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Meet Deirdra Angelucci, Cerene Shepard and Stephanie Federoff of The Narrators in East LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deirdra Angelucci, Cerene Shepard and Stephanie Federoff.

Deirdra, Cerene and Stephanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Narrators began as a connection between four women who had found themselves drawn to the magic of immersive performance, but felt unsatisfied by one-dimensional character concepts and superficial parameters. We were already working together in a previous project, so when Stephanie mentioned her desire to split off and start something that felt more aligned with our values, it was an easy choice for the rest of us to join in.

Our mission was clear from the beginning. We saw that both the value and power of performance lied in the ability to relate to the “human story” through imagination and empathy. We wanted to be storytellers; we believed that no matter how big or small, serious or farcical, every story was worth being told. So the “why” was very obvious to us… it was the “how” that took more time to figure out. Collectively we had a variety of performance-related skills to draw from, but we weren’t sure how it would all fit together. Would we be making choreographed stage shows? Music videos? Clowning acts? Who would our audience be?

Suffice to say, we had a very interesting and creative first few years, and in some form or another, ended up kind of doing it all. We danced on main stages, hosted all-night improv comedy shows, dressed as old ladies and served grilled cheese at events in DTLA. We thrived in the limelight of the outrageous, committing so completely to the moment that we often ended up blurring the line between parody and reality. That blurred line was our sweet spot and what we eventually became known for. We’d break the fourth wall and invite our audience to create WITH us, letting them be the storytellers too.

Over time we honed our skills, grew as a collective, and found our audience. We’ve become more polished, but our spirit has still remained the same.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of our main struggles has been learning how to take our individual ideas and work together towards a common goal. The Narrators is made up of a variety of artists who have different approaches, each of us wanting to utilize the platform to bring our own creative ideas to fruition. It took us some time to figure out our individual roles and how to support one another’s visions as professionals in a balanced manner.

It’s because of our earlier, more complicated years that we are now able to think on our feet and overcome obstacles. Our first priority is always to care for our performers with love and appreciation. We’ve had to find our way through all kinds of gigs over the years, some seemingly impossible with very low budgets, and others that ran without a hitch in lavish environments. We are a ragtag bunch of clowns who choose to prioritize comedy in the face of adversary. We like to remember that whether you’re swimming in champagne or mud, so long as you’ve got your friends and creativity, you can make some magic together.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Narrators – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
The Narrators are a #certifiedsilly entertainment troupe that specializes in storytelling through character acting, choreographed dances, music, and specialty acts. We primarily create character concepts for clients, focusing on roaming performances and interactive games. We’ve worked with companies such as Insomniac Events, The Do Lab, and Coachella, as well as produced our own immersive events with dinner and a show.

We found our slogan “certified silly” a few years ago when people started noticing how reliable we were as professional clowns and characters. Our line of work tends to be filled with chaos and unforeseen complications, so clients appreciate how consistent we are in our craft. We always bring positive energy, wit and innovative ways to interact with patrons while tying it into a story, brand or specific celebration.

What sets us apart from others is how personal we aim to be with our characters and with the audiences who witness them. Our team has been known for making special memories because our performances evoke sweet sentiments and important reminders: that each of us is worth celebrating, that we all deserve to dance and play, and that silliness isn’t restricted to children. We take that message wherever we perform, from big stages with big crowds, to small parties and gatherings.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the future, The Narrators hope to produce more immersive events open for the public to attend. We’ve done a couple in the past and they have been very successful. We will continue to create custom characters for music festivals, concerts, and private events as well. There is always room to build upon our ideas making them better and better for clients and audiences. We have so many characters rotating now, we are really excited to see what new worlds we will create for them!

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Image Credit:
Jonathan Shoup Studio, Insomniac Events, Global Dance Fest, Volcheck Shot, Daniel Zetterstorm, Ezra Spurrier Photography, Conner Lee Coughnour Photography

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