CHANGING THE WORLD ONE STORY AT A TIME
TMI Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization offering transformative memoir workshops and performances that invite storytellers and audience members to explore new perspectives. By sharing bravely and candidly, storytellers become agents of change, fostering compassion, understanding and public awareness.
We offer memoir and monologue writing workshops that culminate in storytelling performances, or published material. Through the ancient art of storytelling, participants divulge the parts of their stories that they usually leave out — the parts they are usually too ashamed or embarrassed to share — and the parts others most want to hear, fostering greater understanding and compassion among people. Participants turn their pasts into testimonials of survival, dispelling old shame and inspiring others. Both story-teller and listener can then rewrite their future.
CO-FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WORKSHOP LEADER
EVA TENUTO is the co-founder and executive director of TMI Project. She studied acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and went on to found The Women’s Experimental Theater Group. In the last seven years Eva has brought TMI Project from her living room to a host of performance spaces, high schools, colleges, detention centers, mental health facilities and the United Nations. Eva is the editor and director of multiple solo shows, one of which was awarded Best Comedic Script of 2014 in the Untied Solo Festival. Eva’s own true stories have been published in numerous anthologies. More at www.evatenuto.com.
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, WORKSHOP LEADER
SARI BOTTON is a writer living in Kingston, NY. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and its follow-up, NY Times Bestseller, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. She has worked as a journalist, essayist, New York Times best-selling ghostwriter, and teacher of various kinds of writing at the college level. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, More, The Rumpus, plus other publications and anthologies. Sari is also the co-editor of, “Get Out of My Crotch: Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health.”
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS
MAUREEN PETERS GITTELMAN joins TMI Project after a successful not-for-profit career in roles that have encompassed fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and social media, strategic planning, leadership development, workshop facilitation, board engagement and staff development. She is happiest when launching new programs and projects that positively affect people’s lives. Most recently, she served as Deputy Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center in Hyde Park, NY. Previously, she held executive-level fundraising and management positions at the Westchester Medical Center, NLN Foundation for Nursing Education and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Maureen received her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Additionally, she received a Certificate in Personal Leadership from the Institute for Personal Leadership and the Columbia Business School.
CO-FOUNDER, MARKETING DIRECTOR, WORKSHOP LEADER
JULIE NOVAK is a multi-talented musician, actor, performance artist, comedian and also the co-author (with Jacinta Bunnell) of the feminist coloring book Girls are Not Chicks. Whether singing in a punk band, storytelling with TMI Project, emceeing an event for a charitable cause, or performing stand-up, Novak brings her own brand of humor, poignancy and “calculated mayhem” to every live show she performs in. With an often humorous spin on her keen observations, she renders even the very personal, universal. She studied comedy and improv at Second City in Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. She’s performed stand-up in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. In 2013 she participated, along with such comedians as Lewis Black and Kathy Griffin, in the Serious Laughs Comedy Festival, headlining “Queerstock”, a gay and lesbian cabaret. She is currently touring her first solo show, America’s Next Top. See more at julienovak.com
"By not merely acknowledging my deepest insecurities, but also publicly sharing them at the United Nations, of all the places in the world, I began to accept them. I became more open with my mentors and friends and ended up creating an amazing circle of support based on genuine human connection."
"Listening to veterans' stories is literally a way to consciously share the burden of war with the warriors. I know because through TMI Project, the people in my community listened, and shared the burden of Vietnam with me."
"I don't want the mental illness to rule my life anymore; I want to be free: Free from that which has controlled me. I truly believe that I would have sought help sooner had I heard someone relate a story similar to mine. So I read my story at the performance, and I will continue to read it if people ask me."
“The retreat had such an impact – in terms of identifying their passions and purpose; understanding that effective leaders must ‘challenge the process’ and ‘model the way;’ that they build such trusting relationships and a judgment free environment in such a short period of time; and most importantly, that to truly unleash their leadership potential, they need to tell their stories, let go of the demons holding them back and prepare to re-write their future.”
"TMI Project has created an innovative methodology - one that creates community, deepens intimacy and is so needed in our culture at this time. My personal experience has been life changing and emotionally transforming. I have moved to Los Angeles but until there are TMI Project workshops out west, I plan to travel back east once a year specifically to work with them."
“Both Eva and Sari have done a wonderful job of modifying each workshop to meet the diverse needs of the students as they create a new venue for participants to explore themselves as learners, capture and record their voice in a safe manner, and work on public speaking and performance. I look forward to growing the partnership with TMI Project and our shared effort in serving the students of Ulster County and beyond."