Hillary Rea is the founder of Tell Me A Story, a company that works to communicate an authentic narrative through live events, corporate workshops, and individual coaching. She is an award-winning storyteller (NYC Moth StorySLAM winner, Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s Animated Stories, the Story Collider) and the host of Tell Me A Story’s long-running live show.
Hillary is a 2016 Independence Foundation Fellow in the Arts and was a 2011 Artist-in-Residence for Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC. She has worked with 1812 Productions as an actor (Tribute to Joan Rivers), educator, and assistant directed It’s My Party: The Women and Comedy Project, an interdisciplinary storytelling and theater piece.
In addition to performing and running her own business, Hillary is the producer and host of Rashomon, a podcast where one family tells every side of the same story. She holds a certificate in Audio Documentary from Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.
I show people how to be the main character of their story. I do this through documentary work — through long-form narrative audio stories, bringing stories to life on stage, and teaching others to document their narratives on their terms. At the core, my work is multi-platform comedy. Listen to it through ear buds on your smart phone. Experience it by wandering through an installation at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative. Or laugh and weep in the same room as the living, breathing storyteller. I look for small moments that can turn into big stories. I help the stories fly out of others’ minds and mouths through genuine conversation and by revealing bits about myself along the way. People need words. They need to hear them out loud. Spoken by real voices, as intimate as an audio story, as loud as a voice behind a microphone. As we digitally disconnect -- from our community and ourselves — humans sharing stories, with and about other humans, is our lifeline. Thanks for listening.