Micaela Blei holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from New York University in Educational Theatre and English Education. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre, with a research focus on personal narrative performance and its impact on identity and learning communities. She is also interested in process drama and classroom curriculum design at the elementary level, as well as storytelling and drama in history and social studies classrooms.
In addition to 7 years as a classroom teacher at the elementary level, Ms. Blei has been a teaching artist with the Story Pirates, Teaching Matters and The Moth (a national nonprofit dedicated to storytelling performance). Micaela served for three years as the curriculum director for The Story Pirates and led the design of their original educational programming. At The Moth, Micaela has been one of the two program designers and instructors for the High School SLAM program. She is The Moth's Education Program Development Manager. She is also a passionate storyteller: she is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and has appeared in storytelling shows throughout New York City as well as on the road with The Moth Mainstage and on tour nationally with the Unchained Tour. She can be heard on the Moth Radio Hour on Public Radio Exchange.
Micaela writes plays and fiction for young audiences. (She wrote a short musical about spelling for Educational Theatre's Theatrix!, which she will gladly re-enact on request.) She has had training in clown, trapeze, physical theatre, solo performance and comedy improv. When it's above 50 degrees, she can be found on her bicycle all over the city.