Moving Stories partners with community organizations to create shows integrating live storytelling with original music and dance. 


Moving Stories Foundation partners with local organizations to produce live, full-length performances integrating storytelling with original music and dance. Our mission is to create high-quality arts productions that empower individuals within the community, creating a platform for them to share their voices and their stories. We strive to address relevant social issues, through the lens of personal experience, while enhancing the content of stories told through music and dance.

We operate under the philosophy that the community benefits when individual members share their stories publicly. By addressing issues that plague our communities, cities, and society at large, we hope to use this template for live performance to empower individuals while also creating a dialogue within the community. 

The performance is designed based fully on the content of stories told. Our team of professional choreographers, musicians, composers, storytellers, and directors knit together a structure in which all forms can come together, and exist side-by-side. 

As an arts model, and a business model, our hope is to fight elitism in the arts. On a purely aesthetic level, it is our belief that people--or any one person--have something to offer the rest of the community. Our team works to create a show that highlights whatever that particular message is. The fundamental philosophy here is that the everyday person has just as much to offer on stage as the concert pianist, opera singer, or jazz saxophonist. 

As a business model, Moving Stories strives to create a partnership between highly successful arts institutions (museums, conservatories, etc.), and grassroots organizations. Moving Stories serves as the middleman, or intermediary between the two. Sponsored by successful arts institutions, we work in partnership with a community organization, to build a show based on the stories of individuals within that organization. With our team of directors, we aim to create a show that appeals to all audiences: those within the arts community, and those outside of it. The show itself would serve to create a dialogue within the community, diminish stigma, and create a larger sense of community--across boundaries of class, race, gender, and culture. 

It is our fundamental belief that the power of the everyday can, when presented honestly, be more striking than that which is highly cultivated. 

If we could reopen the conversation between our best minds and the broader public, the result would not only transform society, but also artistic and intellectual life. Most American artists, intellectuals, and academics have lost their ability to converse with the rest of society. We have become wonderfully expert in talking to one another, but we have become almost invisible and inaudible in the general culture.
— Dana Gioia, former chairmen, National Endowment for the Arts