Tell Me A Story

Diane Ponti Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

A  couple hundred people sit in the dark and wait for you to start. All that’s missing is the campfire and a star-studded night sky. You have ten minutes. Go! Tell me a story. The pressure of those ten minutes, those people, provide focus. “Give me your wallet,” the masked man demands as he points the muzzle of a gun at …

Will You Marry Me?

Lawrence Howard Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

As long as there has been a Portland Story Theater, there has been a Valentine’s Day show. The very first one we did was called “All The Wrong Places,” at the Miracle Theater in 2005. We’ve never missed a year since, and every Valentine’s show we’ve done has been unique and memorable in some way, but the one that really …

Addicted to PST

Leigh Hancock Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

A year ago, completely entranced by the story a friend told on stage through Portland Story Theater, I signed up for their Urban Tellers workshop. The experience changed my life. Although I had no theater background, I had lots of experience telling stories: as a child brought up in a Southern story-telling family; as a fiction writer (and OK, as …

Belonging

Darby Sanders Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

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

Darby Sanders Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

“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 …