A Few Words About COVID-19

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 concerned and care about your health and well-being.

Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, Founders

All events, shows, and workshops through September are canceled or postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you and yours stay healthy. Be sure you are on our mailing list to receive all updates as they happen or return to this website for more details.

Portland Story Theater has a big 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.

We are happy to refund your prepaid workshop fees. If you have purchased tickets through Nordic Northwest, please contact them directly for a refund.

Our love and support goes out to those who have been affected at this time.

Finally, if you are sheltering in place and 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!

And until we meet again, May The Narrative Be With You!®


Armchair Adventurer

Lawrence Howard tells Nansen of The North

Nansen of The North

This year, Lawrence Howard takes the Armchair Adventure north, to Norway and Greenland and the East Siberian Islands, to Svarlbard and Spitzbergen and Franz Joseph Land. This year the story goes all the way back to the 1890’s, to the father of polar travel: the one and only Fridtjof Nansen.

Lawrence Howard tells the story of Fridtjof Nansen in NANSEN OF THE NORTH

Fridtjof Nansen,
Father of Polar Travel

2020 Nansen of The North

Dallas Event Center, Dallas, Oregon
March 14, 2020
POSTPONED until October 3, 2020

Nordia House, Portland, Oregon
Saturday, April 4, 2020
POSTPONED until October 17, 2020

Club House, Crooked River Ranch
Central Oregon
Saturday, April 25, 2020
POSTPONED until October 24, 2020

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


Urban Tellers®

Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers® at Nordia House

Nordia House

Urban Tellers® event at Nordic Northwest’s Nordia House has been POSTPONED until Saturday, November 21, 2020 with an Immigrant & Refugee special edition.

PDX Story Theater live storytelling at Nordic Northwest

The beautiful Nordia House!

If you are an immigrant or refugee and are interested in telling a personal story, please contact us at 503-284-2226. We would welcome people from the Nordic Northwest membership to be a part of this unique experience.

Urban Tellers® Special Edition gives people in Portland’s immigrant and refugee community a chance to identify, develop and perform their own true stories in front of a live audience.

Urban Tellers® shows give people an inside look into the heart and soul of our community. Urban Tellers® brings together people to share stories of our mutual human experience.

Urban Tellers®
Tickets $20

Saturday, June 6, 2020
POSTPONED until November 21, 2020

Nordia House
Doors 6 pm | Stories 7 pm

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.