Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury, VT 05753
View in Campus Map

Open to the Public

Moth wings on an old-style microphone

Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live and without notes. This year’s edition, on the theme of “Playing the Long Game,” will feature six storytellers: Middlebury students Youness Cheboubi ’24, Beckett Pintair ’24.5, and Hannah Alberti ’26; and Middlebury faculty/staff members Karl Lindholm, Mark Saltveit, and Raghad Sayyed.

This 11th annual community-wide event is produced by the Middlebury MothUp in partnership with the Mahaney Arts Center. Stay after the show for a reception with the storytellers and organizers.

Middlebury Moth-Up producers Harper Nichols ’24.5 and Joseph Wilson ’24 will host, with Mahaney Arts Center Technical Director Mark Christensen providing the musical interludes. The event is co-organized by Middlebury Moth-Up students Kristen Morgenstern ’24, Ewan Inglis ’24, and Rach Peck ’25 in partnership with Mahaney Arts Center director Liza Sacheli.

This event is presented with real-time captioning. Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, including one intermission. For mature audiences.

Tickets: $15 public, $10 Middlebury faculty/staff, alumni, and emeriti; $8 youth; $5 Middlebury College students. This event will also be streamed: $10, or $5 for Middlebury College students. In-person tickets will include access to the stream. Buy tickets:

Answer our audience question, and maybe we’ll read your answer on stage! What is the best scheme that you’ve ever pulled off? Alternatively, what is the best scheme you’ve ever tried to pull off, but has fallen flat? Submit your answer at

Do you have any suggestions for storytellers for future Moth events? This could be anyone, from community members, to students, to staff, or even you!  Nominate a storyteller here:

Accessibility Services information here.

Sponsored by:
Mahaney Arts Center

Contact Organizer

College Box Office