PDXstorytheater

PDXstorytheater

www.pdxstorytheater.org
Portland Story Theater delivers a potent blend of…


Forever Young: Beth Weissman
Nov 14, 2019 • 15 min
I will forever miss my mother, Elaine Beth Levine. May softness embolden me. When I’m with beloved family and friends, I feel so fortunate. As a native Northeasterner, I have equally come to appreciate the arts, culture, nature, and flavors unique to the…
Seed Of Truth: Kathy Gillis
Nov 13, 2019 • 13 min
Kathy Gillis lives in Portland, OR. She enjoys golf and playing board games with friends. Kathy is a regular listener to NPR (even during pledge drives), and loves consuming podcasts hosted by smart and compassionate people. As a primary goal in life…
Unseen: Sally Berg
Nov 10, 2019 • 10 min
Using public storytelling for the first time to find and share her voice, this is a tale of duality and the cycle of life. It’s the story of creating meaning out of chaos and finding the courage to connect and build deep relationships. URBAN TELLERS…
I’m Here: Debz Briske
Nov 7, 2019 • 14 min
A trip to Brazil leads to the question ‘where is home?’ Debz is a Pacific Northwest writer and storyteller. URBAN TELLERS November 2, 2019 BE HERE NOW Debz Briske live at Nordia House in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and…
Chop Wood, Carry Water: Roland Jarka
Nov 4, 2019 • 13 min
How does a former university professor handle living alone in a hunting cabin? Roland spent three years in that cabin in Marlboro, Vermont, 45 years ago. He now lives in Portland, plays tennis, writing a book and does public speaking. URBAN TELLERS…
Sink Or Swim: Warren McPherson
Jun 27, 2019 • 13 min
It’s a way of learning, it’s a way of living, it’s a way of drowning. Tonight, Warren would like to thank Gigi, the lady down the street who allowed him and all the other neighborhood kids to swim in her backyard pool. Marco….Polo! URBAN TELLERS June 7,…
Nothing To Prove: Lynne Duddy
Jun 27, 2019 • 10 min
Oh that nagging feeling of not being enough can drive you mad until you simply let go and be… Lynne is curious about all branches of human learning. She has an inexhaustible amount of creative energy that she channels into evangelizing about story and the…
Uncle Rick: Penny Walter
Jun 27, 2019 • 14 min
Uncle Rick was a very special person who changed Penny’s life for the better. She feels like the support and love of her family growing up made her the person she is today. Penny is a professional puppeteer and has been since 2002. Visit her on the web at…
The Picasso Gorilla: Lynn Fitch
Jun 27, 2019 • 14 min
Sometimes, it is a single event that forever changes your life. This will be Lynn’s last story with Portland Story Theater. She is leaving Portland and heading to parts unknown. Being a part of Urban Tellers and sharing a dozen stories with all of you,…
When I’m 64: Lawrence Howard
Jun 27, 2019 • 12 min
A gentleman of a certain age wonders about the unknown and unknowable future as he enters the third act of his three- act play. Lawrence Howard has been a hippie woodworker, a legal researcher, an Armchair Adventurer, a lover of limericks, and the…
So This Is How The World Works: Frank Engel
Jun 27, 2019 • 13 min
Is karma immutable? Can we change our perspective, our outlook on life and the meaning of past experiences? Frank explores the possibility of a life that isn’t “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short,” but rather rich and kind, forgiving and full of…
Reclaiming Home: Amanda Starr
May 29, 2019 • 12 min
This is the story of growing up in a beautiful and isolated place in the country, and a series of childhood encounters that obstructed that beauty for many years. But new experiences of love and connection helped me find my way back home. A psychologist…
Proof Of Kinship: Niani Dünner
May 26, 2019 • 14 min
Niani has called Oregon home for more than half her life. She enjoys putzing around her garden, biking around town, and hiking with anyone who is willing to pick up and go. If, heaven forbid, anything should happen to her, Niani hopes this story stands as…
Be Yourself. Be Courageous. Be Happy. : Oksana Davletshina
May 23, 2019 • 7 min
Oksana grew up in Russia and moved to Portland with her husband and three children in 2016. It was a big change in every aspect of their lives. In Russia she was a lawyer. Here, in America, she started her career again. She joined Russian Oregon Social…
Privilege & Place: Matt Coburn
May 20, 2019 • 13 min
Matt’s bi-coastal, mono-cultural journey to Portland was a meandering path, which led to a personal reckoning concerning his place in the world, and ultimately his past, present, and future self. He is a New York native, whose happy accident of landing in…
My Origin Story: Duncan Wyndham
May 17, 2019 • 12 min
Duncan shares a story of love, pain, and discovery that helped him to find the life he was meant to lead. Duncan is a poet, educational consultant, faculty in the Portland State College of Education. He is also a longtime member of ECKANKAR, Path of…
Good Enough: Bill Stenson
May 14, 2019 • 15 min
Bill has been living in two countries for the last 40 years. He says, “It’s like having one foot on the dock and the other on the boat.” As he approaches retirement and prepares for this next stage of life, he has chosen to embrace his ‘inner artist.’…
The Most Important Lesson: Oksana Davletshina
Apr 25, 2019 • 9 min
This personal story of a Russian immigrant is about how hard work and persistence can bring personal and professional success. Oksana Davletshina came to America with her husband and 3 children in November 2016 seeking asylum. It was a big change in every…
The Great Escape: Luzi Moreno Gilson
Apr 22, 2019 • 8 min
This is a story of a little girl who becomes the grand hero by saving the day. Luzi Moreno Gilson was brought to the US at age 16. She has lived in Oregon since then traveling the world at any chance she gets, usually in the summer. She teaches 2nd grade…
How To Make A Website And Not Die: Katerina Ingraham Perfilova
Apr 16, 2019 • 7 min
Katerina Perfilova is a web-developer from Russia, who moved to America only three years ago. She tells the story of one of her unusual projects that occurred 10 years ago in Moscow. This story involves Russian gangsters, precious treasure, difficult…
Kissing The Crown: Leigh Hancock (Replay)
Apr 15, 2019 • 12 min
Due to the unfortunate events at the Notre Dame Cathedral today we felt a replay of this story from two years ago was appropriate. To be fifteen, in Paris, with the man you love: what could be better? Or worse? Leigh Hancock’s wanderlust began on a high…
What Separates Us: Alejandro Vilches
Apr 13, 2019 • 17 min
Alejandro Vilches’ story is about what it takes to make connections and wake up to the world around us. He was born in Bryan, Texas, but grew up in Honduras where his family is from. At the age of 28 Alejandro decided to come to the US for graduate…
The Challenge: Angela Zagarella
Apr 10, 2019 • 14 min
Born and raised in Siracusa, Sicily, Angela Zagarella has been calling Oregon home since 1988. She has been teaching Italian for 26 years which has lessened the longing and separation from her beloved island. Not a technological wizard, she only recently…
Puppeteer Plus: Penny Walter
Apr 4, 2019 • 13 min
Penny has been a professional puppeteer and the owner of Penny’s Puppet Productions since 2002. She truly believes in the power of puppets. In her precious downtime Penny loves to take long walks with her dog Tater, drink coffee, and bake things. Visit…
Becoming The Dancing Lady: Karen Lasher
Apr 1, 2019 • 10 min
Karen tells about breaking free of destructive paradigms, getting in touch with her inner truth and learning to let her light shine in the world. As a public speaker, writer and hospitality mystic, Karen works to spread light and love in the world. Visit…
Fighting Ignorance: Victor Bencomo
Mar 29, 2019 • 13 min
Once upon a time in college, Victor heard a quote that stayed in his mind. Years later, he now understands the truth of that quote. Because Victor hails from Venezuela and has lived in the USA for only 4 years, he brings a unique perspective to life’s…
Rest Stop Steve: Steve Eggerts
Mar 26, 2019 • 13 min
Steve is a transplant from Southern California, but don’t hold that against him. After Steve was kicked out of the world’s largest canoe club, also known as the US Navy, he came to Portland to meet a girl but she never picked him up at the airport. Steve…
Seeking Solace In A Sauna: Chalice Stroebe
Mar 23, 2019 • 8 min
Chalice recently experienced what it’s like to bathe across cultures and had a coming to terms moment in the heat of it all. Here in Portland you can find her supporting women through the transition of pregnancy and childbirth into parenthood as a doula,…
The Swedish Connection: Katie Skurja
Mar 20, 2019 • 12 min
The decision to become an exchange student at age 16 continues to have ripple effects to this day. Katie Skurja runs a private practice as a spiritual director/counselor with Imago Dei Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in the journey toward…
Bear #399: Katie Morris Henson
Mar 17, 2019 • 11 min
Katie has spent a career in in the world of social services. Her work as a clinician, a consultant, and a frequent trainer and speaker on the topic of creating more trauma-responsive systems focused on improving the lives of children, youth, and families…
The Crush: Joan-Carrol Baron
Mar 14, 2019 • 12 min
There is no illusion more potent than planning for a future that can’t exist. Tracking her subconscious through a country still uncharted, Joan-Carrol Baron maps the mysteries of life through acting, writing, and sculpting in The Land of Good Enough. This…
Longing For Love, Or The Lover?: Zahra Abukar
Mar 11, 2019 • 9 min
This story is about a fifteen year old tasting love for the first time but the sweetness of that first love being abruptly cut short by distance and other life circumstances, and the many years she spent longing for that sweet tasting love — or was it the…
Big Risk, Big Reward: Ruiyuan Gao
Mar 8, 2019 • 17 min
Ruiyuan has lived in Portland for 4 years and she met her first boyfriend here one and half years ago. A lot of things have happened in those 18 months, and have given her cause for reflection. This is her story about taking a big risk and maybe getting a…
American Love Story: Eva Rotter-Johnson
Mar 5, 2019 • 11 min
As a young girl growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, Eva fantasized about her own Hollywood-style love story. Coming to the USA to study seemed like the perfect opportunity for it to become a reality. But what did fate have in store for her? Are happy…
Shagnasty’s Salvation: Frank Engel
Dec 24, 2018 • 13 min
Frank’s story explores a journey from grief to gratitude and, incidentally, the possibility of supernatural or extraordinary modes of communication. The greater marvel is how or why, not what. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Frank Engel live at…
The Way Forward: Kathi Gatlin
Dec 21, 2018 • 9 min
Kathi relates a narrative of fear from a childhood experience into discovering the way forward toward a life of freedom. Professionally, she walks alongside others in their relationship with God as a spiritual director through Boldly Loved and the…
Higher Education: Joanna Agee
Dec 18, 2018 • 13 min
It doesn’t always look like you think it will. You can’t always put it on your resume. Sometimes lessons take decades to land. Joanna’s got a story about that. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Joanna Agee live at The Old Church Concert Hall in…
Remembering A Friend: Rob Kass
Dec 15, 2018 • 11 min
After years of telling funny stories at parties, Rob is proud to remember a personal hero on a critical 40th anniversary. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Rob Kass live at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater,…
Saved By Rats: Angela Hahn
Dec 12, 2018 • 13 min
Angela Hahn is a physician in Portland, Oregon. Rats helped her get there. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Angela Hahn live at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy…
Untethered: Onyeka Jones
Nov 30, 2018 • 11 min
Born and raised in Nigeria, Onyeka’s idea of home, once strong and concrete, slowly became untethered and nebulous after years of living in America. She shares her struggles with belonging, identity and the journey of redefining her home. Onyeka helps…
The Loyalty Within: Wafa Almaktari
Nov 27, 2018 • 9 min
Throughout her childhood Wafa Almaktari has always been a defender and always stepped out of her comfort zone to stand for what is right. Now she is a warrior and always makes sure that her voice advocates for the voiceless. She is a senior at Portland…
Whatever It Takes: Victor Bencomo
Nov 24, 2018 • 11 min
Four years ago, a bright young fellow was forced out of his comfort zone. Spoiled by his mother, maid, family and friends, he lived in a bubble before he started on his journey as an immigrant in the US. Well, things changed and with little knowledge…
When Opportunity Meets Preparation: Ivan Hernandez
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
It’s been said that it’s not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You have to be the right person in the right place at the right time and that describes Ivan Hernandez. Ivan, a DACA recipient, has a story that literally defies logic about a…
Self Love: Israa Hasani
Nov 18, 2018 • 11 min
Born and raised in Iraq, Israa’s life journey is to explore, discover, and repeat. Looking for self-recognition, love and identity, she spent the last half of her life discovering herself and her passions. She works as a mental health provider for…
The Passive Activist: Sankar Raman
Nov 15, 2018 • 14 min
Sankar Raman, a Northwest Digital Art Photographer, is originally from India, but spent the majority of his adult life in the U.S. He is the founder and board president of The Immigrant Story which captures the stories of immigrants in short, accessible,…
Twenty Minutes In The Month Of November: Kyle Cooper
Oct 27, 2018 • 15 min
Ever since his college graduation in 2014, Kyle has been working hard to take it easy. The idea of grad school debt or joining the corporate world filled him with dread, so he opted for exploring. His explorations led him to four different continents and…
Yes, You CAN!: Lynn Fitch
Oct 24, 2018 • 16 min
Lynn’s story is about how she once overcame the challenges of being a lifelong introvert, by assuming an alter ego “Candice the Aluminum Can.” Lynn has had a life filled with adventure, despite the handicap of being a development director for most of her…
Removing The Blindfold: Leah Carey
Oct 21, 2018 • 13 min
In July 2017, Leah gave up a comfortable, predictable life in rural New Hampshire to travel the country and find a new home. Along the way she surprised herself by re-discovering her long-buried sense of fun, adventure, and sexuality. She has now settled…
Defiance: Steve Eggerts
Oct 18, 2018 • 12 min
From an early age, the consequences of Steve’s behavior had little effect on him, which led him down some crazy pathways in life. Today, he is married to his business partner and beautiful wife, Anna. They live in SE Portland with their new Bernadoodle…
Sold: Sharon Gavin
Oct 15, 2018 • 12 min
As a playwright, lyricist, and speechwriter, Sharon is used to telling stories on paper; making the leap from page to stage here has her a bit shaken, but not stirred. Her story tonight is about how mosquitoes, malaria and mambo turned her life into a…
Interception: Joanna Agee
Jun 6, 2018 • 11 min
Love letters in the wrong hands and anonymous phone calls at a pivotal stage led to a twenty year detour in Joanna’s life. In finding, losing, and finding herself again, she’s awestruck by the power of saying simple truths out loud - and strives to do…
Come To Jesus Moment: Frank Engel
Jun 6, 2018 • 12 min
Frank highlights some awkward, humorous and existential encounters as a Jew teaching at a Catholic seminary. As a writer, Frank has recently trashed his curriculum vitae and is now editing his will. URBAN TELLERS June 1, 2018 FAITH, FAMILY AND OTHER…
Falling For MacGuffin: Warren McPherson
Jun 6, 2018 • 12 min
After years of resisting, Warren found Faith for the first time and it was in an admittedly unconventional entity. His beliefs might seem alien to you, but at least he believes in something, right? URBAN TELLERS June 1, 2018 FAITH, FAMILY AND OTHER…
Letting Go: Duncan Wyndham
Jun 6, 2018 • 13 min
Duncan tells the story about letting go of his cherished older brother, Harald, and in the process, surrendering bits and pieces of himself. Duncan is a lover of life and a professional educator in the Portland State Graduate School of Education. URBAN…
Waving Red Flags: Stefanie Brown
Jun 6, 2018 • 16 min
“I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. The world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much.” ~Emery Allen Stefanie says the truth in this quote is what attracts her to storytelling; to people and their…
Flaming Pickle: Dana Brenner-Kelley
Jun 6, 2018 • 12 min
Dana is a mom, leadership/organizational coach and consultant, guesthouse proprietor, writer, singer, and right now a slave to her overgrown yard. Her story is about how our greatest gifts/challenges always get seeded in childhood. And also about a great…
I Am Dinesh!: Daniel LaForce
May 25, 2018 • 20 min
A man journeys to make a pilgrimage to India., to walk in the footsteps of a master teacher….along the way, he discovers himself. Daniel LaForce comes from a strong theatrical background and spiritual practice. He’s thrilled to do another Urban Tellers…
The Custodian Of Her Memory: Robyn Ridler Aoyagi
May 25, 2018 • 11 min
With great love comes great responsibility. How do you keep someone’s memory alive after they’re gone? Robyn shares her own experience of trying to honor her beloved grandmother. Robyn is a Portland Story Theater board member. She is a mother of two and a…
The Manilla Envelope: Katie Skurja
May 25, 2018 • 16 min
Some things in life tear you in half. Katie shares some experiences from her crazy family life and her journey toward healing the schism in her soul. Katie Skurja runs a private practice as a spiritual director/counselor with Imago Dei Ministries, which…
Almost: Chuck McConnell
May 25, 2018 • 13 min
Sometimes a simple “thumb rule,” used to make a job do- able, can lead us across red-lines we thought we’d never transgress. This story is about a blind approach to a very bright red-line. Chuck McConnell spent 42 years in behind-the-scenes public…
Safely Home: Debz Briske
May 25, 2018 • 12 min
Sometimes the desire to help a stranger can end up helping your self. Debz is a writer working in many genres including horror. She is a performer who currently works in health care - which give her a daily dose of horror. URBAN TELLERS May 5, 2018…
Love That Name: Bernal Cruz
Apr 30, 2018 • 16 min
Practicing interconnectedness as spirituality has led Bernal on some pretty unforgettable adventures. Bernal migrated to the US from Guatemala in 1990 seeking asylum and now works with these populations including unaccompanied children— it’s a full circle…
Crossing The Forbidden Line: Nyimoch Chuol Wel
Apr 30, 2018 • 12 min
Nyimoch has chosen to abandon the hostile culture that she grew up with. It is a culture where women have no rights to choose who they marry. It’s all about the dowry. Women are seen as a piece of property to be owned by men. Nyimoch wants the freedom to…
Shut Up And Cry: Qin Xia
Apr 30, 2018 • 12 min
Qin is a student who is learning how to teach. She is always on the journey of learning how to get in touch with herself and find out who she is or who she wants to be. The journey is always under the two quite different cultures—the eastern culture which…
Pretty Young Things: Preethi Srinivas
Apr 30, 2018 • 9 min
Preethi moved from India to United States of America three years ago to purse her masters in Electrical Engineering. Never did she think that she would find the idea of beauty preserved so differently in different parts of the world. Preethi’s story is…
Secret Heart’s Desire: Jiao Liu
Apr 30, 2018 • 14 min
Jiao came to America for her Masters of Education and has been a teacher in Portland. Her story touches on some of those things in life that we think we hate but that turn out to be something truly wonderful - such a surprise! And like so many things in…
Into The Great Wide Open: Lynn Fitch
Apr 9, 2018 • 17 min
In one’s darkest hour, in the midst of an existential crisis, sometimes the answer is provided by an old friend. “Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past.” - Mr Rogers Sticking with that Tom Petty song, Lynn thinks of herself often, as…
My Weekend In Cleveland: Jim Waigand
Apr 9, 2018 • 16 min
An endless adventurer via volunteerism, bicycling, photography, hiking and backpacking, Jim looks through the lens of a mid-western suburban childhood at his response to death. www.facebook.com/IJAdventures URBAN TELLERS March 2, 2018 A FLASH OF INSIGHT…
Dancing With The Afro-Cuban All Stars: Frank Engel
Apr 9, 2018 • 16 min
This story is set in Frank’s head—and in his mother’s assisted living apartment, September, 2017. Frank spent two years as a pea-shooter target while playing sousaphone in his high school marching band. He never aspired to big brass after that experience.…
Finding Love In Grief: Steve Eggerts
Apr 9, 2018 • 11 min
Steve shares a story about how love can show up at the worst time in your life. Steve moved to Portland from Southern California in 1986, but don’t hold that against him. URBAN TELLERS March 2, 2018 A FLASH OF INSIGHT Steve Eggerts live at The Old Church…
Breaking The Sound Barrier: Mary Welch
Apr 9, 2018 • 14 min
When the anticipated peace of retirement is invaded by a neighbor’s sound system, all bets are off as to who will prevail. Mary is retired, living in Aloha with her husband, her dog, and her cat. Her love of art has recently found expression through…
I Am The Puppet Lady: Penny Walter
Apr 9, 2018 • 13 min
For 16 years Penny has been following her heart. Sometimes her head gets in the way. Penny loves puppets, dogs and making people laugh. Find out more at www.PennyPuppets.com URBAN TELLERS March 2, 2018 A FLASH OF INSIGHT Penny Walter live at The Old…
Carrying The Couch: Cindy McGean
Mar 11, 2018 • 11 min
Can love and independence co-exist? What does it mean to be cursed with cute? And where does the couch fit in anyway? Writer and educator Cindy McGean answers these questions in a Valentine to her husband and frequent creative partner, Sam. When Cindy…
The Gift: Sukita Reay Crimmel
Mar 11, 2018 • 13 min
Trailblazing is often Sukita’s way, from a career in the earthen building industry to how she becomes a mom. It’s not always easy, but there are rewards. Sukita finds joy in gardening, hiking, dancing, conversation, puzzles and telling stories. Her name…
20 Years In…: Kathy Gillis
Mar 11, 2018 • 14 min
Kathy Gillis tells us a story about marriage, DIY projects, finding peace, and keeping love close. In her spare time Kathy enjoys outdoor adventures, dinner out with friends, crossfit, and DIY projects. KISS AND TELL February 10, 2018 Kathy Gillis live at…
Keep It In Your Pants: Warren McPherson
Mar 11, 2018 • 9 min
How hard is it to NOT have sex? Turns out, not that hard. Warren wants everyone to know that he has, in fact, had sex… more than once. He’s not keeping a running total or anything. If he were though…his best guess would be 467 times. Warren has told with…
Don’t Look Down: Beth Rogers
Mar 11, 2018 • 11 min
This is the story of two lovers who embark upon what can only be described as a fool’s journey. But with patience and luck they just find may their heart’s desire. Beth Rogers works and plays with the most interesting people in Portland’s playgrounds and…
Sweet, Quirky, Smart And Sexy: Beth Duckles
Mar 11, 2018 • 14 min
Looking for love is a journey - this one involves a conversation with mom, a psychic prediction and a cross-country move. Beth is a writer, researcher and ethnographer who founded an online community for women who have left academia. Any day that includes…
Good Girl Breaking Free: Leah Carey
Dec 13, 2017 • 12 min
After a lifetime of being a “good girl”, this summer Leah threw out all the rules and departed on a year-long road trip around the country, landing in Portland just in time to take this class. Along the way, she has been rediscovering her long-buried…
Peace And Pizza: Luis Garcia
Dec 13, 2017 • 10 min
Two close friends deal with drastic changes of life over pizza. Luis Garcia is a writer and start-up enthusiast from New York state. He is a single Father of two a documentary filmmaker and has grown to love the art of storytelling. This is his first…
989 Days: Steve Eggerts
Dec 13, 2017 • 14 min
Steve arrived in Portland after being asked to leave the world’s biggest yacht club — the United States Navy — with 100.00 in his pockets. He walked out of the Portland airport only expecting to be here for a month or so….that was 31 years ago. This is…
The Only Rule I Broke: Gigi Rosenberg
Dec 13, 2017 • 8 min
When you finally put your foot down, what might happen? Gigi Rosenberg is an author, artist coach and presentation coach. “The Only Rule I Broke” is adapted from her solo performance, which you can see in January at the Fertile Ground Festival of New…
Every Moment Counts: Sabina Haque
Dec 13, 2017 • 10 min
This is a personal story about honoring the memories of our loved ones, and finding ways to stay connected and build deep relationships in our often busy and stressful lives. Sabina Haque is a visual artist, a storyteller and leads community-based art…
Pain Reliever: Jessie Bond
Dec 13, 2017 • 9 min
What do you do when you can’t relieve the pain for someone in your life? Jessie seeks to answer that question for herself. A former seasonal, nomadic, environmental educator from the East Coast, Jessie now works for Portland Parks & Recreation in…
Slipped Right In: Kathy Gillis
Dec 13, 2017 • 13 min
Kathy has taken a break from that damn basement remodel to share her story of opening up to love. URBAN TELLERS December 1, 2017 STRONG LIKE ME Kathy Gillis live at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR Hosted by Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard of…
A Mother’s Mantra: Marisol Batioja Kreuzer
Nov 16, 2017 • 10 min
In this story, decisions transformed a relationship between a mother and a daughter, creating a bond like no other. Marisol Kreuzer-Batioja is a professional learner and teacher who supports bilingualism across PPS schools. IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE SHOW…
No Heart To Kill: Mohammed Nabil Usrof
Nov 16, 2017 • 12 min
Mohammed was born and raised in Gaza, Palestine. As the eldest child, he was entrusted with caring for his siblings and managing the home, like most 12 year olds. Tonight, he takes us on a trip back to his childhood home, and tells us about a time at his…
Double - Edged Sword: Ruiyuan Gao
Nov 16, 2017 • 12 min
Ruiyuan’s family kept a secret for 7 years. She has struggled with this secret for 26 years. This secret is like a scar growing within her since she was a baby. This secret is about breaking, hiding, fear, struggle, and blame; it is also about protection,…
Perseverance: Rodrigo Aguirre
Nov 16, 2017 • 11 min
After a lifetime journey plagued by obstacles and denial of his personal identity, Rodrigo chose to self-exile to the US 25 years ago. Through hardship and pain, he found in Portland what was necessary for him to experience a life worth living. After…
Home Is Where I Don’t Belong: Aristanto Bayu Aji
Nov 15, 2017 • 12 min
If people call it food, Into will most likely be up for trying it -at least once. A self-proclaimed food adventurist who once loved a life in London so much that he did not want to return home, he shares this story about how he discovered that he should…
Immigrants In Parallel: Eva Rotter-Johnson
Nov 15, 2017 • 10 min
Eva is a teacher in one of her neighborhood’s schools and often runs into her students. She has noticed that many of their experiences mirror what she went through as a child. Originally from Venezuela, Eva came to the US to go to college and then stayed…
Angels: Beth Rogers
Oct 9, 2017 • 11 min
Sometimes in our lives we receive kindness that changes us forever. “Angels” is a story about the grace of sharing knowledge and accepting guidance. Beth Rogers is a playground prophet and friend to many special people in North Portland. She believes that…
The Power Of A Wish: Joan-Carrol Baron
Oct 9, 2017 • 14 min
This is the story of a young girl who learns to anticipate the delight of the universe. Joan-Carrol Baron moved to Portland 27 years ago to raise a family. Today, she is a writer, a ceramicist, and an actress performing under the name of Brynn Baron. If…
The Last Place I Knew Where I Was: Chuck McConnell
Oct 9, 2017 • 13 min
Sometimes there’s no GPS. The only way to travel is by trial and error, cut and try, look and loop back. When he isn’t telling stories, Chuck entertains himself and tortures others with an heirloom fiddle. Urban Tellers® October 6, 2017 Chuck McConnell…
Don’t Twist This: Warren McPherson
Oct 9, 2017 • 11 min
At no point in Warren’s story will you hear the words “flag” or “military” or “veterans”. You won’t hear them because they have absolutely nothing to do with this narrative. So, please relax – and listen to the words he is actually saying. Warren is the…
Moose Aren’t Going To Eat You!: Lynn Fitch
Oct 9, 2017 • 20 min
There are two kinds of wildlife encounters in Alaska – desired and undesired. Sharing the landscape with iconic animals like bears, wolves and moose is a privilege that residents enjoy, but it can also be a dangerous and even deadly arrangement when you…
Not As Planned: Kate Ristau
Jul 26, 2017 • 17 min
When we’re preparing for a big event, we make a plan. But what if things don’t go as planned? What happens next? Kate Ristau, a folklorist and author, has a plan. She’ll tell you all about it. Her middle grade book, Clockbreakers, is available online and…
This Is Not My Cancer Story: Stefanie Brown
Jul 23, 2017 • 16 min
Stefanie has spent the last five years working on the delicate balance between helping others and helping herself. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker her days are filled listening to the stories of others; tonight she shares her own. Stefanie describes…
The Existential Adventures Of San Francisco Blackie: Frank Engel
Jul 21, 2017 • 16 min
Who are we once our names are taken from us? Frank Engel is currently employed part time sifting through life experiences, names, associations and fleeting identifications in an effort to understand who he is. Urban Tellers® June 2, 2017 SEASON FINALE…
Courage For Beauty: Sukita Crimmel
Jul 17, 2017 • 8 min
Sukita has been making beauty out of mud for her livelihood for the last 17 years. This muddy girl shares a story of beauty that took courage to find. www.sukita.com Urban Tellers® June 2, 2017 SEASON FINALE Sukita Crimmel live at The Fremont Theater in…
My Father’s Son: Daniel LaForce
Jul 16, 2017 • 17 min
Following a vision, a young man returns to Arkansas to make peace with his father, and discovers a hero. After receiving his training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC, Daniel has acted on stages across the country. He believes that laughter…
From Folly To Forgiveness: Lynn Fitch
Jul 14, 2017 • 18 min
This story is about the folly of youth, when you often lack good sense, understanding and foresight, and how long the road can be to forgiveness. Lynn has had a long and successful career as a fundraiser, but now as she embarks on the second half of her…
Self - Love In An Elevator: Warren McPherson
Jun 29, 2017 • 10 min
Warren McPherson “Self-Love in an Elevator” This is not a story about masturbating in a lift. This is a tale about owning up to who you are; whether it be bad, or good. Warren really wants you to know he loves telling stories, even if he comes off looking…
Who’s Choosing?: Sharon Fennell
Jun 29, 2017 • 11 min
Sharon Fennell “Who’s Choosing?” High school dropout and professional tennis player; sporting prowess outshone education, at least in Australia. Retired from a professional tennis career and uneducated at 20 years of age Sharon found herself on a journey…
The Ugly Coat: Gigi Rosnberg
Jun 29, 2017 • 12 min
Gigi Rosenberg “The Ugly Coat” Last summer, Gigi found an old photograph that reminded her of a secret shopping trip she took with her father every year when she was young that has reverberated for more than 50 years. Gigi is an author, artist coach and…
Secret Selfies: Beth Duckles
Jun 27, 2017 • 11 min
What you think is just a secret creative project can have a much more lasting impact. In this personal story, Beth talks about how her selfie-a-day project gave her much more than she expected. Beth is an ethnographer, researcher and writer who has in…
I’m Alright: David Dale
Jun 26, 2017 • 11 min
What does God expect from us? What does Mom expect? What does “perfect” mean and where do we go when we die? Stay tuned for the answers to these important questions and many more when David Dale tells “I’m Alright.” David is a native Oregonian who…
Keeping My Old Self With The New: Maria-Luisa Baragli Bevington
Jun 26, 2017 • 15 min
Maria-Luisa’s story takes us from a sense of belonging in Argentina to Portland, Oregon, where she had to pretend and adapt in order to belong. She has finally arrived at a non-geographical place where she has integrated her cultural values and history —…
Moving On: Fernando (Refugio) Lopez Garcia
Jun 26, 2017 • 12 min
Urban Tellers® April 6 & 7, 2017 WE ARE ALL FROM SOMEWHERE Fernando (Refugio) Lopez Garcia live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU®…
Returning Home: Lynn Fitch
Jun 26, 2017 • 17 min
St. Paddy’s 2017 LUCK OF THE IRISH Lynn Fitch live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU® Lynn Fitch “Returning Home” Lynn grew up…
The Peddler Of Ballaghadereen: Lawrence Howard
Jun 26, 2017 • 10 min
St. Paddy’s 2017 LUCK OF THE IRISH Lawrence Howard live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU® Lawrence Howard, “The Peddler of…
Ms. Rogers’ Neighborhood: Beth Rogers
Jun 26, 2017 • 10 min
St. Paddy’s 2017 LUCK OF THE IRISH Beth Rogers live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU® Beth Rogers, “Ms. Rogers’ Neighborhood”…
Goddess Of The Flame: Lynne Duddy
Jun 15, 2017 • 11 min
A recovering Catholic, Lynne still carries the hope of being saved from the gritty struggle of life by blind faith or by magic. Brigid – saint and goddess — has always inspired her to live boldly. St. Paddy’s March 10, 2017 LUCK OF THE IRISH Lynne Duddy…
When Logic Fails: Amy Clemons Körmendy
Jun 7, 2017 • 10 min
Sometimes even the fiercely independent and eminently rational face the need for a new source of wisdom. Amy recounts the startling discovery that she could not, in fact, solve every problem herself. Although she embraces the chaotic joy of parenting her…
Emergency One Game Changer: Philip Lund
Jun 7, 2017 • 9 min
Philip immigrated to the United States for love at age 22, with absolutely no career plans. He got inspired by a TV program and it changed his life direction drastically. He has realized the dream of a better life enriched by purpose and meaning. Urban…
In Between Two Worlds: Yashar Vasef
Jun 7, 2017 • 15 min
Since childhood, Yashar has tackled issues of identity. Most importantly, he is coming to grips with the empowerment that comes through owning a label. Yashar is currently Operations and Development Manager at Portland Story Theater and volunteers with…
That Voice: Lily Ningsih-Waldman
Jun 6, 2017 • 12 min
Lily came to America with limited skills in English. In her journey from ESL classes at PCC to graduating with high honors from Lewis & Clark College, she discovered something about herself that had been long suppressed, and she is here to share it with…
I Am More Than The Pieces Of My Identity: Zahar Akubar
Jun 6, 2017 • 16 min
Zahra is a mother of three and a Public Health Educator with a passion for community development and social justice. People always say, “It is just politics; don’t take it personal.” But for my family the current political climate is very personal! In…
The Healing: Daniel LaForce
Jun 5, 2017 • 15 min
After an accident, Daniel, as a young man, goes through the ups and downs of the healing process through alternative means. In addition to being a theater artist, he considers himself to be a “mystic” traveler, being led to one lesson after another.…
Courage For Beauty: Sukita Crimmel
Jun 5, 2017 • 7 min
Sukita has been making beauty out of mud for her livelihood for the last 17 years. This muddy girl shares a story of beauty that took courage to find. www.sukita.com Urban Tellers® March 3, 2017 TURNING POINT Sukita Crimmel live at The Fremont Theater in…
Bring On The Rain: Amanda Rain
Jun 5, 2017 • 10 min
There are times when life’s journey opens to allow us to touch the tender places and wash the pain of the past with the rains of new beginnings. Amanda founded Speaking the Unspeakable® and teaches effective communication to inspire courage and empower…
Accidental Immigrant: Eva Rotter-Johnson
Jun 5, 2017 • 11 min
Ever since the election, Eva has been wrestling with the labels society bestows on its members and what it means to be an immigrant in this country today. Urban Tellers® March 3, 2017 TURNING POINT Eva Rotter-Johnson live at The Fremont Theater in…
The Voice: Michael Griggs
Jun 5, 2017 • 11 min
Michael has worked in the theater and the performing arts for fifty years. As a teacher of young actors, he tries to help them find their authentic voices. He has always dreamed of great adventures, and creating great theater. But sometimes you have to…
How I Became A Psychiatrist: Julie Rosenberg
Jun 5, 2017 • 10 min
Julie is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice. Her last name is Rosenberg. What more could there be to this story? Urban Tellers® March 3, 2017 TURNING POINT Julie Rosenberg live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, OR Portland Story…
Love Outside The Box: Stefanie Brown
Feb 14, 2017 • 16 min
Social Worker by day Storyteller by night, Stefanie’s life has been an experience built on narrative, both listening and sharing. Tonight she tells her story of love found, love experienced and love that never went away. KISS AND TELL February 10, 2017…
The Second Time Around: Frank Engel
Feb 14, 2017 • 14 min
Sometimes love is unexpectedly revealed in an ecstatic and intuitive moment. Sometimes it gets lost or forgotten in the distractions of our lives; but it is there, in us, always waiting to be recovered or reclaimed and to connect us to the world. Frank…
The Last David: Donna Zerner
Feb 14, 2017 • 13 min
Based on her rocky dating history, Donna would’ve never guessed that she’d someday have a relationship worth telling a story about. Donna is a writer and storyteller, a creator of stealth nature mandalas, and a recovering perfectionist. Lately she spends…
Double Tap: Amanda Trudell
Feb 14, 2017 • 19 min
When she’s not recounting youthful follies to a roomful of strangers, Amanda hoards cats, swans about the house wearing a massive turban, and drinks bathtub gin in the daytime. Or something like that. Her story tonight delves into the absurdity of the…
The Dark Before The Dawn: Warren McPherson
Feb 14, 2017 • 11 min
There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. That might be all well and good, but what if we make for ourselves a real shit show? Warren tells a tale about his fate and what he made for himself. It’s sad and dark and, at times, pitiful. Happy…
The Keeper Of His Things: Kate Raphael
Feb 14, 2017 • 16 min
Kate Raphael comes to storytelling with the belief that our greatest connections in life happen when we have the guts to share our truths. She finds that sharing her stories in public is the most challenging, scariest, and rewarding practice there is.…
Message From The Grave: Cynthia Hofmann
Feb 14, 2017 • 12 min
Cynthia came to Portland Story Theater through their one-day Storytelling Bootcamp and she was hooked. Her story this evening is about her relationship with her father. Sometimes we want more from people than they are capable of giving and we need to…
Into The Mist: Lynne Duddy
Feb 14, 2017 • 12 min
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 also coaches individuals and conducts workshops in storytelling throughout the Pacific…
Stepping Out: Lauren Gross
Feb 14, 2017 • 12 min
Growing up in a suburb of Portland, Lauren had always longed to see the world. After many years of feeling stifled, she finally took the decision to leave home. This is the story of her first hitchhiking adventure and the insights that resulted. Lauren…
November 6, 2000: Warren McPherson
Feb 14, 2017 • 12 min
Over and over, we will tell the same stories about the same people; not because we love them any more, but because they are clearer. November 6, 2000 is a story about someone that Warren loved and a moment when it all became clear. Warren is a…
Kissing The Crown: Leigh Hancock
Feb 14, 2017 • 12 min
To be fifteen, in Paris, with the man you love: what could be better? Or worse? Leigh Hancock’s wanderlust began on a high school trip to Europe. It carried her from her humble roots in Hueytown, Alabama around the world (a couple of times), before…
Fairy Tale: Beth Rogers
Feb 14, 2017 • 11 min
Remember that folk tale about the ugly duckling? Well, that resonated with Beth as she was growing up. But by the time she was in high school, a magical friendship helped turn her into the swan that she always was. Beth Rogers is a playground prophet and…
Home: Penny Walter
Feb 14, 2017 • 15 min
A place I didn’t think I would ever return. Penny loves to tell stories with her puppets and travel the world. Her two favorite things are baking cookies and taking walks with her dog. Find out more about Penny at www.pennyspuppets.com Urban Tellers…
Playing With Matches: Howard Bulick
Feb 14, 2017 • 9 min
Could there be a connection between marshmallows, little boys and firefighters? Find out as Howard Bulick tells the story of young adventure and a mother’s really bad day. Howard hails from the Columbia River Gorge and is very excited to be back with…
Where’s The Trail?: Rain Crowe
Dec 19, 2016 • 13 min
Tonight Rain shares a story of her lost & found journey – within and without – that was guided by the stars and a 45-pound beagle called Sagan. She is a Portland-based educator and mediator, a facilitator of spirit-spoken group processes and learning…
The Dance: Ellen Wolfson
Dec 19, 2016 • 16 min
This is a story about what happens in your life when you’re asked to dance, but the steps don’t match the beat. Ellen is a bridge builder — a social worker by trade and a community builder by nature. Recently retired from a 35 year career as faculty in…
Let It Shine: Kathy Gillis
Dec 19, 2016 • 12 min
A coming-of-age story about playing the hand you are given, making choices and discovering light. Kathy loves carrot cake and enjoys kayaking. She believes that laughter is a cure-all and the world needs more of it. Urban Tellers DECEMBER 2, 2016 CHOOSING…
Unstuck: Chuck McConnell
Dec 19, 2016 • 12 min
Trapped in a holding pattern at work, Chuck McConnell realized that something had to change. He set a new course, in an unexpected direction, and enroute rediscovered his greatest strengths. Chuck McConnell served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine…
From Sangha To Solitude: Kristin Schroeder
Dec 19, 2016 • 15 min
Kristin Schroeder’s story is about the dissolution of a Sangha (spiritual community) and the redemption of redefining God. But she keeps her sense of humor close by her side, recognizing that her hairdo is sometimes mistaken for a chinchilla. Urban…
From Folly To Forgiveness: Lynn Fitch
Dec 19, 2016 • 13 min
Urban Tellers July, 2017 FROM FOLLY TO FORGIVENESS Lynn Fitch live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU. This story is about the folly of…
Sometimes Things Don’t Go As Planned: Kate Ristau
Dec 16, 2016 • 11 min
When we’re preparing for a big event, we make a plan. But what if things don’t go as planned? What happens next? Kate Ristau, a folklorist and author, has a plan. She’ll tell you all about it. Her middle grade book, Clockbreakers, is also featured at…
Stand Up: Gigi Rosenberg
Dec 16, 2016 • 10 min
Gigi discovers how to break the curse of a family secret. Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, performer, and artist coach. Her writing has been published by Seal Press and Psychology Today and she’s performed at Seattle’s On The Boards and been a guest…
My Big Fat Dysfunctional Wedding: Jamie Houghton
Dec 16, 2016 • 9 min
Jamie Shanahan, who uses her maiden name as her pen name, works for three dogs named Moo, Pup Pup and Potato. Her secret talents include juggling and making Key Lime pie. This story is about how opposites attract, and it ends - as all comedies do - with a…
Indian Burns: Jessica Mehta
Dec 16, 2016 • 10 min
Jessica is a poet, novelist, and owner of the award- winning company MehtaFor: Writing and Editing. She’s a member of the Cherokee Nation, a yoga teacher and founder of the Get it Ohm! karmic yoga movement, and teaches writing workshops around the…
Peering In: Rachel Miller-Howard
Dec 16, 2016 • 13 min
This is a road trip tale about fallibility, aimlessness, misdirection, and a nasty man. It’s also about friendship, nachos, and tumbleweeds. Rachel is a fried food aficionado, and loves jumping into cold bodies of water. Urban Tellers NOVEMBER 4, 2016…
Into The Mist: Lynne Duddy
Dec 15, 2016 • 11 min
Lynne Duddy is a storyteller who creates captivating stories that draw listeners into the realm of real life. Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lynne draws from her rich repertoire of personal experience to create narrative programs for people from all…
Night On The Island: Lawrence Howard
Dec 15, 2016 • 18 min
Lawrence Howard is a storyteller, an armchair adventurer, an authority on the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration, and the self-proclaimed but undisputed Barbecue King of Nassau County, New York. He also knows hundreds of dirty limericks and will recite…
Kissing The Crown: Leigh Hancock
Oct 18, 2016 • 11 min
To be fifteen, in Paris, with the man you love: what could be better? Or worse? Leigh Hancock’s wanderlust began on a high school trip to Europe. It carried her from her humble roots in Hueytown, Alabama around the world (a couple of times), before…
Fairy Tale: Beth Rogers
Oct 18, 2016 • 10 min
Remember that folk tale about the odd duckling? Well, that resonated with Beth as she was growing up. But by the time she was in high school, a magical friendship helped turn her into the swan that she always was. On The Road Series SEPTEMBER 30, 2016…
November 6, 2000: Warren McPherson
Oct 18, 2016 • 12 min
Over and over, we will tell the same stories about the same people; not because we love them any more, but because they are clearer. November 6, 2000 is a story about someone that Warren loved and a moment when it all became clear. Warren is a…
There’s A Tie In My Soup: Lawrence Howard
Oct 18, 2016 • 11 min
Lawrence Howard loves telling stories, reading about the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration, brewing his own ginger ale, and reciting dirty limericks. There’s A Tie In My Soup is a story about a youthful misadventure and a grandmother’s love. On The Road…
Home: Penny Walter
Oct 18, 2016 • 14 min
A place I didn’t think I would ever return. Penny loves to tell stories with her puppets and travel the world. Her two favorite things are baking cookies and taking walks with her dog. Find out more about Penny at www.pennyspuppets.com On The Road Series…
Nature Girl: Lynne Duddy
Oct 18, 2016 • 7 min
Lynne Duddy is a science junkie, a lover of African music and a co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Lynne’s story explores the balance between nurture and nature and what determines who we are. Find out more about Lynne at www.lynneduddy.com/ On The…
Playing With Matches: Howard Bulick
Oct 18, 2016 • 10 min
Could there be a connection between marshmallows, little boys and firefighters? Find out as Howard Bulick tells the story of young adventure and a mother’s really bad day. Howard hails from the Columbia River Gorge and is very excited to be back with…
The Existential Adventures Of San Francisco Blackie: Frank Engel
Oct 18, 2016 • 14 min
Who are we once our names are taken from us? Frank Engel is currently employed part time sifting through life experiences, names, associations and fleeting identifications in an effort to understand who he is. Urban Tellers OCTOBER 7, 2016 PARADIGM SHIFTS…
This Is Not My Cancer Story: Stefanie Brown
Oct 18, 2016 • 14 min
Stefanie has spent the last four years working on the delicate balance between helping others and helping herself. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker her days are filled listening to the stories of others; Stefanie describes battling an escalator, an…
The Quest: Donna Zerner
Oct 18, 2016 • 14 min
Donna Zerner tells about a rite of passage experience that doesn’t quite go the way she’d anticipated. Donna is a publishing consultant who loves to read, hike, and explore spiritual wisdom. She’s excited to be telling her fourth story with Portland Story…
The Phone Call: Ken Aaron
Oct 18, 2016 • 13 min
Ken is a photographer in Portland who is trying something new, telling story with words rather than pictures. His story captures that moment when your world moves into uncharted territory with no compass and no map. Urban Tellers OCTOBER 7, 2016 PARADIGM…
Outta My Head: Maura Conlon
Oct 18, 2016 • 10 min
Maura Conlon loves science and intellectual humor. She grew up in Los Angeles, lived in NYC, and has been an Oregonian for two decades—both in Portland and Eugene. Maura holds a PhD in Psychology and is a Los Angeles Times bestselling memoirist. Her story…
Searching: John Mink
Oct 18, 2016 • 13 min
Urban Tellers OCTOBER 7, 2016 PARADIGM SHIFTS John Mink live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU.
Vera’s Story
Oct 4, 2016 • 7 min
Vera’s Story by PDXstorytheater
Kateshia Pendergrass: Long Exposure
Jun 29, 2016 • 13 min
Description: The perfect life, like the perfect picture, takes time to develop. Only after our eyes have adjusted to the complex chemistry can we recognize our true selves and the masterpiece we’ve created. In this story, Kateshia tells us how she found…
Allen Brown: The Day I Started To Love
Jun 29, 2016 • 14 min
Allen retired last year from the Portland Veterans Health Care System, and is now busy creating a second life for himself through stand-up comedy, writing, storytelling and spending time with his spouse. Allen’s philosophy: ‘You’re only given one little…
Howard Bulick: He Lied About His Age
Jun 29, 2016 • 13 min
Howard lives in the Columbia Gorge and has always worked with his hands to make a living. He is excited to be back with Urban Tellers, crafting stories and making new friends. In this story he explores what it is like to use your hands to try and save a…
Julie Rosenberg: Fierce Sitting
Jun 29, 2016 • 10 min
Julie Rosenberg is a psychiatrist and has called Portland home for the past 15 years. Her story takes place during a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat. She believes in, reads about, and encourages others to meditate. Julie, herself, is overdue to make…
Tom Pavlik: Can You Handle The Truth?
Jun 29, 2016 • 11 min
Sometimes the tools we use to cope with life’s challenges create their own challenges. The line between mind over matter and the absolute truth can be murky: how does one navigate that line for long-term survival/success? After seven years in Hood River…
Laur Ebone: Love And Hardship In The Time Of Ebola
Jun 29, 2016 • 9 min
Laur is a charming Midwestern girl who uprooted and moved to Oregon two years ago. She identifies as a dream chaser, a traveling overachiever who’s figuring it out on the fly. Laur joins us tonight to share that time she lived amidst an epidemic while…
Gillian Summers: My Mum Myself
Jun 1, 2016 • 16 min
Gillian started nursing when she was eighteen at Walton Hospital, Liverpool. The same hospital her mum started her nurse training when she was eighteen. Like her mum Gillian dreamt of traveling the world and emigrating to America, unlike her mum Gillian…
Jim Fairchild: Margaret Swanson Is A Bitch
Jun 1, 2016 • 13 min
Jim’s past life included In-Game Entertainment work for the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos before moving to the Pacific NW to start a coffee catering company. Jim has also had MS (Margaret Swanson) for 18 years. Although his nerves may be…
Donna Zerner: The Shadow Behind The Light
Jun 1, 2016 • 15 min
Donna is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant who has worked behind the scenes in the spiritual/self-help field for over 30 years. As she’s learned, there are sometimes huge gaps between spiritual leaders’ public personas and their private behavior…
Brad Clark: There’s Only One You!
Jun 1, 2016 • 12 min
Brad Clark is an office manager, community organizer, artist, author, and humorous speaker. He is also the VP of Everything at the Naked Sheep Knit Shop. Brad says he may or may not be ADD, but is certainly Multi-Passionate. Besides all the usual stuff…
Julian Blankenship: Third Time’s A Charm
May 2, 2016 • 11 min
This is Julian’s story about conquering an addiction. You know, when was the last time you were hooked on something… or someone? A good night for Julian is when friends are gathered with a crisp pinot grigio and good tunes. Hey, let’s take a walk and grab…
Eliza Livingston: Living A Dream, Dreaming A Life
May 2, 2016 • 12 min
Eliza tells a story of navigating cancer and chemo through dreams shared in many forms. She does not like being the center of attention but is here tonight even so. She likes to travel, especially by kayak or sailboat. Eliza loves Puccini and Gilbert &…
Cooper Solano: Life! Life! You’ve Got To Live Your Life!
May 2, 2016 • 11 min
Cooper’s story is about real life, except he is wearing a mask. He likes music that has a good laugh at the world. He also loves cartoons. URBAN TELLERS April 9, 2016 LIVING ON THE EDGE Cooper Solano on stage at Alberta Abbey for live storytelling with…
Amber Panduro: In It To Win It
May 2, 2016 • 7 min
Amber’s story is about how she overcame her fear of going fast and ended up finding herself. She loves her family with all her heart and loves to try new things and go to new places. URBAN TELLERS April 9, 2016 LIVING ON THE EDGE Amber Panduro on stage at…
Beth Rogers: This Bud’s For You
May 2, 2016 • 13 min
Beth Rogers is one of Portland Story Theater’s favorite Urban Tellers® and tonight she’s telling a story about how people we love never really leave us. Beth Rogers comes from a clan of feisty “Pittsburgh Irish” and she loves telling stories, painting,…
Lynne Duddy: Kissed By Kennedy
May 2, 2016 • 8 min
The founder of Portland Story Theater, Lynne Duddy is a real Irishwoman and can trace her family’s ancestry back to the last pagan king of Ireland. Lynne’s storytelling has been described by The Oregonian as “raw, revealing, and vulnerable” and the story…
Lawrence Howard: Finn MacCumhail And The Salmon Of Knowledge
May 2, 2016 • 9 min
Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lawrence Howard is not a real Irishman, but he’d like to play one on TV. And, he’s been to Ireland twice… that ought to count for something, right? Lawrence is best known for his Armchair Adventurer series, which…
Innisfree: Set Of Jigs
May 2, 2016 • 3 min
Jim Loewenherz and Brenda Scearcy are a husband and wife team performing traditional Irish music together as Innisfree. Brenda and Jim have played Irish music together for many years. They lead workshops and private lessons, play concerts and weddings,…
Brian Ó hAirt: The Rights Of Man
May 2, 2016 • 8 min
Brian Ó hAirt is a veritable treasure trove of all things Irish right here in Portland. He is a singer, a concertina player, a penny whistler, a sean nos (“old time,” or traditional) dancer, and a fluent speaker of the Irish language. He teaches Irish,…
Brian Ó hAirt: Johnny Seoighe
May 2, 2016 • 13 min
Brian Ó hAirt is a veritable treasure trove of all things Irish right here in Portland. He is a singer, a concertina player, a penny whistler, a sean nos (“old time,” or traditional) dancer, and a fluent speaker of the Irish language. He teaches Irish,…
Innisfree: Bogie’s Bonnie Belle
May 2, 2016 • 6 min
Jim Loewenherz and Brenda Scearcy are a husband and wife team performing traditional Irish music together as Innisfree. Brenda and Jim have played Irish music together for many years. They lead workshops and private lessons, play concerts and weddings,…
Lawrence Howard: Irish Limericks
May 2, 2016 • 5 min
Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lawrence Howard is not a real Irishman, but he’d like to play one on TV. And, he’s been to Ireland twice… that ought to count for something, right? Lawrence is best known for his Armchair Adventurer series, which…
Warren McPherson: The Blind Loving The Blind
Feb 17, 2016 • 8 min
Warren McPherson falls in love at a young age and then wastes his prime crush years on the same girl. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Warren McPherson live at the Alberta Abbey
Raahi Reddy: Powerful Sticks And Magical Thinking
Feb 17, 2016 • 12 min
Raahi dates Darth Vader, and the force is not strong with her. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Raahi Reddy live at the Alberta Abbey
Lynne Duddy: Not My Type
Feb 17, 2016 • 12 min
Lynne tells us about the love path she traveled to arrive at moment under the mistletoe, a moment that would eventually change her life. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Lynne Duddy live at the Alberta Abbey
Amanda Starr: Bill, My Uterus And Me
Feb 17, 2016 • 15 min
Amanda Starr’s uterus suddenly comes to life and starts to take over her relationship. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Amanda Starr live at the Alberta Abbey
Eric Stern: The 19-Year-Old Virgin
Feb 16, 2016 • 13 min
Eric Stern tells about his first time. Yes, his first time doing the deed! KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Eric Stern live at the Alberta Abbey
Lawrence Howard: Seven Minutes In Heaven
Feb 16, 2016 • 11 min
Lawrence Howard tells about intimate experiences in the tiny bathroom in his parents den. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Lawrence Howard live at the Alberta Abbey
Frank Engel: High In The Pyrenees
Jan 12, 2016 • 12 min
This is a story about seeing things as they seem to be and seeing them as they are. Frank has been telling himself stories all his life. He wants to share this one because it’s true. URBAN TELLERS December 12, 2015 COMMIT Frank Engel on stage at Alberta…
Mayah Frank: It’s Only Water
Jan 12, 2016 • 10 min
Advanced whitewater kayaking is a high adrenaline, committing sport requiring serious technical skill. Pressing forward through fear and uncertainty to experience the bliss of dropping off a waterfall is one of the most fulfilling and addictive…
Samuel Routh: You Need Help
Jan 12, 2016 • 12 min
Sam is an up and coming professional storyteller, musician and writer. He can be found at almost any storytelling venue here in Portland. In this story not knowing is one thing, but feeling guilty for it is a different kind of beast, especially when it…
Lynn Fitch: Heeding The Call Of My Heart
Jan 12, 2016 • 18 min
Following your dreams is difficult and complicated, when you are burdened with the conditioning and belief systems of your up-bringing. But sometimes love can show the way. Lynn Fitch is a Boomer, daily confronting aging, not always gracefully, but…
Bruce Livingston: Local Knowledge
Jan 12, 2016 • 18 min
In August 1996 Bruce embarked on a 350+ mile solo kayak trip around the north half of Vancouver Island. Things didn’t always go as planned. Bruce has lived and worked in Lonerock, Oregon, Shiraz and Shahinshahr, Iran, the Katmai Coast of Alaska, and on…
Talen Nicolai Moe: Rock Candy Season
Jan 12, 2016 • 8 min
As a child, Talen was very skeptical about the outdoors. So his mom had to work extra hard for an excursion to “hovedøya.” But boy was it worth it! This is Talen’s 10th time on the PST stage. URBAN TELLERS December 12, 2015 COMMIT Talen Nicolai Moe on…
Chuck McConnell: May The Circle Be Unbroken
Nov 17, 2015 • 13 min
As a mediator, Chuck McConnell helps people in conflict open doors that separate them. His story is about opening a long-closed door that separated him…from himself, and joined a broken circle. URBAN TELLERS November 14, 2015 TAKING THE LEAP Chuck…
Kate Raphael: The Before And The After
Nov 17, 2015 • 14 min
Kate’s an artist and filmmaker who has produced over 100 stories for dozens of foundations and nonprofits over the past five years. But there’s one story she’s never told: her own. She has the raw footage at the ready: reels and reels of Super 8s rescued…
Teresa Schader: Bring It On
Nov 17, 2015 • 12 min
We are what we come from. But what if you want more? Am I worthy of more? Teresa shares her ah-ha moment of how she has become of those people she has always admired. Teresa grew up in the 70s in a Catholic family in the Midwest. She’s enjoyed pushing…
Chetter Galloway: Pride
Nov 17, 2015 • 13 min
Free room! Free board! Free vacation! Sound good? Not quite! Try 48 hours of Hell! A story of how spending a night in jail can change the course of your life. Chetter is an adventurer, explorer, traveler & professional storyteller. Visit him at…
Deborah Byrne: Living While Drowning
Nov 17, 2015 • 17 min
Living While Drowning; from being knocked out of a sailboat in the Columbia to surviving the rapids of the Grand Canyon. A recent graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Deborah is an advocate for the rights of people who are blind, and…
Cheryl Green: You Change Me
Nov 17, 2015 • 9 min
Sometimes seeing yourself reflected in someone else can spark a change you’ve been unwilling to make on your own. Cheryl is a filmmaker, blogger, podcaster, and Closed Captioner. She focuses on personal narrative for social justice from a disability…
Crazy by Meoneo
Oct 28, 2015 • 5 min
“Crazy” is an original song by Werner Krotz-Vogel (guitar) and Claudia Huismann (vocals) from their latest CD album, Spring. This song was played live at Portland Story Theater in Portland, Oregon. Let it carry you away. Performed at the Alberta Abbey in…
Sam A. Mowry: Spirits Of The Dead, by Edgar Allen Poe
Oct 27, 2015 • 4 min
Sam A. Mowry is an American actor and voice-artist and the Founder and Director of the Willamette Radio Workshop, an award winning audio theater company that preserves the history of radio theatre with re-creations or re-imaginings of classic radio…
Mary Welch: Whiteout
Oct 27, 2015 • 14 min
A road trip back to college turns frightening when Mary and her roommate are stranded in a winter storm that is only the beginning of their troubles. Recently retired, Mary can usually be found in her art studio, painting and doing book illustrations. She…
Lawrence Howard: Black Dog
Oct 27, 2015 • 13 min
Real dogs don’t have glowing red eyes like the devil, right? Okay, so ……. what was it that chased him through the frozen streets of a small town in upstate New York that winter night so long ago? Lawrence Howard is an armchair adventurer, a lover of dirty…
Annie La Ganga: Italian Ghosts
Oct 27, 2015 • 12 min
Some Italian ghosts are scary and some are just hungry. Annie La Ganga is a writer and storyteller. She is the author of the memoir, Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints (Red Hen Press, 2009) and a founding member of The Grownup Lady Story Company. Visit…
Lynne Duddy: Dreamland
Oct 27, 2015 • 7 min
Lynne Duddy is a science junkie, a lover of African music, and co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Tonight she tells a story about connection and lucid dreaming. Find out more about Lynne and her work at http://www.lynneduddy.com/ SPELLBOUND OCTOBER 24,…
Tim Stapleton: Luke
Oct 27, 2015 • 10 min
Tim Stapleton is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow living in Portland, Oregon. He has performed with Portland Story Theater in Urban Tellers®, is an author, painter, actor and award-winning set designer. Tim draws upon an extraordinary experience…
Howard Bulick: Migration
Sep 28, 2015 • 13 min
How do arbitrary boundaries affect lives? This is a story about struggles to cross those boundaries. Howard migrated from San Jose California to Trout Lake Washington, returned to California and came back to Washington. He has worked as a firefighter,…
Jackie McManus: Don’t Be Fooled
Sep 28, 2015 • 12 min
Jackie tells the story of growing up with her younger brother and becoming unexpectedly caught between grief and disbelief. Jackie has worked as a Library Director and now as a public school teacher as she works on a book of poetry called ‘The…
Megan Farrell: When You Travel, You Are Never Alone
Sep 28, 2015 • 11 min
Megan is a teacher in Hood River. She has been in several plays at Columbia Center for the Arts, but this is her first experience with storytelling. She will be sharing a story about her journey away from the familiar can bring us closer to ourselves.…
Ann Harris: Showing Up
Sep 28, 2015 • 17 min
Late night calls, driving the Gorge, and how one woman’s ideas of what it means to live and die well were changed in a year. When asked where she is from, Ann Harris proudly states Hood River, Oregon. She and her husband and two kids have lived here for…
Mari Matthias: Finding The Waterfall
Sep 28, 2015 • 14 min
Telling about a hike in Papua New Guinea, Mari is a wife, mother, singer, writer, and teacher, and is enjoying the journey. URBAN TELLERS November 15, 2014 BEING PRESENT Mari Matthias on stage at the Columbia Center for the Arts for live storytelling with…
Howard Bulick: Dressing And Undressing At The Guthrie
Sep 28, 2015 • 10 min
If you had to choose between a life in the mountains or the Broadway theater what would it be? Explore the difference between starlight and stage-light in this glimpse backstage. Howard Bulick lives, loves and laughs in the Columbia Gorge. You may find…
John Mink: My Portland Girl
Sep 16, 2015 • 10 min
Is there still magic in this jaded world? Something he didn’t know he had until he did what he did. Then he found out he always had, but would have never known. John Mink is making his debut on the Portland Story Theater Mainstage with this special show…
Warren McPherson: The Funk And Fatherhood
Sep 16, 2015 • 9 min
Like a bug to the bug-zapper, oft-times things find their demise in the object they are most attracted to. Warren is currently being destroyed by the very thing he loves more than anything else in this world. It is all very straightforwardly confusing. He…
Lawrence Howard: Have Ladder, Will Travel
Sep 16, 2015 • 17 min
Lawrence Howard is an armchair adventurer, a lover of limericks, and a co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Until recently, he lived a double life as a mild-mannered paralegal by day, super storyteller by night! Have Ladder, Will Travel is the story of a…
Penny Walter: Never Alone
Sep 16, 2015 • 14 min
An over active imagination has its pros and cons. Penny is a full time puppeteer and storyteller and has been since 2002. When she is not playing with her dolls she loves to bake cookies, garden and cook with her Crockpot. FOUNDERS, FRIENDS AND FAVES…
Lynne Duddy: Forever Friend
Sep 16, 2015 • 11 min
Lynne Duddy is a science junkie, a lover of African music, and a co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Adopted as a baby, this became one of the pivotal events of her life. Tonight she tells of a story about connection, forgiveness, and the complexities…
Leigh Hancock: Peaches
Sep 16, 2015 • 12 min
As both writer and storyteller, Leigh Hancock is fascinated with how our memories and stories shape who we are. Hailing all the way from the Columbia Gorge, she is thrilled to be doing her fifth story with Portland Story Theater! FOUNDERS, FRIENDS AND…
Talen Nikolai Moe: My Best Dad
Sep 14, 2015 • 12 min
“Hey… is your grandfather a wizard?” is what the kids at school asked me when I was six years old. Now 20 years later, I can confidently say, “Yes! As a matter of fact, he is.” This is my story about my hilarious, charming grandfather and what he means to…
Veronica Swehla: Channeling Grandma Bertha
Sep 14, 2015 • 13 min
Reflecting the on the memories of a grandmother who she never understood, Veronica realizes that she has a lot more in common with her Abuela Bertha than she ever imagined. Veronica is a barber working in NW Portland who managed the Arts and Music…
Samuel Willoughby: A White Quetzal
Sep 14, 2015 • 11 min
Samuel Willoughby (Samiel Willowbee) is a student of life and still waiting to graduate. But at least he’s not in debt ;-) Each classroom has been in a different neighborhood of Portland, from the Pearl to Nob Hill to St. John’s. Only one class remains to…
Daniel LaForce: The Show Goes On
Sep 14, 2015 • 21 min
A young actor gets derailed by a femme fatale and his life is changed forever. Daniel has “trod the boards” in theaters around the country and made Portland his home six years ago. It was the wisest move of his life… he loves it! Daniel LaForce is an…
Raahi Reddy: Our Lady Don’t Break
Jun 26, 2015 • 14 min
Bullies suck. But every day people muster the energy to stand up, even when faced with imminent danger. Raahi has spent twenty years working as a union organizer helping workers stand up for their rights and wanted to explore what compels her to stand for…
Corrine Ranard: Learning To Crawl
Jun 25, 2015 • 13 min
This is a story is about a healer learning to take her own medicine and that the biggest changes come from some very small beginnings. Corrine Ranard is a licensed massage therapist in Beaverton. She loves working with people and listening to their…
Peggy Doherty: The Long Journey To Forgiveness
Jun 25, 2015 • 15 min
Peggy Doherty experienced her Dad’s PTSD and grew up believing that if she were perfect, he would not treat her so unlovingly. After a lifetime of minimizing her feelings of judgement, shame, and blame, Peggy has now arrived at a moment of forgiveness for…
Heidi Yorkshire: 143 Square Feet
Jun 25, 2015 • 12 min
Heidi has always found a way to tell stories — in her current incarnation as a secular Celebrant, officiating at weddings and other life transitions; as a journalist; and as a singer and guitarist. This story takes Heidi and her parents from zip code…
Mark Cooper: On The Verge Of Possibility
May 17, 2015 • 13 min
Mark is a professional investor and a purveyor of dry wit. His career has taken him from Westwood to Wall Street to the Willamette. He grew up in the flatlands of Central California, and tonight’s story recounts the last few weeks of his high school…
Steve Laskey: Paranormal Patriarch
May 17, 2015 • 11 min
The story of how a classic capitalist and digital thinker learned that love and support comes in ways and forms that are not always black and white. Steve had a long successful career in technology sales and making a profit. He is now engaged in more…
Amanda Starr: Bill, My Uterus And Me
May 17, 2015 • 13 min
An unexpected change in priorities creates a relationship crisis that ultimately brings Amanda and her husband closer together. A psychologist in private practice, Amanda spends her free time riding horses, lounging on the couch with her dogs, and hanging…
Rich McPherson: The Happy Ballad Of The Bicycles
May 17, 2015 • 11 min
In his 42 years on this planet, Rich has kept his eyes open long enough to know that being a grown up sometimes sucks. So does not having the right cooking utensils. But hey, not everyone is perfect. Besides being a technical writer by trade, Rich can…
Mary McGill: Remembrance
May 17, 2015 • 12 min
Mary loves people. She is dedicated to living her life with more love and connection, and to working well with their opposites. Her story shows how difficult this can be, especially with those closest to us, and in the face of difficult change and loss.…
Sarah Schoenfeld: My Quest For Fire
May 16, 2015 • 12 min
Tired of indirect learning, Sarah left her studies of anthropology to get tangible life experience. She left home with little more than backpack and its contents to her name, spent a year traveling, working on farms, and visiting homesteads before…
John Mink: Hare-Brained Scheme
Apr 16, 2015 • 13 min
John Mink was a grocery store meat cutter for 34 years. He raised his kids and grandkids during a 27-year marriage. Last year, he changed course and decided to seek adventure, follow his heart, and get closer to the edge. In 2013, John drove the Alaska…
Robyn Ridler Aoyagi: Don’t Be Too Impressed With Yourself
Apr 16, 2015 • 13 min
Robyn grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, a small town that had a big impact on how she sees the world. In this story, Robyn will tell us what Roswell taught her and what she hopes to teach her own kids about expectations, opportunities, and luck. Robyn is a…
Tina Tau: Apprentice To The Mystery
Apr 16, 2015 • 13 min
Tina Tau would like you to tell her about your nighttime dreams, as she hopes it will lead to a rich conversation. One of her dreams led to the story she’s going to tell tonight. She’s had many jobs, including archaeological digger, bookbinder,…
Joel Corcoran: That’s Okay
Apr 16, 2015 • 14 min
Joel grew up in the Midwest, but has spent much of his adult life in Oregon. He works as an ombudsman, disgruntled attorney, non-profit consultant, and part- time adventurer. He is also a proud gamer, former scientist, and all-around nerd. Tonight, he…
Julie Blankenship: My Family
Apr 16, 2015 • 12 min
Julie has worn a variety of hats. She has been a horse trainer, a flower shop employee, a pizza parlor bartender, an x-ray technician, a traveling entrepreneur, a retail shop owner and is now a surgical technician in a local hospital. Although never…
Dana Dennis: Martinis And Cheesecake
Apr 16, 2015 • 12 min
Dana, a geriatric social worker, will share the story of a woman who taught her to love in new ways and to cherish the right of others to make choices in their own lives. She has loved the art of storytelling as an audience member because it allows her to…
Warren McPherson: To An Athlete Dying Young
Mar 16, 2015 • 9 min
From the beginning, Warren understood and accepted the fact all things must die. Mortality was a part of life, he always said. But, then he went and got himself a good life. And now, his position on death has evolved. His new philosophy has many ins and…
Julie Salmon: The Road To Kitty Hawk
Mar 16, 2015 • 13 min
Viewed by many as the trip from hell, Julie’s experience of her family’s interminable car trips created bonds strong enough for the family to make the trip again years later to bring back one of their own. Julie Salmon is a writer who also works in the…
Maggie Bak: Boxed Up
Mar 16, 2015 • 14 min
When boxes get locked, you need a key to open them. Sometimes the key comes in the form of a letter. This is the third time that Maggie Bak has told with Portland Story Theater. She dedicates her stories to her dear sister, Rose, who is a constant source…
Eva Rotter-Johnson: Normal
Mar 16, 2015 • 11 min
Eva has been looking for her place in the world for most of her life, and has wrestled with the question: is it better to stand-out or blend-in? She is pleased to share her experiences while searching for her ’normal’; growing up in Venezuela, going to…
Willie Welch: Left Behind
Mar 16, 2015 • 12 min
Willie is retired and spends a lot of time landscaping his home; taking out high maintenance shrubbery and replacing them with perennials. He is also a self-taught artist, who enjoys creating paper sculpture. Though some of his work reflects an ethnic…
Edward Hershey: Kearny Street
Mar 16, 2015 • 12 min
Edward Hershey’s story harkens back to an unusual incident and its aftermath at the start of a varied career that has taken him through journalism, government, higher education and labor activism. He has written books on baseball and hostage negotiation…
Lynne Duddy & Lawrence Howard: One Step At A Time
Feb 23, 2015 • 13 min
Believers in the power of true love, Lynne and Lawrence are the founders of Portland Story Theater. www.portlandstorytheater.com KISS AND TELL, February 14, 2015 Lynne Duddy & Lawrence Howard at the Alberta Abbey for live storytelling with Portland Story…
Leigh Hancock: The Man You’re Supposed To Marry
Feb 23, 2015 • 14 min
Can a simple phone call change the course of your life? Is there really one single person out there for each of us? How does one know? Leigh Hancock is fortunate to work with stories in all aspects of her life: teaching, grant-writing and performing with…
Kriya Kaping: Three Coins In A Fountain
Feb 23, 2015 • 18 min
Kriya returns to Rome on the promise of romance and reunion, over a decade in the making. Kriya Kaping has enjoyed a career specializing in performance, media production and public speaking. She comes from a long line of storytellers, with the family…
Eric Stern: The Birds And The Bees, Part Three
Feb 23, 2015 • 17 min
This is a story about all that stuff that Eric still can’t tell his son, even though he’s now nine. Eric, known for his work with Vagabond Opera, has just launched a new company, Hungry Opera Machine. They have a show coming up, Flour, Salt, and…
Warren McPherson: Via Chicago
Feb 23, 2015 • 10 min
According to ancient myth, the Greek musician Orpheus so loved his recently deceased wife he travelled to the Underworld to reclaim her. Warren is not a musician - or Greek - but he did love a woman so much he travelled to Chicago to be with her.…
Sabina Haque: The Phone Call
Feb 9, 2015 • 10 min
Sabina Zeba Haque is an artist, of South Asian descent, raised in Karachi, Pakistan, by her American mother and Pakistani father. Sabina exhibits her work throughout the States and internationally, connecting her personal experience of living ‘between’…
Michelle Reynolds: The Lost Art Of Compassion
Feb 9, 2015 • 15 min
A Canadian ex-pat, Michelle Reynolds still struggles not to put the “u” in flavor and misses Cadbury chocolate bars and socialized medicine. She is telling a story about her father, the cars he drove, and the healing power of Gordon Lightfoot – one of Bob…
Donna Zerner: Out Of My Mind
Feb 9, 2015 • 14 min
In this story, Donna struggles to discover what good — if any — can come from getting whacked upside the head, after a minor accident launches her onto a disheartening journey. Donna is a recent transplant to rainy Portland from snowy Boulder. She is an…
Chetter Galloway: Personal Foul, Unsportsmanlike Conduct!
Dec 15, 2014 • 16 min
In this tale of of photos, friendship, & football, Chetter experience’s the beauty of one man’s passion, the treasure of a true friendship, and courage in the face of adversity. Chetter is an adventurer, explorer, traveler & professional storyteller.…
John Mink: A Bump In The Road Less Traveled
Dec 15, 2014 • 14 min
During the summer of 2014, John worked the fishing season at a cannery in Kenai, Alaska, and found meaning in the midst of a harrowing situation. John Mink has been a meat cutter for 34 years. This year he decided to change course and live for adventure…
Amanda Trudell: Down The Road And Back Again
Dec 15, 2014 • 12 min
Deeply appreciative of both traveling and the absurdities of life, Amanda has found that nothing quite highlights the latter as copious amounts of the former. Tonight, she’ll share a tale of (mis)adventure involving backpacking in Southeast Asia, an epic…
Kristina Edmunson: The Knock On The Door
Dec 15, 2014 • 10 min
Kristina once joined a circus. A political circus, that is. And, no, it wasn’t an episode of the West Wing or House of Cards. A few years—and a few political campaigns later— Kristina is still standing to tell the tale. Kristina is now back in Portland…
Tim Stapleton: It Was Snowing
Dec 15, 2014 • 10 min
This is a story about longing, intuition, and the silence of unconditional love. Tim Stapleton is a multi-disciplinary artist with an MFA in Creative Inquiry. He is a scenic designer and he created the set for Portland Story Theater here at the Alberta…
Kris Forzley: The Perfect Life
Dec 15, 2014 • 10 min
After a long career of working with our community’s most vulnerable children, Kris finally got a great reward — Michael, her amazing grandson. As he turns four, she remembers when she was four and how her own childhood in the 1950s shaped her view of the…
Howard Bulick: Migration
Nov 26, 2014 • 13 min
How do arbitrary boundaries affect lives? This is a story about struggles to cross those boundaries. Howard migrated from San Jose California to Trout Lake Washington, returned to California and came back to Washington. He has worked as a firefighter,…
Jackie McManus: Don’t Be Fooled
Nov 26, 2014 • 12 min
Jackie tells the story of growing up with her younger brother and becoming unexpectedly caught between grief and disbelief. Jackie has worked as a Library Director and now as a public school teacher as she works on a book of poetry called ‘The…
Megan Farrell: When You Travel, You Are Never Alone
Nov 26, 2014 • 11 min
Megan is a teacher in Hood River. She has been in several plays at Columbia Center for the Arts, but this is her first experience with storytelling. She will be sharing a story about her journey away from the familiar can bring us closer to ourselves.…
Lynne Duddy: 18 Years Later
Nov 26, 2014 • 12 min
This is a story of a mother and a daughter reunited after 42 years and what happens to that relationship after they have come to know one another. Lynne is the founder of Portland Story Theater and believes that sharing our stories with one another is…
Ann Harris: Showing Up
Nov 26, 2014 • 17 min
Late night calls, driving the Gorge, and how one woman’s ideas of what it means to live and die well were changed in a year. When asked where she is from, Ann Harris proudly states Hood River, Oregon. She and her husband and two kids have lived here for…
Mari Matthias: Finding the Waterfall
Nov 26, 2014 • 14 min
Telling about a hike in Papua New Guinea, Mari is a wife, mother, singer, writer, and teacher, and is enjoying the journey. Urban Tellers, November 2014 BEING PRESENT Mari Matthias live on stage at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River for live…
Kara Hayes: The Girl Who Walks
Nov 16, 2014 • 14 min
Kara Hayes recently moved to Portland for graduate school and is thrilled to be a part of Portland Story Theater. She has been in several theatre and dance productions as well as poetry slams in San Diego. She dedicates her story tonight to her feet who…
Lynn Fitch: True Sacredness of Life
Nov 16, 2014 • 23 min
Lynn has worked as a non-profit fundraising, communications and marketing professional for more than 25 years. Her career has lead to being a world traveler, with long lasting relationships around the globe, and a continuing love and excitement for what…
Laura Grimes: Public vs. Private
Nov 16, 2014 • 11 min
Laura grapples with her lifelong fear of performing in front of an audience as she explores eternal artistic questions. How deep do you go? How much do you give? And the scariest: What will you find? She is a recovering print journalist who had to leave a…
Ryan Stroud: One Last Question
Nov 16, 2014 • 15 min
If you knew this was the last time you’d get to see someone you love, what would you make sure to ask? And more importantly, what would you make sure not to ask? Ryan Stroud returns to the Portland Story Theater stage with a story about life’s big…
Niko Moe: I’m Not Worried About It
Nov 16, 2014 • 14 min
What starts as a spectacular evening photoshoot while drinking a few brewskies turns into a federal trespassing incident. Urban Tellers, September 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Niko Moe live on stage at Hipbone Studio for live storytelling with Portland Story…
Jake Sullivan: Coming Home
Nov 15, 2014 • 13 min
Jake Sullivan is an incoming freshman at Colorado College. This past year he arranged a gap year that took him from the ice fields of Alaska to the Cambodian countryside. This story is about the least expected and most rewarding chapter of that year.…
Jack Schwab: The Time I Was A Stork
Nov 15, 2014 • 17 min
For several years, Jack Schwab was a fundraiser for an international adoption organization that sent him all over Asia. He is pleased to share this harrowing tale about one of those journeys. Jack has worked as an attorney and a fundraiser. He currently…
Lacey Mulford: The Promise
Nov 15, 2014 • 12 min
Lacey is an avid lover of all things theater and is pursuing her degree at PSU with the intent to become a world famous playwright. Her story is about a promise she made to her grandfather when she was just a little girl. Urban Tellers, July 2011 AGAINST…
Niko Moe: The Ten Year Plan
Nov 15, 2014 • 10 min
Niko Moe, Architect in Training, returns to the Urban Tellers’ stage for a third time with a tale of tender promises, sweet kisses, and unmet expectations. Urban Tellers, July 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Talen Nikolai (Niko) Moe live on stage at Hipbone Studio…
Roy Staples: Son Of A Truck Driver
Nov 15, 2014 • 16 min
A teacher at Lower Columbia College, Roy has overcome family expectations and great obstacles to fulfill his lifelong dream: graduating college. Urban Tellers, July 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Roy Staples live on stage at Hipbone Studio for live storytelling…
Ryan Harter: Little Brother
Nov 15, 2014 • 12 min
A coming of age story about two brothers who have to decide what their relationship will look like after childhood. Ryan writes, acts and entertains for a children’s media company. Urban Tellers, July 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Ryan Harter live on stage at…
Herb Spice: Edge of Largesse
Nov 12, 2014 • 19 min
Taking it to the top in NYC, although sometimes things went down the drain. A native Oregonian and current tour guide/improv performer, Herb lived a very different existence in the Big Apple. Over 3200 days in Manhattan, over 3200 stories to tell.
Jan Kats: Languages
Nov 12, 2014 • 17 min
“Languages” is about connecting with my father, just in time. Jan Kats is a father, a sculptor and artist/blacksmith trying out words as a new medium for the second time around.
Margie Lee: Art Saved My Life
Nov 12, 2014 • 11 min
Art gives us a way to express our emotions and is a reflection of ourselves, our feelings, our vision. Margie Lee is an artist, a poet, and a writer living in Portland Oregon. Find out more about Margie Lee at margieleeartworks.com and…
August Preston: Atheist Out of Water
Nov 12, 2014 • 14 min
Having spent 16 years working with the chronically mentally ill as a social worker and a psychiatric nurse as well as surviving ten years in the frigid Midwest, it’s time to tell a bit of my own story. I’m a comedian in training and I’m not kidding. Enjoy.
Cory Huff: How Dungeons and Dragons Changed My Life
Nov 12, 2014 • 10 min
Many people think of the game Dungeons and Dragons as an obscure, cultish waste of time. For Cory, it provided a path through an uncertain future. Cory is an actor, director, and digital marketing strategist. Find out more about Cory Huff at…
Chris Cearnal: Lost Arrow: The Tale of A Reluctant Adventurer
Nov 12, 2014 • 13 min
Chris is a mother, a photographer, and arts educator. She co-founded My Story, a non-profit organization empowering youth and communities through photography. Find out more about Chris Cearnal at www.mystoryworkshops.org
Jeremy Lucas: September 12
Nov 11, 2014 • 11 min
Three weeks after leaving Birmingham, Alabama and moving to New York City to become a priest, Jeremy found himself walking into hell. He soon realized that he could never go home again. There was no going back, only forward into an unknown future. Jeremy…
Melissa Henige: Frozen In Time
Nov 11, 2014 • 14 min
Melissa has accomplished many things, but has struggled with performance anxiety and being connected to herself in the spotlight for much of her life. Tonight she will drop the veil and show you her real self. Just back from living and traveling in Asia…
Robert Post: Lost & Found
Nov 11, 2014 • 9 min
This story revolves around transition and the choices one makes in life; the consequences of those choices and surviving the not-so-good ones. Robert is an artist and owner of Postart Productions LLC. He is currently producing the inaugural arts-based…
Donna Zerner: Careful What You Pray For (End of the World Edition)
Nov 11, 2014 • 15 min
Sometimes it takes a disaster (or two) to dislodge us from a stuck place. Donna is a publishing consultant who moved to Portland from Boulder just nine weeks ago. The story of how she got here involves ritual, letting go, and a whole lot of water. Urban…
Shelley Bedell: The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love
Nov 11, 2014 • 12 min
Called to keep paying it forward, Shelley worked for decades as a high school and college English teacher and now works as a community health nurse in North Portland school-based health clinics. She finds the energy, resilience, and creative spirits of…
Talen Nikolai Moe: The Director
Nov 11, 2014 • 13 min
After six months in sunny Central America how does one adjust to life back in the States? This is the story about how a contact from years ago got him a job which changed the way he looked at teamwork in the U.S. Niko has performed several times with…
Julie Strozyk: The Boss
Nov 6, 2014 • 14 min
Julie is the first to say “Storytelling is easy … narrative is hard!” She is a lifelong Portland resident and local traditional storyteller. Tonight Julie shares a personal story of fear, intimidation and eventual redemption.
Craig Preston: Aut Vincere Aut Mori (Either Conquer or Die)
Nov 6, 2014 • 13 min
How does one find his way back to himself after years running in the opposite directions? Are artists born or made? Craig tells the story of being so far away from his true idendity that it almost killed him. He is a washed-up psychiatric nurse and is…
Barbara Jeppesen: I Love You, Barbara Anne
Nov 6, 2014 • 8 min
Barbara is a veteran of 45+ years in theatre arts, including playwriting, directing, design and mostly performance: musicals, Shakespeare, classic American, as well as children’s theatre. Wow! Tonight she will share a few moments of her stormy…
Diane Ponti: Morry’s Gifts
Nov 6, 2014 • 22 min
Diane was a two-time loser and wasn’t looking for love — especially not in LA. Sunshine, smoky bars and St. Mark’s Square changed her mind. Diane’s careers include picking strawberries, teaching school, and selling bonds. Strawberry picking taught her the…
Warren McPherson: Ok, So Here’s The Plan…
Oct 22, 2014 • 8 min
Being a parent is the universe’s way of shattering our illusions of control and setting us on a path to wisdom. That is not an original Warren thought, he picked it up from someone else. Maybe Nietzsche? Maybe Zissou? Anyway, he can’t wait to get himself…
Jeri Jenkins: Space And Place
Oct 22, 2014 • 11 min
For most of Jeri’s life, she has blended self, space, and place, finding joy, heartache, and headaches…leading finally to someplace called home. Jeri told a story with Portland Story Theater in May and found the experience so moving, she is back again! In…
Les Shannon: Life After Structured Living
Oct 22, 2014 • 13 min
With a nest egg of nearly $5,000, Les left an environment he had lived in for almost 20 years to join society. Oh, what $5,000 can do for you! These days, Les teaches Tai Chi for better balance to seniors and volunteers at a few environmental and social…
Heather Talbot: Fishing For A Living
Oct 22, 2014 • 12 min
Questioning one’s life purpose is a common, perhaps even universal, human experience. Since 2000, Heather has made the annual summer migration to Bristol Bay, Alaska, to fish commercially for salmon. This story explores her inner questioning regarding her…
Nada: No More Judgement
Oct 22, 2014 • 7 min
This story is about a journey of healing that led her into the Columbian jungle. Nada is a painter, sculptor, and big-time adventurer. www.nadabrahm.net/ Urban Tellers, October 14, 2014 DUALITY Nada live on stage at Alberta Abbey for live storytelling…
Frank Engel: I’m My Own Grandpa
Oct 22, 2014 • 11 min
This story takes a look at the unique relationships we have with our grandparents who, unlike our parents, can provide a powerful link to our personal sense of family history. Frank has been—among other things—a survey crew member, a construction site…
Lynne Duddy: Truthteller
Oct 22, 2014 • 11 min
It’s not easy being a “truthteller” and this story shows you why. Lynne loves the work with Portland Story Theater and is so pleased to share this story with all of you tonight. Urban Tellers Invitational, September 13, 2014 METAMORPHOSIS Lynne Duddy live…
Leigh Hancock: Bad Review
Oct 22, 2014 • 13 min
Once a respectable grant writer, Leigh has become—thanks to Portland Story Theater—a story addict. She joins us tonight to share her story about how a lowly waitressing job turns into a big lesson about the kindness of strangers. She lives in the Columbia…
Penny Walter: Be Real
Oct 22, 2014 • 14 min
Sometimes you take a job for the money but in the end, that is not what ends up being the most important thing you take away. Penny has been a Puppeteer in the Portland area for over 12 years. She also loves baking, gardening and spending time with her…
Lawrence Howard: Hey Cancer!
Oct 22, 2014 • 17 min
We all know that shit happens, but we can’t help wondering why. Was it fate? Or random chance? Why, why, why? Lawrence Howard is a husband, a father and an armchair adventurer who is exceedingly happy to be on this side of the grass. Urban Tellers…
Eric Stern: Catacombs
Oct 22, 2014 • 11 min
An American succumbs with little resistance to the real Parisian underground. Eric, best known as the founder of Vagabond Opera, is launching a new creative project, Hungry Opera Machine. Catch him and Annie Rosen of Hungry Opera Machine at the September…
Kriya Kaping: It Makes For A Good Story
Oct 22, 2014 • 13 min
This is a raucous and totally true tale of what can happen when you return to the wild world of romance as a modern dating novice. Kriya Kaping has had an exciting career specializing in the telling of stories through public outreach, multimedia…
Jeff Burke: A Real New Yorker
Oct 22, 2014 • 11 min
This is a story about a young man who is thrust into a very harrowing situation and comes out all the better for it. Jeff has been the owner of Hipbone Studio for 27 years. Urban Tellers, July 12, 2014 BECOMING Jeff Burke on stage at Hipbone Studios for…
Daniel LaForce: Deliverance
Oct 22, 2014 • 14 min
With a song in his heart, a New Orleanian escapes the disaster of Hurricane Katrina and finds himself in the magical wilderness of Oregon. Daniel received his theatrical training at Circle in the Square Theater School in NYC and has “trod the boards” in…
Phillip Schlachter: A Kiss From Drew
Oct 22, 2014 • 11 min
No one will remember what you said, they will not remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. One life transition, two taped ankles, and three months too soon is the tale of how even the shortest of friendships can impact…
Steve Parker: Field Of Dreams
Oct 22, 2014 • 12 min
Steve’s story tells of his childhood love of baseball and how it set the stage for a life of becoming, learning, and eventually loving. Steve has been fortunate to be part of leadership teams for several healthcare organizations in his career, still being…
Angela Bailey: Unrelatable
Oct 22, 2014 • 13 min
Angela is a slightly introverted and frighteningly analytical writer and educator with a questionable past and a propensity for over-sharing. She is currently earning an M.Ed in Humane Education with the goal of creating a more just, compassionate and…
Denna Vandersloot: The Unopened Letter
Oct 22, 2014 • 10 min
Denna tells a story of young love, missed opportunities, and the power that fear has to steal away our dreams. Denna has worked at OHSU as a Director of the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center for the past 7 years, and is currently launching…
Angie Martorana: Favorite Park Bench
Oct 22, 2014 • 13 min
Angie shares her memory and experience of her brother’s final weeks, and the impossible task of saying goodbye. Angie is a freelancer, bartender, landscaper and artist. For nearly a decade, Angie has been teaching at Portland Community College in the…
Lena Moon: The Miracle Of Honey
Oct 22, 2014 • 13 min
Lena Moon is a practitioner of the healing, performing and culinary arts. She also is a mediator and a relationship tender. The more she opens herself to the magic of life, the more she is amazed by the profound magic that imbues everyday life. In this…
Gina Starling: The Wallet
Oct 22, 2014 • 9 min
In this story we get a passenger’s seat view of starting over on a shoestring. Gina Starling has a passion for playing piano and has moved her grand piano from Portland to Montana to Portland to Texas and back to Portland. She loves communication that…
Cole Struhar: Clinique #27
Oct 22, 2014 • 10 min
Cole is a critical, skeptical, closeted optimist, a greedy, self-centered, avoidant love-bug, a fearful ninja. She works as a corporate healer but was recently struck with a bad case of wanderlust that derailed her life. She once rode a devil through the…
Lilly Harris: The Red Subaru
Oct 22, 2014 • 8 min
An avid dance/drama camp attendee as a child, telling with Portland Story Theater tonight marks Lilly’s onstage debut as an adult. She tells a story about the relics of a past relationship and the memories they evoke. Urban Tellers, June 14, 2014 HELLO…
Wendy Allegaert: We All Scream for Ice Cream
Sep 18, 2014 • 11 min
Wendy is a New York transplant who enjoys living large as a clown, an actor, and a teacher of the Alexander technique in Portland. This is a coming-of-age story about waking your true spirit, honoring your love for the sweeter side of life, and saying…
Warren McPherson: Bucking The List
Sep 18, 2014 • 8 min
We all make lists; some we write down, some we don’t have to, and others we aren’t even aware we make. Warren has a long-running list that has gotten him this far. But really, just barely…and boy was it close! He is a stay-at-home dad every other moment…
Sean Talbot: Escape From Bliss
Sep 18, 2014 • 12 min
Sean Talbot is a writer, Alaska commercial fisherman, and travels the world - mostly for the stories. ‘Escape From Bliss’ is a tale of what one does when he finds something on a hitchhiking trip worth keeping. In a story of trust, connection, and finding…
Leigh Hancock: Buddy Trips
Sep 18, 2014 • 13 min
Leigh joins us tonight to tell a story about what happens when your best buddy tries to plan a trip that you don’t want to take. A North-westerner for the past 21 years, Leigh lives, writes and teaches in the Columbia Gorge. Urban Tellers, May 10, 2014…
Jeri Jenkins: The Porch
Sep 18, 2014 • 10 min
Jeri loves listening to the personal stories at Urban Teller and is a regular audience member. She surprised herself at April’s event by signing up for the workshop! She tells of years spent weaving a family vacation, a front porch, and an ambulance that…
33 and a 1/3 - B - Lynne Duddy & Lawrence Howard
Sep 17, 2014 • 43 min
33 and a 1/3 - B - Lynne Duddy & Lawrence Howard by PDXstorytheater
Susan Lazareck: Traveler
Jun 23, 2014 • 13 min
Susan is originally from the East Coast, though she moved about from Maine, and Massachusetts to North Carolina, Texas and back again. For the past 34 years, she’s been telling lively family stories about “Naughty Stanley” to her young students. Now, with…
Leo MacLeod: What I Learned From Leo MacLeod
Jun 23, 2014 • 13 min
Leo MacLeod, pie-maker, ukulele-player, corporate coach and trainer, unravels his bittersweet relationship with his father to understand how it has made him the person he is today. Urban Tellers, April 12, 2014 QUIET COURAGE Leo MacLeod on stage at…
Chuck McConnell: To Go On, Go Away
Jun 23, 2014 • 11 min
Chuck McConnell’s story turns the old joke about searching for lost keys under a streetlight - “because the light’s better there” - on its head. In his search for a lost sense of self, the “light” of a distant location helped him find what he was looking…
Betsy Porter: Radio Head
Jun 23, 2014 • 11 min
In “Radio Head,” Betsy Porter talks about tuning into her creative voice at a time when everyday life threatens to drown it out. Betsy moved to the Portland area 10 years ago, and now that she’s taken a trapeze class and participated in Urban Tellers, she…
Vicky Poole: Great Expectations
Jan 1, 2014 • 11 min
Trust in the wrong people and you can get burned. This story of personal growth takes place 15 years ago, in a time before the Euro, expensive airfares, and online banking. A proud east-coast transplant, Vicky works as a videographer here in Portland and…
Warren McPherson: Trivial Pursuit of Happiness
Jan 1, 2014 • 11 min
As if it isn’t bad enough the Fates know all the big stuff in our lives, now they are showing how much small stuff they know too. Destiny brushes up on the trivia! (and, really, isn’t it about time she did?) Warren McPherson used to be a struggling…
Tamara Lynne: What Happened?
Jan 1, 2014 • 13 min
The excitement of a life-changing trip to Brazil turns first to confusion then distress. When communication breaks down, what shines through is the grace and generosity of a community, and the value of just showing up. Tamara Lynne is founder of Living…
Leith Gaines: You’ve Got a Hold on Me
Jan 1, 2014 • 9 min
Leith has spent her career working in the arts behind the scenes as a non-profit administrator, events producer, and doing radio voice overs. Lately she has stepped into the spotlight to perform community theatre and now personal storytelling. Her story…
Kristin Schultz: One Day You Will
Jan 1, 2014 • 9 min
Kristin’s whole life unraveled in a single moment. She endured tremendous loss and had to let go of old beliefs. But sometimes agony cracks your heart open and you see the world with different eyes. Now you can find her traveling to places like Cambodia,…
Margaret Bak: Fester and Me, A Love Story
Dec 10, 2013 • 15 min
Margaret is owned by two cats and a 3-legged pit bull. She works as a case manager for people who have developmental disabilities. This is her second time working with Portland Story Theater. Urban Tellers, November 9, 2013 THE CHOICE THAT CHANGED…
Michael Kerr: Invincible Me
Dec 10, 2013 • 11 min
Michael Kerr is an award winning Portland-based writer whose work has appeared in dozens of publications both online and off including Portland Business Journal, SFGate and the poetry anthology Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh: Manifestos and…
Sage Cohen: Naming Myself
Dec 10, 2013 • 12 min
James Baldwin said “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take…” This story proposes that the same is true of our names. Sage Cohen is a poet, author and seeker. She lives by the alchemy of story. Visit her web…
Meg Storey: The Pink Paper Clip
Dec 10, 2013 • 9 min
Meg grew up as the token liberal, faking her way through life in a conservative, Bible-belt town in southwest Missouri, before finally moving to Portland in February. Her story tells of the moment and the choice that has made all other choices possible.…
Willie Welch: Journey
Dec 10, 2013 • 12 min
A journey from colored to negro to black to Afro-American finally leads to the realization that none of these adjectives fit a life of cultural and emotional transition growing up in the mean streets of Los Angeles. Willie Welch left those streets 19…
Paula Small: We Wear the Mask
Dec 10, 2013 • 15 min
Bridges, October 26, 2013 Paula Small on stage at Hipbone Studios for live storytelling with Portland Story Theater Hosted by Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard www.portlandstorytheater.com
Judith Mowry: Reflection in the Rearview Mirror
Dec 10, 2013 • 12 min
Bridges, October 26, 2013 Judith Mowry on stage at Hipbone Studios for live storytelling with Portland Story Theater Hosted by Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard www.portlandstorytheater.com
Kitty Kaping: Secret of The Andes
Oct 24, 2013 • 14 min
Have you ever heard the Siren’s call to international adventure? For Kitty Kaping, that call was less a harmonic invitation and more like an earthquake warning drill that insured she would live and travel throughout Latin America. After 10 years of…
Kim Breas: Poison into Medicine
Oct 24, 2013 • 10 min
In a variation of the classic love story, here ‘girl meets Buddhism, girl loses Buddhism, girl finds Buddhism again and lives happier ever after. By day Kim makes her living as a medical software trainer, and after-hours describes herself as ‘Mother…
Amanda Starr: A Tijuana Education
Oct 24, 2013 • 10 min
At the age of 18, Amanda travels to Mexico to teach 3rd grade and improve her Spanish. A psychologist in private practice, Amanda likes to spend time eating tasty food with friends, walking with her husband and dogs, and biking in all kinds of weather.…
Penny Walter: Making Lists
Oct 24, 2013 • 12 min
This is a story about finding the things that keep you going to get out of bed and keep living. Penny Walter is a full-time puppeteer in Portland, Oregon. A few of her favorite things include baking, gardening and her best friend, her dog Whinney Pooh.…
Mary Kleffner: How Old Do You Want To Be?
Oct 24, 2013 • 8 min
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter! There is a fountain if youth; it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to life and the lives of people you…
Kristy Hellum: Stranded In Paradise
Oct 10, 2013 • 20 min
Extreme hiking on the Big Island, a lost woman becomes even more lost, or perhaps found. You Choose. Kristy has a Marriage and Family Therapy practice on Mt. Tabor called “Soulfriending.” Her own therapy is her backyard urban farm and being the Choir Mama…
Lynn Fitch: Too Little, Too Late
Oct 10, 2013 • 18 min
A story about how sometimes we get hurt in order to grow, and we fail in order to know. In hindsight our vision clears, but only after our eyes are washed away with tears. Urban Tellers, April 13, 2012 ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN Lynn Fitch on stage at Hipbone…
Shela Hartley: Word 81
Mar 15, 2012 • 16 min
The family is the most basic building block of society, but what happens when the family falls apart and the State steps in? Sometimes it is the least to blame who have to bear the heaviest burden. Shela is a single mom who enjoys hiking, biking and…