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 spring 2017 include:

E.P.I.C. Historical Storytelling with Olga Loya and Mary Gay Ducey (2 sections), Thursdays 1:00-3:00 Class Three in the E.P.I.C. Storytelling Program.                        

This *NEW* class offers a window to the past, through personal, political, and cultural stories as well as fairy and folktales. Turn historical facts and figures into vibrant, living stories to share with the world. All Levels Welcome. 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 thatinstructor preferences will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once one section fills you will be automatically enrolled in the open section.* $179 for 11 weeks

The Art of Storytelling with Jeanne Haynes, Fridays 10:00-12:00             

“How to Grow a Story” presents “the newest, purest, simplest, clearest way to the learning and telling of our stories – different from the rigorous mechanical process that many of us have learned,” says Doug Lipman. This class is based on the just-released seminar video series of the same name. Instructor Jeanne Haynes has taken Lipman’s seminar and is particularly excited about sharing this innovative method. Author of the book The Storytelling Coach, Doug Lipman has been telling and coaching for 40 years.  Many of his students are among our nationally acclaimed tellers. This class will give students tools to make organic, truthful and natural sounding stories—tell a story that is authentic to you without the formula! Great for storyteller beginners and advanced students who’d like to add another tool to their repertoire. $179 for 11 weeks


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.