ABOUT US

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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 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

Aimee Stahlberg

Artistic Associate

Edmund O’Brien

Program Manager – Firewriters

Carla Stillwell

Artistic Manager – Temporary LockDown

Thomas Murray

Program Manager – Word Warriors

Ozivell Ecford

Artistic Manager, CV at Western

Tory Davidson

Community Engagement Manager

Adam Polak

Executive Assistant

Cristina White

Program Manager – Changing Voices

Mackenzie Vigliotti

Case Manager – Changing Voices

Hilary Williams

Program Manager – CV at Austin

Shawn Wallace

Composer – CV at Western, Firewriters

Myron Silberstein

Artistic Associate

William “Nook” Hall

Teaching Artist – CV at Western

Cheryl Coons

Program Manager – Temporary LockDown

Leslie Newcorn

Program Manager – Firewriters

Gail Gallagher

Composer – CV at Austin

Landree Fleming

Teaching Artist – Temporary Lockdown

Marchello Lee

Teaching Artist – CV at Western

Diana Lawrence

Composer – Temporary LockDown

Liz Grear

Teaching Artist – Changing Voices

Anne Sobel

Grants Administrator

Brendan Epton

Recruitment Associate

Jacob Clinkscales

Teaching Artist – Word Warriors

Kateri Halbleib

Teaching Artist in Training – Firewriters

Noah Raheem

Teaching Artist in Training – Word Warriors

Melvin Williams

Teaching Artist in Training

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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