Mar 6 2015

Event! One Story-Many Voices

Five Unique Interpretations on the Same Well-Known Fairytale Type!

Join us in Avondale for the next StoryRise Show. If you need ordering assistance, please contact our office at 623-298-4548.

Saturday, March 21, 2014 7PM
Homewood Suites Hotel, Avondale, Arizona

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One Story, Many Voices

Take five unique storytellers with diverse backgrounds and with local, national and international experience in telling stories. Turn them loose to each tackle the same “you only think you know it” fairytale type. Let it blend and percolate and you’ll get the “One Story, Many Voices” evening of right-there-in-front-of-you storytelling. Discussion and conversation follows after the concert.

Come for fun and learning in an entertaining evening.

Students! Come see what you can learn about storytelling as an art form.

Teachers! Be inspired as you watch the ordinary become new again and find application for your classrooms.

Storytellers! Join the discussion afterwards to look at how you might use this process for fresh new ideas of your own.

You! You get to experience a wide variety of the “facets” of a single story-type. A fun and different evening entertainment.

Following the great performances, a discussion will be held between tellers and audience. Let’s explore some stories!

This is our third year of “One Story- Many Voices.” In the past we’ve tackled the “Cinderella” stories and the “Beauty and the Beast” (come listen to last year!) types. This year we’re looking at and talking about….well, you need to come by and participate to find out.

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About The 2015 Tellers:

Laura Rutherford:
Laura is a Phoenix native and the daughter of 2 storytellers, she likes everything about storytelling including research and performing.She says, “Here as I journey into my 50th year, I am celebrating with as much story as I can get my hands on. Challenged to tell 50 different stories as well as find 50 new stories, I am on a journey that I happily share with you!” This is Laura’s first year being featured at a StoryRise event.

Harriet Cole:
Harriet is a working storyteller who has been performing in the Phoenix area for almost ten years. She provides Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix members with story workshops as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at both South Mountain and Mesa Community College. Harriet is listed on the current Arizona Commission on the Arts Artists Roster. She is not Norwegian but she has been telling a lot of Norwegian folktales lately.

Clem Condon:
A few years ago I went to South Mountain Community College to listen to stories. I didn’t know what to expect. What I found was a new normal. I took a class, and then another. Then a few more. I realized that I was on my way to a Certificate in Storytelling from The South Mountain Storytelling Institute.” This is Clem’s first year being featured at a StoryRise event.

Joyce Story:
A storyteller for over 25 years, Joyce recently published two books of her original stories. One of her books, 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 regularly 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.

Beauty and the Beast Event Multiple Photos

Scenes from the 2014 Event. See you in 2015!

Jan 5 2015

Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop: Improve Your Personal Tales


Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop
“Creating Great Personal Tales Using the Light of the Folktale.”
January 31, 2015 10AM-1230PM
Phoenix, Arizona $27 (Register)
Eventbrite - Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop: Tell Better Personal Stories

a picture of sea glassSea Glass: Abandoned, Refined and Recovered.
It wasn’t uncommon, once upon a time, to toss empty bottles out from the boat you were on. Perhaps the toss was 250 years ago as pirates threw empty bottles of rum over the side. Maybe it was glass in a shipwreck where time and erosion ground away the windows and bottles contained within its hold. Maybe it was a beach party half a decade ago where empty soda bottles were tossed into the sea, forever forgoing getting that deposit back. For better or worse, no one thought much of this everyday act.

After time and the action of the sea, smashing the bottles into pieces, wearing away the broken glass, smoothing them into treasures, these shattered pieces of glass become: Sea Glass. From a common-place action of many years ago, now tiny pieces of glass then up to the shore, gleaming and a worthy find of, “oh, look at this!” And sometimes, if you are very lucky in your beach combing, you’ll find some glass with a unique color such as red, purple or teal.

People have made up stories to tell the tale of sea glass. Indeed, the origin of sea glass is simple enough. However, wrap the origin in a tale of unfulfilled love between sailor and mermaid, with the mermaids tears turning into bits of washed-ashore glass…and you have something spectacular.

Sea Glass: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
It’s easy to look at sea glass and think, “I can find broken glass anywhere.” Yet, sea glass is different. There is an unknown history. There is the mysterious. Ordinary glass becomes a spectacular jewel.

The Sea Glass of Storytelling: The World Tale.
In the art and tradition of Oral Storytelling (and in the creation of any story), we have our own sea glass: the “World Tale.” That is, the collection of folktales, myths, legends and fairytales passed down through generations. These tales have been tumbled about, polished and spread throughout the earth. Just as with sea glass, what may have started as a simple on-the-spot tales have become shining flashes in our psyche. World tales have stood the test of time because they contain very specific “refractions” that touch the minds and hearts of the listeners even to this day.

Why this workshop?
Storyteller Sean Buvala, the director of and a veteran of nearly 30 years of storytelling leadership,  has identified “Three Refractions” that fill world tales (especially folktales) with compelling light, keeping these old stories in our collective minds for generations. Within this workshop, Sean will identify these “Three Refractions” that all good stories have. From there, Sean (and other members of your workshop) will talk you through identifying your own personal tales that carry all three of these refractions. If your goal is to connect with your listeners (to forgo doing “onstage therapy” or frustrated story-less stand-up comedy) and really leave your listeners with a tale that impacts, you’ll want to learn Sea-Glass Storytelling crafting.

Your Stories: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
For maximum impact, create your stories in the light of the Three Refractions of the world tale. With the right crafting, with the right techniques wearing away at the surface-level facts to find the core-truth of your story, you can create a spectacular moment of storytelling. You will be engaging your audience, letting them see themselves in the refracted light of your story. Your story becomes like those rare pieces of glass. Just find the exceptional moments in your stories: the reds of essential stories, the blues of emotional connection, and the teals of fresh growth that inspires action.

tiny sea glass picture  What You Will Learn:

*The Three Refractions you need to take your personal tale from “I don’t get it” to an audience-engaging “That story could change my life.”
*To recognize how good stories can elicit laughter, tears, gasps, inspiration, healing and applause.
*What happens to your story when you don’t include all Three Refractions- and why you sometimes will *want* to leave out one of the Three Refractions.
*How to avoid the shadow areas in personal storytelling. Learn what can go wrong when your personal story is out of balance and how that damages you, your audience and your story.

tiny sea glass picture  What You Won’t Learn:

*How to be a morose and serious “artiste” handing down life-lessons to your audience. Ugg.
*The basics of oral storytelling. The workshop is for the experienced storyteller, speaker, presenter and author.
*How to get more events and gigs. Marketing training is not part of this workshop.

tiny sea glass picture  Where Will You Use What You Learn?

*Public Performances
*Corporate Settings
*Sacred Settings
*Healing and Counseling
*Story Slams
*Spoken-Word Events

tiny sea glass picture  Who Should Attend This Workshop?

*Oral Storytellers
*Public Speakers
*Marketing Teams

tiny sea glass picture  When and Where

Our next open workshop for the “Sea Glass Storytelling” process is Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Phoenix Arizona. The workshop doors open at 9:30AM. Workshop begins promptly at 10:00AM will end by 12:30PM. Registration is required. Our location is at the home of a Phoenix storyteller who has hosted many events and concerts. The home is smoke free, no cats. There is one small dog. The location is near 32 Street and Cactus Road in Phoenix. You’ll get the exact address with your welcome Email. This casual environment will help you relax and work through your own tale in a home-away-from-home setting.

tiny sea glass picture  Cost

Registration is just $27. This includes all handouts and light snacks as we gather in the morning.

tiny sea glass picture  Special Note.

This workshop will be recorded via audio and video. It is possible that your face and voice may appear on future internet or print versions of this workshop, if we should create such projects.

Ready to join us?
Please get your tickets at EventBrite now.
Eventbrite - Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop: Tell Better Personal Stories

Oct 29 2012

New Podcast for October 2012: Adult Stories for Halloween

Here’s the latest podcast from the October 2012 StoryRise Brown-Bag event held at Gangplank Avondale. Featuring the, umm, “seasonal” October stories from professional storytellers Sandy Oglesby and Sean Buvala. In this 55 minute podcast, you’ll hear the stories of the “Two Farthings,” “The Blue Shawl,” “The Fiery Steed,” “Biddy Early,” “Snake Leaves” and a story telling you just why you shouldn’t be “parking” with your boyfriend out there on Camelback Mountain. It’s a podcast of sometimes edgy and sometimes funny adult Halloween stories perfect for this “boo!” time of year. Remember, these podcasts aren’t for the bunny-slipper crowd. Adults and teens only, please. Listen to the podcast at this link now.

Adult Halloween Stories Told by Sandy Oglesby at the StoryRise podcast.

Jun 12 2012

StoryRise: June 29th Brown Bag “$tories of Money and Treasure”

You can download the flyer at this link now.

Coming June 29th! We’re back, baby.

StoryRise: $tories of Money and Treasure, Greed and Rewards

Treasure! Take it all or leave it behind? Is it in your backyard or over the rainbow? Share your bounty or losers weepers? Mine or ours? Money, success, accomplishment and small business have been around for a long time. Four accomplished storytellers and fringe performers take on the big treasure questions from the perspective of world folktales. This is event for adult listeners and the urban entrepreneurs who know that “show me the money” is as old as desire itself.

This month’s featured tellers:

Sean Buvala– Pro storyteller since 1986, biz coach, travels internationally with stories for your life & biz, your soul & head. Classic tales preferred.

Elly Reidy– Telling across generations and cultures (like AZ & China) with humor while always looking for that 1/4 turn of perspective.

Harriet Cole– A frustrated writer who wandered into storytelling and never left. Performed in venues ranging from the Gila Bend Shrimp Fest to the Phoenix Fringe Festival.

Laura Rutherford– Daughter of two storytellers,“Once upon a time” is a way of life that she pursues, looking for new story opportunities and the gifts they bring.

Friday, June 29th, 2012 12 Noon-1:00 PM
(Brown Bag Event. Bring your own lunch if you would like.)
Gangplank Avondale
525 N. Central Ave (Avondale AZ)
(South of Van Buren between Litchfield and Dysart Roads)

No Charge.

Questions: Twitter @storyrise