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.

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


August 9: at Shine, theme: STRANGER
September 12: at B​oulder Public Library​
September 13: at D​enver Public Library​
(9/12 & 13 as part of the Jaipur Literary Festival)
November 1: at Shine, theme: STORM
December 13: at Shine, theme: SHELTER


Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to TBT’s outreach projects for 2015? Click here.

Photos from August 2015 slam

September 2015

Back to Back Slams!

Both part of the Jaipur Literary Festival!


Saturday, September 12

Doors open 3:30pm
show starts at 4pm

Boulder Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder


Sunday, September 13

Doors open 2:30pm
show starts at 3pm

Denver Public Library
10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver


Tickets to both events are free, but need to be reserved.


We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

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


Both September Slam’s Themes:


Featured Storytellers for August

Meet our Featured Storytellers for August! Then put August 9 on your calendar!

alanaAlana Eve Burman

Alana Eve Burman is a Co-Founder of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, owner of JoyLife Therapeutics, a nationwide massage and wellness business, mother, actor, director, producer, musician, visual artist, administrator, graphic designer, massage therapist, swing dancer, chocolate maker, collector of waterproof blue objects and oh, so much more! 

Mare Trevathan headshotMare Trevathan

Mare Trevathan has performed Inupiat folk tales in Barrow, Alaska; stage managed dance-theatre in Tokyo; and studied Chekhov in Vladivostok, Russia. Colorado tamed her wanderlust and has been her home since 2001.  She was a member of Curious Theatre Company for many years, and is now the Associate Artistic Director of LOCAL Theater Company in Boulder.  Most frequently, Mare works as a theater director and audiobook narrator. Recent directing credits include “Choose Your Life,” an anti-bullying show for 3-6 grade audiences produced by Kaiser Permanente and “SWEAT,” an improvised musical on bikes for the Denver Center’s Off-Center at the Jones program. With Stories on Stage, Mare tours Boulder area middle and high schools with a teen suicide prevention program. This summer, she’s performing in WITTENBERG at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and this fall will be playing a confused angel in FAITH with LOCAL.

Kit Marcy’s “Bear Creek Park”, DIRT Story, April 2015

Kit Marcy and his tribute to a frisbee-playing friend at our April, 2015 Slam. The theme was DIRT.

Edward Manofsky’s “The Curious Case of the Cat Vomit”, DIRT Story, April 2015

Edward Manofsky tells his story of how his mother discovered his dirty little secret at our April, 2015 Slam. The theme was DIRT.

Cooper Braun’s “Down and Out In the Desert”, DIRT Story, April 2015

Cooper Braun tells his story of a “near death” experience at Burning Man at our April 2015 Slam. The theme for the night was DIRT.

John Forrest’s “Mud On The Lips”, DIRT Story, April 2015

John L. Forrest tells his story “Mud On The Lips” at the April 2015 Truth Be Told Story Slam.
The theme for he night was DIRT.

Photos from June’s slam: WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

August 2015

Sunday, August 9

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30pm

Come grab a meal at Shine before the show!

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
2027 13th Street, Boulder, CO
$15 general admission
$25 VIP front two rows

Tickets go on sale July 20


We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

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

Featured storytellers will be announced soon!


August’s Theme:


Featured Storytellers for June

Meet our Featured Storytellers for June! Then put June 21 on your calendar, and tell your dad you’ve got a great surprise for him.


Buzzy Jackson

Buzzy Jackson is the award-winning author of The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life, among other books. She has a PhD in History from UC Berkeley and is a correspondent for the Boston Globe. She is the unofficial PR flack for Carhenge, Nebraska and you can pry her mug of Yorkshire Gold tea out of her cold, dead hands.


MeridithMeridith C. Grundei

Meridith C. Grundei is an actor, director, educator and improviser who has performed all over the United States. She presently lives near Boulder, CO with her husband, daughter, stepdaughter, cat, dog and chicken.  Meridith holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, is a proud member of The Catamounts in Boulder, CO, and owns her own company, Red Ball Speaks, where she coaches professionals on public speaking, presentation skills and creative team communication.


Ann HardingRachel Ann Harding

Rachel Ann Harding is a teller and singer of a wide variety of folk, myth and traditional tales. She received her BA from Naropa University in interdisciplinary studies where she wrote her thesis on storytelling and child development. She traveled to Ireland to study with the international storyteller Liz Weir and fell in love with “once upon a time”. She is on the board of Rocky Mountain Storytellers and is a tour guide for Fort Collins Tours where she gives spine tingling ghost tours on the weekends. She and Cooper Braun run Stories with Spirit which produces storytelling events featuring traditional stories for adults.


Matthew TaylorMatthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor was transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England. He has been a professional actor, award-winning author, storyteller, and humorist for the last 25 years, working throughout theU.S. and internationally. His recently published book GoatLips: Tales of a Lapsed Englishman is the 2015Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medal winner for humor, and a National Indie Excellence Awards finalist. He is a Moth Story Slam two-time winner, and founder ofPersuasion through Narrative, a company that helps to make stories matter.

Matthew loves to bike, ski, sail, and is proud to be a husband and a father of two fabulous children (who continually keep him on his toes and laughing constantly).

Photos from April’s DIRT Slam

June 2015

Sunday, June 21

Doors open 6:30pm
show starts at 7pm

Come grab a meal at Shine before the show!

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place
2027 13th Street, Boulder, CO
$15general admission
$25 VIP front two rows

Purchase tickets here.


We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

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

Featured storytellers will be announced soon!

June’s Theme: