Just some of the amazing humans bringing the New Story Festival to life...
board of directors & Festival Co-Hosts
The new story core ORGANIZING team
Barry is a local community organizer who found his way to Austin 3 years ago after spending most of his adult life in Connecticut and other parts of the Northeast. He has a passion for social justice in its many forms, and continues to identify ways to make an impact within his community by motivating and guiding individuals to work together. Barry most recently worked with the Austin Justice Coalition as their Outreach & Engagement Director.
K Stellar Dutcher
K. Stellar Dutcher is a musician, songleader, facilitator, organizer, poet and culture change advocate based in Austin, TX. They believe deeply in listening, singing, confronting & healing white supremacy culture in themselves & others, and laughter. They are the founder of The Seventh String, and travel throughout the U.S. leading workshops on authentic relating, leadership, song circles, and coming home to more intimate connection with self, planet and perceived other.
Tamisha is a PhD student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA studying Theology, Culture and Ethics. She works with several arts organizations including Listen Los Angeles (a listening project featuring an all African American cast reflecting on the current state of the country through art), Level Ground (engaging empathy across difference), and ARC Art | Religion | Culture. She also co-hosts a podcast entitled Why We're Friends.
Katie Jo Suddaby
Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby is a pastor, speaker, consultant, and artist from Rochester, NY, working at the intersection of art, spirituality, and social justice. She is one of the few people in the Western hemisphere who create sand mandala art - have learned the technique from Tibetan lamas and Buddhist monks in Nepal.
Danny is a trauma informed somatic mindfulness coach and plays at the intersections of meditation, spirituality, healing and relating. He has spent over 10,000 in silent meditation retreat exploring for himself the direct experience pointed to by spiritual traditions. He is now in the deep inquiry of taking the depth of the inward journey and applying it to becoming fully human and engaging in a world that requires action with an open heart.
DG is a geek, foodie, United Methodist minister, contemplative photographer (Hollums Photography), daddy, husband, son, self-described "extroverted contemplative community curator”, lover of all people, disruptive innovator, and seriously he really does love and appreciate you.
Jones is a street canvasser for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. and M.Div student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. They also have an recently discovered passion and amazing aptitude for volunteer coordination at events!
Lizzy recently moved to Austin, Texas from Steamboat Springs, Colorado after completing a service year in the Episcopal Service Corps. Once in Austin, she began her own stuffed waffle business, serving sweet and savory stuffed waffles all around town. When she isn't eating waffles, she likes to get outside for a hike or a climb!