the principles of democracy, freedom, and equality – and get ideas for Moth stories. He left the ACLU in September to teach civil rights litigation and start a civil rights clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Mike is also an activist, a coach, a photographer, a juggler, a husband, and a dad to three amazing daughters.

Meet the Musician 

Growing up in a musical family led MIMI SMITH to take up the violin at age four. Studying with the noted Samuel Applebaum and Oscar Ravina of the NY Philharmonic let her to many summer music workshops and playing principal violin in the NJ Youth Symphony. She currently plays with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, The Idaho Falls Symphony, Slip N the Jigs Irish, Celtic, bluegrass band and has accompanied John Denver at Dornan’s in Moose, Solas with the Teton Chamber Orchestra in Idaho Falls and collaborated in many musical theatre productions including Peter Pan, Chicago, Company, Into the Woods, The Cherry Orchard and numerous Shakespeare productions. Smith is a founding member of String Lake Ensemble, chamber musicians for hire, and the JHSO, an all-volunteer community string orchestra. When not busy preparing for her next concert, she enjoys gardening, taking care of her chickens and dog, skiing, hiking and biking and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband and family.

Don’t miss The Moth Mainstage Tuesday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at JHCenterForTheArts.org

Community Partner:

Center for the Arts

The Center is a hub for the artistic, cultural and creative activity in Jackson Hole, Wyoming We are fueled by innovation, inspired by collaboration and proud to share our 78,000 sq foot campus with

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