“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
— Terry Pratchett
Invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.
Sunday, May 7: “Promise”
Here is a brief introduction to our featured tellers of the evening:
Karen Lock Kolp is a Massmouth featured storyteller, author, podcaster, and freelancer whose work has appeared in baystateparent and Boston Globe Magazine. She is a child development expert and former educator who started podcasting after a chronic illness prevented her from returning to the classroom. She created the “We Turned Out Okay” podcast and wrote a book for parents of young children, Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics. Connect with Karen at weturnedoutokay.com.
Rose Saia won two Moth StorySLAMs and two Massmouth Story Slams in 2016, her first year as a storyteller. She has been a featured teller at WGBH, The Life is Good Kids Foundation and The International Institute of Boston. She placed third in Boston’s 2017 Moth Grand Slam. She now teaches "True Stories Told Live" workshops and co-produces Fugitive Stories. As a newcomer to the craft, she gets energized finding that common bond with an audience but practices relaxation breathing to stop shaking before every event.
Brendyn Schneider is a winner of Massmouth Story Slams and was a 2016 "Big Mouth Off" finalist. He has performed on numerous stages in the Boston area including Suffolk University and Emerson College, Improv Boston, and more. He has been a featured teller at Brother Blue's Open Mic and its 25th Anniversary Evening, the annual Northeast Storytelling Conference, as well as with WGBH and The Life is Good Kids Foundation. He has written two novels and over 100 short stories and teaches storytelling at Arlington Community Education.
Bart Thompson has won Moth StorySLAMs and Massmouth Story Slams and has been a Massmouth "Big Mouth Off" finalist. He honed his skill in storytelling on the stages of Boston and New York after a humble beginning seven years ago in a storytelling show in Providence, RI. He is a Nebraska native and avid traveler who now lives in the Boston area. He tells stories anywhere he can find a captive audience (such as elevators and bathrooms).
We are always on the hunt for local, often first-time tellers. If you are interested in being one of our featured local tellers, click here to send us a query. .