The Story Collider has a new show at their Los Angeles home stage this Thursday, February 21st. The show, which was named in L.A. Magazine’s ‘4 of L.A.’s Best Live Podcast Tapings‘, has a mission to bring true, personal stories about science to life. The idea is that everyone’s life is touched by science in some way and that we all have a story about its singular effect. The show showcases storytellers of all backgrounds – researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also folks who are not from the science community. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious. They’re all true and all personal.
The upcoming L.A. show is at 8pm, Thursday February 21st at The Lyric Hyperion, The theme of the evening is ‘Finding Answers’ and the line up is, as always, spectacular and boasts storytellers from the worlds of science and entertainment.
Adriana Darielle Mejía Briscoe is an evolutionary biologist and lepidopterist. Her research has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic, Scientific American, and on public radio. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the California Academy of Sciences, and was recently honored with the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, the first woman and third person overall to have been given all three of these awards. She is working on her first book, a memoir about butterflies.
Audrey Kearns is a writer, actor and producer. She majored in both theatre and political science at the University of Florida. The political science degree was to make her mother happy because her mother thought that living as an actor would be god-awful. She was right. Audrey is the founder and editor-in-chief of the influential pop culture website, Geek Girl Authority. She hosts and produces the podcasts Geeky Fun Time, Kneel Before Aud and 5 Truths and a Lie. She is a Los Angeles producer and host of The Story Collider. She also wrote, produced and performed in the successful one-person comedy Obsessively Okay which somehow managed to combine her battles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with her love for Star Trek cosplay. If that’s not nerdy enough for you, then just ask her to show you the two separate inhalers she carries with her at all times
David Nett is an actor, writer, and producer. He co-ran a theater company in Los Angeles for 15 years, has written & produced two award winning web series (GOLD & Night of the Zombie King), and has written or acted in a bunch of stuff that it feels exhausting to list, so would probably be worse to read. Currently, he’s the writer for Geek & Sundry’s “Starter Kit,” the VP of Entertainment Development for Arc Media, and the Dungeon Master for two ongoing Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, one that he’s been running since 1987. He wants to thank his parents, who did not utter a single angry word (to his face) when he left his Physics scholarship behind (a semester away from his BA) to pursue a BFA in acting, the kind of decision only a 20-year-old is capable of making.
Nadia Osman is a writer and performer in Los Angeles. She’s the creator of Depressed, a web series about depression and anxiety featured in Vulture, as a Staff Pick on Vimeo, and more. Nadia has also done a fair amount of sketch writing and performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles, and co-wrote Mad Men: The Musical and Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth, which featured in Entertainment Weekly, Business Insider, and many more. She’s also contributed to Reductress, CollegeHumor, and The Devastator. Nadia holds a B.A. in History from UC Irvine and is a graduate of the UCLA Writer’s Program. She can sing well enough and play several musical instruments pretty poorly, so definitely hire her for this.
Jess Phoenix is Executive Director and co-founder of environmental scientific research organization Blueprint Earth. She is a volcanologist, an extreme explorer, and former candidate for United States Congress. She has been chased by narco-traffickers in Mexico, dodged armed thieves in remote Peru, raced horses across Mongolia, worked on the world’s largest volcano in Hawaii, piloted the Jason2 submersible on an undersea volcano, and explored deep in the Australian Outback. Jess believes science should be accessible to everyone, and that creative possibility is limitless. Jess is a Fellow in The Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society, a featured scientist on the Discovery and Science Channels, an invited TEDx speaker, and she has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, in Wired, Fast Company, on National Public Radio, on CNN, NBC, and has written for the BBC.