CATHERINE BURNS is The Moth's long-time Artistic Director. As one of the lead directors on the Moth's Mainstage since 2003, she has helped hundreds of people craft their stories, including a New York City sanitation worker, a Nobel Laureate, a jaguar tracker, and an exonerated prisoner. Along with Jay Allison, she is the producer of The Moth Radio Hour, and the editor of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed books The Moth: 50 True Stories, All These Wonders, and Occasional Magic. She is the director of the solo shows The Gates (written and performed by Adam Gopnik) and Helen & Edgar (written and performed by Edgar Oliver), which was called "utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Prior to The Moth, she directed and produced television and independent films, interviewing such diverse talent as Ozzy Osbourne, Martha Stewart, and Howard Stern. She attended her first Moth back in 2000, fell in love with the show, and was, in turn, a GrandSLAM contestant and volunteer in the Moth Community Program before joining the staff full time. Born and raised in Alabama, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Find her on Instagram: @burnzieny
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