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



February 12: All-Star Grand Slam at The Dairy Arts Center THEME: BROKE
April 23: 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 OR TREAT
December 17: at TBA THEME: NEMESIS

Themes subject to change! 

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October 2017


Sunday, October 29th

Doors open 6:30pm
show starts at 7pm

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.

Trick or Treat


Featured Storytellers for September 10th

Gabriella Cavallero

Gabriella Cavallero is an actor, director, voice and dialect specialist, teacher, and coach. A long-time actor at the Denver Center Theatre Company, she played a wide range of roles for twenty-five seasons. Most recently, she appeared in two of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ trilogy at Curious Theatre: Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and Water by the Spoonful. Gabriella has also appeared on the stages of the Arvada Center,Theatreworks, Aurora Fox, Stories on Stage, and Modern Muse. She has narrated nearly 1000 audio books for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service, is a lead coach on voice and presentation for ARTiculate: Real & Clear, and she is the Dialect and Movement coach for Arvada’s Black Box Repertory Company.




Rachel Trignano

Rachel’s poetry, fiction, and essays have been featured in NPR affiliate WABE’s Storytellers and City Lights series, Saul Williams’ Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, the City of Atlanta’s Elevate public art program, and several print anthologies. For four years, she ran operations and marketing for Atlanta’s Loose Change Literary Magazine, and is a co-founder of the Denver chapter of WRITE CLUB, a competitive literary performance show that raises money for charity. Rachel has been performing her writings since 2010 because she likes connecting with an audience and thinks her work is better said than read. In Rachel’s day-to-day life, she is a communications consultant and publicist, but please don’t hold that against her.  

(photo credit: Jim Darling Photography)

Zachary Waddell “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot”

Zachary tells a story about how he answered a craigslist ad from a woman looking for a driving partner to California. Add in some adderol and an unexpected surprise with a total stranger and you have the 2nd place winning story from June’s story slam.

The theme of the slam was “GAME”. 

Brenton Weyi “It’s all fun and games until someone’s life is on the line”

Here’s the winner of June’s story slam at The Dairy Center for the Arts, Brenton Weyi.

Brenton shared a story about the time he played hide and seek with friends while traveling in Burma. It doesn’t end quite the way you think it will.

The theme of the slam was GAME. 


Johanna Walker “How EcoPoet68 and SkysTheLimit70 Got Together”

Following a disappointing exchange on a dating website, Johanna finds a clever way to play along, with a slightly different twist.  Here she is sharing her story during June’s story slam at the Dairy Arts Center. 

The theme of the night was GAME.



Traci Brown “Success Trip”

There’s more to success than material stuff and what we have in our bank accounts.

Hear Traci prove this theory in her story that she shared at June’s story slam at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder.

The theme of the slam was “GAME”.

Jay Waddell “Daffy the Great”

As a wrestling coach, Jay impacts the life of one of the wrestlers. His story reminds us to never underestimate the power of encouragement.

The theme of the slam was GAME.

David Roe “Possum Story”

You’ll have to hear this story to learn whether it’s about a skunk, a possum, David’s brother, or his life.  

David shared his story at the June story slam at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. 

The theme of the slam was “GAME”.

Laura Deal “Diffendaffer”

It’s all a game that Laura Deal can’t seem to stop playing, all in the name of her love of sharing stories. Hear her version of a game she’s been playing for more than 30 years, as she told it at the story slam in June’s story slam.

The theme of the slam was “GAME”.

Adam Hosein “Seriously”

Adam Hosein was a very serious 13 year old kid.  Listen to his story about playing a game of chess, and one game in particular that taught him an important life lesson. 

The theme of the slam was “GAME”. 

Erin Rollman “The Bocce Ball Incident”

A bocce ball left unattended found by security in Turkey caused an uproar with the bomb squad. Erin Rollman was one of three featured storytellers at Truth Be Told’s June story slam at the Dairy Arts Center where she shared her story “The Bocce Ball Incident”.

The theme for the slam was “GAME”.

Amy Glin “I didn’t know what to call it”

After opening a fortune cookie in SF, Amy vowed not to carry anything but what has value into the 2nd half of her life. A voice joined her on her trip. They had breakfast at Nepenthe on her birthday.

The theme of the slam was “TRIP”.