Monday, September 8, 2014
Issue # 124

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

Prepare Yourself for the Shark Tank – Business Storytelling

Do you have an idea for a business startup? Do you need funding for that business? Do you imagine yourself on Shark Tank, asking backers for funds to invest in your business or product? Do you need to craft a great STORY to tell? You may want to investigate the Storytelling in Business Settings at SMCC. 

In conjunction with the Entrepeneurship Program at SMCC, Mark Goldman will be teaching a class for Storytelling in Business Settings on Wednesday evenings from 6 PM to 8PM beginning October 22nd.

This class is designed to help you craft a "pitch" to investors and customers using story. Qualifying students are also eligible to win one of several small monetary "grants" to fund thier business - just like Shark Tank!

E-Mail Liz Warren for more details

Greek & Roman Myth Throw Down

Friday, October 3th - 6:30-8:30 pm
Be part of the fun! Join everyone at South Mountain Community College as twenty-six storytelling students from the many Community College storytelling classes in Maricopa County share their three-minute versions of Greek and Roman Myths. The audience will vote on the best stories. Then, on Monday, October 6th, the top seven will tell the full versions for Myth Informed Classic Moves.

E-mail Liz Warren for more info
Check the calendar section for details

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This Week


AZ Rep - Stories of our Phoenix Families

Wednesday, September 10th

On Wed., Sept. 10, we celebrate stories of the families we were born into and those we create for ourselves. You'll hear stories about some of the families that have defined the Valley over the years, and stories of how the Valley has come to define some of its families.

This night is held in partnership with Phoenix Phabulous Experience and Phoenix Theatre. Attendees will get a chance to preview the Phoenix Phabulous Experience History Mural on display in the lounge.
Featured tellers:
Michael Barnard, Phoenix Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, Liz Warren, Director of the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College and six others.
Additional information: Cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. in the lounge. Stories begin at 7 p.m. in the Black Box at Phoenix Theatre.
For more details & Tickets

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Wednesday, September 10th

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center Planetarium Theatre, 
1601 E. University Blvd., Tucson, $8
*This show also features a demonstration of the Science Center’s brand new FullDome Digital Projection System--think IMAX with and Intergalactic Joy-stick.  It’s not to be missed!

Event Details


Saturday - September 13th ~ 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

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Coming Up


First and Last - Storytelling Concert
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7PM - Avondale
(Hey ... It's really not that far!)

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?”  AND
"If you could never again tell a story, 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:
Glenda Bonin has loved stories and storytelling all her life, but she didn’t start calling herself a storyteller until 1996 when she decided it was time to do something she really wanted to do instead of making a living doing work she didn’t much like. Since taking the plunge as a full-time storyteller, she has been listed as a roster artist in several states, toured the country to present residencies and shows, and is always working on new stories for new audiences. Glenda says she has never been happier than she is today.  
Mark Goldman has a background in theater since the age of eleven, and he has had an extremely eclectic life. He has been (in no particular order) an actor, director, stage manager, speaking coach, magician, mediator, psychodrama therapist, web designer, meeting planner, and chef at a small New York City restaurant/bar. Mark made a decision in January of 2011 to quit his job and focus full-time on storytelling.
Let’s Explore:
How do you come to your art? Was it accident, planning or progress? Did you choose your first story and your first audience or did it happen to you? Should your world end tomorrow and you had but one last story to share, what story would you share?
This event is open to adults and mature teens. We all love children, but this event is not for them.
Get Tickets here
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Use and Trust Your Image Engine

I will be forever indebted to storyteller, friend, colleague and educator Laura Packer. In a workshop she presented in Phoenix she said, "Use and trust your image engine."

In my Art of Storytelling classes, I use the story of Stealing Smells to demonstrate many different aspects of storytelling;

One concept is, that I have an image in my head and use my voice, body, gestures and facial expressions to portray the character as I see him (without describing him). Each member of the audience sees their OWN image based on my performance. I use a similar image of the bearded man, in this graphic, for the character of Mordechai the Baker. I Then ask the students to describe the image that THEY saw in their heads.

Then, I repeat the process by using a DIFFERENT image (the skinny fellow with glasses) and perform him differently. Then I ask the students to describe THAT character. By trusting my image engine, I can quickly become the character, without hesitation. 

This process is both about having a "back story" for your character, and also trusting your "image engine" and letting it take you where you need to go.

Do you have your engine gassed up and ready to go?

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JIBO - Interactive Personal Robot
STORYTELLERS - This could be HUGE!

Here's a video about a new piece of technology, a "Family Robot" called Jibo that is being developed for launch in 2015. I Just read up on it. It's quite fascinating. It's sort of like a cell phone with Siri on steroids, that sits on the counter or coffee table. One of its major actions ... Storytelling! The device plays an animated version of a story (The Three Little Pigs/Big Bad Wolf) and shows the child "interacting with the story. (hard to tell the extent of the interaction).








There already are a few interactive video sites that exist, similar to Skype, where individuals can use the system to "tell" or read a story to someone in a distant location, i.e. grandparents to grandchildren, both in real time or delayed. Some, like Priscilla Howe have tried this with Skype - what would you want to be different?

I invite all storytellers to watch this video and then consider how LIVE storytelling could be utilized vs. animated. DON'T try to think about the technology involved (although this unit has motion tracking and some artificial intelligence like "predictive" (intuitive) thinking. I know that we mostly prefer LIVE WITH A LIVE AUDIENCE storytelling, but put that aside for a moment. Think about the possibilities.
Based on your storytelling experience, If you were to design a system that incorporated LIVE tellers and LIVE listeners (1 or more) and utilized today's hi-tech and internet technology, what would it look like, feel like. Go wild! What would you WANT it to do? Imagine that the technology is limitless and see what you come up with.
Let's Brainstorm!
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---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

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

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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 June, July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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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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