Margot Leitman is a storyteller, comedian, writer and teacher originally from Matawan, New Jersey.
She is the best-selling author of “Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need” from Sasquatch Books/Random House and the comedic memoir “Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase” from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.
She has written for NBC, Dreamworks TV, the Hallmark Channel and the PixL Network and a variety of print and online sources including Cosmo and Backstage Magazine. In 2016 she worked as the west coast story scout for “This American Life.”
Margot is a five-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM, and was the Moth GrandSLAM winner in New York City achieving the series’ first ever score of a perfect 10. Her stories have been featured on NPR’s “The Moth Podcast,” “Good Food,” “Unfictional” and “Strangers.” Additionally Margot has been featured on Dan Savage’s podcast, “Hot Mic,” Earwolf’s “With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus” and is a frequent contributor to the popular podcast “RISK!”
Leitman is the founder of the storytelling program at the UCB Theatre, where she has performed in dozens of shows over the years and is a frequent monologist at their glagship show “Asssscat.” As a public speaker, recent appearances include Bindercon, StoryU Live, CUPRAP 2017, Olin College of Engineering, SciComm Camp 2017, 4A’s, SPOKEN in Mumbai, and the Teton County Library in Wyoming.
A proud graduate of the Ithaca College Theatre Department, Leitman is an amateur baker, two time game show winner and avid practicer of Kundalini Yoga. Margot currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, sons, and embarrassingly small dog.