Stephanie is a producer, project manager, and educator. Her film “Kinderwald” screened on the closing night of the Slamdance Film Festival in 2014 and was an Official Selection of the Munich International, Seattle International, and Napa Valley film festivals. She produced World on Trial, Episode 2, a series about human rights violations around the world. Ayanian co-owns storyshop, an independent production house for creative media. Previously, Ayanian worked as a senior producer/director for Penn State Public Broadcasting where she was the producer and co-director of Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure, for which she received the American Association of Engineering Societies Award for Journalism. She produced and co-directed the Geospatial Revolution Project, which was released episodically on the web and has screened worldwide. She holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.
Tom is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been developing and directing short- and long-form public television projects. Prior to that he ran a commercial communications group focused on higher education fundraising and healthcare education. He was also a member of the Penn State Film/Video faculty in the College of Communications. As an executive producer at Penn State Public Broadcasting, he built a portfolio of projects relating to issues of sustainability, energy and green building, including national projects on water infrastructure and geospatial technologies. He has a particular interest and expertise in real-people storytelling.
Joseph is a documentary film director. He has directed many feature documentaries for which has received prominent awards. His nationally broadcast documentaries include “Telling Amy’s Story,” “A Road to Independence,” “The Grange Fair: An American Tradition,” and “World on Trial” (episodes 1 and 2). Recounting a domestic violence homicide, “Telling Amy’s Story” was one of seven U.S. selections at INPUT 2011 in South Korea. Joe is currently developing the original transmedia project and tv series “You Can’t Say That” to air nationally on Public Television, as well as the second episode of “World On Trial” about the legality of U.S. Drone strikes. “You Can’t Say That” was recently selected for presentation at INPUT 2013 in El Salvador. Joe’s work has been seen on PBS, WORLD, NETA, APT, and the Discovery Networks among others. Some honors include Mid-Atlantic Chapter National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy awards, the Silver Screen Award, a CINE Golden Eagle, and prominent festival awards including Bare Bones, and Action on Film. Previous to storyshop, Joe served as Creative Director at Penn State Public Broadcasting. Joe is a 2008 fellow of the CPB/PBS Producer’s Academy. An inventor, designer, and worldwide bicycle traveler, Joe believes that good stories change people.