Welcome to Portland Story Theater!
"Portland Story Theater is the local leader in the resurgence of this ageless performance form — a single person spinning a yarn, holding a roomful of listeners rapt." The Oregonian
What We're About
Portland Story Theater gives voice to the true stories of ordinary people, builds community, and promotes understanding. We preserve, promote, and practice the oral tradition in a way that enriches contemporary life. Our storytelling and solo performances teach the narrative arts and build connections in the urban community. When people bear witness to stories, it leads to learning, empathy, and positive change. Portland Story Theater makes stories provocative, inspiring, and accessible to everyone, young and old, of all social backgrounds, and ethnicities.
Portland Story Theater builds community through story. Our vision is to enrich, inspire, challenge and expand our community narrative, one story at a time.
What We Believe
LISTENING BUILDS CONNECTION
Be open. People are transformed by being heard. Listen openheartedly.
EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL
Be heard. Honor your emotional truth. Discover your self through story.
STORY BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS
Be vulnerable. Tell your story. Authentically. Honestly. Sincerely.
WE ARE IN A REVOLUTION
Be a part of the change. Story illuminates the universal through the personal. Story awakens our consciousness. Story helps us recognize that we are one race, the human race.
Portland Story Theater Specialities
story crafting, intentional storytelling, personal development, collaboration, personal narrative, workshops, coaching, live storytelling events
The People That Make It All Happen
Portland Story Theater works with an amazing kick-ass group of people.
How We Work
Portland Story Theater uses a collaborative co-creation model to produce our work. Every story we create comes out of this approach. We believe that every artist we work with needs to attain a deep transparency to get in touch with the emotional truth of their story. The work of story discovery demands that the ego be put aside; trusting the story, trusting yourself, and trusting the others in the group is paramount in order to realize a peak artistic experience.
Who We Work With
We work with all kinds of people helping them discover, craft, and perform their personal stories. Typically, we are working with ordinary people from all walks of life who participate in our workshops. But we also work with professionals who come through our Artist in Residence program and who are invited to perform with us at Valentine's.
All Shows 21+
Portland Story Theater's stories may contain "colorful" language, sexual escapades of a
questionable nature and numerous examples of extremely poor judgment, along with profound insights, deep revelations and moments of truth,
triumph and transformation. [Listener Discretion Advised]
Portland Story Theater is a passionate advocate for diverse narrative and our loyal listeners. We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Contributions and sponsorships facilitate outreach to underserved communities and keep ticket prices affordable. As an advocate for the narrative art of storytelling, Portland Story Theater strives to broaden audiences, develop new approaches, and support existing and new storytelling programs. Your kind donations are appreciated.
We are always looking to expand our community. If you are interested in volunteering with Portland Story Theater please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just pick up the phone and call us...it's Portland. [View our latest email about volunteer opportunities for 2013/2014]
Portland Story Theater Programs
This workshop series gives people an opportunity to craft their story so that it flows through them, seamlessly, in its true form, without any barriers: open, fresh, revealing.
People from all walks of life showcase their personal
stories as part of The Art Of Personal Narrative Workshop. It's not acting. It's not writing. There's no script.
This is narrative, spoken straight from the heart.
Real. True. Stories.
Bridges is modeled after the successful Urban Tellers™ series but has a focus on social justice. This first season's theme: RACE. Bridges will bring together people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to share their personal narratives, closing the gap between "Us" and "Them" by helping people recognize that there is no "Them," only "Us.
Every January audiences are mesmerized by stories from the Armchair Adventurer. Since it's inception in 2008, these stories have been about Antarctica and have featured: Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare, Mawson's Mettle, and Polar Opposites.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's historic ill-fated expedition to Antarctica.
This January, Portland Story Theater co-founder Lawrence Howard brings back Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare,
an amazing story of survival, courage and fortitude.
This is a solo series that takes place twice a year in the Fall and in the Spring. All narratives are long-form (45-60 minutes).
The series showcases new works that are co-created with the artistic team. People who have gone through the Urban Tellers series
are eligible to participate along side professional artists who are accepted into the residency program.
Our goal is to provide a creative space for people to support and develop this unique artform.
Valentine's at The Alberta Rose Theatre
A Valentine's tradition, Kiss & Tell is a Valentine's date to remember with wine, chocolate and stories of real love and romance.
It's an evening of sexy story theater at one of Portland's landmark venues, The Alberta Rose Theatre.
Portland Story Theater is the Pacific Northwest's Premier Storytelling Organization