7:00 PM — 10:00 PM
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Media Mash-Up

In honor of our mutual mission to lift up women in the arts, Athena Project and Women in Film & Media Colorado are staging the first ever MEDIA MASH-UP, a celebration of an ancient femme-forward folk story told in three mediums: theatrical, short film, and podcast. A writer from each medium was chosen to recast, redefine and retell the folk story Goblin’s Giggle, in which a bride is stolen away by goblins, but is rescued by her mother and a nun. When the goblins drink the river to catch them, they escape by making the goblins laugh.
On November 30, as part of the TedXMileHigh Adventure Series, the community will come together to share all three retellings and have a chance to hear about the very different processes involved in the creation of each project.

PODCAST: How the Goblin Lost His Giggle, by Susan Jordan
What does power sound like? In “an industry town of pretty women, mostly gay good looking actors, and hairy producers,” Harry Goblin is power by intimidation, charisma and influence. Who could possibly stand up to such a creature?

STAGE PLAY: The Goblin’s Giggle by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill
Look out! It’s a straight-up adaptation: two actresses, props, hats, and the power of willful suspension of disbelief. There is no telling what feats a mother on a mission can pull off with a little supernatural aid!

FILM: Goblins’ Giggle by Laura Alsum
Every hundred years, three goblins have the opportunity for freedom and redemption. First item on the agenda-steal a bride! However, these goblins may be no match for a modern woman, her friends, and most importantly, cell phones.



Kathryn Gould - Athena Project Artist

Kathryn Gould

Executive Producer of Goblins’ Giggle, WIFMCO Vice President

Kathryn Gould is a writer and actor with a number of local and national credits. Her short works have won awards and been featured in numerous festivals. A feature film she co-wrote, Apartment 212, is now available from cable on demand and Amazon. She has had a number of screenplay options, and is in development on two projects with Heitmann Entertainment in LA.

Angela Astle - Athena Project Executive Producer

Angela Astle

Executive Producer

Angela Astle is the proud creator and Executive Producer of Athena Project, the Denver based nonprofit whose mission is to empower women in the arts. Founded in 2012, Athena Project produces an annual month-long arts festival featuring visual arts, theatre, music, and dance created by women. The organization has grown to include summer art camps for girls in 6th-10th grade, and numerous invitations to provide programming for some of Denver’s most respected organizations such as TEDx, The Women’s Foundation, Denver Center for Performing Arts, and Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, among others.

Rachael Henney

Rachael Henney

Associate Producer

Rachael earned her BFA in Theatre and BA in English at Stephens College and completed her MA in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University in Scotland. Her heart is with new play development and she is proud to work with Athena.

Directors & Writers

Dayna Himot

Podcast Director

Dayna Himot is a multi-platform social documentary journalist capturing and creating compelling, inclusive stories, in a cloud-based world. With every keystroke and audio file, Dayna honors the legacy of social documentarians who preceded her. Her lifelong dedication to developing her technical acumen and production skills has amplified her storytelling voice beyond the Mile High City. Dayna is the 2018 Denver Woman’s Press Club Francis Belford Wayne Merit journalism award recipient.

Susan Jordan - Athena Project Artist

Susan Jordan

Podcast Writer

Susan Jordan doesn’t remember a time when she was not a writer. Her previous career provided opportunities to create content for direct marketing campaigns, to collaborate with designers and technical teams in the production of social expression products, and to freelance as a writer for newspapers and magazines. She now focuses on screenwriting, podcast development, and producing a variety of entertainment projects.

Angela Astle - Athena Project Executive Producer

Angela Astle

Stage Play Director

Angela Astle is the proud creator and producer of Athena Project, a Denver based nonprofit that empowers women in the arts. While she loved directing in New York, her favorite Denver directing credits include A View From the Bridge (Edge Theatre), The Laramie Project (Evergreen Players), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Edge Theatre) for which she won an Edgy and Marlowe Best Director award, and American Girls (Edge Theatre). In addition, she has produced 2 other local festivals celebrating the work of local playwrights and numerous staged readings. She has enjoyed developing new plays for the past 10 years.

Rebecca Gorman O'Neill - Athena Project Artist

Rebecca Gorman O'Neill

Stage Play Writer

Rebecca is grateful for several years of association with Athena Project, and for this exciting project. Originally from Ohio, she holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Professor of English at MSU Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, cinema studies, and the graphic novel.

Marteene Diaz - Athena Project Artist

Marteene Diaz

Film Director

Marteene is a writer, editor, and director who has created content for companies such as Starz and Bluprint. Although she came from a health science background, she had an intense passion for TV and film narratives. After getting hooked on Colorado, she said byeeee to Florida to study and pursue it full-time. Since graduating, she’s created an award-winning documentary short, Face Value, directed a short narrative comedy, Scary Lucy, and is continuing her directorial streak with Goblins’ Giggle.

Laura Alsum - Athena Project Artist

Laura Alsum

Film Writer

Laura is a fiction and screen writer from Colorado. She earned an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA where she won an Alfred P. Sloan prize for her original script Survival of the Fittest. Since then, Laura has written television pilots, additional feature screenplays, and a novel, and she is currently working on a web series with Denver’s Phamaly Theatre Company. She is drawn to stories about complex characters who explore life beyond its day-to-day meaning.

Team Members

PODCAST: How the Goblin Lost His Giggle

CAST: (Alphabetical Order)
Harry Goblin – Abner Genece
Alethia McGowan/Host/Narrator – Joi Hiatt
Mildred – Alicia Leeper
Max – JC Maheu
Guard – Mitch Marquez
Sister Phyllis – Anne Myers
Gabrielle – Kate Poling

Executive Producer – Angela Astle
Associate Producer – Rachael Henney
Director/Producer – Dayna L. Himot
Writer – Susan Jordan

STAGE PLAY: The Goblin’s Giggle

CAST: (Alphabetical Order)
Woman One – Anne Myers
Woman Two – Kate Poling

Executive Producer/ Director – Angela Astle
Production Coordination: Darce Beck
Writer – Rebecca Gorman O’Neill
Associate Producer – Rachael Henney
Costumes – Moriah Mosley

FILM: Goblins’ Giggle

CAST: (Alphabetical Order)
Veronica – Kathi Baerns
Jennifer – Alicia Leeper
Goblin – JC Maheu
Goblin – Mitch Marquez
Angela – Kate Poling
Goblin – Mel Turner

PRODUCTION: (Alphabetical Order)
Writer – Laura Alsum
Director – Marteene Diaz
Location Sound – Elizabeth Dolton
AD in Training – Charity Dorrance
Production Designer – Angela Forster
Executive Producer – Kathryn Gould
Unit Production Manager – Oanh Le
Production Designer in Training – Amber MacPherson
Cinematographer in Training – Kaitlin McMullen
Costume Designer – Moriah Mosley
Assistant Director – Jen Petsche
SFX Make-up – Maurice Sparks
Editor/ Script Supervisor – Lena Telep
Cinematography Mentor – David Wexler
Director in Training – Carol Rodarte Wilson


November 30, 2018
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Athena Project, TedX Adventures, Women in Film and Media