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 Winter Classes meet from January 9, 2017-March 24, 2017. Registration is now closed, but if you are interested in sitting in on one of our classes, or would like more information, give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org. Our Spring classes will meet April 3, 2017-June 16, 2017, and registration will open on March 1.

Storytelling classes for Winter 2017 include:

Storytelling Essentials with Kirk Waller and Mary Gay Ducey (2 sections), Thursdays 1:00-3:00 Class Two in the E.P.I.C. Storytelling Program.                                                                       

This *NEW* class is the storyteller’s essential guide: We will explore Oral Traditions of the World, The History of Storytelling in the USA, Types of Stories (from folktales to tall tales to myths) and Contemporary Storytelling. The first hour of class will be fun, interactive, lecture style. The second hour we will workshop and coach your stories and story seedlings. All Levels Welcome. This is the second 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 write it in below. 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.* 

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

Exploring the theme “Gifts Galore,” stories will come from prompts about the giving and receiving of gifts in categories such as: the best, worst, silliest, most exciting, surprising, disappointing, etc. Gift tales can also be selected from stories in the public domain. In addition to “things,” we will examine the exchange of intangible gifts.  Having just come through the season of giving, stories can be fresh or reaching back to childhood or any other significant times in between.  We will work on structure, physicality, narrative voice and characters who will play a particularly important role in these gifts galore tales.


To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class size. To guarantee your space contact us today.