And The Story Begins

Denver Olmstead Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

When I moved, it was all about taking a big leap. I forgot about the little steps required once the move was complete. It’s more than a job and paying rent. Finding yourself in a community takes placing one foot in front of the other to find where you belong. I decided to start by volunteering. Walking to the Portland …

On The Road Coming Home

Lynne Duddy Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

It started as a simple idea: Portland Story Theater would go on the road. We would take our stories to places that had never experienced the art form of storytelling quite like ours. We tell stories, real, true stories – what we call personal narratives. Stories that are about our lives. Stories that matter and have meaning. We would take …

The Fremont, Our New Home

Lawrence Howard Storytelling Blog 2 Comments

As our 12th season approaches, Portland Story Theater is excited to be moving to a new venue: the beautiful, brand-new Fremont Theater! After two full seasons at the cavernous, 375-seat Alberta Abbey, we are stoked to be moving back to a smaller, more intimate space. Located at the corner of NE 24th and Fremont, just nine blocks from Portland Story …

Portland Story Theater’s 2016-2017 Season

Lynne Duddy Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

Ever come to that crossroad in life where you just want everything to be more fun, more profound, just more? Are you haunted by that nagging question, “Is this all there is?” I know it’s not just me. I know we’re all searching for something… more. That’s where Portland Story Theater comes in. It fulfills the ‘more’ of life: a …

Videos are up: Kiss and Tell, Luck of the Irish

Christine Toohey Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

We had two awesome shows recently: celebrating love and romance with Kiss and Tell, our Valentine’s Day show, and our ode to Ireland and St. Paddy’s Day with Luck of the Irish. Both were evenings filled with sparkle, humor, and delight, with everything from traditional Irish dance to romantic serenades. And of course, there were lots of stories: tales of love, sex, …

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Creating Safe Space

Christine Toohey Storytelling Blog 0 Comments

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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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

Warren McPherson Storytelling Blog 2 Comments

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 …

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 …