Rasmus Jensen

Tags: Directing; Editing

Lea Thau


Lea Thau is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director. She pioneered the podcast Strangers in partnership with KCRW and is the show’s producer and host. The podcast, downloaded more than 10 million times, won the 2015 Public Radio March Madness Bracket Contest, beating out shows including This American Life, Serial, and Radiolab for the top honor. Slate named an episode of Strangers one of “The 25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever.”

Prior to launching Strangers, Thau was the executive and creative director of the live storytelling organization The Moth, out of which she created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour.

Thau works, too, as a storytelling teacher and coach. She has trained Hollywood actors, Harvard’s Nieman Fellows, and Fortune 500 executives, as well as inner city kids in New York and Los Angeles.

Originally from Denmark, Thau first came to the United States as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her son.

Lea Thau on Learning to Let Down her Guard | interview | MPR News

Henry and Jane | podcast | NPR

Stories That Will Plain Curl Your Eyelashes | review | The New Yorker

Strangers Podcast | podcast | Story Central

Festival Years: 2018