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A platform for theme-based live storytelling, for people in their 20s and 30s, inspired by the hugely successful MOTH talks that started in New York 20 years ago. ‘MOTH. Live Stories’ presents true stories, performed live without notes by 6-8 brave men and women, either professional or amateur performers, storytellers or musicians. The only criteria is they have to be in their 20s or 30s, involved in some way with the Jewish community and prepared to be vulnerable!

As with all MOTH events – now performed around 25 countries, the audience is the same age as the performers, so truth is paramount and a safe space of the essence.

“The MOTH is more narrowly focused on emotional epiphanies drawn from life experiences, especially those rooted in failure, frustration, futility, and fear”.
(J. Donovan, December 20, 2013, “The 10 Most Popular Moth Stories of All Time”)

Be entertained, have a drink  & mingle with the speakers.

$15 prepaid. $20 at the door.

Each performer is given 5-10 minutes to explore in their own way, the theme of Lost.


Edan Lacey is an award-winning actor, director & improviser. A graduate of the directing program at the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), he is co-founder of Improv Theatre Sydney & teaches improvisation for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).  Edan is a two-time National Theatresports champion, & has written, performed & directed shows at The Adelaide Fringe & Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York City & ImprovOlympic in Chicago. Edan can be seen performing on The Checkout and Growing Up Gracefully on ABC TV, or heard on The Dragon Friends podcast.

Born in Argentina and immigrating to Sydney as a child, Jessica Chapnik Kahn (aka Appleonia) is an actor & musician. After having toured & played in the bands of Australian artists Sarah Blasko, Old Man River, Lior & Ben Lee, among others, she began making her own solo music under the name Appleonia.

Jessica has composed & collaborated on two soundtrack albums. She performed all the songs for Joel & Nash Edgerton’s Aussie thriller film ‘The Square’. The soundtrack album went on to be nominated for an ARIA and AFI award. In 2014, she released Appleonia’s critically acclaimed indie pop debut titled ‘OH’, described by FBI Radio as “hauntingly beautiful”.

As an actor Jessica trained under David Mamet at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York & L.A & has featured in TV, Films, short films & theatre productions both in Australia & the US. Jessica is probably best known for her two year role as Sam Tolhurst/Holden in Home and Away.

Currently Jessica is in the process of recording a new Appleonia album due for release early 2018.

Born and raised in Sydney, Ḥymie Eisman works as a whisky broker, servicing whisky enthusiasts across Australia. The descendent of Polish Jews on one side and British convicts on the other, he has been on a lifelong journey of exploration in an attempt to find out where he comes from and how that should shape him as a person and a Jew. In a never-ending battle between the past and the future, modernity and tradition, Ḥymie will share his own story of being Lost on his quest to discover his own identity.

Ruth is a young Australian woman, of Ethiopian descent, who studies Arts/Law at the University of Sydney with a major in political economy.  She also loves to write and perform poetry on topics such as cultural identity, faith, inter-generational issues and trauma, that many young second generation individuals can relate to. She sees the power of narrative and storytelling to inspire and shed light on individual as well as community experiences and unite people from various walks of life.

Born & raised in Sydney, with a lifelong interest in theatre & passion for travelling & growing, Ricky is a carpenter by trade. After going to Israel on Shnut with Habo for a year, Ricky studied acting at the Sydney Theatre School. A self-confessed weirdo, sort of hippy who’s obsessed with recycling. He’s a keen surfer, fire juggler, tree hugger & occasional Buddhist, who one day wants to build his own home.

Polita Cameron is the Program Producer at The School of Life Sydney & co-faciliator at Stand Up, a Jewish organisation which fosters young Australian’s pursuit of social justice. Polita comes from the performing arts world, having trained as an actor & musician, & has an engrained love of storytelling & the exploration of human nature. Her career has been multi-faceted, from working with Yoga & meditation schools as a community manager to engaging in the bustling world of start ups & not-for-profits. She has an ingrained entrepreneurial spirit, having established her own social enterprise, The Quest; a scavenger adventure hunt through Sydney that acts as a charity fundraiser. Polita is a lover of croissants and creating genuine connections.


Jared Jekyll is a Stand Up Comedian, Actor, Musician, Playwright & Performance Artist from Sydney. With 20 years of stage & screen experience, he is well versed in all things artistic. His original stylings have been seen and heard on The Comedy Channel, ABC iView, FBi Radio, Triple J & ABC Radio, as well as in numerous TV commercials. He has toured extensively throughout Australia, having performed sold-out shows at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe World, and at the Sydney Comedy Festival & Fringe.

Jared has written two highly-acclaimed cabarets, including Dance with De Vil which was staged at The Old Fitz & Hayes Theatre Co. & Jen & John/s which had two return seasons at The Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Jared is also a seasoned Beatboxer & Rapper, which has lead him to collaborate with Sony, Coca Cola & Nickelodeon and even open for rap superstar DMX!

“Jekyll fits into no stereotypical labels; his reverberating intensity is both terrifying and mesmerising to watch. YAWP


Casey-Ann Wainer is an education professional who has worked in various high-schools for the past 6 years. This year she has left the classroom to follow her dreams and so is currently free from permanent residency, living as a gypsy through Sydney and the Blue Mountains, before relocating there permanently to complete a PhD in education and finish recording her first album ‘Open Road’.

Casey-Ann is known for her warmth, sincerity and the tendency to delight in the smallest of things… even when feeling Lost.