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Stories from the Stage

Stories from the Stage Live Taping at the WGBY Studios in Springfield

Live Taping at WGBY [SOLD OUT!]

Friday, June 15
WGBY Studio
44 Hampden Street, Springfield MA 01103

Everyone has a story to tell. Some are funny; some are sad — all are unique.

Stories from the Stage is a World Channel series illustrating the power of personal storytelling. A live audience will attend a local taping of Stories from the Stage Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in Springfield as WGBY records multicultural storytellers from around the Pioneer Valley.

The performers, selected by Valley Voice Story Slams’ creator the Academy of Music Theatre, will share their tales and vie for a spot on Stories from the Stage for broadcast on public television stations. Storyteller and comedian Wes Hazard will host.

Stories from the Stage is a production of WGBH World and airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m. on World Channel.

Valley Voices Story Slams is a production of the Academy of Music Theatre and NEPR.

Event Details

This taping of Stories from the Stage takes place Friday, June 15 at 44 Hampden Street, Springfield MA 01103 (click for directions).

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Light snacks will be provided. Beverages will be available for purchase.

QUESTIONS? Contact Marie Waechter at 413-781-2801, ext. 1547 or mwaechter@wgby.org.

Wes Hazard, Host of WGBY WORLD Channel's Stories from the StageMeet the Host

Stories from the Stage co-host Wes Hazard is a New England native who has been named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Hazard brings wit, energy. and honesty to the stage -- qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Hazard is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage, and he has appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast and The Story Collider podcast. His debut humor book, Questions for Terrible People, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. In 2017, Hazard was awarded a New England Emmy for his hosting work on CBS Boston's The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con

Meet the Storytellers

Jump to: Andrew Shelffo | Sera Rivers Susanne Schmidt | Tone Nunes | Kevin McVeigh Kerrita MayfieldTulip Chowdhury 

Andrew Shelffo has been telling stories around the Pioneer Valley since 2013. He works at the Williston Northampton School where he teaches English and oversees the school’s technology. He has two teenaged sons who constantly point out how lame he is and thus give him plenty of fodder for stories. He is currently working on his first novel.

Sera Rivers is a young adult novelist. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and co-chair of their 2018 New England annual conference. Sera’s memoir, The Wicked Ones—which details Sera’s journey of finding her true identity after surviving the brainwashing and abuse of a fundamentalist religion—won the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Award. When she isn’t writing or story slamming, Sera can be found running throughout New England, training for her next marathon. Visit her website: www.serarivers.com.

Susanne Schmidt is a graduate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a standup comedienne. She is the daughter of two incredible parents and the mother of two amazing sons, all of whom would prefer that she stop talking about them on stage. For more information, visit her at sueschmidtcomedy.com.

Tone Nunes is fairly new to storytelling and tends to focus on embarrassing himself. A technologist by trade, you can find Tone on the weekends rescuing animals or scouring Ebay for a Wonder Woman cake pan or Bionic Woman lunch box. Tone’s fear of clowns and birds tends to keep him indoors and away from carnivals. Tone is a vegan and hates it.

Kevin McVeigh has told stories since age three, when he blamed the shattering of a precious family vase on his imaginary friend, Bash. He learned storytelling at the dinner table from his father, who drew upon his Irish heritage for tales that redefined “truth.” Kevin also tells stories from his Catholic background, his years in 1970’s California, his checkered employment resumé, and the long winding road of his search for love. He lives his best life story in Greenfield, Massachusetts with his wife Ginger, three cats and a storytelling cockatiel named Benny.

Kerrita Mayfield seldom has a hard time talking (or listening). She believes in the magic of science, the skills of artmaking, the beauty of human connection, and that each of us has stories to tell.

Tulip Chowdhury is a former English language instructor, with many passions: nature, writing, music, reading, swimming, hosting TV shows, and cooking. Books authored by her: 1. Visible, Invisible and Beyond, 2.Stars in the Sky, 3. Red, Blue, Purple, 4. Rain Drops, 5. Nature and Love and “April”, a non-fiction co-authored with Andrew Eagle. Tulip lives in Massachusetts.