the story angels
The Story Angels are a troupe of dynamic storytellers and poets on a mission to create original work centered around specific themes and concepts provided by others to be shared in intimate settings surrounded by world-class olive oil, select vino, and other savory items to create an enjoyable learning experience with storytelling at center stage.
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Jen Larson is the self acclaimed “imperfect mother” of two amazing, almost launched humans and a middle school math teacher. Jen has a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. In her less than copious free time, she enjoys writing and is currently working on a collection of short stories, some poetry, a memoir, and a science fiction novel. One of her pieces was chosen for the 2017 Listen To Your Mother Northern New Jersey event, and she thoroughly enjoyed sharing her story, the way she likes to live her life, out loud.
Jennifer Ostrega is a spokesperson, writer, and teacher based in the New York City area. Formally a comedic improvisational actor who gained national recognition for her one-woman show comedy about corporate America. Today, Jennifer is a faculty member at Drew University where she teaches Public Speaking to International students from around the globe. She was recently awarded the INTO North America Collaboration and Innovation Award, and is a community Promise Leader of free violence prevention programs for the Sandy Hook Promise Organization. She enjoys performing at story slams at the Studio B in Maplewood.
Stacy Basko is a freelance writer and recipe developer with deep knowledge in branding, marketing and non-profits. Her diverse professional background has led her into c-suite boardrooms, 4-star kitchens and locked-down state prisons. She creates content in the Garden State, close enough, but not too far from New York City.
Marcia LeBeau's poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Moon City Review, Pamplemousse, SLANT, and elsewhere. Her work has also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine and been read on the radio. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, was a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Marcia lives in South Orange, NJ where she is an artist-in-residence in the schools, plays viola in the local symphony and has an energy healing business. With her husband, she is co-founder of The Rectangle Studio & Gallery in The Valley Arts District of Orange, NJ.
Kim Ritter Kassnove
Kim Ritter Kassnove has been performing ever since she entered the world. Kim graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Theater, and while there, studied at the Trinity LaMama theater program in New York City. Kim has spent her career in the world of education, working her way to district administrator and making many exciting stops along the way. Kim lives in South Orange with her fanatic Jets fan husband Peter, her two children and their fur baby love bug cat, named Oakley. Kim is the author of the blog Quick While the Kids Are Sleeping and in her spare time she writes, performs, watches Bravo, goes running, and gossips with her friends.
Joseph Alan Wachs
Joe Wachs holds an MA from NYU in Performance & Technology Studies with an emphasis on digital storytelling and a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Theatre Philosophy and Native-American Poetry. He is the author of Petulance & Sloth (a collection of poems my father never liked), editor of the Streamline series: Less & More and Said & Done by Jason Franzen, published by First F15teen, where Joe is co-publisher. He is co-creator of Treehouse, a serialized mobile-app recognized by the Johns Hopkins Guide to New Media and a creativity coach who uses a modern approach to storytelling to help people transform their lives. Joe lives with his brilliant wife named Sussan and dynamite kid named Daryus (Dahr-ee-is) Jase in Maplewood, NJ.