Featured Storytellers for April 22nd

 

 Linda Klein

 

LINDA KLEIN grew up in the small mountain town of Idaho Springs above Denver. She has been a cherished member of the Denver comedy scene since 1993 and for the last ten years has been performing *Girls Only* to tens of thousands of women across North America.  Recently, along with her long-time creative partners know as A.C.E., Klein was tapped by the Denver Center to double down on the success of *Girls Only *with the commissioning of an immersive adventure comedy show that was produced in 2017. She is currently co-writing a new play *For the Love of George* which will be workshopped at the Denver Center’s Conservatory Theatre in May.  Klein is also an active member of Montview Presbyterian Church and her local P.E.O. chapter. When not working she can be found traveling extensively, as the waterfalls of Iceland, the beaches in Rio and the busy streets of Hong Kong will all confirm. www.LindaKlein.com

 

Kat Atwell

 

KAT ATWELL is a writer, speaker, and performer. Further, she is also a Gen-Xer, a weird mom, and an unapologetic extrovert.  She’s shared stories at Ignite Denver, The Narrators, the Denver Moth, Write Club, Mortified, and is super excited to be storytelling in Boulder for the first time. 

 

Featured Storytellers for February’s Grand Slam!

 

Meet our Featured Storytellers for the GRAND SLAM February 25th!

 

Yvonne Healy

Yvonne Healy’s personal stories share moments of deep emotion through a wry, politely Midwestern lens. She is the former president of the National Storytelling Network. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Rukin-Forer

Jordan Rukin-Forer lived in London, England with his family for 5 years before moving back to the US at the age of 5.  In 2015, when he was 11,  he took a year-long trip traveling around the US with his mom and brother via an Airstream trailer.  As a young entrepreneur, he started a small business making walking sticks. While traveling through Steamboat Springs, Jordan was introduced to improv and hasn’t looked back since.  He writes his own music for acoustic guitar, which he also plays. He is an avid soccer player and loves playing tricks on people while out and about in Boulder, CO, his new and beloved home. 

 

 

 

Heather Grimes

Heather Grimes is a licensed massage therapist who works primarily with (and finds much inspiration from) folks who have Alzheimer’s and dementia.  She is also an essayist who has written for Mindful, Mindful.org, and Elephant Journal.

She has been involved with the Boulder County Foster system since 2014, first as a foster parent and now as a volunteer. She loves walking under leafy trees, playing board games with her crew, and all kinds of dance.  This year she will attempt to learn how to play the guitar and speak Spanish for the 10th year in a row.  She lives in Louisville with her husband and two vibrant (though in very different ways) young daughters.

 
 
 
 

George Washington

In 2003, George began voicing with a trip to a local recording studio to do some narration bits for a First Union National Bank industrial. The gig stirred his imagination, and he began the research and practice to make his first demos. Working with sources both local and national, new opportunities came over time, and he started working on projects as small as phone messaging to as large as national ad campaigns.

Since that time, George has provided voice over services in documentaries, video games, radio and television commercials, in-store announcements, marketing on hold, websites and web ads, virtually every aspect of the voice-over industry. His voice has represented companies like McDonald’s, Courtyard by Marriott, Nike,  Gatorade, Time Warner Cable, and Lowe’s Home Improvement.  George has called Charlotte home since 1998 with his daughters Grace, Naomi and Ella,  and his son Jordan.

 

Brenton Weyi

Brenton Weyi, often called the Modern Voltaire, uses the power of words to cultivate humanity. As a philosopher, poet and polymath, he writes essays that blend the poetic and historical in order to examine the beautiful struggle of the human experience. He also writes/performs his own unique style of narrative poetry that borrows from Greek and classical forms.

He has traveled to over 55 countries, connecting communities through the power of story and the arts. He is also a member of Playback Theatre West, which builds community through the potency of narrative. It’s Brenton’s belief that life is philosophical, moral, psychological, artistic, and so much more. And it is in drawing connections between these areas that truth can be found.

 

Mark Zoole

Mark grew up in St. Louis as the middle child of five, with two older sisters and two younger sisters. He attended Antioch College in Ohio and the Eberhard-Karls University in Tubingen, Germany, as an undergrad, then went to law school at Washington University St. Louis. He later taught appellate practice and civil rights law at Wash. U. and coached the school’s moot court team for two decades. As an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008, Mark garnered the second-highest vote total that any Dem had ever achieved in a heavily Republican district. He began spending most of his time in Denver in 2013 but still keeps a law office in St. Louis. Mark loves occasional ventures into community and regional theater, doing Fireball shots with friends and strangers, skiing, playing the flute, and most of all his son, Sam, and his wife, Renee.

 

 

Jeremy Leonard

I learned to tell stories from a father. Being involved in Texas politics, every account of his day at the Legislature lay somewhere between truth, lies, and exaggeration. Sitting around campfires with friends and a boot flask of bourbon for much of my life helped me hone my own storytelling skills. For the last several decades, I have managed digital marketing agencies helping brands tell their stories to consumers. Unfortunately, most of those stories ended up as “buy one get one free” or “endless enchiladas”. I now work directly with brands helping them build out their own in-house agencies. For stories to resonate with consumers, they must be authentic, genuine and well lived. Professionally, I have found that no one can tell an advertiser’s story better than the advertiser themselves. Now I find myself trying to tell compelling stories in both my personal and professional life; in each case I strive to make an intellectual and emotional connection with my audiences – whether for a smile or for a paycheck.

 

 

Dan Curtiss

Dan Curtiss is a designer in Boulder who knows not to pet animals backward.

If you ask him to sing a song, he’ll do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hal Walker

Hal Walker is a singer, a songwriter and a musical explorer from Kent, Ohio.  As a teaching artist, he has introduced thousands of children to the lifelong search for unique ways to express the music that’s within each of us.  He’s the developer of the modern day “Banakula” and also a highly effective, whole-body approach to learning the harmonica. His most popular video on Youtube, with over 3 million views, is “How to Play the Ancient Hand Whistle.” Also, Hal Walker is the music director of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent.  

 

 

Featured Storytellers for October 29th

 

Cory Byrom 

Cory Byrom is a writer and storyteller from Denver. He’s written for Pitchfork, Huffington Post, SheKnows, Stereogum, Paste, and many more publications both online and in print.

Back in his hometown of Atlanta he hosted and curated a monthly storytelling show called The Iceberg. More recently he ran the podcast Unknown Caller, which featured anonymous stories recorded via voicemail.

He’s told stories at RISK! and The Narrators, as well as many shows back in Atlanta. Currently he is a co-producer and co-host of WRITE CLUB Denver, a monthly literary competition that pits writers against one another reading pieces on opposing ideas in a literary deathmatch.

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)

Featured Storyteller for April 24

Meet our Featured Storyteller for April 24th!

 

Create Wealth Doing What You Love

Myka McLaughlin

 

Myka McLaughlin founded WINC (Women In Community) to help women entrepreneurs – especially artists, healers and creative types – translate their passion into a profitable business that actually makes money for them and their families.
After proving WINC’s model in Boulder, Colorado, WINC is now serving women across the US and internationally, and is expanding its live programming to NYC, LA and San Francisco. Myka graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics and International Affairs.

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 Shannon is the founder of The Woman’s Network (www.thewomansnetwork.com) an organisation she created after feeling a deep disconnection with herself as a woman. It’s a resource where women come together to unwind unconscious patterns and reclaim their sovereignty and worth. She 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. She had a successful business career and was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal in 1999 as one of the top 30 Business Women in Europe. She then left her high performance job in London to become 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.

 

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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

 

 

Featured Storytellers for November 1

Meet our Featured Storytellers for November 1st!

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Traci Brown

Traci is a Body Language and Unconscious Persuasion Expert. Through dynamic presentations she assists groups across all industries learn the tools to hear “Yes!” more easily and more often.

Traci 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.

Traci is a high-content, high energy speaker who is sure to motivate, educate and entertain at your next meeting. She enjoys using the body language and unconscious persuasion skills she teaches in her presentations in all sorts of business negotiations, with personal clients and has even adapted the skills to talk herself out of an embarrassing number of traffic tickets.

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

 

Heather Grimes

Heather Campbell Grimes

Heather is an essayist, blogger, stage performer and devoted mama.
She has written dozens of articles for elephantjournal, hundreds of personal essays for her various blogs and has been published in Mindful magazine.
Her stage credits include Johanna Walker’s Fearless Solos 2012, first place winner at the very first installment of Truth-Be-Told 2013, FEED (a production of Catamounts in Boulder) 2013,
and Listen To Your Mother 2014.
For further investigation, you may see her website: www.hcgrimes.org

Featured Storytellers for September 12

Meet our Featured Storytellers for September 12th in Boulder!

Ann Harding

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.

 

 

 

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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!

Featured Storytellers for September 13

Meet our Featured Storytellers for September 13th in Denver!

 

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Mare 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.

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).

 

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.)
 

 

 

 

 

Featured Storytellers for April

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Cooper 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.

 

 

John ForrestJohn Forrest

John Forrest is the alter ego of some other dude, who’s married to the talented and extraordinary Shana Cordon. Forrest is a writer of stories wondrous, with fictions in Crossed Genre’s Fierce Family, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Envisage, Apex, and elsewhere. His most recent collection of short tales, Delicate Ministrations, is out now, along with a novel, A Requiem Dawn, published in January. You can learn more about him at jlforrest.com.

 

 

 

 

Featured Storytellers for Grand Slam

We are beyond excited about our Featured Storytellers for the upcoming Grand Slam. We’re delighted to welcome them back to the Truth Be Told stage, February 22nd! Read about them here.
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Featured Storytellers for December

We are beyond excited about our Featured Storytellers for the upcoming December slam. We’ve got Cristie Chamberland, a traveler, a sometimes poet, and a teacher of various things, whose work has been seen at the Portland Story Theater, Here’s the Story Chicago, and Story Sessions in Chicago; Morley McBride, a recent Brooklyn-to-Boulder transplant and former Moth StorySLAM winner; & Bradley Spann, a Truth Be Told veteran, winner in the Funniest Damn Story category at the first annual Grand Slam earlier this year and Fringe Festival extraordinaire with his one-man show, Me and My Monkey. We’re delighted to welcome them to the Truth Be Told stage.

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