Into the Woods Spotlight: Stephanie Noll

Stephane Noll is a writer and teacher living in Austin. Her work has appeared in Modern Loss, Motherwell, and the Ocotillo Review, and Precipice: An Anthology. She’s told stories at Listen to Your Mother, Story Department, Backyard Story Night, the Tellers, and Story Bar. She and her husband Michael once ran out of water during a backcountry camping trip in the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque and it’s nothing short of a miracle that they are still alive–and married.

Tonight Stephanie will tell a tale of adventuring and hobbits in her piece, The Mosquito Dells.


Into the Woods Spotlight: Melissa aka The Modern Mortician

Melissa (aka the Modern Mortician) is an advocate and educator on end of life choices for the public, as well as a volunteer for Non-Profits striving to improve end of life. A first generation Funeral Director/Embalmer, she prefers to be called a Mortician, as it encompasses both titles. Melissa has been in and out of the “industry” for almost 20 years, and in 2010 became driven to educate consumers on their end of life options beyond just burial or cremation.

She is passionate about empowering families to care for their own in death, and supports home funerals, natural burial options, and more progressive and new/alternative disposition options at end of life. As a Funeral Industry Consultant, she is invited across the country to spend time with progressive minded funeral firms, to evaluate their offerings to the community, and provide guidance on how to serve their client families in a modern and transparent way.

Tomorrow night, Melissa comes to testify with her tale of a burial among the trees in her piece
Bringing Death Home.


Shelter From the Storm Spotlight: Paul Weiner

Some people were just born for a reason, and Paul Weiner isn’t one of those people.

Paul made a reason by rising from ashes after being raised by wolves. Raunchy, relatable, introspective and observational, Paul gives audiences a look at the hard twist of the absurd and frightening with his honest comedy and his true life storytelling. Based out of Austin, TX, Paul’s surprising and unique delivery about his story will make audiences realize that he’s everything they said he could be never be.

This month, he brings to the Testify stage a story of finding a touchstone in a time of chaos with his story, Never Not Broken.