Welcome to the Truth Be Told website, where you can find information about our bi-monthly (that means every other month) story slam in Boulder, Colorado — as well as storytelling tips, photos, videosworkshops and coaching.

Here’s how it works:

We give you the theme. You bring a story. Five minutes tops. Must be true. Told by heart. Put your name in the hat if you have a story. If your name gets picked, you come to the stage to tell a story. We can’t wait to hear your story!

Truth Be Told began in February of 2013. We started it because we wanted to create an ongoing performance series in Boulder that features great stories well-told. We also wanted to build a community of fellow storytellers and story lovers to help bring more stories into the world and onto the stage.

So, welcome to the community! We’re excited to meet you. If you’re not already on the mailing list, sign up here to get updates on upcoming slams and other projects we’re brewing. Then click around the website to see photos, watch videos, and get some tips for the story YOU might share on the Truth Be Told stage.

Hope to see you at the next slam!
Johanna and Nina

 

2017 DATES & THEMES

February 12: All-Star Grand Slam at The Dairy Arts Center. THEME: BROKE
April 16: at Shine, THEME: TRIP
June 18: at The Dairy Arts Center THEME: GAME
September 10: at Shine THEME: FALL
October 29: at The Dairy Arts Center THEME: TRICK
December 17: at Shine THEME: NEMESIS

Themes subject to change!

GRAND SLAM!! All the winners from 2016 return to face off

February 12, 2017, at The Dairy Arts Center, Theme: BROKE

 

 

Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to TBT’s outreach projects for 2016? Click here.

Featured Storytellers for February 12th GRAND SLAM

Introducing:

 

Alexis Burman

Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Newman

Andrew is a legal alien. (Don’t tell. D.T.) He exported himself from South Africa and imported himself to Boulder 18 months ago. As a privileged apartheid baby and forth generation family jeweler, he got to learn a lot about diamonds and gold. When the proverbial Sh*t hit the fan, he turned to spiritual enquiry, and dove into the deep end of healing, psychology and personal development. This left-turn in life astonished even him. His unplanned adventures turned into 10 years of professional training with some pretty wise folk like Dr. Barbara Brennan and Jason Shulman. Now he is the founder of the Conscious Bedtime Story Club and runs a healing practice. (If you met him in his twenties, you’d never believe it.)

Andrew is the author of a whole heap of kids’ books including The Boy Who Searched For Silence, The Hug Who Got Stuck and The Elephant Who Tried To Tiptoe.  See www.consciousstories.com

 

Emily Senz

I enjoy caving, rock climbing, hiking, and eating bacon. I live in a camper van, and I travel for several months every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Berkowitz

Jason was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, which he insists does not make him weird, it makes him interesting.  Jason has, at various times, been the bass player in a heavy metal band, an entrepreneur, a salesman, a corporate trainer, a mime, a TV show extra, a prep chef, a non-profit board member, an ironman triathlete, and a hotel bellhop.  Currently he works for IBM which may be less exciting, but it pays a lot better.  Jason likes pina coladas, but not getting caught in the rain.  Jason lives in Longmont with three great kids, and one annoying dog.

 

Jeremy Leonard

Jeremy makes his living in the world of digital marketing and advertising so that he can help advertisers tell stories.  When not helping others tell stories, Jeremy – unable to trade on his looks – has to use a modicum of wit and charm along with storytelling to inspire teams of people to achieve great things.  Any hobbies that lend themselves to exaggeration and questionable truths (fishing, hiking, camping, travel) are also fair game for his interest and enthusiasm.  After growing up in Texas, living and working in Europe, Jeremy finally settled down in Boulder with his family in order to shelter himself in a bubble removed from the outside world.

 

 

Laura K. Deal

Laura is the founder of First Church of Metaphor. She’s certified as a Dream Work Facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work and has taught writing classes for more than ten years. She’s the author of The Newcomer’s Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination and Marbles: New and Collected Poems. She speaks about creativity, dreams, and metaphor, and tells stories to children as a Spellbinders volunteer.

 

 

MeganMegan Mathews

Megan was born and raised in Venice, CA, graduated from Harvard University, and received post-graduate training in educational theater from NYU. In 2011, Mathews co-founded Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO, which focuses exclusively on developing new American plays. Since its founding, Local Theater Company has produced three world premieres in Boulder (Elijah: An Adventure by Michael Mitnick, Faith by James McLindon, and The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman), and has aided more than ten other playwrights in the development process through the Local Lab New Play Festival. Before founding Local, Mathews worked in film and television production for Paramount, Castlerock, Gracie Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation on such projects as “Clueless” (TV series), Mission Hill, The Critic, The Sam Simon Project, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, and Kung Fu Panda. She served as director of education at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and as a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute®. In 2013, Megan directed the premiere of Hang-Ups: An Evening of Phone Calls, in Los Angeles.

Currently, Megan writes, directs, produces and serves as Managing Director for Local Theater Company, and is a freelance writer specializing in Youth Outreach and Education materials for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Over the past five years, her study guides have been used by over 400 teachers and 10,000 students, including the materials for Clybourne Park, which the production took to Broadway.

 

Mitchell Bloom

Mitchell is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Entrepreneur. He cofounded a Silicon Valley-based Financial Tech company with a mission to serve the un-banked US-based Hispanic community. He owns an independent boutique Financial Planning and Investment Management firm, and loves helping individual folks and high net worth families make smart choices with their money.

Before permanently settling in the Denver Metro area in 1991, Mitch supported his insatiable passion for skiing with pro cooking in some of the finest dining rooms from the High Sierras of California to the Vail Valley. 

 

 

Monte Montepare

Monte is a comedian, storyteller and improviser originally from Breckenridge, Colorado. For the last decade he’s been living in remote Alaska guiding wilderness adventures and is co-owner of Kennicott Wilderness Guides in Wrangell-St. Elias NP.  Monte’s a 3 x Moth Story Slam winner and performed at the Moth Grand Slam in Los Angeles.  After spending a year in the thriving Denver comedy scene he recently moved to LA to study at the UCB theater.  Monte’s infectious energy and unfiltered blend of tales from a wild life makes for stories you won’t soon forget!

Photos from December 2016 FLAME

Check out the photos from our December 2016 slam.

The theme for the night was FLAME.

Featured Storytellers for December 18

Introducing:

 

LindsayLindsay Bourgoine

Lindsay recently returned to Colorado for a gig with Protect Our Winters, where she works to engage the snowsports industry in fighting climate change. With a passion for politics and the great outdoors, Lindsay has always sought out opportunities to advocate for conservation and recreation. Prior to her (second) move to Colorado, Lindsay worked for the Outdoor Industry Association and the Appalachian Mountain Club, and completed a masters at Vermont Law School. When she’s not raising a ruckus on a policy issue or telling stories about her beloved home state of Maine, you can find Lindsay hiking, biking, running, or skiing deep in the mountains, typically wearing a significant amount of neon.

 

 

 

 

 

MeganMegan Mathews

Megan was born and raised in Venice, CA, graduated from Harvard University, and received post-graduate training in educational theater from NYU. In 2011, Mathews co-founded Local Theater Company in Boulder, CO, which focuses exclusively on developing new American plays. Since its founding, Local Theater Company has produced three world premieres in Boulder (Elijah: An Adventure by Michael Mitnick, Faith by James McLindon, and The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman), and has aided more than ten other playwrights in the development process through the Local Lab New Play Festival. Before founding Local, Mathews worked in film and television production for Paramount, Castlerock, Gracie Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation on such projects as “Clueless” (TV series), Mission Hill, The Critic, The Sam Simon Project, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, and Kung Fu Panda. She served as director of education at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and as a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute®. In 2013, Megan directed the premiere of Hang-Ups: An Evening of Phone Calls, in Los Angeles.

Currently, Megan writes, directs, produces and serves as Managing Director for Local Theater Company, and is a freelance writer specializing in Youth Outreach and Education materials for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Over the past five years, her study guides have been used by over 400 teachers and 10,000 students, including the materials for Clybourne Park, which the production took to Broadway.

Jeremy Leonard’s ‘”Plan B” To Kill Dad’

Jeremy Leonard won first place in October with his story about how our minds control death. His story is titled “Plan B” To Kill Dad. The theme for the night was SUSPENDED.

Kaya’s ‘The Cherry Icee’

Kaya tells a cute story about a mysterious house suspended in time. Her story is titled The Cherry Icee. The theme for the night was SUSPENDED.

Photos from October 2016 SUSPENDED

Check out the photos from our October 2016 slam.

The theme for the night was SUSPENDED.

Emily Sens’ The House on the Hill’

Here is Emily’s guide to celebrating Halloween while traveling on a budget. Her story is titled The House on the Hill. The theme for the night was SUSPENDED.

GRAND SLAM 2017

 

Sunday, February 12

Doors open 6:30pm
show starts at 7pm

The Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St, Boulder

We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

Five minutes tops. Must be true. Told by heart.

Theme:
BROKE

Tickets go on sale January 23. Stay tuned!

Katie Day Weisberger’s ‘Pure Morning’

Katie Day Weisberger, Truth Be Told’s resident photographer, took a photo of the Twin Towers that lived long after the day it was taken. She tells about it in her story “Pure Morning.” The theme for the night was AFTERMATH.

Andy Proctor’s ‘A Really Bad Day for an Anniversary’

Andy Proctor tells a story of love, loss, love, loss, love, loss. And love. The theme for the night was AFTERMATH.

Katie Markley’s ‘Alaskan Lover’

Text messaging is not the most reliable form of communication for romantic propositions. Just ask Katie Markley. Here’s her story “Alaskan Lover.” The theme for the night was AFTERMATH.

Pam Moore’s ‘The Day I Acted Like a Grown Up At Work’

Pam Moore tells her story of the day she acted like a grown-up at work. The theme for the night was AFTERMATH.