Fundraiser for The Dalles Civic Auditorium

Urban Tellers® at The Civic Auditorium

Lynne Duddy, Portland Story Theater

Lynne Duddy, Narrative Artist
Photo by Scott Bump

The Dalles ‒ January 19 ‒ Urban Tellers® is part of the phenomenon that we’ve seen all around the country: real, true stories told on stage in front of a live audience. Urban Tellers® shows are a potent blend of vulnerability and heart, where people tell personal stories that are always about something that matters, something that made them who they are. Now in its 14th year, Portland Story Theater has been leading the way to create a unique fusion of wit and bare-bone emotion expressed on stage. We are delighted that they are returning to The Dalles! Tonight’s show is an olio of five short personal stories told straight from the heart, unscripted, and unmemorized that brings the culture of community to life. Urban Tellers® runs just over an hour and will take place on Saturday, February 24th at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Doors at 6:30 pm. Stories start at 7 pm. This show is a fundraiser for The Dalles Civic Auditorium and open to the public. (18+ and over.) Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the Door.

Urban Tellers® at The Civic

Portland Story Theater co-founders Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard will perform with Urban Tellers® Warren McPherson, Howard Bulick, and Leigh Hancock.
The Dalles and Portland Story Theater present
Urban Tellers®
Saturday, February 24, 2018
6:30 pm Doors Open
7 pm Stories
The Dalles Civic Auditorium
TICKETS: $12 Adv | $15 Door

Lawrence Howard is best known for his stories in the Armchair Adventure series about Antarctic and Artic explorers. He has been called “one of the Northwest’s most engaging raconteurs” by Bob Hicks of ArtsWatch and tells engaging stories that often have listeners on the edge of their seats. As one of the founders of Portland Story Theater, he produces live storytelling shows and teaches people the art and craft of storytelling.

Lynne Duddy is a narrative artist who creates captivating stories that draw listeners into the realm of real life. Her work has been described by The Oregonian as “raw, revealing, vulnerable.” Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lynne draws from her rich repertoire of personal experience to create narrative programs for people from all walks of life. She coaches individuals and conducts workshops in storytelling throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Warren McPherson is a storyteller who has worked with Portland Story Theater since 2014 crafting personal stories. He is an audience favorite at their annual Valentine’s show, is a member of their touring troupe, and is a Library Story Slam winner. Warren manages the podcasts for Portland Story Theater both on SoundCloud and on iTunes. He conducts workshops in storytelling with Portland Story Theater throughout the Pacific Northwest. A charismatic performer, Warren’s stories have an insightful charm. Relatable. Funny. Poignant.

Leigh Hancock is a storyteller, educator, and writer who has been involved with Portland Story Theater since 2014. She lives in White Salmon and has been instrumental in bringing storytelling to The Gorge. Leigh works full time teaching writing, literature and women’s studies at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). Her award-winning writing has been acknowledged by the National Society of Arts and Letters but her spoken word stories have a universality that you recognize when you hear it.

Howard Bulick has toured with Portland Story Theater and performed many times on their stage. He is a firefighter, a highly skilled electrician, and an emergency responder. His background lends itself to a wide range of real, true stories. He lives in Bingen, Washington. His stories are down-to-earth and resonate with everyone who hears them.

Portland Story Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which strives to make the narrative arts an integral part of Portland’s rich cultural identity. Founded in 2004, the organization is committed to bringing an authentic story and theater experience to enrich, inspire, challenge and expand Portland’s urban environment through the narrative arts. For more information, visit

The Civic Auditorium was built in The Dalles in 1921.The Civic was dedicated as a memorial to the local Veterans of World War I. Today it honors all Veterans. After years of disuse, in 1991 a group of concerned citizens formed the non-profit corporation which raised the funds to purchase the property from the city, and undertook the project privately. Today, the Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, is responsible for raising funds and overseeing the Civic’s well-being.