Monday, August 17, 2015
Issue # 173

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

Call for Stories & Tellers

The Storyline and Space 55 present "Heritage" a two-night storytelling show at Space 55 on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th at 8:00 P.M.

We are looking for a variety of stories that share how your life in the United States is shaped by you or your parents (or even grandparents and great grandparents!) having come here from somewhere else.
"Heritage" will be hosted and curated by Rachel Egboro, a local storyteller and co-producer of The Storyline.
We want to hear from you! If you have a story to tell, see below for some prompts. Once you're inspired, pitch your story by sending a brief synopsis or  voice memo to TheStorylineMail@gmail.com.
The selected stories will be workshopped and storytellers must be available on Sundays, September 6th and 13th from 2-4 for rehearsals.
We are accepting pitches until August 22nd and we cannot wait to hear from you!
Some Prompts***
  • How does your family look different in regards to holidays, food, education, marriage, religion, milestones, jokes or vacations?
  • Do you feel conscious about your heritage in certain situations?
  • When do you feel homesick?
  • What do you like about the "new" that's different from the "old"?
  • Have you ever felt ashamed about your heritage? How and when did you learn to feel pride?
  • Have your parents embarrassed you?
  • ***If you have a story idea beyond this list we definitely want to hear it!

E-Mail a brief synopsis to Rachel

Tellers and Readers Needed

Saturday, September 26, 2015  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mesa Riverview Park:  2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway

Reading for Freedom 2015
Sarah Johnson is looking for Storytellers, story readers and individuals who can speak on their experiences, expertise, and tell stories highlighting the importance of literacy and its ability to transform lives.
Contact Sarah Johnson - 602-332-8916

Register Now for SMCC CLasses

SMCC Classes start in just TWO weeks, so make sure you register now! 
In addition to your old favorites, the semester is jam-packed with some great new classes.

Here is the current lineup of classes:

The Art of Storytelling I
The Art of Storytelling II
The African Storytelling Tradition
Using Storytelling In Educational Settings
Using Storytelling In Healing Settings
Using Storytelling In Interpretive Setting
Creating and Telling Personal Stories


Using Storytelling in Advocacy Settings - 
Shaping compelling narratives is a powerful tool for social, political and personal activism. We are hardwired to tell stories. When charts, graphs and statistics fail to motivate, discover ways that narrative can raise awareness, open new possibilities, change minds, mobilize creative action. In this class, you will discover and create stories that foster a healthier, more just, and sustainable world. Taught by storyteller, pastor, and activist Doug Bland.
Sign up now for Using Storytelling in Advocacy Settings at South Mountain Community College!
Two Saturdays, August 29 & September 5, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Liz Warren at 602-243-8026, or at Liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu
This is a one-credit class and the tuition and fees for two full days of instruction is right around $100
To register, call 602-243-8000
Course Info: Using Storytelling in Advocacy Settings, STO289AG, Class #44309.
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This Week


Life and Limb - Three Shows Left

This Week - Tuesday, Wedneday & Thursday - Lunchtime - 12:10

Storytellers Mark Goldman and Dustin Loehr have collaborated on a series of short, true-to-life stories about their lives as dancers and actors called "Life and Limb". Join us for this world premier as these two men reflect on a life in the arts, discovering hidden truths behind the songs, dances and roles of their past.

From the producers of UNCONDITIONAL and Footnotes of the Untellable Tale comes a new, true to life story. Collaborators Mark Goldman and Dustin Loehr, two combination storyteller-dancers now elevate their artistry, inviting audiences into a unique expression of “living your own story.”

"Life and Limb" is a Transformative Arts Productions (T.A.P.) and will have its premier at the Herberger Theater Center. Click the link at bottom for ticket and performance information:

$6.00 - (additional fees may apply when ordering in advance)
At the Herberger Theatre - 222 E. Monroe
Tuesday, August 18, 12:10 pm
Wednesday, August 19, 12:10 pm
Thursday, August 20, 12:10 pm
More info

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Coming Up


Out Of The Box Storytelling
Women Storytellers
Saturday, August 29th - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

Anne McDowell has organized another event:
Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers.

A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others.  This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for details

Storyline - Favorite Things
Saturday - September 5th

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…”

Join us at Space 55 for a few of our favorite things as Storyline returns for our first show of the 15-16 season.

This evening’s storytellers will include: Melissa Dunmore, Rachel Egboro, Dan Hoen Hull, Nate Romero and …  

Tickets are $10 @ Space55.

More info

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Never Work with Animals or Kids

It's an old adage from vaudeville. Never work with (or go on after) animal acts or kid acts. They will upsatge you, or make you forgotten every time!

But there is another side to this admonition...Tell Stories about Animals or Kids and you will grab the hearts of the audience!

These stories can be traditional folktales or fairy tales, maybe some weird, macabre old Irish tales like Cassie Cushing loves to tell. Or just some straight forward stories of kids and their animal friends, (talking or not) that will make the audience smile and remember their own encounters with furry friends.

Take things a step further and reach into your own life (and perhaps childhood) and tell a true story of you and your pets. Or maybe it's about your kids and their pets. Find a compelling story that people can relate to in as many ways as possible. Maybe you didn't have a pet like Lassie who could go get help when you fell down the well, or could even dial 911 when the fire department had to be called to put out the blaze you had set.

But maybe your pet just stayed with you till the end. Maybe you encountered an animal in the wild, who wasn't so wild and you found a way to share some kindness. Maybe, like Androcles, you helped a small animal or set them free. Did they come back to help or rescue you at some point? If it's story-worthy, tell us the tale and astonish us with the miracles of life that we don't often see or hear about. Let your stories come alive with the personifications that create compelling creature characters to care about.

Those stories will be remembered!

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Hell's Bell's - Even Pirates Can Smile - NOW!
I have great news. I am on the mend! The Bell's Palsy is waning and I am getting back feeling and control of the muscles on the left side of my face. For comparison, I have shown three photos below: One that is pre-Bell's; One that was taken three days after the onset; and one that was taken today.

When I was about 19 years old. My favorite Aunt, Meg, had cancer. She had many different types of treatments (that was way back then) and eventually lost all control in the muscles of her face, As a child and family therapist, one of the most disconcerting things to her was the fact that when she met people, especially children, she attempted to smile, but what showed on her face was merely a blank stare. I, too, was quite fearful of this, but as time passes, those I meet seem to not even be aware that there is anything wrong with me.

There is already a weird story in all of this, someday, I may be able to weave it together and share it with the world. Today, just color me smiling!

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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

Homebase Poetry
Has changed to a random schedule  - Phoenix
Make sure you check the Faceboook page

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

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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