All Workshop Leaders



FOST SUMMIT 2013

Dr. Sketchy
Anti-Art School
Whether you’re an art star or a scribbling newbie, Dr. Sketchy’s is the perfect place to get your fill of life drawing.
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Manual Cinema
Shadow Puppeteers
In this workshop, led by shadow puppeteers from theater group Manual Cinema, you’ll experiment with shadow puppetry technique, live cinematic editing, and overhead projector tricks; play with silhouette performance; and discover how to merge human shadows with 2-D puppets and projected environments.
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Karen Balliett
Lead Education Strategy & Outreach, littleBits
This is a workshop for makers of all abilities. Climb into the proverbial sandbox and collaborate, play, and tinker with the future of storytelling.
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Ida Benedetto & N.D. Austin
Cofounders, Wanderlust
Wanderlust Projects is the experience design group of Ida Benedetto and N.D. Austin, who engage in transgressive placemaking through adventure, intimacy, and exploration.
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Catherine Burns
Artistic Director, The Moth
Learn and apply the principles of Moth Storytelling, developed through work with thousands of Moth story-tellers.
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Meagan Cignoli
Fashion, Advertising, & Portrait Photographer
Meagan Cignoli’s stop-motion work is created using objects we all have around our home, as well as products and people.
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Béatrice Coron
Artist
Artist Béatrice Coron constructs elaborate story worlds through the craft of paper-cutting, which she also adapts into metal, stone, and glass designs.
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Loc Dao
Head of Digital Content, NFB
Loc Dao founded the NFB’s Digital Studio, creators of Bear 71, Waterlife, and Welcome to Pine Point— all of which have helped to define interactive documentary through a creative process of prototyping story, technology, and form.
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Brian DiFeo
Cofounder, Mobile Media Lab
In this workshop, led by Instagram photographer Brian DiFeo, you’ll look at the trends that are prominent on photo-friendly social channels, as well as go through a quick tutorial on how to harness your smartphone to take great photos.
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Gillian Ferrabee
Director, Creative Lab, Cirque du Soleil Media
This workshop, led by Gillian Ferrabee, Director of the Cirque du Soleil Media Creative lab, will start with a fun exercise used in clowning to teach you how to tell a story without words.
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Timothy Jordan
Senior Developer Advocate, Google
Timothy Jordan, a Senior Developer Advocate at Google, will offer participants a firsthand look at the world through Google Glass.
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Mike Perry
Designer & Artist
Moleskine and artist and designer Mike Perry team up in this zine workshop, where you’ll be invited to create your own self-published visual narrative inspired by color and your own stream of consciousness.
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Summer Shapiro & Peter Musante
Performers
Led by physical theater artists Summer Shapiro and Peter Musante, this workshop is designed to liberate creativity through a unique set of kinesthetic exercises that focus on respecting your senses, and utilizing play as a tool to generate new ideas.
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Greg Trefry
Festival Director, Come Out and Play
This workshop, led by Greg Trefry, Director of New York’s Come Out & Play Festival, will explore the interaction between game mechanics, narrative, theme, and embodiment.
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FOST SUMMIT 2012

DreamYard
Join DreamYard, with special guest Inocente, as they help uncover the stories that have found their place in objects that play important (and sometimes very practical) roles in our lives.
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Pilobolus
Under the direction of Pilobolus dancers, workshop participants will create and perform short movement narratives and learn that the use of choreography is an effective way to tell stories and create collective memory.
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Andre Charoo
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Christopher Graves
In this participative workshop, we’ll practice crafting stories that lead to “neural coupling,” the “Vulcan Mind Meld” of human narrative, the root of human empathy.
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Jonathan Harris
Participants will learn the most effective ways to communicate their own life stories, and to discover the hidden connections between their own lives and the lives of others.
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Todd Oldham
With a little ingenuity and a lot of duct tape from his Kid Made Modern line of craft supplies, Todd will lead you through this fun and easy arts-and-crafts project to create your own phone, tablet, or laptop case.
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Andrea Phillips
The acting of Story Pirates coupled with the storytelling of Andrea Philips and the mobile app Movable take you on an immersive tour of this history-laden campus.
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Margaret Robertson
Take a break from reality and play a part in this modern-day whodunit.
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FOST SUMMIT 2014

A Dandypunk
Multimedia Performance Artist & Director
In this hands-on and somewhat physical workshop, you’ll have the chance to explore performer interaction with animated projections.
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Helder Guimarães
Sleight of Hand Artist & Magician
In this workshop, Helder Guimarães will share some key principles of magic as an art form.
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N.D. Austin & Ida Benedetto
Cofounders, Wunderlust
In this workshop, you’ll take a journey into Wanderlust’s process of creating adventures inspired by neglected places.
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Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass
Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions
In this workshop, contemporary dance virtuosos Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass will lead you through the steps of their fun and funny signature duet, “I Feel Like,” performed to James Brown’s “Get On Up.”
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Jason Das
Urban Sketchers
In this workshop, Urban Sketchers and Moleskine invite you to explore Snug Harbor through illustration.
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Bryan Delaney
Playwright, Screenwriter, Dramaturg, and Script Doctor
In this master class, you’ll be invited to reflect on the fundamental building blocks of all good stories and create a checklist of key elements that will elevate your stories to the next level.
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Nancy Duarte
Chief Executive Officer, Duarte, Inc.
By understanding how your audience thinks and feels and then choosing stories, ceremonies, and symbols that are meaningful to them, you can move people en masse.
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Shea Elmore & Jeff Wirth
Executive Director & Artistic Director, Playing with Reality
Come discover cutting-edge tools and techniques for writing and performing cocreated stories, tapping the deep capacities of your mind, body, and intuition.
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Denise Jacobs
Speaker, Author & Creativity Evangelist
In this workshop, Helder Guimarães will share some key principles of magic as an art form.
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Oliver Jeffers
Visual Artist & Storyteller
Oliver Jeffers’s practice takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
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Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye
Performance Poets
You’ll learn how spoken-word poetry can provide you with new and helpful storytelling tools.
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Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël
Cofounders & Creative Directors, Félix & Paul Studios
Félix & Paul invite you to explore the relation between storytelling and virtual reality, and to reflect on how this new medium will integrate contemporary culture and impact our relation to reality.
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Christophe Laudamiel
Master Perfumer
In this hands-on and nose-on workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of why olfactory design is so important and learn about the numerous elements required to create a scent.
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Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton
Presiden & CEO, Second City
Join The Second City for this completely interactive training session where fun and laughter is the rule, not the exception, and real world situations are brought to life to get the group thinking of new ways to behave.
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Aaron Mace & Sean Weiner
Faculty Members, The Jacob Burns Film Center
In this hands-on workshop, participants will use tablets to engage with the surrealist storytelling game “The Exquisite Corpse.”
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Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Documentary Filmmaker & Visual Journalist
This workshop will explore the principles of effective digital storytelling in conjunction with brand new story authoring software debuting at FoST.
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Amadeus Stevenson
CTO, Decoded
Come code an app in an hour and walk away enlightened, savvy and ready to engage in this new world order.
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Nicholas Sung
UX Storyteller
In this workshop, you’ll look to your intuition to lead you toward creating compelling visual narratives.
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Jared Matthew Weiss
Founder & CEO, Overture
In this workshop, Jared Matthew Weiss will share the principles of presenting yourself as a “Super Human.”
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FOST SUMMIT 2016

B.E.A.T. Featuring Kaila Mullady and Y?
Let loose, get creative, and have some fun while learning the basics of beatboxing, writing, rhyming, and performing.
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Lorraine Bardeen & Carrine Fisher
General Manager / Executive Producer, HoloLens / Actiongram
In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to be introduced to mixed-reality storytelling via HoloLens’s Actiongram experience, which offers a gallery of characters, props, and more!
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Brock Davis
Artist & CCO, space150
This participatory workshop will explore how to break through creative ruts and create opportunities for new frontiers in the familiar.
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Frederik Duerinck
Filmmaker, Artist & Designer, Famous Deaths
In this workshop, Frederik Duerinck and Marcel van Brakel will teach you how to incorporate smell and touch to create embodied narratives.
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Tracy Fullerton
Game Designer, Professor & Director, USC Games Program
Dive into the design of game mechanics that create meaningful narrative play.
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Sophie Hebdidge
Product Developer, Decoded
Using open-source bot technologies, you'll build your own chat bot that represents a persona of your choosing, then interact with it and those of the rest of the group.
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Brown Johnson
EVP & Creative Director, Sesame Workshop
In this workshop, you'll work in small teams to create your own mini Sesame Street episode, learning what really goes into creating the iconic series.
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Ian Jones-Quartey
Creator, Cartoon Network's OK K.O.!
Experience the collaborative process used by the Cartoon Network for creating new characters and stories, and walk out with a new perspective on co-authorship and the creation of new worlds.
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Christian Lachel, Matthew Solari & Brad Shelton
BRC Imagination Arts
Learn how to create an engaging, immersive experience that is crafted and assembled through a powerful story and theme.
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Benjamin Lehmann
Supervising Producer, Sesame Street
In this workshop, Real Sesame Street puppeteers will walk you through all aspects of creating a TV puppetry performance, from the acting itself to the sometimes-surprising technical requirements involved.
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Margaret McLaughlin & Cameron Ewing
The Factory at Facebook
Join us as we discuss the production of our narrative VR film, Here and Now; set in New York’s Grand Central Station, it utilizes a single take to follow a variety of characters as they go about their day.
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Zach Morris, Tom Pearson & Jennine Willett
Third Rail Projects
This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and perspectives that Third Rail Projects employs in creating its immersive/experiential theater works, which include Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise.
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Eli Pariser
Cofounder & Co-CEO, Upworthy
This session will focus on creating emotional, provocative stories that inspire your audience to care—and share.
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Bjarke Pedersen & Johanna Koljonen
Creative Director / Founding Partner, Odyssé
LARP is an emerging art form in which you can explore any world, embody any character, and tell complex stories in any genre.
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Kyle Ruddick
Filmmaker & Experience Designer
Get a crash course on the latest affordable sensors and input devices.
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Randy Scott Slavin
Founder, NYC Drone Film Festival
In this workshop, you'll not only fly drones but also shoot video with them and learn the fundamentals of aerial cinematography and aerial camera movement.
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Resh Sidhu
Creative Director, VR, Framestore
In this engaging and inspiring workshop, Resh Sidu will arm you with the knowledge and tools to harness the power of virtual reality.
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Louise Story
Executive Producer, LIve-Stream Programming, The New York Times
The session will include a workshop challenge in which you’ll work in small groups to create and share your own livestreams.
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Bradley Theodore
Artist
You’ll be led through a creative, collaborative art exercise using Tilt Brush, and Bradley will discuss how the fundamentals of his approach to fine art translate to this new medium.
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Charlie Todd
Founder, Improv Everywhere
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of long-form improv comedy with an emphasis on acting on ideas quickly.
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John Underkoffler
CEO, Oblong Industries
John Underkoffler is Founder and CEO of Oblong Industries, developer of the gspeak Spatial Operating Environment and the Mezzanine system for immersive visual collaboration across the enterprise.
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Lance Weiler
Storyteller, Entrepreneur, & Thought Leader
This workshop will introduce you to creative ways to harness the Internet of Things to let stories spill from screens, into the real world, and back.
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FOST SUMMIT 2015

Joel Beckerman
Founder & Lead Composer, Man Made Music
In this interactive three-part workshop, you’ll unlock the secrets of one of the most powerful storytelling tools we have: sound and music.
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Jordan Bower
Digital Storyteller
In this interactive workshop, you’ll start down the digital storyteller’s journey. Through experiential exercises, you’ll explore the intimate connection between you, your audience, and the stories that you tell.
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James Braly
Writer, Performer, Author, & Teacher
This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to transform his or her life experiences into engaging true stories—because tragedy plus time can be very funny, and the ability to hold an audience’s attention can be very useful in any field.
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Jessica Brillhart & Saschka Unseld
Principal VR Filmmaker, Cofounder, Google Jump, Oculus Story Studio
Jessica Brillhart is the principal VR filmmaker for Google Jump. Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008.
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Bobette Buster
Story Consultant, Screenwriter & Lecturer
How do great storytellers connect with their listeners? What do you think your audience wants to hear?
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Blue Delliquanti
Comics Artist & Illustrator
This participatory workshop will explore how comics can be as visually rich as film, while allowing readers to control pacing and bring their own imagination into the action.
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Jonathan Heit
President, Partner, North America Allison+Partners
While you may know the story you want to tell and how you want to tell it, the WSIGAS Workshop will help you understand why people should care about your story.
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Maira Kalman
Author and Illustrator
Much of the time I am walking. Small journeys. The goal is to have an empty brain, to look at things and absorb them. From this comes great peace of mind, followed by a flood of ideas and memories.
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David Landa & Dianna Kane
CEO, Senior Designer, FreeAssociation, Medic Mobile
In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to leverage stories as a tool to design solutions to real-life critical situations.
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Pages Matam
Artist and Poet
This interactive workshop will explore the steps necessary toward creating spoken word, from writing to editing to reciting, delving deeper into the ingredients that are essential to “baking” the perfect piece.
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Daniel Milnor & Eileen Gittins
Photographer at Large & CEO, Blurb inc.
In this workshop, you’ll take part in a creative exercise that explores what happens when the same content is considered by multiple groups.
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David Nadelberg
Writer, Producer, & Creator, Mortified
Approach storytelling from a fresh perspective as Mortified founder David Nadelberg reveals the secret system behind his fourteen-year-old, international storytelling project’s success—and how that unique process can benefit anyone who crafts narratives.
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Todd Oldham
Designer, President, Todd Oldham Studio
Come let your inner artist out and turn cheap into chic.
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Laura Poitras & Nick Fortugno
Filmmaker, Journalist, Artist & Director, Academy Award-winning Citizenfour, Cofounder, Playmatics
This workshop will explore different strategies to combat surveillance, using tools ranging from technical solutions and storytelling to game play and countersurveillance.
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Frank Rose & Paul Woolmington
Author, Cofounder, The Art of Immersion, Naked Communications Americas
In this exercise, Frank Rose and Paul Woolmington will show how storytelling can work for brands and challenge you to put your skills to work on a real-world example.
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Randy Scott Slavin
Director, Photographer, and Aerial Cinematographer
In this workshop, you’ll not only fly drones, but also shoot video with them and learn the fundamentals of aerial cinematography and aerial camera movement.
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Amadeus Stevenson & Jeffrey Lancaster
CTO, Decoded
Working in teams, you’ll get hands-on building an Internet of Things device where a physical action will trigger a digital output.
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Marco Tempest
Cyber Illusionist
Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions.
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Ross Tipograph
Creator, 8players
In this one-of-a-kind immersive experience, you’ll take part in a theatrical performance tailored just for you and the Snug Harbor surroundings.
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Mike Woods
Founder and CCO, White Rabbit VR
In this workshop, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t in this immersive new storytelling format.
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Dustin Yellin
Artist & Founder, Pioneer Works
Dustin Yellin is an artist and founder of Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, a social sculpture and nonprofit institute for art and innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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FOST SUMMIT

Dan Milton Klein
Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Standford University
Dan Klein teaches Improvisation at Stanford University, where he is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and an instructor at the d.school.
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