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!

Nov 27 2012

The Small-Biz Story Slam on December 1, 2012

Press Release:

“The Small Business Story Slam” (where anyone can tell a story) comes to Avondale on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. Held at the Mosaic Arts Center at 12 E Western Avenue in Avondale. Tickets and information available at: .

Avondale, AZ- Working together, Gangplank Avondale and the Mosaic Arts Center present the “The Small Business Story Slam” on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Audience members have a the choice to throw their name into the hat for a chance to tell their five-minute story of business. First prize is $25 and door prizes will be awarded via a drawing for audience members. The ticketed-event will be held at Mosaic Arts Center at 12 E. Western Avenue in Avondale. Important details and ticket information can be found at

“There’s no notes, no props and there are no scripts allowed, nothing but microphone, storyteller and audience at a Story Slam,” says Sean Buvala, a veteran of 26 years of storytelling and the director of this new west-side event. “This isn’t a sit-and-watch show. Any audience member can toss their name into the hat if they want to tell a five-minute story on our theme of ‘It Actually Happened’,” Buvala said.

The “Small Business Story Slam” is a contest where up to 10 people will be given five minutes to share their story. The audience votes for their favorite story and the winner takes home a $25 cash prize. There are also some door prizes awarded by drawing for the audience. It’s a blend of storytelling and networking for adult audiences.

Tickets are on sale for $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, please visit the event’s website at .

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