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 Fall classes meet Monday-Friday, September 25-December 8; there are no classes the week of November 20-24. Registration for Fall 2017 classes is now open through the end of first week of classes, September 29. 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 Fall 2017 include:

E.P.I.C. Fall 2017 Class: Folktales from Around the World with Kirk Waller and Olga Loya (2 sections); Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm Sept. 28-Dec. 7

This class will explore both classic and unique folktales from various cultures, languages and countries. Students will discover new stories, compare and contrast timeless tales,  archetypes, themes and more. Folktales are the foundations of culture and storytelling! This class is must for anyone interested in the art of storytelling. 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.*  $179.00

The Art of Storytelling: America Untold with Jeanne Haynes; Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm Sept. 29-Dec. 8

With its theme American Untold, the Fall 2017 class will feature students developing stories which highlight our country’s current political divide. We will work on personal stories, stories developed through interviews with people who have opposing views, and stories of community efforts to build bridges among us. While emotions can run high in such discussions, note this will not be a time for outright rants or insults. Civil discourse will be observed for active listening to differing opinions. Fall Showcase conclusion will serve as an arts community response to the current political climate. Recommended for experienced tellers. Maximum 12 students $179.00

Workshop with Renowned Storyteller Willy Claflin; Saturday, September 30, 10am-2pm

A headliner and master of ceremonies at the National Storytelling Festival, Willy is a favorite at festivals throughout the U.S. He offers stories for families as well as adults, often weaving music into his performances. – from http://www.willyclaflin.com. A master-class for storytellers of all stripes. This workshop will include hands-on learning and demonstration. Register for this exciting event today! $75.00 early bird/$100.00 after Sept. 1

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.