Monday - June 6, 2016
Issue # 214

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

NSN Conference 2016

The 2016 NSN Storytelling Conference will once again be held in Kansas City, July 21-24, 2016. The theme for the conference is "Spotlight on Storytelling". The Conference Committee is reviewing all proposals, and presenters and workshops will be announced soon.

Plus these Arizona Tellers! - Fringe performances by Sean Buvala and Loren Russell - Workshop with Glenda Bonin!
Click here for the registration

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers - Family

Tuesday June 7th
Crescent Ballroom

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories about the people who helped make us who we are - the family we're born into and the family we choose to belong to.
DOORS AT 6 p.m. SHOW AT 7 p.m.
Featured tellers:
Tanya Chakravarty
Ernie Flotto
Katie Hae Leo
Rachel Egboro
Susan Carrier
Angelie Meehan
Liz Warren
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, just contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com.

East Valley Tellers of Tales - Last Meeting for Summer

Saturday, June 11th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.

NOTICE: The EVTOT officers have decided to NOT meet in July and August. We would also like to devote about half of this meeting to discuss the possibility of alternative formats for our monthly meetings. We have a few ideas of our own and also welcome input from others for ways that EVTOT can sustain and grow current and future members.

Current President, Elizabeth Mattson writes:

We had a wide-ranging and interesting discussion with lots of different ideas at the last East Valley Tellers of Tales about our mission and format and what we'd like to be. The upshot was that we really need to figure out what our purpose is. Do we need to craft a new mission statement?

Discussion participants really enjoy the sharing stories aspect of our meetings. There were some thoughts about adding coaching as an added option to our appreciations. There was also the suggestion of mixing up our meetings of story sharings with occasional workshops. There was some interest in adding a public performance or outreach to our mission.

Since there is still a lot of love for the current story sharing format, there was some discussion that our most basic plan of action might be to better promote, including getting a Facebook site for EVTOT.

We will continue our discussion at the June 14 meeting of East Valley Tellers of Tales, 10 am - noon at the Scottsdale Public Library downtown. We will still share stories for one hour in addition to our on-going discussion. Please join us to share your visions and ideas for the continuation of East Valley Tellers of Tales.

Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


Journeys Storytelling Workshop - Summer Stories
Saturday - June 18th ~ 10:00 am - Noon
Whole Life Center at Shadow Rock

Journeys Storytelling Workshop Intensive:
Summer Stories with Liz Warren and Mark Goldman

Even if you missed the session on June 4th...come join us! Bring a summer story, or any story and we'll help you refine it. Come prepared to tell us what you need!

It's a season that holds a mountain of memories: road trips or far-away flights to adventure; camping or cabin exploits; backyard picnics. Or maybe there's a favorite campfire story in your family - or folk tale or other story that has special meaning for you. Come explore and share!

Mark Goldman will help us further develop and refine our delivery. It's always great fun! And you just might decide to share your story at our next Storytelling Night on June 24.

More info and Registration

Tucson Storytellling Concert - Mark Your Calendar - June 26th
Sunday - June 26th - 4pm
Tucson Garden Home -
222 E. 14th Street, Tucson, AZ

Direction, Misdirection and Magic: Tales with a Twist

A storytelling concert for grown ups with

Glenda Bonin, Mark Goldman, and Debra Olson-Tolar

Join these three professional storytellers for an entertaining afternoon of traditional and personal tales in a lovely garden setting (but we'll move inside if the weather dictates).
More info here

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If you want a Good Story...Just Ask Questions!

I have previously said that the Brits love to tell stories. They'll tell you a story at the drop of a hat! On our recent Storytelling Tour to England, that happened a lot. Often they would recognize that we were American and would want to interact. Often, they would just want someone to interact with, to talk with, to tell their story to.

But if people don't initiate conversation on their own, the storyteller can be the catalyst for opening up a whole world of stories from mere strangers. On a bus, or in a restaurant, just ask someone where they are going, or where they are from to start the ball rolling. Secondary and tertiary questions can follow, in order to delve deeper and elicit more of their story. Most people are dyeing to tell you their story; they are just waiting to be asked.

I recently ran across a TED talk about the Art of the Interview by Marc Pachter, who has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Although some of his talk is about what makes for a great interviewee, he shares that our role as the interviewer is to draw out the "life force" of the person we are interviewing. He says that "The key is empathy because everybody in their lives is really waiting for people to ask them questions, so that they can be truthful about who they are and how they became what they are."

There are other, tangible benefits to merely turning to a stranger and asking a question. I am often amazed that people can sit next to each other on a plane (for nine hours across the Atlantic) and barely speak two words to each other. But many have agreed with me that when they do speak, amazing things can happen.

On a plane home from England several years ago, I engaged a woman next to me in great conversation (for almost nine hours). Among other things, she was a kindergarten teacher in Cambridge, England and the following year, I visited and told stories to her class and four other classes and it was a marvelous experience!

So, don't always be so eager to tell someone your story...ask them about theirs!
View the TED talk here

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Shakespeare's Globe - New Setting for Old Text
On our recent Storytelling England tour, we took a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a replica of the original, built just several hundred feet from where the original had stood. We were fortunate enough to watch part of a rehearsal of The Taming of the Shrew. The company had updated the the play to the setting, costumes and morays of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland. It was such an engaging rehearsal that we all decided to attend that evening's performance.

We were not disappointed with this new and inspired production. The actors and direction were superb, as well as the Irish music accompaniment. Lest you may think I took a photo during the performance (prohibited), here is a photo (permitted) of the "entr’acte" musicians entertaining the audience.

In front of the stage is the infamous "yard" on "ground level", thus giving way to the term "groundlings" from the era. Here, you see 700 of them standing for two and a half hours! Obviously, the "cheaper" seats...but not necessarily the worst. One of our group found himself close to the stage...and also met two lovely redheads and went for a drink afterwards. Ah those groundlings!

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

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