Every month, Testify brings five different storytellers to the stage to share five very different stories.

February Storytellers

Sayward Anderson

Sayward Anderson currently works as a waitress but aspires to make monsters.

Nikki DaVaughn

Nikki DaVaughn is a writer, body activist, performer, occasional domimatrix and shenanigan starter. She is the founder and director of Fat Bottom Cabaret and co-producer of The Midnight Menagerie, a collective of POC performers based in Austin. She spends most of her time dating poorly and writing stories about what it’s like to be fat and black in Texas.

Brian Grosz

Brian Grosz is a man who makes things. Whether it’s a meal, a painting, a story, or just causing a general ruckus laden with profanity, he’s proud of his work.

Rod Haden

Rod Haden spent 8 years as a stay-at-home dad. The experience made him older, wiser, and… well, older anyway. He’s back in the full-time workforce now and spends his free time hiking Central Texas and working with his lovely girlfriend Flora on their podcast, “Caterpillar Goo: Tales of Transformation” which you can find at

Iram Leon

Iram Leon is in his 3rd year as President of the Austin Runner’s Club. He has been featured in local, national and International media. At the end of the day though, when people ask when he started running, he says the same time as everyone else, shortly after he started walking. He just hasn’t stopped. And like a fair share of marathoners, you give him 5 minutes, he’ll be telling you about it.