I am a jazz singer, tap dancer, writer and director. I believe that the arts are enhanced when grounded in real-life stories. I received my Masters of Music from the Contemporary Improvisation Dept. at New England Conservatory. Before that, I devised my own major at NYU: "Navigating Chaos and Structure: In Pursuit of Freedom and Art." I was Artist-in-Residence at Surel's Place in Boise, ID, where I presented an evening of original compositions. I was a Teaching Artist with the University of Michigan Musical Society, where I taught music and dance to students K-12. I was also a Teaching Artist with Classroom Cantatas, where I wrote and composed original music with students in Dorchester. With a background in musical theatre, I founded Moving Stories in the hopes of creating a real-life musical: one grounded in real stories of real people, with a mission to serve the community. I seek interdisciplinary alternates to artistic structures; Moving Stories aims to bridge the gap between arts as elite, and arts as everyday: fighting elitism in the arts.
Meghann Perry, CARC, is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, speaker, storyteller, and teaching artist. As a coach, she works closely with individuals to help them build a firm foundation for long term recovery from substance use disorder. She speaks publicly about her own experiences with addiction and incarceration to highlight these issues, at venues like the State House, Wellelsey College, and Harvard Law School. She also shares her stories in the Moth style of true, personal storytelling, with many story slam wins to her name, including as a two-time Moth Grand Slam finalist, and leads workshops for people to learn how to share their message of recovery in the Moth style. She is an actor and teaching artist with the Improbable Players, bringing plays and workshops about substance use into schools. Meghann got her Bachelor of Science degree in Theater Education from Emerson College.
Originally from India, Chavi received her B.A. in dance with a specialization in choreography from Fontys Hogescholen voor de Kunsten. There, she founded her company, Vimoksha. She worked for the Production house Dansateliers in Rotterdam, was a guest choreographer at the University of Stavanger in Norway, and performed in festivals throughout Europe. This past spring, Chavi was the Choreographer-in-Residence at Boston Center for the Arts. She is currently working on a piece, integrating the ancient Indian martial art, Kalaripayattu.
Jacob Hiser is a versatile pianist and violinist who performs and studies a variety of musical traditions. He has performed for concerts, festivals, and workshops all over the Midwest and New England, as well as France, Hungary, and Germany. Originally from Missouri, where he graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies, he now lives and works in Boston, having recently completed a master’s degree program in Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory. During the summer, Jacob is a faculty member of two arts programs: Missouri Fine Arts Academy (a three-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music), and NextGeneration, a week-long piano/strings camp in Joplin, MO for middle school and high school students. He is currently adjunct piano faculty at University of Massachusetts Lowell, an accompanist for Boston Children's Chorus and New England Conservatory Preparatory School choirs, and also freelances around the Boston area.