CANCELLED! Concert: “First and Last” Storytelling 2015

What was your first story? What would be your last? An evening concert of story and discussion to look at how artists evolve and create. Saturday, September 20, in Avondale, Arizona.


Get your tickets at first and last storytelling dot com






Saturday, September 26, 2015
7PM. Tickets NO LONGER available.

Homewood Suites Hotel (map/directions)
11450 West Hilton Way
Avondale, AZ 85323

How did you get started? How would you finish? Join us for an evening of storytelling for artists and those who love the performing arts, storytelling and the creative process.

We asked:

What was the very first story you ever told after you finally said to yourself “I am a storyteller!”

If you could never again tell a story, that is, you had only the opportunity to tell one last story, to send it out into the world, what would be your very last story?

We asked two performers with decades of experience to share their answers…and their stories…with you in an evening of intimate storytelling for adult audiences.

Discussion of the stories, the artists and the art follows the storytelling. Stick around and join the conversation. Ticketed event: click here for online ordering.

Our Tellers 2015:

Joyce Story

A storyteller for over 25 years, Joyce Story recently published two books of her original stories, both of which won Global Ebook Awards. The stories in her book, TALES OF THE SONORAN DESERT, reflect her admiration for the folktale and give voice to the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert, where she has made her home for over three decades.  Joyce shares these and other stories at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park and at other venues both in and out of the state of Arizona.   She is a retired educator with a doctorate in the field of Slavic languages and literatures.

Mark Compton

Mark Compton has been in the Phoenix storytelling scene presenting historical interpretation at the State Capitol Museum and training docents how to use storytelling to enhance the museum experience. Under Mark’s leadership West Side Story Tellers, the venerable storytelling club, has been revived and interesting new directions are being forged in collaboration with the local Phoenix folk music scene.

Created and Hosted by Sean Buvala.

Let’s Explore:

How do you come to your art? Was it accident, planning or progress? Did you choose your first story and your first audience or did it happen to you? Should your world end tomorrow and you had but one last story to share, what story would you share?

This event is open to adults and mature teens. We all love children, but this event is not for them.

Twitter hashtag #firstlaststory.





Our Tellers from 2014:

Glenda Bonin has loved stories and storytelling all her life, but she didn’t start calling herself a storyteller until 1996 when she decided it was time to do something she really wanted to do instead of making a living doing work she didn’t much like. Since taking the plunge as a full-time storyteller, she has been listed as a roster artist in several states, toured the country to present residencies and shows, and is always working on new stories for new audiences. Glenda says she has never been happier than she is today.

With a background in theater since the age of eleven, Mark Goldman has had an extremely eclectic life. He has been (in no particular order) an actor, director, stage manager, speaking coach, magician, mediator, psychodrama therapist, web designer, meeting planner, and chef at a small New York City restaurant/bar. Mark made a decision in January of 2011 to quit his job and focus full-time on storytelling.

Author: Storyteller

full time storyteller and director of Storyrise