Celebrating 15 Years!

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Portland Story Theater at The Old Church Concert Hall

Urban Tellers®

Buy Tickets: March 1
ADV $15 | DOS $20 | Arts for All $5
Featured storytellers: Penny Walter (pictured), Victor Bencomo, Karen Lasher, Katie Skurja, Steve Eggerts, and Chalice Stroebe.

Live Storytelling at Urban Tellers

Photo by Ó Dubhda

Rogéri Jazz Duo when the doors open at 7 pm
Stories start at 8 pm

Portland Story Theater's jazz duo, Rogéri, plays at every show


Storytelling Workshops

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Portland Story Theater Storytelling Workshops

Crash Course in Storytelling

In just under 3 hours you’ll have a chance to learn how to tell your real, true story.

You’ll walk away from this fun, fast-paced session with the bare bones of a story that means something to you.

It all happens at the PDX Story Theater Home Studio on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 10:30 am to 1 pm. Join us!

Art of Personal Narrative

Make a real investment in yourself and take PDX Story Theater’s renowned storytelling workshop, the Art of Personal Narrative.

The next series starts on Wednesday, April 10th and includes 7 sessions over 5+ weeks and culminates in an Urban Tellers® show on May 3rd.

The group is limited to only 6 participants who meet in the evenings 7-10:30 PM.

You must meet the prerequisites.

When you’re ready, please call
503-284-2226 to apply for registration.

Storytelling Bootcamp

This one-day intensive gives you an opportunity to learn about our unique approach to storytelling:
intentional, heart-felt, transformative.

You’ll discover how to apply the
elements of storytelling to your personal story, reshaping it so you can express yourself in a new, powerful way.

Launch your Spring with this session on Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Lunch and Snacks included.

Immigrants | Refugees

Click here to find out about our Urban Tellers® for Immigrants and Refugees

Portland Story Theater Immigrant and Refugee Urban Tellers® Special Edition at The Old Church Concert Hall

Join Us

We are producing another Immigrant | Refugee Edition in March-April 2019

Workshop Schedule
Tuesdays 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
+ an individual session, date TBA
Friday 4/5 (Urban Tellers® show)

Do you or someone you know want to participate?

If you are a first generation immigrant and/or refugee living in the Portland metro area who wants to tell your personal story, contact us to begin the application process.

All Are Welcome.

Details about this program are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and French.

Preethi Srinivas tells her story
“Pretty Young Thing”
Photo by Kelly Nissl

Portland Story Theater’s Immigrant and Refugee Editions of Urban Tellers® have featured storytellers originally from Palestine, Guatemala, Somalia, China, Denmark, Iran, Iraq, Argentina, Ethiopia, Chili, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Yemen, Venezuela, and Mexico.

We’ve had some press. Please take some time to read these articles about our work:

Portland Monthly
Can Live Storytelling
Be an Antidote to Xenophobia?
With an evening of personal tales
from immigrants and refugees,
Portland Story Theater is betting on it.
by Sarah Hutchins

Oregon Arts Watch
Urban Tellers’ immigrant tales
A new life in words: Portland Story Theater’s immigrant and refugee storytellers weave tales about leaving there and coming here

by Alia Stearns

PSU Vanguard
The Immigrant Story is The American Story
by Marena Riggan

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

Portland Story Theater’s 2017-2018 Season is generously supported by The McIvor Family Charitable Fund; Tonkon Torp; 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.