Murray Nossel (left), co-founded Narativ in 2002 and has been teaching his listening and storytelling method around the world for more than 25 years. Murray also applies his listening and storytelling methodology in the theater and documentary filmmaking. Two Men Talking, a performance of his listening and storytelling method developed with Dr. Paul Browde, has been performed in the West End of London and Off-Broadway in New York City. His film, “Why Can’t We Be a Family Again?”, about African American brothers in Brooklyn struggling to reunite with their mother, a recovering drug addict, was nominated for a 2002 Academy Award®. The origin of the World Mother Storytelling Project (WMSP) took shape after Murray's parents were hijacked in their car in South Africa. This incident forever changed his relationship and perspective of his mother who convinced the hijackers to leave them unharmed. Murray has since founded the WMSP with the aim of creating a movement of listening and telling mother stories around the world.
Dewi Tan (center) is currently Project Manager of the World Mother Storytelling Project (WMSP). She earned her B.A. in anthropology and film at New York University (NYU), and is heavily influenced by storytelling and its application to both ethnography and visual media. Dewi is passionate about learning various multicultural perspectives of mothers, and strongly believes that building a culture of listening and telling mother stories will deepen our understanding and appreciation of motherhood around the world.
Doug Safranek (right) is a renowned egg-tempura artist behind the Conduit portraits. Doug received a B.A. in French from Boston College and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with Robert Grilley, magic realist John Wilde, and art historian James Watrous who introduced him to egg tempera painting. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Arkansas Art Center, the Norton Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the course of his thirty-year career, he has received a number of awards and honors, including a Greenshield’s Grant, a solo exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art, and the Gold Medal from the Allied Artists of America. Mr. Safranek is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City.