about Storytelling

“Storytelling is empowering for all ages. It’s challenging in a fun and personal way.” - Karen G., elementary school teacher.

Before everyone was glued to their screens, they were captivated by storytellers. In fact, a good story still has the power to move and delight. A great story can connect people across generations.

Discover the joy that comes from telling your story. Whether you’re sharing your own personal tale or retelling a classic, our storytelling classes give you the tools you need to engage your listeners. Professional storytellers Kirk Waller, Jeanne Haynes, Mary Gay Ducey, Olga Loya, and Marijo help you explore the skills needed to keep your audience engaged, from developing your characters’ voices and gestures to successfully weaving personal stories into traditional tales.

Once you’ve mastered the skill, you can join other storytellers and take your show on the road to local schools and senior centers. We have some exciting storytelling classes coming up in the fall. Jeanne Haynes will teach our Storytelling Foundations... with a Twist! class. We're also offering, for the first time, our E.P.I.C. (Exploration in Comprehensive Storytelling) Program. Click here to read more about this exciting two-year program!

Have questions or want to know more about E.P.I.C.? Contact our Director of Storytelling, Kirk Waller.

Our Winter classes meet Monday-Friday, January 8-March 16. Registration for some Winter 2018 classes is still open - please contact our office with questions. You can register online HERE. To register over the phone or if you have any questions, please give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org.   

Storytelling classes for Winter 2018 include:

E.P.I.C. Winter 2018 Class: Storytelling for Performance with Mary Gay Ducey and Jeanne Haynes (2 sections); Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm January 11-March 15

In this class, we will look at the basic necessities of being prepared with great stories of proper length and appropriate for specific audiences. In the process we will focus on stage presence, voice warmups, body language, microphone use, venue awareness, introductions, openings and closings.  Bring your stories or creative story    ideas with the aim of preparing them and yourself for performance. Students have an option to take this class with either Mary Gay Ducey or Jeanne Haynes. Maximum 15 students. This is the third class in our E.P.I.C. Storytelling Program. Registration priority will be given to students enrolled in our E.P.I.C. program, but is open to everyone. For more information on E.P.I.C., contact Kirk Waller, our Director of Storytelling, at kirk@stagebridge.org. *There will be two sections of this course. If you have an instructor preference, please indicate on your sign-up sheet. Please note that instructor preferences will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once one section fills, you will be automatically enrolled in the open section.*  $200.00

Personal Storytelling with Olga Loya; Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm January 12-March 16

Learn how to take your personal memories, thoughts, ramblings and turn them into personal narratives. A safe, creative environment will provide a balance of hands-on workshop, exercises, practice and feedback. Maximum 12 students $200.00

Save the Date! Unleashing the Power of Storytelling Workshop; Saturday, March 24

You won't want to miss this day of fast-paced, fun, and impactful storytelling! Learn from Storytelling Superheroes Willy Claflin, Ethnotec, and Joel Ben Izzy. Registration opens soon - check this website in early February, or call our office at 510-444-4755 for more information.

To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class size, which means that some classes do fill. If a class you're interested in has a waitlist, we encourage you to sign up and attend the first day of class, as we often have spots open up in the first week. For more information about classes or registrations, contact us today.