Monday, August 31, 2015
Issue # 175

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

Donald Davis Workshop - Sept 11-13

Liz Warren and The SMCC Storytelling Institute invite you to join master storyteller and teacher Donald Davis for an intensive weekend workshop on finding stories that you didn’t know you had. Donald will lead the group in an experience to tap memory and to shape personal and family-based stories. This is an excellent workshop for tellers AND for teachers & coaches! 

What you will learn:

  • Techniques for accessing memory for stories and story elements
  • Strategies for crafting effective stories
  • Tactics for telling to capture stories in heartfelt and meaningful ways
  • Methods for coaching storytellers that foster creative freedom and safety
Workshop Agenda:
Fri, Sept. 11 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Introduction and Orientation
Sat, Sept. 12    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m Workshop Activities
Sun, Sept. 13  8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop Activities
Fees:  The fee for the workshop is $300 (payable to Donald Davis) and includes lunch both days, as well as snacks and beverages throughout the workshop.
Location:  The workshop will be held at the home of Liz Warren. Details when you register.
Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
Please respond to Liz Warren at liz.warren@southmountaincc.edu or call 602-243-8026.

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 (Pro-Bono) 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
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This Week


Arizona Storytellers - Growing Up

TONIGHT - Monday - August 31st
South Mountain Community College

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona at the home of our partners the SMCC Storytelling Institute - for a night of stories about the awkwardness and awesomeness of growing up.
Community College Storytelling students attend for free.
Featured Storytellers:
Anel Arriola of Arizona State University, Joey Robert Parks of 26 Blocks, Charlie Steak of Space 55, Joe Finnerty, Margaret Smith of Mercy Maricopa, Dan Hull of Storyline, Kim Haasarud of Arizona Cocktail Week 
Registration begins at 6 p.m., 
Stories begin promptly at 7 p.m. 
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

For more details & Tickets

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, September 3rd
This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Theme: Escape for New York, from the planet of the apes or from your own inhibitions. Leave the nest or remain at rest, we all have our dispositions. Perhaps it's a hobby, a favorite sport, a special place or a state of mind...do you get very tough or act extra kind? Get away from danger or face it head on?  If there's something you don't like you can sometimes run away although many times you'll have to stay. Escape..."break free from confinement, restraint or control.  Gain or regain liberty." Do you escape?
Storytellers: Betsy Bruce, Jim Doherty, Thom Melendez, Sirena Dufault, Ann-Eve Cunningham, and Amy Jorgensen!

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, September 5th ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

They have BRAND NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/ - Check it out!

Last meeting of the summer! - No meetings in July or August.

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at


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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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales
Saturday, September 12th ~ 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!
Click here for details & info

Writers Read
TUCSON - Thursday - September 24th - 6:30-8:00 PM
BREWD – A coffee lounge, 4960 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
(Eastside Tucson) 

This Month's Theme - Oh, Yes I Can!

Writers Read is an entertaining forum for the public at local coffee shops. Ethel Lee Miller is the facilitator for this Tucson group.
This is not an open mic. Writers contact the organizer with their story idea and receive suggestions for reading aloud. Each writer has about 8 minutes to read. Timing is strictly adhered to with a designated timer.
Writers Read is a blend of performance and reading so it requires some animation and eye contact with the audience. Writers Read in Tucson is getting more and more submissions for the events, which is a happy consequence of success. Ethel has begun to really vet authors to get a variety of genres and different levels of presentation. This event walks a fine line between marketing and entertainment. Not all writers are great readers; Ethel provides suggestions for reading aloud (e me if you’d like a copy of the suggestion doc). 
Audience response has been very positive:
“Nice to have something like this in our community.”
“Never knew there were so many writers around here.”
“How can I be a reader?”
Arizona authors bring an eclectic mix of word play to the public. They bring something for everyone!
For info, contact Ethel Lee Miller: etheleemiller@me.com

First and Last
Saturday - September 26th - 7-9:00 pm
How did you get started? How would you finish? Join us for an evening of storytelling for artists and those who love the performing arts, storytelling and the creative process.

We asked:
What was the very first story you ever told after you finally said to yourself “I am a storyteller!”
If you could never again tell a story, that is, you had only the opportunity to tell one last story, to send it out into the world, what would be your very last story?
We asked two performers with decades of experience to share their answers…and their stories…with you in an evening of intimate storytelling for adult audiences.
Discussion of the stories, the artists and the art follows the storytelling. Stick around and join the conversation. 
Our Tellers 2015:
Joyce Story
A storyteller for over 25 years, Joyce Story recently published two books of her original stories, both of which won Global Ebook Awards. The stories in her book, TALES OF THE SONORAN DESERT, reflect her admiration for the folktale and give voice to the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert, where she has made her home for over three decades.  Joyce shares these and other stories at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park and at other venues both in and out of the state of Arizona.   She is a retired educator with a doctorate in the field of Slavic languages and literatures.
Mark Compton
Mark Compton has been in the Phoenix storytelling scene presenting historical interpretation at the State Capitol Museum and training docents how to use storytelling to enhance the museum experience. Under Mark’s leadership West Side Story Tellers, the venerable storytelling club, has been revived and interesting new directions are being forged in collaboration with the local Phoenix folk music scene.
Click here for details & info
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Common Sense - Not so Common

I have added one piece of information to the syllabus for my Community College classes. I am not sure if it really works, but I think it is noteworthy. I also believe it is applicable to storytelling and life.



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Auditions for Essential Theatre Company

TONIGHT - Monday - August 31st - 6pm - 9pm
Susan Southard, Director of Essential Theatre, a professional ensemble, writes:
We are now in our 26th season in the field of theatre and social change.
We are holding auditions for new ensemble members! 
Our primary art form is PLAYBACK THEATRE, an improvisational art form in which members of the audience members tell stories from their lives and then watch the ensemble of actors and musicians bring the stories to life using music, movement, and theatre. Most of our work -- including performances and workshops -- is with marginalized communities who have little or no access to the arts.
We are looking for 2 actors and 1 conductor/performance facilitator to join our company on a part-time, paid basis. Men and women of color are encouraged to audition. For actors, acting and improvisation training is preferred but not required. For the conductor: excellent listening, facilitation, and presentation skills are needed. Training is provided for all new ensemble members.
Please dress prepared for movement and be prepared to stay for the entire session. 
Appointments required so that we know how many people will be there. Please contact us at essentialtheatre@cox.net or 480-897-6711.
NOTE: If you are interested in auditioning but unable to attend, please contact Essential Theatre (see above contact information) for an alternate date. 
Read more about the company and what they do
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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
Second 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?

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