Episode 160 – Margot Leitman Teaches Storytelling
Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher who is originally from Matawan, New Jersey. She is a leading expert in the growing field of storytelling, as a result she has written two books on the subject: Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need (best-selling book), and her latest book What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books. Margot's comedic memoir, Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.
She has also written for NBC, DreamWorks TV, the Hallmark Channel and the PixL Network, as well as a variety of print and online sources that include Cosmo and Backstage Magazine. In 2016 Margot worked as the west coast story scout for This American Life.
A Performers Life
Margot is a five-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM, and was the Moth GrandSLAM winner in New York City achieving the series' first ever score of a perfect 10. Her stories have been featured on NPR's “The Moth Podcast,” “Good Food,” “Unfictional,” “Strangers,” and she is a frequent contributor to the popular podcast “RISK!”
Leitman is also the founder of the storytelling program at the UCB Theatre, where she has performed in dozens of shows over the years and is still a frequent monologist at their flagship show “Asssscat.” Margot travels all over the world as a public speaker, storyteller and teacher. Internationally she has performed and taught at the SPOKEN FEST in Mumbai, India as well as a six-week teaching residency at the Blue Room Theatre in Australia.
In her spare time Leitman is an amatuer baker, avid yogi and a devoted bibliophile. A proud graduate of the Ithaca College Theatre Department, and she now resides in Los Angeles.