THE STORY PARTY
Jodi Eichelberger moved back to Boise from New York in April of 2014. The very next month, he featured at Story Story Late-Night’s PLAYTHiNG and he’s been playing along ever since. He joined the board in 2015 and has served as artistic director since 2016. Jodi comes to us with a wealth of background in the performing arts ranging from the artistic director of a non-profit theater to a performer on Broadway. Jodi was an active storyteller in the New York storytelling community, including at The Moth, SpeakEasy Stories, and a community storytelling show in Brooklyn he produced called “Stories 4.” He also produced a podcast of personal narratives called “The Acorn People” for several years. Jodi is best known for his part in the original Broadway cast of “Avenue Q” and for his role as “Stingy” in the international children’s television show “LazyTown” which has aired in the US on CBS, NBC, Nickelodeon, Sprout, and Netflix. He has also worked with the Jim Henson Company in film and stage. It is this background in puppetry that led him to create and perform the “Slammer of Shame,” a Story Story Late-Night exclusive, where he lip-syncs with our black sheep puppet to a hidden storyteller’s words. In Portland, Oregon he was the artistic director of Tears of Joy Theatre. Since coming to Boise, Jodi has performed as an actor with Alley Repertory Theater and Boise Contemporary Theater. He is also the Program Director for Surel’s Place, an artist in residency program.
Amanda Rich is a poet and performer with over a decade of experience in creative writing, street theater and community education. Recently, her work has been showcased at One Flaming Arrow: Intertribal Art, Music and Film Festival in Portland, OR; 2016 StoryFort; the Boise Art Museum’s Tall Tales exhibit and the Death Rattle Writer’s Festival. Contact Amanda—and inquire about our Studio program—at email@example.com.
A lifelong word nerd with a wry/awkward sense of humor, Jessica Holmes is the co-founder and OG creative driving force/master of ceremonies behind Story Story Night for our first 6+ years. She not only drove the creation of our flagship season, but also the Story Story Studio workshop arm, the adults-only Story Story Late-Night season, the local-luminary-studded Starry Story Night special event, the mobile recording Story Story Booth, and our podcast. Now a senior copywriter for CLM Marketing & Advertising in Boise, she still keeps our brand, copy, and website on point and pitch perfect. She’s also a Studio guide. She’s an Idaho Business Review Accomplished Under 40 (2011), won the inaugural Boise’s Funniest Person stand-up comedy contest, and was named the “Best Invitee To Your Next Cocktail Party” in Boise Weekly’s 2013 Best of Boise issue. She’s been profiled (but not for criminal reasons) in both the Idaho Statesman and Boise Weekly. She posts about thrift store & vintage fashion, old lady decor schemes, her cat, and cheap-wad pursuits on her blog Cheep.
Jitasa, Nonprofit Accounting & Bookkeeping
Frankie Barnhill, Board Member