Covid-19 Pandemic

Portland Story Theater's response to Covid-19

Message from the Founders

Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard, along with members of our Founders’ Circle, Board of Directors, and Narrative Network, want you to know that we are delighted that you are here!

Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, Founders

Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, Founders

At this time, all of our events, shows, gatherings, and workshops are postponed. We will keep you up-to-date via this website or through our email announcements. Be sure you are on our mailing list to receive all updates as they happen.

If you are looking for something to do, please visit our YouTube Channel or our iTune channels: Urban Tellers and Urban Tellers Backstory. We’d love it if you’d leave a review or a rating, or spread the word by sharing with your friends and family. Thank you!

You are part of Portland Story Theater’s vision to advance, inspire and expand our community narrative, one story at a time – and in doing so, preserve and promote the ancient art of storytelling in a way that enriches modern life, allowing and encouraging people to be vulnerable and present in ways that are crucial to the full expression of our humanity.

May The Narrative Be With You!®

Armchair Adventurer

Lawrence Howard tells Nansen of The North

Audio CDs

Portland Story Theater is offering these epic stories of great adventure, perseverance, and courage, created and told by Lawrence Howard and recorded before a live audience. Click here to purchase.

  • Nansen of The North
  • Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare
  • Polar Opposites
  • The Essex

Each is a double CD ($20 USD) and the pricing includes shipping within the continental United States. Please email us for additional pricing if you are wanting to ship outside of mainland USA.

Nansen of The North CDWith this story Lawrence Howard takes the Armchair Adventure north, to Norway and Greenland and the New Siberian Islands, to Svarlbard and Spitzbergen and Franz Joseph Land. This story goes all the way back to the 1890’s, to the father of polar travel: the one and only Fridtjof Nansen. 2+ hours Buy now.

Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic NightmareThe true, epic tale of Ernest Shackleton and the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914. Their valiant ship, The Endurance, was trapped in the pack ice and crushed; Shackleton and his 28 men survived on the ice for over a year and endured incredible hardships. 3+ hours Buy now.

Polar Opposites: Scott and AmundsenThis is a story of heroic and tragic events in Antarctica when Scott and his companions fought their way to the Pole only to find that Amundsen had beaten him by five weeks. Crushed, utterly exhausted, and short on food and fuel, Scott and his team froze and starved to death, just 11 miles from a huge cache of provisions and supplies. 2+ hours Buy now.

The EssexThe Essex is the true story of a Nantucket whaling ship that was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1820, leaving 20 men in three small boats with very little food or water. This is the true story that became the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Meticulously researched and historically accurate. 3+ hours Buy now.

For more information, please visit Lawrence Howard’s Armchair Adventure page.

Urban Tellers®

Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers®

Stories Told Live

Urban Tellers® brings people together to share stories of our mutual human experience. Right now, these live events are postponed until further notice.

You can view the last five years of our video collection on our YouTube channel.


This is a story from one of our Urban Tellers® shows. Wafa Almaktari told this story “The وفاء (Loyalty) Within” in 2018 at one of our Immigrant & Refugee programs. She is a warrior and always makes sure that her voice advocates for the voiceless.

These Urban Tellers® shows have given people an inside look into the heart and soul of our community.

Special thanks to our long-time videographers Aaron Hartling and Liz Vaughan for their good work capturing and posting these stories from our live events at The Alberta Rose Theatre, Nordic NW, The Old Church, The Fremont, The Alberta Abbey, and Hipbone Studio.

Be sure you are on our mailing list to receive all of the updates as they happen or return to this website for more details.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

Portland Story Theater is generously supported by The McIvor Family Charitable Fund; Tonkon Torp; Susan Sullivan; John Moe; Diane Ponti and Ward Greene; Ronni Lacroute; Polk Family Charitable Fund; Dana and Steve Dennis; members of the Portland Story Theater Board, Founders’ Circle, and Narrative Network, and many other individual supporters, as well as by the Oregon Community Foundation; The Collins Foundation; James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; Meyer Memorial Trust; The Kinsman Foundation; The Autzen Foundation; NW Natural Gas; Oregon Arts Commission; and The Oregon Cultural Trust.