Meet the Muse Team
As part of the Muse Storytelling Process, we define the purpose of a story using five Keywords. Below you'll find the personal Keywords for each team member — a representation of their personal purpose.
Patrick Moreau, Founder
I am, quite literally, obsessed with story. No, not that word ‘story’ that often gets tossed around with little meaning. The story that refers to the timeless tradition shared well before we had written language. I believe that story is unparalleled in its ability to bring people together.
I've worked for some big brands, directed several documentaries, won some Emmys, but more than any of that, I'm a real dude that loves the craft of filmmaking and how it’s a skeleton key to unlock so much wonder in this world.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: EPIC, PERSPECTIVE, OPEN, SEEN, ACTION
Rebecca Rapple, CEO
While I’ve done many things and worn many hats in my life, I’ve always been a storyteller.
I’m driven by curiosity and my core desire is to understand what makes us the same and what makes us different. I want to understand people, to understand who we are. And I believe that real stories, told with care and intention, can help us understand and appreciate one another and ourselves.
For fun, I love the steep part of the learning curve more than anything. Throw me in the deep end! And swimming, so my metaphor is apt.
And yes, that’s my pup, Kaiya Jean. She’s a muppet. Or Chewbacca. The jury is still out.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: Curiosity, Strategic, Original, Playful, Growth
Madeline Saporito, Head of Film Production
I’ve produced films across Australasia, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. Behind the scenes, I’m juggling hundreds of contractors in our network to make sure we meet thousands of client expectations. And whilst it keeps me busy, I love that I get to build great relationships with really good people.
What we create together inspires me to be a better human and learn new ways of thinking. There is nothing more exciting than a challenging story that disrupts an industry, inspires new conversations, and changes perceptions.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: CHALLENGER, ENERGY, HEART, empowered, impact
Siouxsie Alarcon Brown, Director of Operations
I'm from a long line of storytellers, jokesters and pranksters.
Storytelling is in my blood. I've been doing it professionally for the last 20 years. The most important thing I learned from that experience was respect of the story. Is it honest? Does it truly touch people?
The philosophy and backbone of what Muse stands for is something deep down aligned with my beliefs.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: HONESTY, INQUISITIVE, AUTHENTIC, CONNECTED, FUN
VARINA SHAUGHNESSY, Lead StoryFinder
I’m kind of a people person — always have been. I’m the type who will walk into a brewery and know the bartender’s life story by the time I leave. Wired to forge and foster authentic human connections, I’m driven by an insatiable desire to make the world a better place. While working with nonprofits in East Africa and South Asia, I discovered something: stories — real, human stories — are powerful. Stories have the ability to change hearts to move minds. They can bring people together, humanize enemies, communicate complex concepts, and inspire action.
Now, armed with story, I’ve taken my extreme extroversion and aimed it at making our broken world a little more beautiful. So come and say hi. Just, you know, be prepared to get immediately invited to pizza night so I can hear your story.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: Passion, intrepid, doers, challenge, see
Richard Percy, Muse Filmmaker
I’ve been a door-to-door canvasser, an elementary school secretary, and the frontman of three failed garage bands. Thankfully, none of that spoiled my interest in hearing what people have gone through, and what they hope for.
I love being emotionally moved by people, and I love seeing others be moved. Whether that means laughing at a joke, crying at a movie, swaying to a song, those are the moments when the “cool” cracks. For a long time I dreamed of having a job that would let me do the moving.
Now as a full-time filmmaker I’m creative with a purpose, making work that is honest, necessary, and really fucking cool looking. All of those slammed doors, bloody-nosed kids, and empty tip jars — yeah, it was all worth it.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: EMPATHY, VISION, CREATIVE, UNDERSTOOD, GROW
Ivy Staker, Anthropologist & StoryFinder
I’m deeply intrigued by people and their stories — the things that make them tick — and endlessly fascinated by the infinite variations in the ways that human beings view and experience the world. From a tiny island in Western British Columbia, my curiosity has propelled me around the globe — up Kilimanjaro, across Spain, and around Iceland — each journey serving to further cement my belief in the profound power of community.
I aim to practice radical empathy in my daily life, helping people to share their stories and build their communities, one connection at a time.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: CONNECTION, TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GROWTH, KINDNESS
Kristina Koenig, Muse Bookkeeper & Lover of Spreadsheets
I love wondering at the details of things: How does this work? What does that do?
Detailing the numbers is what I do to help teams conquer milestones and realize dreams — the stardust within all of that glow! I've worked with many small teams, from construction to coding, and I love the agility and exuberance that comes with a close-knit and idealistic group. You get to learn things — try things that might fail, and then get up, dust off, and get going again. Sitting behind the scenes of stories, I get to see firsthand that at the other end of every set of numbers is a human reaching, moving outside their comfort zone, trying to up their game.
So bring on your, "I'm not sure this will work" — I bet I've got a spreadsheet for you!
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: creative, INQUISITIVE, Dreamer, WELCOMING, inclusive
Gina Russillo, Executive Assistant & Wearer of Many Hats
To me, stories are magic.
I am, and have always been, a word nerd. My favorite thing about books is the way I feel when they suck me in and hold my attention so tightly that I forget everything outside of the world within the pages. When I get so immersed in the setting and so invested in the characters that, upon finishing, I look up to realize that hours have passed since I began and now it's dark and I've skipped three meals and I really have to pee.
You know— that feeling.
That's what I want to do for others: Tell a story so compelling and captivating and meaningful that it transcends everything and transports them to a place they'd never thought existed, or to a mindset they'd never considered.
I believe that if a story has the ability to impact even a single person, it's worth sharing. Everyone's got a story within them, and there are few things more fulfilling than being a part of something that inspires people to let theirs out.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: LITERARY, FANTASY, Genuine, true, discover
Tim Morgan, Lead Software Developer
I've been a full-stack software developer for almost 20 years, focusing primarily on web and mobile apps. I enjoy solving unique problems and helping people. I find the energy of startups inspiring. I’m a fan of the Muse process because I've seen it just plain work repeatedly.