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Story City Troupe

March 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Story City is a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford, CT area and trained by Matt Dicks, one of The Moth’s champion storytellers. Story City Troupe uses The Moth Formula: all are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. The troupe members range in age from their 20’s to their 70’s, proving you can come up with a good story at any age.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll identify!

This month’s theme:

This month’s cast:

Jill Wruble
Mike Isko
Maire Greene
Nina Lesiga
Wendy Marans
Saul Fussiner
Kerri Noack
Catherine Conant



Displaying Jill Wruble and guitar.jpgJill Wruble

Jill got into storytelling as a way to improve her teaching skills…she’s still working at it.  Jill is indebted to Matt and Elysha Dicks for their storytelling coaching—but solely responsible for her storytelling. Check out her Ted Talk at UPenn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrjx8ikME7Q



Displaying Mike Isko at The Buttonwood Tree.jpgMike Isko
Mike is a long time lawyer, short time story teller. A father of two children who have little tolerance for him, he is enjoying the empty nest he is sharing with his wife. Raised in New York by a rowdy gang of New Yorkers, there are plenty of stories to tell, but he’ll have to kill you if you hear them.




Maire Greene comes from  long line of storytellers. She learned to tell stories at her Grandma’s knee and from listening to her dad an accomplished Irish storyteller.  Maire has told stories for SpeakUp Ct, at numerous fundraisers and local shows and at DiLoretto School in New Britain where she appears weekly as Mother Goose, telling stories to the second grade classes.

Displaying Nina Lesiga.jpegNina Lesiga

Nina’s talent for crafting stories arose from a passion for uncommon adventure and to share her experiences with others.  Following a 30-year Corporate career in a global role, Nina decided to go after the life of her dreams as a Travel Coach, Motivational Speaker and Story Teller.

Nina tells stories about adventure and discovery from growing up in Brooklyn, New York, her travels and stepping outside her comfort zone. She’s performed at The MOuTH, PechaKucha, Tellabration, Story Barn, Speak Up, Listen Y’All and other events.  As a Travel Artisan, she speaks about Travel in Libraries, Museums, Universities and civic organizations.  Nina’s travel blog is www.gottatravelsolo.com

Wendy Marans

Wendy Dalton Marans is an aspiring story-teller and cellist, a flamenco attemptress, a wanna-be cabaret singer, and proud Board Chair of Music Haven. A long time story listener, her own story telling path began at The Institute Library in New Haven, in 2014. She’s been heard at Anne Tofflemire’s Cabaret, Chris Arnott’s Café 9 Events, Westville’s Permission to Fail, New Haven’s Open Studios, participating in Hanifa Washington’s Literary Happy Hour, and at a Moth Story Slam in NY. In her other life, Wendy is a Communication Disorders Specialist, working with children who have challenges in speech, language and communication, to help them find their voices and share their stories.

Displaying Saul Fussiner.jpgSaul Fussiner

Saul is a teacher in New Haven.  He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.  He is a screenwriter with two produced film credits, and his scripts have been semi-finalists in the Nicholl, Slamdance, Zoetrope and Chesterfield Screenplay Fellowship contests.  He has been telling or reading a new story live at Café 9 in New Haven every month since October, 2013.  He tells stories at the Institute Library in New Haven regularly.  Saul tells highly personal stories that Christopher Arnott has called “scintillatingly self-aware.”

Displaying -3Kerri-Noack-Headshot-Finals-WEB.jpgKerri Noack

Born to a family of ten sons and a loving Mom and Dad, we experienced life in the frigid scape of far northern Maine, the near bliss of a small New England town, the rural hills of southern Virginia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to name a few. The stories of those faces and those places are a passion deep within me.




Displaying Catherine Conant.jpgCatherine Conant

For more than 20 years Catherine Conant has been a professional storyteller, specializing in the art of original, personal oral stories. She has appeared at festivals, colleges non-profit and corporate events as well as the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and The Moth. She currently works with nationally recognized storyteller, Donald Davis, presenting week long workshops for people working in non-profit and community development organizations in the New Haven area. This fall she will be a featured teller at the Timpanagos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah.


March 3, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm