WHY YOU CAN TRUST THIS WOMAN WITH YOUR STORY...
Have a story you're working on for a GrandSlam or other show/festival? Want to rework an old story or polish a new one? Need help finding an arc, the nut, the why? Carmen Mofongo, a.k.a. Titi Shell, a.k.a. author/performer Michele Carlo can help!
- She's told stories across the U.S., including RISK’s live shows and podcast, and the MOTH’s GrandSlams and Mainstage in NYC, plus NPR and the PBS World Channel TV series “Stories from the Stage.”
- Her Moth Slam stories became a book: “Fish Out of Agua”.
- After over 20 years of performing in multiple genres too numerous (and sometimes too tortuous) to mention, she knows when to bring out the funny (and when not to).
- She knows how to get your attention (you read this, didn't you?) and can help you find your own unique voice, too.
Day and evening coaching hours available. Contact form at the bottom of this page.
THE STORIES BEHIND YOUR STORY (Grade 8+) We all have stories inside us. But sometimes it's difficult for the young (and not-so-young for that matter) to articulate them. This reading/ writing/storytelling workshop will teach students how to shape a three to five-minute story through examples (including a story from Fish Out Of Agua), along with prompts and exercises, culminating in each student reading their story aloud and a takeaway suggested reading list for further inspiration.
FISH OUT OF AGUA (Grade 8+) Can support a class teaching Fish Out Of Agua or be tailored as a standalone reading/discussion for a school's Hispanic Heritage, Women's Studies, Latino Leadership or Diversity programs. A short reading from the book will be followed by an artist's talk, Q & A and discussion on the realities—and rewards—of choosing a life with the arts.
THE ART IN YOUR HEART (Grade 8+) Is being an artist a viable life choice for city youth, youth of color—or anyone for that matter? This presentation will uncover the pros and cons of choosing a life in the arts through mapping exercises and the breaking of stereotypes, along with insights from life-learned lessons, the importance of craft and survival techniques, and the relevance of art to a tech-obsessed world, shared in a memorable and moving way, including balancing a day (rent) job with a life (art) job
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD (55 mins) Four stories. Two centuries. One neighborhood. A solo theatrical show about the effects of gentrification on four inhabitants of the same Brooklyn neighborhood one of whom the polar bear who just may have been the trigger for it all. Can be a standalone performance or used as a springboard for a panel or workshop.
Book Michele for a Performance or Program!