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 25: All-Star Grand Slam at The Dairy Arts Center THEME: BLUE
April 22: Decadent Saints Winery, THEME: DIRT
June 24: The Dairy Arts Center, THEME: PITCH
September 9: The Dairy Arts Center, THEME: FLUSH
Nov 11: Theme & Venue TBD

Themes subject to change! 

Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to TBT’s outreach projects for 2018? Click here.

Morgan McGinnis “Curiosity”

Morgan shares a story about murder and friendship as a seven-year-old.  Listen here to find out how his curiosity got his special friend in trouble. 

The theme of the night was DIRT.

Heather Grimes “Baby blue eyes”

Heather Grimes shares her experience as a foster parent of a daughter who arrived very quickly into her life. 

Listen to her story here to feel the difficult journey of not knowing whether her foster daughter would stay with Heather or return to her birth family. 

The theme of the night was BLUE.

Kat Atwell “Highly Flammable”

Kat Atwell tells her winning story about things you should NOT put into the planters on your apartment patio.
 The theme of the night was DIRT.

Johanna Walker “When your housemate plants lavender in the kale bed”

Johanna shares a powerful story of her new housemate, illness, and a deep connection that goes beyond the dirt in the garden.

The theme of the night was DIRT.

Featured Storytellers for June 24th


Barbara Gehring

Barbara Gehring was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ms. Gehring’s professional career of 23 years as an actress has run the gamut from stage to screen to commercial to voice work, which has made her one of the busiest actresses in the Denver market. A veteran of improv, sketch comedy and theatre, she is also the co-creator, playwright and actress in the national hit show, The Secret Comedy of Women- Girls Only.® and has dazzled audiences nationally with her energetic performances. Alongside her long-time creative partners known as A.C.E., she was commissioned by the DCPA to create an immersive adventure comedy, Travelers of the Lost Dimension which was produced in 2017. Most recently, her new play, For the Love of George, was workshopped at Denver Center’s Conservatory Theatre. She is also a 4th degree black belt and teaches Okinawan karate and kobudo at her studio Iwa Dojo in Broomfield. When not performing on stage or on camera, she can be found playing in the sandbox of life with her children Isabella and Gavin and her playmate for life, Paul.  www.BarbaraGehring.com


Kate Jonuska

Kate Jonuska is a Colorado native and DU creative writing grad who went into journalism after college to pay the rent. She has since collected a decade of experience writing magazine and newspaper features for outlets like the Denver Post, the Daily Camera, The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and Boulder Magazine, specializing in food, fitness, travel, and arts and entertainment. Her passion, however, has always been for story – specifically fiction. With a writing style best described as Margaret Atwood meets Amy Schumer, Kate’s short fiction was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and her first novel, the dark comedy Transference, published in 2017. Keep up with kate at www.katejonuska.com or on Twitter @kjonuska.




Michael Ensminger

Michael is an artist and photographer who was born and raised in Germany. After graduating from high school he moved to the US and graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.  Thirty years ago he made his home in a grungy industrial part of downtown Denver that some people had trepidations about visiting. He still lives and works there, but now it’s in the heart of what is called the RiNo District. In his case, the mountain actually did finally come to Muhammad! You can check out some of Michael’s stuff at michaelensminger.com.





GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY to hear these great storytellers and more on June 24th at The Dairy Arts Center. 



June 2018 Story Slam




Next Story Slam!


Sunday, June 24th


Doors open 6:30pm
show starts at 7pm


Dairy Arts Center 

2590 Walnut Street

Boulder, CO 80302

We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

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


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Get your tickets HERE