Meet Animal Mineral's Founders
Cathy Plourde & Tavia Gilbert
Cathy Plourde's current work includes consulting with nonprofit leadership with Powering Nonprofits, and, opening a distillery & tasting room in Pawtucket called Rhode Island Spirits. She happily works with writers on the side and is writing her own series yet-to-be-named.
Cathy’s plays on coping with eating disorders (The Thin Line) and engaging bystanders in interrupting violence (You the Man) have been presented across the US and have been culturally translated for use with Melbourne's Deakin University. She has presented and published nationally and internationally on theatre and arts for social change, wellness, education, and community building, and has received commissions and artist residencies from numerous organizations to develop works addressing these issues.
As founder and director of Add Verb Productions she raised over a million dollars to promote this work, including the award-winning performance and activism anthologies (Out & Allied, vol. 1 and 2) for LGBTQ youth and their allies. She attended the Vermont Bread Loaf School of English, was a long-standing Honorary Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Maine, served as a founding member of Boys to Men Maine and the Pride Youth Theatre Alliance, and taught in Integrated Health Sciences at the University of New England.
Winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed narrator of more than 500 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. She is a nine-time Audie nominee, three-time nominee and one-time winner of Voice Arts Awards, and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards, a ListenUp Award, and three Parent’s Choice Awards. She is a trusted and sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, non-fiction, and genre fiction.
Audible named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal has written of this highly-acclaimed actress that she is "as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." Tavia earned a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, studied audio documentary storytelling at the Salt Institute, and holds an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the founder of Juniper Street Photography and a popular guest lecturer on writing and performance at the college level.