Meet our Featured Storytellers for September 13th in Denver!
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 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).
Paula 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.)
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 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
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.
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.
Introducing our featured storytellers for the June slam. We’ve got some great tellers in store for you! Here they are…
We ‘re about halfway between the last slam and the next slam and, we’re very excited to kick off another year of storytelling. When we booked the April date ten weeks after the Grand Slam, we didn’t realize how much we’d miss you. But we do. We miss you. And we’re excited to hear your tales of LOST AND FOUND on April 27. (more…)
ARE YOU READY?! All the best storytellers in Boulder will be facing off at our Grand Slam on February 16. OK we realize not all the best storytellers in Boulder have made it to Truth Be Told yet, but we know they’re on their way, and we know the storytellers we’ve gathered up for this event are indeed the cream of the crop. We’ll be posting photos of our ten grand slam storytellers here over the next month. Keep an eye on this page as we update it and add storytellers. Then GET YOUR TICKET and come join us on February 16. (more…)