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. (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 Summer classes meet at various intervals between June 19 - August 31, and registration for Fall 2017 classes is now open through the end of first week of classes, September 29. 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, 10:00am-12:00pm (Loya) and 1:00pm-3:00pm (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.


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.  


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. 




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.