About Aaron

Aaron Calafato’s primary form of expression is that of a Storyteller & Podcast Host using both live performance (stage) and audio (podcast) as his mediums. While Calafato’s storytelling style is distinctive, it has been to compared to that of monologist Spalding Gray and radio legend Jean Shepard.

Aaron has received national attention for his storytelling work and is a recipient of a 2012 Emerging Artist Grant from The Puffin Foundation. He studied Acting at HB studio and the Michael Howard Studio in NYC and 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.

His breakthrough monologue, FOR PROFIT,  was praised nationally for its jarring look inside the For Profit educational industry, the 1 trillion dollar student debt crisis, and its vibrant portrayal of the exploitation of the American student. 

In 2016 Aaron launched The Connect (formerly Authentic Audio). The podcast has become the preeminent conversation podcast emanating from Cleveland, OH. The program is powered by Fresher Media, produced in partnership with the City Club of Cleveland & distributed digitally by Cleveland Scene Magazine. 

In May of 2018 he  launched 7 Minute Stories. This podcast uses 7 minute story vignettes to share his memories, explore his psyche and attempt to make sense of the world.

Aaron has been featured in and on NPR, The Huffington Post, The Nation, Real Money with Ali Velshi, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Belt Magazine, 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.


The Connect Podcast has been fortunate enough to partner with the following companies:

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