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
2015 DATES & THEMES
August 9: at Shine, theme: STRANGER September 12: at Boulder Public Library September 13: at Denver Public Library
(9/12 & 13 as part of the Jaipur Literary Festival) November 1: at Shine, theme: STORM December 13: at Shine, theme: SHELTER
Meet our Featured Storytellers for August! Then put August 9 on your calendar!
Alana 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 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.
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 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.
Meridith 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.
Rachel 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 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).