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, Marijo, and Clara Kamunde 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. 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 Spring Classes meet from April 3-June 16, 2017. Our Summer Classes meet from June 19-August 25, and our Performing Arts Camp meets July 10-14. Registration for Summer Classes and Camp opens on May 1 at 9:30am. If you are interested in sitting in on one of our current classes, or would like more information, give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org

Storytelling classes for Summer 2017 include:

E.P.I.C. Summer Storytelling Intensive with Olga Loya and Marijo, Monday, August 14-Friday, August 18, 10:00-12:00 (Loya) and 1:00-3:00 (Marijo) Full Day: $300 or One Class Only: $175

E.P.I.C. is a Stagebridge Performing Arts Institute program in which students will have an option to commit to a two-year comprehensive storytelling program OR take the classes stand-alone. Students who complete the entire program will benefit from completing an internship or final project, participate in a program showcase and receive certificate of completion. Students who complete this intensive will be qualified complete the E.P.I.C. program. This course is open to:

-New students interested in joining the E.P.I.C. Program in its second year. (Must complete full day to qualify;

Students who missed two classes in 2016-17 but would like to continue in the E.P.I.C. program. (Must complete full day to qualify);

Students who missed 0-1 E.P.I.C. classes in 2016-17 and are anticipating missing 1-2 sessions in 2017-18. (A half day makes up for one missed class, and a full day makes up for two missed classes);

New or returning students who are not in the E.P.I.C. program but who want to take a storytelling intensive.

GAMES STORYTELLERS PLAY with Olga Loya: This is a fast moving, fast talking workshop, offering ideas for both group and one-on-one storytelling activities. We will be playing games with storytelling and audience dynamics. Be ready to PLAY! This class gives your storytelling muscles a great work-out, using gamesand play to teach some tips and tricks from a veteran storyteller. This is a unique offering that won’t come around again! Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher, Olga Loya performs a mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America, as well as stories from her own varied and colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles. She performs and teaches workshops at a wide variety of locations, including schools, businesses, museums and festivals, such as the Guadalajara, Mexico Festival and the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival. Olga was the recent recipient of the National Network of Storytellers 2013 Oracle Award in The Circle of Excellence.  

ENGAGING AUDIENCES: INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING with Marijo: Storytelling is a communal process, coming from the traditions of the village and town square. Master storyteller Marijo shares her experience and skill in this lively and fun class. She’ll focus on exploring ways to connect with audiences, providing an interactive and shared experience and moving the story from head to heart! Explore personal stories as well as folk and fairy tales. Marijo is an Actor, Storyteller, Writer, & Arts Educator. She has been performing for 20-plus years, & has toured her solo shows throughout the US, London, Germany, & Zimbabwe, Africa. Marijo has taught drama & storytelling at schools in the Bay Area and many states throughout the country. She was the storyteller for the California Governor’s conference on Arts in Education and the California Arts Council Artists-in-Schools. 

Enticing Prompts for Personal Storytelling with Jeanne Haynes, 11:15-12:45 during our Performing Arts Camp, July 10-14           

We all have stories, but often can't think of one to tell or how best to tell it.In a joyful, supportive environment, surprise yourself in discovering memories made for telling. We will explore story structure, gestures, dialogue and your own unique narrator voice. 


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.