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Storycatchers is the youth.

They are determined, passionate and eager to find a path to success. After hearing their powerful stories and seeing them achieve things they never thought possible, this is irrefutable.

Unfortunately, federal law prevents us from identifying minors in public. They may be anonymous, but they are real people. They are surviving as best they can like anyone else. They have dreams like anyone else. It’s the media, the cynics, the uninformed that have taken their identity away. They tell their stories to take it back.

Storycatchers is our staff.

It takes a specialized, dedicated team to help highly-traumatized youth to step onstage and tell their stories. Our staff are professional artists and administrators who take part in monthly trainings to keep up with trauma research, cultural issues, advances in art-expression therapy and creative initiatives with key partners.

In short, these are people are unique. They are smart, passionate and driven to help young people succeed.

Staff Bios.

Meade Palidofsky

Founder and Artistic Director

Priya Shah

Executive Director

Rachel Hauben Combs

Director of Development

Cydney Patrice Cleveland

Director of Production

John Armstrong

Director of Operations

Ozivell Ecford

Artistic Manager – Changing Voices

Cristina White

Program Manager – Changing Voices

Cheryl Coons

Program Manager – Temporary LockDown

Thomas Murray

Program Manager – Word Warriors

Tamara Drew

Interim Program Manager

Shawn Wallace


Diana Lawrence

Composer – Temporary Lockdown

Denton Arnell

Music Director/Composer

Martin Gold

Music Director/Composer

Matt Griffo

Music Director/Composer

Mackenzie Vigliotti

Case Manager – Changing Voices

Tory Davidson

Community Engagement Manager

Marchello Lee

Teaching Artist

Dee Dee Batteast

Teaching Artist

Liz Grear

Teaching Artist

Medina Perine

Teaching Artist

William “Nook” Hall

Teaching Artist

Dana Anderson

Teaching Artist

Mbali Guliwe

Teaching Artist

Kayla Pulley

Teaching Artist

Lia Davis

Recruitment Associate

Jacob Clinkscales

Apprentice Teaching Artist

Kateri Halbleib

Apprentice Teaching Artist

Aj Storm

Apprentice Teaching Artist

Adam Polak

Executive Assistant

Our Mission

Storycatchers Theatre guides young people to transform their traumatic experiences into powerful musical theatre, developing the courage and vision to become leaders and mentors. By creating support for youth within the criminal justice system, Storycatchers prepares them to change their lives and emerge successfully from court involvement.

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