STORYTELLERS & WRITERS
CURATOR - theVOM
Dustin Ballard is a storyteller and creative artist who works as an actor, director, writer and teaching artist and originally hails from South Mississippi. With a B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Kean University, he was the 2009 Region II Winner and National Finalist of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. As an actor, he has performed at Lincoln Center with the Little Orchestra Society, Two River Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of NJ, and others. As a Teaching Artist, Dustin works with the George Street Playhouse in the New Brunswick Public Schools creating original theatre based on the American Revolution, Greek Mythology, Native American folk stories, and immigration. Dustin is also an improviser and live storyteller and has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Magnet Theatre, the People's Improv Theatre, and the Moth.
CURATOR - theVOM
Molly Graham is an oral historian, documentary radio producer and archivist with ﬁeld experience in Massachusetts, Maine and the Midwest. She attended Bates College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine, where she's from. Molly produced an award winning radio documentary called Besides Life Here, which was licensed by several NPR affiliates. She earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston. After Simmons, she worked as the oral historian for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, transitioning the archives into the digital age and doubling the collection of interviews with Wisconsin-connected veterans from all over the state. Last fall, she was an invited panelist at the annual Oral History Association meeting in Oklahoma City, presenting on “Digitization, Reference and Communications.” As Assistant Director of Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc., a nonprofit organization she cofounded in Maine, Molly worked to record and preserve the voices and stories of Maine's way of life, language, and history.
CURATOR - litLAB
Jad is a writer for New Brunswick Today and project curator for coLAB Arts. His passions include archaeology, history, classical stories, reading, and writing. Jad has an interest in science fiction/fantasy, as well as various other genres. He is especially interested in how stories have adapted throughout geography and time, and how they reflect the environment in which they were written.