Every month, Testify brings five different storytellers to the stage to share five very different stories.
Kimberly Caldwell has been telling people what to do for about 34 years now. She’s become a master facilitator in her professional life, which is kind of like telling people what to do under the guise of collaborative thinking. Kim is using this skill to help elect progressive women to state and local offices.
A native Austinite, Kim has lived in Little Rock, Washington, D.C., and, briefly, Cape Town, South Africa. Kim enjoys not running, coffee, bourbon, good food with great friends, and Netflix. She has two children, Edie, 13 months, and Allison, 4 years, who is learning the art of telling Kim’s husband what to do.
CBS News called Aralyn Hughes the QUEEN OF WEIRD. Each day is a performance and a mission to bring art and creativity to Austin. Her home, her art car, her array of hair dyes, and her stories make people smile.
After doing 10, one-woman storytelling shows in and outside of Austin, there was a film about it. While this documentary about her life was coming together, Hughes took the time to compile a anthology called “Kid Me Not.” of stories by “women from the ’60s, in their 60s who chose not to have children.” She is a coach, a performer, and Austin icon talking about aspects of Sex Love and Death, Aging and Feminism.
Ladi Loera is an illustrator, writer, improv student and story teller. His artwork is all based on the Mexican holiday “the day of the dead”. His stories revolve around loss and how we can learn from loss. “We tend to hide our grief as if it is something to be ashamed of. But talking about it is the truest way to heal.”
Adam Membrey is a special education teacher who takes pride in being half-Australian and full-Dork. Born and raised in Spokane, WA, he feels a weird twinge whenever he doesn’t meet his 10,000 steps goal every day, but has learned the value of having ice cream and waffles for dinner. His head is full of unfinished movie ideas, digressive blog posts, and poorly-worded jokes, some of which show up on his website, adammembrey.com.
Stephane Noll is a writer and teacher living in Austin. Her work has appeared in Modern Loss, Motherwell, and is forthcoming in the Ocotillo Review. She’s told stories at Listen to Your Mother, Story Department, Backyard Story Night, the Tellers, and Story Bar. Stephanie is the founder of Old Books for New Teachers, an organization that helps new teachers build classroom libraries.