Uncharted Waters Performer Spotlight: Gloria Rabil

Gloria Rabil is a writer, filmmaker, and improviser in Austin, Texas. Her creative work bears the stamp of her unique storytelling style, focusing on the relationships because all the story you need is in the relationship. Gloria hopes to be an inspiration to others who feel that life is hard but don’t want to give up on their dream.

Tonight, Gloria will share a story of busting out of a small town, only to discover it wasn’t as left behind as she thought in her piece, Who Cares.


Uncharted Waters Performer Spotlight: Shana Merlin

Shana Merlin is a nationally touring improviser, performer and corporate trainer as well as the founder of Merlin Works Improv. She is excited to be in her first storytelling event, sharing a story she developed when she enrolled in Storytelling 101 from Paul Normandin–at her own improv comedy school! Shana lives in Austin, Texas with her two little boys and her dreamboat of a partner.

Tomorrow night, Shana will tell a tale exploring the landscape of dating in the 21st century in her piece, Match.bomb.


Uncharted Waters Performer Spotlight: Tristan Mercado

Tristan Mercado is an avid writer and storyteller. With personal narratives featured on Mamaload, she has performed in storytelling shows like Live Strong, Testify and Listen to Your Mother. Her plays have made it to Best of Week and Best of Fest in Frontera Fest Short Fringe at Austin’s Hyde Park Theatre 6 years in a row. Her favorite subjects are her awesome husband, her incredible son, and her crazy ass Mama.

Tristan will share a story of the twists and turns caretaking for a person with both borderline personality disorder and dementia in her piece, Navigating Crazy.