Who We Are


At Creative Narrations, we see stories as an essential resource to bring about change for marginalized populations. We believe that the process of storytelling can lead to self-discovery, strengthening relationships, and building power. Founded in 2001, our mission is to support organizations with a wide range of multimedia tools to document the voices and images of change.

Co-Directors

  • Natasha Freidus is the founder and co-director of Creative Narrations. Before entering the media field, Natasha worked as an adult educator and organizer. It was through community building work that she developed her interest in the role of storytelling as a tool for social change. Natasha has conducted workshops in multimedia storytelling for diverse groups throughout the country. She has also studied and worked in a range of communities including the U.S./Mexican border, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, and spent 2006-7 on a Fulbright Fellowship in Tarragona, Spain. Natasha earned her Masters degree in Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was community media coordinator and a course instructor at The Center for Reflective Community Practice from 2001 to 2003. She believes that if she can learn how to connect a video camera to a computer, anyone can.
  • Jennifer Nowicki-Clark has been co-director of Creative Narrations since 2006. Before that, Jennifer worked for ten years in Adult Education as a student leadership coordinator and instructor for ESL, Technology, Civics and GED classes.   She received her BA in Sociology from Boston College and her Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Arizona. Currently based in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and two boys, she has taught digital storytelling to a wide variety of groups nationally and internationally. Jen has also coordinated the production of several program documentaries, including We Are Adult Education and Refugee Journeys. 

 

    

 

  • Antoinette Angulo is a public health practitioner and activist in Seattle, WA.  She is experienced in developing, implementing, and evaluating media strategies such as radio novelas, liberation theatre, photovoice, and digital storytelling with diverse populations for health promotion and advocacy.  Antoinette earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington and studied health policy as an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley.   She is passionate about community building for health and is committed to addressing social inequities through leadership, capacity building, advocacy, and health promotion and research.

 

 

 

 

 

Associates

  • Caleb Paull Dr. Caleb Paull has a broad background in literacy education,communications, assessment , and the integration of technology and story. He was the first Education Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley California, and has taught digital multimedia and narrative workshops around the U.S. as well as in Asia. As a faculty member at Roosevelt University, he helped infuse digital storytelling into the curriculum as a tool for qualitative research and effective presentation. His dissertation, "Self-Perceptions and Social Connections: Empowerment through Digital Storytelling in Adult Education" (2002) was the first qualitative study to research the impact of the digital storytelling process on the storyteller.
  • Josh Schachter is a photographer, visual storyteller, educator, and community activist who has worked for organizations throughout the U.S. to document issues from urban revitalization to food security. His images have been published internationally in books, magazines, newspapers, films and web sites, in venues ranging from the New York Times to the Navajo Times. Josh earned a master's degree in environment management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies, where he explored how urban youth could use photography to share their own lives and perspectives. Over the past decade he has taught documentary photography to youth, teachers, neighborhood groups, and nonprofit organizations in places ranging from New Delhi to Nigeria. Since 2005 he has developed a passion for digital storytelling and has facilitated digital storytelling workshops in the US and abroad. 
  • Seth's headshotSeth Schromen-Wawrin is an urban planner, cartographer, and community organizer in Seattle, WA. He helps communities tell stories and build a sense of community through interactive map-making. Additionally, he is involved with multimodal transportation advocacy and education at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and previously Feet First. Seth is data and outreach manager for Creative Narrations' project Mapping Our Voices for Equality in King County, Washington.
  • Evan Goldberg has worked with digital video since the early days of QuickTime in 1994.  His background includes work in education, technology training, and video post-production.  Evan has taught digital storytelling to a variety of groups, including train-the-trainer workshops.  He has a BA in Creative Writing and has found that digital storytelling is an ideal combination of his interests in writing, teaching, and technology.  Evan works as an IT supervisor for Pima College Adult Education, an adult literacy program in Tucson, Arizona.  
  • laura picLaura J. Revels is a Tlingit from Southeast Alaska and has been involved with Tribal organizations for 20+ years, with the last 10 years in Tribal Health.  She currently works with Alaska, Washington, Montana and South Dakota Tribes to develop cancer education/outreach materials using traditional stories and art, as well as provide cancer education and community outreach training.  Before she became involved with cancer education, she worked with Alaska Native Tribes developing health promotion/disease prevention programs and materials.  She is passionate about how health education is communicated, especially for the Native People, and continually explores new ways to use traditional methods, such as storytelling, to relay wellness and prevention education.
  • Morgan Schwartz brings 15 years of experience building websites and interactive experiences to Creative Narrations. He pursues a client-centric and iterative approach and has worked with numerous not-for-profits & small businesses. Morgan holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and an MFA in Visual Art - he enjoys both the technical and the aesthetic/interactive/strategic aspects of building web experiences and is comfortable “speaking” both languages. Morgan has built numerous websites with a particular focus on sites that leverage Wordpress & Drupal as the underlying CMS. He is comfortable building custom plugins/modules/themes for these systems if the project requirements cannot be met by existing technology. Morgan is proficient in HTML, CSS, Javascript/jQuery and PHP.

Affiliated Organizations

  • Creative Narrations is certified as an official Women's Owned Business with WBENC.
  • The Center for Digital Storytelling is an international not-for-profit community arts organization rooted in the craft of personal storytelling.
  • MassImpact (IMproving People’s Access to Computer and Technology) represents a vision for maximizing the benefits and usefulness of information technology and related media.
  • Stories for Change is an online meeting place for community digital storytelling facilitators and advocates.

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