Originally from the South, Tricia spent most of her professional career living above the Mason Dixon line in New York, Boston, Ireland, and eventually New Hampshire (she’s still trying to figure out how that happened). After 28 winters, she’s made a decisive U-turn and now lives in Nashville, where she graduated from Vanderbilt some time ago. It’s a good fit.
An award-winning visual artist, Tricia expanded her creative focus from studio art to writing and performing in 2008. Informed by personal experience, her work concentrates on transformation, often questioning conformity and celebrating difference. Since 2011, she has been a frequent guest storyteller with the acclaimed international storytelling organization The Moth, which The Wall Street Journal calls New York’s “hippest, hottest literary event.” A Moth StorySLAM winner, Tricia is frequently broadcast on the Peabody Award-winning NPR show, The Moth Radio Hour, and their podcast. She performs with The Moth on the Road, and happily helped launch the inaugural show in Dublin, Ireland. She’s about to do the same in Nashville.
Her first MainStage story with The Moth, How To Draw A Nekkid Man, generated thousands of hits on social media websites and was downloaded more than a quarter million times, giving her numerous chances to teach audiences that the correct pronunciation of the word naked is indeed “nekkid.” The story also appears on The Best of The Moth Radio Hour CD Vol. 19.
Her one-woman show, also named How to Draw a Nekkid Man (formerly known as I Will Be Good), was selected for the 2015 United Solo Festival in NYC, Nashville’s 2015 Sideshow Fringe Festival, the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) and further honored to appear in the FringeNYC Encore Series. Enjoy some highlights here. How to Draw a Nekkid Man debuted in New Hampshire in December 2008, and Tricia has since performed the show throughout New England and the South under the direction of New York City-based Mia Rovegno. In 2015, Tricia released an audio version of the show on CD Baby and iTunes.
When not on stage, Tricia teaches the power of storytelling, conducting workshops for some of America’s top businesses and institutions as part of The Moth’s corporate program. She also works with her own clients, which include the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Grant and her Creative Discovery Weekends; the Global Poverty Project, who invited her to conduct a workshop at the prestigious SXSW Conference in 2015; and individual writers and performers of all levels.
In summer 2013, Tricia was one of only four playwrights invited to attend the Lake George Theater Lab. In 2014, Tricia was named the first Karen Walter Goodwin Fellow by The Wedgwood Circle, for her work as a performing artist.
Tricia was also a guest artist at the WOW Café Theater in Manhattan and a visiting artist at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. Vanderbilt University’s Women and Gender Studies Department recently sponsored a campus-wide performance of her show, followed by a discussion with the “Women in Humor Class.” She performed at the 16th Annual Nantucket Film Festival as part of the popular signature program Late Night Storytelling, hosted by Anne Meara and Mike O’Malley and opened for Ira Glass, host of This American Life, at WBUR’s gala in Boston. She continues to perform on storytelling stages across the country , including Brooklyn’s The StoryCollider, NYC’s Out by Ten, and Nashville’s The Local Show, Ten x 9, and First Time Stories.
A frequent guest speaker, Tricia delivered the keynote address for the inaugural “She Did It” Conference in Boston in November 2012. The conference, which invited women 50 plus to step into the next phase of possibility, was sponsored with the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Lewis Institute at Babson.
In addition to contributing to both online and print magazines, Tricia is currently writing a memoir and maintains a (somewhat) weekly blog at www.triciaroseburt.com.
In a previous life, Tricia developed communications and training programs for leading business institutions, including Harvard Business School Publishing and Fidelity Investments. After nearly 15 years, she decided to redirect her creative energies from business to the arts. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.