Urban Tellers®

To paraphrase playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney, “This is theater as community. It is holy theater not because it exalts something on high, but because for the time onstage, the audience and the storyteller are one, and all those people, though each seeing and hearing it slightly differently, are following the same course and going on a journey together.”

Next Show:
Saturday, June 11 at Alberta Abbey
Jazz 7 | Stories 8

21+ (17+ ok if accompanied by parent)

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TIX are $18 at the door

Things kick off at 7 pm with music by jazz quartet, Bamberger-Engel-Hines-Eave, followed by stories from Julie Rosenberg, Tom Pavlik, Kateshia Pendergrass, Allen Brown, Laur Ebone, and Howard Bulick starting at 8 pm.

UNSCRIPTED. UNAFRAID. UNLIKE ANY OTHER storytelling experience in Portland. Urban Tellers® pushes the boundaries between teller and audience, as stories filled with compassion and truth leave everyone transformed. Urban Tellers® are fueled by the POWER OF THEIR STORIES and the ENERGY OF THE AUDIENCE.

Each storyteller has a mere 12 minutes, and listeners are invited to embark on a shared experience that is a potent blend of vulnerability and heart.

The stories people tell at Urban Tellers® are always about something that matters, something that changed them, something that made them who they are. Everyone who hears these stories is also changed – transformed – shaped by the truth of the present moment they share with the storytellers.


The Urban Tellers® Ensemble for the June 11, 2016 show.

Portland Story Theater presents Urban Tellers


A Taste of Portland Story Theater’s Urban Tellers®

Audience Favorites

Top Ten of 2014

This past year we had the great fortune to work with so many beautiful people who created an amazingly eclectic body of work. There were so many good stories it was almost impossible to narrow it down. But as we begin a new year, we want to share ten of our 2014 favorites with you. These stories — and many others — are available for viewing on our YouTube channel. Many can be downloaded as Podcasts from our new SoundCloud channel. Subscribe to both and don’t miss a thing. Enjoy!

Warren McPherson, Bucking The List
[ video | podcast ]

Leigh Hancock, Bad Review
[ video | podcast ]

Tim Stapleton, It Was Snowing
[ video | podcast ]

Annie LaGanga, Ex Libris
[ video ]

John Mink, A Bump In The Road Less Traveled
[ video | podcast ]

Lena Moon, The Miracle of Honey
[ video | podcast ]

Howard Bulick, Migration
[ video | podcast ]

Kate Raphael, The Things We Carry
[ video ]

Daniel LaForce, …My Father’s Son
[ video ]

Jeri Jenkins, The Porch
[ video | podcast ]