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FALL:Voices of People of Color

I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams FALL:Voices of People of Color Through Moth-Style Storytelling

  • Thursdays, 10/24-11/14 (no class 10/31) • 5:30-7 pm • $75/4 wks (includes ticket to Arts Riot Moth Story Slam on 11/12!) • Instructors: Ferene Paris Meyer and Susanne Schmidt • Final Performance at 6pm on 11/19 in the FlynnSpace!

  • Hoehl Studio Lab, 3rd floor of FlynnSpace Map It

  • Please note: Online registration requires payment in full. To request a scholarship or payment plan, please fill out This online form or call 802-652-4537.

  • Limit: 12

How would it feel as a person of color (POC) in Vermont to have a Moth Style storytelling class centered around you?! This new collaboration with the Flynn aspires to create space for POC voices to be heard, finding connection and sense of belonging through shared narratives of resilience, POC joy, melanin magic, vibrant cultures, surviving, thriving, and more! Our intention is to provide our local POC community a storytelling space to learn and affirm one another, minimizing the impact of microaggressions and harm.

In this POC affinity space, one can practice the art of live, first-person, Moth-style storytelling. Learn how to structure, edit, and perform your own story in preparation for a live POC Story Slam to liberate our classroom conversations and personal stories! This class will be instructed by Ferene Paris Meyer and Moth producer Susanne Schmidt, who will join on occasion to share her knowledge and Moth storytelling experience (both locally and globally).

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FERENE PARIS MEYER manifests joy in our local community as a partner, mother, healer, and artist. Storytelling has always been part of her personal and professional narrative, cultivating spaces for vulnerability and authenticity. She enjoys her local involvements, volunteering with the Loving Day Vermont organization and as one of co-creators for the podcast show, “Black to Our Roots”. She has worked in Student Affairs for over 14 years, supporting new student transition and currently serves as the First Year Experience Program Director at the University of Vermont. She looks forward to crossing paths with you and building connection through shared identity and affirmations. Learn more about Ferene’s storytelling projects below.

Live Slam from Flynn Theatre Moth-Storytelling Class .
“We are UVM” Project for the Class of 2023 at The University of Vermont .
“Black To Our Roots Podcast (available on Soundcloud, Itunes and Spotify!) .

SUSANNE SCHMIDT MS, LCMHC is a teacher, standup comic and comedic storyteller. A Moth Story Slam winner, host, and regional producer, Susanne is also the founder of "Say It Forward Productions,” a storytelling performance collaborative that raises funds for non-profit organizations. In 2015, Susanne was voted the winner of both the New England Public Radio Valley Voices Grand Slam and Vermont’s Extempo Tell Off. She has appeared in the Green Mountain Comedy Festival, the Boston Women in Comedy Festival, the Toronto SheDot Festival and the Arctic Entries Main Stage in Anchorage Alaska. As a national educator, Susanne teaches classes and workshops on how to take the funny and poignant events in human lives and turn them into stories that heal, inspire, and entertain listeners. For more information, visit her at

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