Talking Scary Stories

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As Portland Story Theater’s tellers put the final, terrifying touches on their stories for this weekend’s Halloween-inspired Spellbound show, founders Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard take some time out of their hectic week to reflect on what makes this a unique performance in their storytelling season. Does the storytelling process change when telling personal scary stories versus other stories of love or …

Our Busiest Week Yet

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As the old cliche goes, “When it rains, it pours.” This week, Portland Story Theater has nearly hit hurricane status with our packed schedule of events across Oregon–and we couldn’t be more excited. Tomorrow, we are thrilled to work with TEDxMtHood to bring the art of storytelling to participants who are new to the craft with our 90-Minute Storyteller Starter workshop. …

Workshops for All

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For the past ten seasons, founders Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard have built Portland Story Theater around the concept of community and the sharing of personal stories. In their staple workshop series, Art of the Personal Narrative, Lynne and Lawrence guide six participants through the storytelling process over a five week span. Though the series is an empowering process that participants have …

Portland Story Theater Awarded Grant!

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We are so happy to announce that Portland Story Theater has been awarded a Grassroots Grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust! After a year of substantial growth, this grant will help us continue to expand while providing the entertaining and heartfelt stories that our audiences love. One of the most prominent private foundations in Oregon, Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) has provided …

Our Favorite Moments

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This past season was the biggest that Portland Story Theater has ever had. The stories were awe-inspiring and the company of our loyal audience made each performance feel like an intimate gathering. There were countless moments of inspiration, surprise, and joy. Still, some burn brighter in our memories than others–for better or worse. Here are five of the most memorable …

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Spotlight On: Enrique E. Andrade

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The power of Portland Story Theater comes from its people and the community they have built. This week, we invite you to get to know one of our tellers–Enrique E. Andrade. Enrique is a Portland Story Theater veteran and no stranger to stage work. With roots in Mexico City, Enrique is now an experienced actor whose talents reach out to …

Belonging

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Our Urban Tellers show last week showcased what Portland Story Theater is all about–authentic storytelling. When storytellers open up and share the stories closest to their hearts, it can be a deeply moving experience, and last Saturday was no exception. As the tellers shared personal experiences from their own lives, their true emotions shone through, causing many of us in the audience to be …

Oasis in The City

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“At first, they’re strangers…” When you first walk into a Portland Story Theater show at the Alberta Abbey, you are handed a program and welcomed to the show. The program features six faces and a small blurb about each of them. You read it dutifully before resting it in your lap. You may even recognize one of the tellers walking …