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
Caitlin Miranda, Senior Producer
I am a strong proponent for the power of people — believing that the efforts of a collective of human beings armed with passion and a good story can be a catalyst for positive change. It has been proven throughout history that storytelling can foster connections, empower communities, and incite action.
I’ve facilitated opportunities for some of the most iconic brands to tell their stories, worked alongside many brilliant strategists, and have seen firsthand the impact of a powerful story and a well-thought-out integrated strategy. At Muse, my nickname is Mother Goose, which means I get to connect the dots between a collective of incredible human beings determined to make a difference.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: COMMUNITY, MULTIFACETED, COMPASSIONATE, HEARD, SERVICE
Michael Stringfield, Lead Editor & Education Ninja
Community ignites me. My love for people and their stories has taken me from the punk rock stage to Super Bowl stadiums, through Olympic arenas and all the way into the shadows of distant dive bars all across the world.
I’m an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and “Crazy Dada” to a daughter whose future is brightened by the existence of stronger communities and the power of creative stories to bring people together.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: COMMUNITY, ENTHUSIASM, TRANSPARENT, MERRY, ADVENTURE
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
Constance Kaita, Account Manager & Occasional Music Wizard
Between the ages of 4 and 22, I did nothing but sit and play the piano.
I’m a classically-trained musician and I’ve spent my life digging into the elusive stories that the greats have left behind. What was Brahms feeling when he wrote this beautiful but heart-wrenching piece? How can I do this Schubert sonata justice, knowing that the composer was sick and dying when he wrote it? And why does any of this matter centuries later?
Thousands of solitary hours in practice rooms have taught me that stories are everywhere. There’s the stories that you can put words to, and then there’s the stories that you only know exist because you feel something. I’m looking out for the intangible ones, and maybe I’ll find a way to share them if I just keep digging.
MY PERSONAL KEYWORDS: BALANCE, TRUST, CANDID, HOLISTIC, LISTEN
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
Molly Stambaugh, Executive Assistant
Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of art and communication — it’s powerful, yet also simplistic.
As a visual artist, I am always connected with the things and places around me. I pursued the creative field of photography because I enjoyed capturing the smiles that were true, the moments that you couldn’t get back, or the connections you had while creating the photographs.
Combining visual art with the power of story sets my wonder afire.
Being surrounded by these goosebump-inducing storytellers has bridged everything I have hoped to be a part of and more.