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 21: at The Dairy Center for the Arts, the THWARTED, GRAND SLAM
April 24: at Shine, theme FOOL
June 19: venue TBA, theme CRUSH
September 11: venue TBA, theme AFTERMATH
October 30: at Shine, theme SUSPENDED
December 18: venue TBA, theme FLAME

Themes subject to change!


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Mare Trevathan’s “Steering the Boat”, STRANGER Story, August 2015

Mare Trevathan tells her story “Steering The Boat” at the August 2015 Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam.

Paula Freedman’s “You missed from there?! “, STRANGER Story, August 2015

You missed from there?! Paula Freedman tells the story of a stranger’s haunting comment. The theme for the night was STRANGER.

Matthew Taylor’s “A Run in the Dark”, STRANGER Story, August 2015

Matthew Taylor tells the hilarious story of a first date gone awry. The theme for the night was STRANGER

Featured Storytellers for February’s Grand Slam!

Meet our Featured Storytellers for the GRAND SLAM February 21st!


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!


cooperCooper Braun

Cooper Braun was born in Boulder, Colorado. He grew up without a television and so found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Drawn to performance and theater from a young age, Cooper started as an actor, has a BA in Theater from Union College and has been working as a professional theater technician the last nine years. Returning to the world of live storytelling two years ago he now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Storytelling advisory board. He performs regularly in Longmont and Boulder. He makes up one half of the storytelling duo Stories with Spirit.


Joseph LoganJoseph Logan

Joseph Logan works with extraordinary leaders and teams. His coaching and team development work focuses on entrepreneurs and executives with world-changing ambition and grit. Joseph has worked with companies on five continents to build the courage, insight, and tenacity to remake the status quo. He has spoken at TEDxBoulder, Philanthropy Southwest, and Colorado Nonprofit Day. He is the author of Seven Simple Steps to Landing Your First Job and the forthcoming Heretic: How Extraordinary Misfits Change the Rules and Change the World.



KitProfilePicKit Marcy

Once upon a time, Kit Marcy was an author, a photographer, and a lighting designer. He danced the role of the Rat King in Boulder Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” He even co-created Frequent Flyers Productions Nutcracker parody, “The Ratcracker.” Now, he pops popcorn and pushes play at the Boedecker Theater, in the Dairy Arts Center. His one-man story-telling show, “Coloring My Time Sheet,” won the coveted Encore Performance for its venue in last year’s Boulder International Fringe Festival.


LoisLois Shannon

Lois is a certified Mindfulness facilitator from UCLA Semel Institute and a trained facilitator of Trauma Constellations in London. She has worn many hats over her lifetime, giving her a unique insight to the many roles we play as women. As a business owner, she was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal in 1999 as one of the top 30 Business Women in Europe. She held senior management positions at Bain &  Company, Apple Computer Europe and Russell Reynolds Associates London before becoming a full time mother living in the South of France. Lois has been an avid explorer over her lifetime, traveling across all continents. After almost 20 years living in Europe, she now lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and three teenage children.


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. In 2015 she performed in WITTENBERG at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, she played a confused angel in FAITH with LOCAL.


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 the U.S. and internationally. His recently published book GoatLips: Tales of a Lapsed Englishman is the 2015 Independent 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 of Persuasion 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).


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.


nancylefthandoutNancy Norton

Nancy Norton has toured nationally and internationally as a standup comedian since 1991 headlining clubs, colleges, cruises and USO tours.  She is also a Registered Nurse whose healthcare anecdotes that will leave you in stitches… and really wanting to stay out of the hospital.

You may have seen her on various comedy showcases over the years, from doing standup on “Evening at the Improv” on A & E, to her one-woman show, “The Yellowish-Green Girl” on PBS and most recently featured on Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon.


paula2Paula Jayne Friedland

Paula Jayne Friedland is a certified life coach, licensed counselor, public speaker, and corporate trainer. Additionally, she teaches a humanistic form of public speaking called, “Speaking Circles”, as well as co-leading a group practice called, “Soul Speaks”, a transformational experience that allows people to deepen their ability to speak from the heart and share their voices more powerfully and authentically in the world.

Before entering the counseling/coaching field, Paula spent 13 years as an actress and singer, pursuing theatre in New York City. She continues to do theatre here in Colorado in various arenas, which includes doing her own shows. She has co-written and performed 3 original Stephen Sondheim revues, as well as a one-woman show called, “Aging—The Musical”* (*this hasn’t enabled her to get younger, unfortunately, but at least it was a fun way to vent her grumblings about it.)


tracibrownTraci Brown

Traci is a Body Language and Unconscious Persuasion Expert. She is a frequent guest on local and national TV shows decoding body language of celebrities, politicians and those involved in current events. She even trains lawyers how to pick and persuade a jury based on body language.

Additionally, Traci is a Three Time US Collegiate Cycling Champion and former member of Team USA.

Traci is the president of the National Speaker’s Association Denver Chapter. She’s the author of two books, Body Language Confidential and Body Language for Profits. She holds a business degree from the University of Colorado and is a certified master practitioner of Neuro Linguistics, Hypnosis and Hawaiian Huna. www.BodyLanguageTrainer.com


Photos from December 2015–SHELTER

Check out the photos from the slam from December 2015.

The theme for the night was SHELTER.


GRAND SLAM February 2016

Sunday, February 21

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30pm

The Dairy Center for the Arts
2590 Walnut Street, Boulder

Featuring winners from our 2015 slams!

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




Featured Storytellers for December 13

Meet our Featured Storytellers for December 13th!


Ellen Nordberg

Ellen’s articles and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Huffington Post as well as on NPR. She writes regular humor pieces for Boulder Lifestyle and Colorado Babies. A co-producer of the Boulder Listen To Your Mother show, Ellen is honored to be back on the Truth Be Told stage. She lives in Louisville where she teaches water aerobics and spends much of her time on neighbors’ roofs rescuing golf clubs and remote control drones for her 12 year old twins.






Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com |facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal |facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom



Nancy Norton

Nancy Norton has toured nationally and internationally as a standup comedian since 1991 headlining clubs, colleges, cruises and USO tours.  She is also a Registered Nurse whose healthcare anecdotes that will leave you in stitches… and really wanting to stay out of the hospital.
You may have seen her on various comedy showcases over the years, from doing standup on “Evening at the Improv” on A & E, to her one-woman show, “The Yellowish-Green Girl” on PBS and most recently featured on Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon.

Photos from November 2015 slam–STORM

Table Talk on NOV 19th, 5-7pm at Caffe Sole

Hey Story lovers, we’re hosting another TABLE TALK at Caffe Sole in South Boulder!
Thursday, November 19th, 5-7pm

table talk oct 2015

Here’s how it works: we meet at Caffe Sole for happy hour and talk to each other.  We’ll informally tell stories as we prepare for the upcoming slam on December 13th. The theme is SHELTER. Come tell us about your shelter experiences.

There’s no fee, but please RSVP on this event page so we know how many people to expect. We’ll reserve a table for 10, and if more people show up we’ll pull up another table. The last one was big fun, so please join us in building our community of storytellers.

Cooper Braun “Thank You”, WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Story, June 2015

Cooper Braun tells the poignant story of his father’s courage and the Dawn Trader in the face of impending chaos. The theme for the night was WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

Alana Eve Burman “Booby Trap”, STRANGER Story, August 2015

Alana Eve Burman tells of her encounter with a Balinese matchmaker. The theme for the night was STRANGER.

December 2015

Sunday, December 13

Doors open 7pm
show starts at 7:30pm

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
2027 13th Street, Boulder

We give you the theme.

You bring a story.

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