Aaron Calafato's primary form of expression is that of a Raconteur/Storyteller using both live performance (stage) and audio (radio/podcast) as his mediums . Aaron has received national attention for his work and is a recipient of a 2012 Emerging Artist Grant from The Puffin Foundation. He's also 2014 Netroots Nation Fellow and a 2016 Lead Diversity Alumni.
Aaron uses his signature storytelling style, performance and conversation as a tool to instigate deeper social awareness, critical thinking understanding and ethical social progress.
He has been featured in and on NPR, The Huffington Post, The Nation, Real Money with Ali Velshi, The Chronicle of Higher Education, RT-America, WEWS ABC Channel 5, Portland Press Herald, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Fiscal Times, The Hill and Washington Monthly.
Aaron studied Acting at HB studio and the Michael Howard Studio in NYC. He has performed on radio, stage, screen and television in New York and throughout the United States. His monologues, stories, and events have been screened and staged over 150 times in 20 states in the last three years.
Aaron's breakthrough monologue was titled FOR PROFIT and was praised nationally for it's jarring look inside look at the For Profit educational industry, the 1 trillion dollar student debt crisis, and a vibrant portrayal of the exploitation of the American student.
In 2016 Aaron launched the Authentic Audio Podcast. The new podcast blends Calafato's signature storytelling and authentic conversation with diverse guests from the American Rustbelt and beyond.
In addition to his performance work Aaron currently serves as Spokesperson and Public Relations Director for University Circle United Methodist Church ( An inclusive and progressive faith community in urban Cleveland, OH). He was also an original co-founder of StudentDebtCrisis.Org., the first digital platform for student debt activism in the USA.