Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. This year’s theme: High Anxiety!
The Moth – hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal – is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.
The Moth Mainstage will be hosted by R. Eric Thomas, the host of The Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Three more storytellers to be announced!
R. Eric Thomas is an award-winning playwright and the host of The Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He is a Senior Staff Writer for ELLE.com, where he writes a daily humor column on politics and pop culture. In addition to ELLE.com and ELLE magazine, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Man Repeller, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, and more. His debut essay collection, Here For It, is forthcoming from Ballantine Books.
Robinah Babirye is an advocate for young people living with HIV and very passionate about the issues affecting the Girl Child. She lives in Uganda and volunteers with several networks of young people, especially those living with HIV. Robinah is a graduate of The Moth Global Community Program, and began crafting this story in a 2018 Moth workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. She can be regularly seen and heard on radio, TV talk shows, social media, print media, and in school outreaches, speaking out on issues that affect young people.
Monte Montepare is a mountain guide, comedian and storyteller who grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado. At the ripe age of 20, he and his best friend moved into his truck and drove to Alaska. For the better part of the last decade he lived in McCarthy, AK taking people on the adventures of a lifetime as one of the co-owners of Kennicott Wilderness Guides. Even though he’s based out of LA these days, the Wrangell Mountains will always feel like home. He’s a three-time Moth StorySLAM Winner, a Moth GrandSLAM Champion and was recently Keynote Presenter at the 2018 Ouray Ice Climbing Festival.