About Us

The Bee is lovingly competitive (& occasionally curated) storytelling in SLC.

On the First Friday of each month we get together to tell and listen to stories; ten storytellers picked at random from a hat have five minutes each to tell a true story on the theme of the night without notes. On some months, we host evenings of curated stories too.

Bring your friends. Have a drink. Laugh. Cry. Bee entertained.

We are supported in part by Utah HumanitiesKRCL 90.9fm, & Catalyst Magazine.


The Bee Team

Photo by Anna Pocaro

Photo by Anna Pocaro

Giuliana Serena

Beekeeper & Founder

Giuliana hosts & produces The Bee as well as offering support to individual storytellers and organizations in preparation for curated events.

Her reverence for stories and storytelling is rooted in her work as a Ceremonialist and Rites-of-Passage Facilitator, with a particular affinity for menstruation, movement, and the moon.

Photo by Dallas Graham

Photo by Dallas Graham

Samara Bean

Samara specializes in singing, creating art, hugs, and possesses an eccentric playful, and unbridled sense of vitality. 

You’ll likely find her smiling and laughing as she coordinates volunteers for our shows, making sure each night runs smoothly and most importantly that everyone has a good time.

Photo by Anna Pocaro

Photo by Anna Pocaro

Jeannie Woller

Jeannie is a lover of dogs, poorly timed high fives, and honest humans. She is always looking for ways the mind can connect with the voice in order to highlight individual and shared experiences.

Her efforts are integral to our online archiving production & live shows.

Check out her TEDxUSU on losing her identity and finding her worth.

Sullivan Phetchanpheng

Sullivan is a super friendly guy obsessed all things music and sports. Sound is his real passion, he began by doing it part time and just started his own small business Lights and Sound Studio. 

When he’s not running sound for The Bee don’t be surprised when you see him doing it for KRCL 90.9fm (a local community station and supporter of The Bee).

Photo by Anna Pocaro

Photo by Anna Pocaro

Anna Pocaro

Photographer-in-Residence

Anna is passionate about everything that she shoots and specializes in private and corporate event photography with a flair for capturing the beauty of children and families – especially those with special needs.


how we came to Bee

In the fall of 2014, Giuliana's sister Francesca called her with the not-so-crazy idea of hosting an evening of lovingly competitive storytelling that December, when she would visit Salt Lake on a break from grad school in NYC.

The structure and form of our debut, and now subsequent gatherings, was shamelessly inspired by The Moth (a non-profit organization that, since 1997, has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to adoring crowds worldwide), which both sisters greatly admire, listen to regularly, and had seen together live for the first time in 2013.

Though the initial idea was a bit out of the ordinary, Giuliana was game, the show was planned and The Bee was born. Our name is a direct play on The Moth, and since we’re in Utah, The Bee was an obvious choice (we’re the Beehive state, after all).

The theme of our first night was “Tradition,” both because we are a community with a rich diversity of traditions (even though the rest of the world might not see us that way) and we had a not-so-secret hope that our community would love it and that The Bee would have a chance of becoming a tradition here in Salt Lake.

Due to the exceptionally positive response to our debut, Giuliana decided to keep the new tradition going.

We’ve had the good fortune of teaming up with some very fine folks in our community that help make The Bee such great experience for everyone. We’re especially grateful to our audience members and storytellers, venues and volunteers, and Utah Humanities, KRCL 90.9fm, and CATALYST Magazine for their generous and ongoing support!

From novice to experienced storytellers, we appreciate and celebrate every single person who gets up on our stage. As we continue to grow and evolve, we’re striving to cultivate meaningful community gatherings which focus on authentic engagement. Quite literally inviting you to bring a friend, have a drink, laugh, cry, and bee entertained. We also like to think there’s a whole lot more than a good time taking place; over these few years The Bee has become a place for people to be themselves – together – and create meaningful dialogue & real connections in our community.