Warren McPherson is a winner!

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Everybody Loves A Winner We love Warren McPherson here at Portland Story Theater. He’s one of our favorite storytellers, a longtime supporter, and a (newly minted!) workshop facilitator. He handles our audio recordings and helps us get our stories up on SoundCloud and iTunes every month. Plus, he understands and loves what we do: telling real, true stories of everyday people. He has a true …

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Creating Safe Space

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On Saturday, April 9th, we are partnering with PlayWrite, Inc. to create an Urban Tellers® show that gives voice to real, true stories from a new perspective, drawn from PlayWrite’s new Youth Leadership Team. Some of the tellers are guides in the PlayWrite program, while others are young people, ranging from 15-25 years old, who have graduated from the PlayWrite …

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2015 Year in Review

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Thank you for a fabulous 2015! Everyone at Portland Story Theater is grateful for you — our listeners, our storytellers, our donors, our volunteers — everyone who believes that supporting this art form makes the world a better place, one real, true story at a time. It was a whirlwind year for Portland Story Theater, and we have a lot to celebrate! We had over 5,000 …

Why I Take Pictures for Portland Story Theater

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She pauses; arms stretched upwards imitating the height of her lover. The audience is silent with bated breath, entranced. For a moment it seems her presence leaves the stage, for a moment she is standing before the man she has been speaking about. The man she has described so lovingly in her story. A moment in time. My finger presses …

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 …

What’s Your Story?

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“In a time where our daily digest arrives in snippets of information from friends, our interests, and news around the world, Portland Story Theater asks us simply to sit and believe.” CHRISTA MORLETTI McINTYRE, Oregon ArtsWatch. What’s your story? That’s the question each teller confronts when working with Portland Story Theater, a non-profit dedicated to the telling of personal stories …

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 …

Why I Went Oral

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Any idiot can tell a story. I know. I have been to many a party or function and had an idiot tell me a story. And, sure, being an idiot isn’t always their fault; I think most everyone is an idiot. But, just because I think you’re an idiot doesn’t mean you have to tell a crappy story. On the …