Community Building


Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard offer workshops sessions to create a unique community building experience for your conference, business, or private group. Easy. Effective. Enlightening. We work together to:

    Develop personal narratives that reflect your community’s values
    Identify the emotional pulse of your people within your unique environment
    Discover the message that matters

We passionately believe everyone has a story to tell. Giving your people the opportunity to learn how to craft real, true stories that reveal valuable strengths and build empathy is a priceless gift. It can give your communication ecosystem a boost.

Please contact us at 503-284-2226 to setup a time to talk about collaborating, timeframe, and creating something within your budget.

Portland Story Theater, a local pioneer in storytelling, has provided workshops for NIKE, US Fish & Wildlife, TEDx and more!

Team Building Partners with Portland Story Theater


The Power of Stories

Led by professional storytellers, our workshops aim to help build a culture of empathy, leadership and improved communication skills.  Above all, this is a fun opportunity to tap into an art form that has been part of the human experience since the beginning.

We teach storytelling from a unique perspective. People will learn how to tell stories improvisationally by being resourceful and using the power of spontaneity. Our approach teaches participants to trust the story and speak extemporaneously.

Your group will get a chance to learn about story structure, the differences between writing and telling, and how to find the story that matters.


We come to your facility to deliver this session. Typically, two facilitators will co-lead the workshop.

This is a dynamic, interactive experience for everyone.  We will outline the primary components of effective storytelling, and some tools for discovering and delivering a story in a compelling way. The skills we teach are experiential and not something that can be quantified statistically. We find that people who are open to sharing what matters to them, and are willing to express that through their own personal story, are transformed by the experience.

Our Philosophy

We believe that everyone has a story to tell but the key to being a great storyteller is to learn how to listen.  Not only to others but to yourself.  

We are working to use the art of storytelling to make arts and culture a recognized, valued and expected facet of everyday life in both private and public sectors.

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USFWS Refuge Center, Homer, Alaska.


“We have taken what was learned in the workshops to hone the Nike Storytellers’ skills in adding a personal narrative element to their stories.  Portland Story Theater is a catalyst for personal transformation both for personal and professional growth.   They are making the art form of storytelling accessible to the everyday person.  It is a tremendous contribution to our Portland community.” 
NIKE participant

“This is just the shot in the arm I needed to bring my storytelling to the next level.”
SVP participant

“There was a real power to spending time sharing stories and listening to stories in a structured and purposeful manner.”
TEDxMtHood participant

“Lynne and Lawrence were masterful in how they brought out the best in not only my story but in me.”
BTA participant