Feb 28 2017

March 2017: Stories of Transformation

We’re back!

close up of onion and words always peel the onion stories of transformation march 18 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017 6PM
“Stories of Transformation”
An Outdoor Concert of Storytelling
Celebrating Spring and World Storytelling Day!
BoonGarden, Avondale Arizona.

Find it on FACEBOOK here. https://www.facebook.com/events/112326249281303/

Are things as they always appear? If something is something, can it be another something? Do my eyes deceive me? Does the first bite give you the whole taste? Can “they” bring you down or can you rise above? Using world folktales, fables and a smattering of personal stories, our team of local and world-class storytellers gives you something to think about this World Storytelling Day, all with Spring just around the corner. Discussion with Q&A follows.

Sandy Oglesby
Harriet Cole
Marian Giannatti
Sean Buvala

StoryRise is a 90-minute fringe-theater, house-concert style performance and discussion. Join us for this outdoor event in a working garden. Suggested donation is $8. Your donation offsets costs for storytellers and for the Boon Garden expenses. Thanks in advance.

Event is outdoors in a working garden. Bring on the sensible shoes. Dress for Arizona Spring, right?

Refreshments available for purchase.

Get There:
Here’s the Map. Take the i-10 freeway to Litchfield Road. Go South on Litchfield to WESTERN Ave. Western Ave is about 1/4 mile north of Buckeye. Western Ave has a traffic light. Turn EAST onto Western Ave. Boon Garden is at 214 W Western, so north side of the road, in a white building.

PARKING: Think downtown parking. So there are a variety of lots around and some on-street parking. Look for lots at CAREFirst Center just around the corner to the west and a gravel-field parking next to auto-shop (just to the east) in the same building as the check-cashing location. Please don’t block anyone’s gates. We invite you to carpool with others.

picture showing marked spaces for parking at boon garden in avondale az

close up of onion and words always peel the onion stories of transformation march 18 2017

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 Storyteller.net 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

Sep 3 2014

CANCELLED! Concert: “First and Last” Storytelling 2015


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.

Jan 15 2013

StoryRise Brown Bag: January 25!

“Stories of Innovation” for adult audiences will be presented at Gangplank Avondale’s Brown-Bag Series on Friday, January 25, 2013 at noon. The one-hour presentation is open to the public features three Arizona storytellers from around the Phoenix and West Valley areas. There is no charge for the presentation and attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches. The featured storytellers include artists who have been onstage at the Phoenix Fringe Festival and a variety of other international locations. Stories are told and not read or scripted.

Gangplank is located at 525 N. Central Avenue in Avondale Arizona. Questions can be directed to sean@storyteller.net.

The event’s theme is especially suited for the entrepreneurial spirit of Gangplank Avondale users. Sean Buvala, one of the featured storytellers at the event, says, “Gangplank is all about looking at ideas and finding ways to create innovative responses. Creative people all through history have tried to create fresh ideas. We’ll explore some of those processes through both personal stories and folktales. We have a lot of fun at these events.”

ABOUT StoryRise Brown Bag:
StoryRise Brown-Bag events are 45-60 minute concerts presented by professional and aspiring storytellers using personal tales, folktales and fairytales from around the world. The Brown-Bag style concerts are not open-mic events. Come and enjoy! Learn more about the StoryRise formats at this link now.