Tracey is busy. She is an award-winning storyteller, producer of a bi-monthly storytelling show, a workshop leader, public speaker and a member of the board of directors of the National Storytelling Network. She came to storytelling later in life, has embraced it with the fervor of an evangelist, and it is her mission to spread the transformative powers of storytelling far and wide.
Tracey launched her career in New York City in the 1990s as a reporter and editor for local newspapers and national wire services, interviewing assorted politicians, celebrities and criminals. She eventually left journalism to pursue a second career as a marketing and communications executive, and currently heads up the Marketing Department at a professional services firm in Garden City, Long Island.
Her first love, however, has always been performing, ever since the age of 10 when she was cast in the only child role in a college production of the melodrama, “Gold in the Hills – Or the Dead Sister’s Secret” (she was the dead sister’s secret). Although she gave up dreams of Broadway stardom after high school, the joy of capturing an audience’s rapt attention never left her. In 2015, she discovered the Moth Radio Hour on National Public Radio and was blown away by the realization that there was an art form where she could combine performing with the personal essays she’d been writing for years. A new dream was born.
Tracey got up the nerve to tell her first story at a Moth StorySLAM in NYC in May of 2015, won the competition that night with a story of heartbreak and redemption and went on to then win the Moth GrandSLAM competition that November. She has since won two additional Moth StorySLAMs and has been joyfully performing at storytelling and variety shows all over the New York region ever since. One of her favorite stories, about her relationship with her mother-in-law, was featured on The Moth Radio Hour’s Holiday show in December 2017. She has also appeared on the Risk! live show and podcast, at SpeakUp in Hartford CT, Prose of Pie in Westchester and Take Two Storytelling.
In June 2016, Tracey launched her own storytelling show on Long Island, “Now You’re Talking.” And in November of 2016, she was named the Mid-Atlantic Board member for the National Storytelling Network. She also teaches storytelling workshops on Long Island and in New York City and speaks at national business conferences around the country.
Tracey is the fourth of five children raised on Long Island by a Borscht-Belt comic and actress-turned-New York City English teacher. Her favorite people to hang out with are her twin teenage daughters, her husband, Fred, and their mutt, Cash.