Who are You and What’s Your Story?
Everybody has a story to tell and uncovering the stories that most uniquely define us can be one of the most rewarding and healing creative outlets. Storytelling bridges the individual and the universal. Stories build community and help us make sense of ourselves and the world we live in. In crafting and telling stories of our lived experience, we learn to explore the life experiences that have shaped and defined us, but telling our stories also connects us to others and reveals our shared humanity.
About the Workshop Series
In this online version of our signature six-week storytelling workshop, you’ll learn how to give shape to your life stories and share them with others in a small group setting. We’ll introduce you to the principles of storytelling and incorporate performance techniques, sensory exploration and memory work to bring your stories to life. At the end you will be invited to perform your story at one of our monthly On The Fly Story Slams.
In this workshop you will:
- Be introduced to principles and strategies of live storytelling
- Learn to turn your life experiences into a compelling story
- Receive individual feedback and support
- Work with other storytellers to practice and improve your narrative
- Perform a fantastic 5-minute story!
Is this for you?
Have you ever attended a story slam or listened to the Moth Radio Hour? Do you have a story you’d like to perform or just work on? Have you always wanted to explore storytelling, but never had the time? We’d love to have you!
6 Sundays 1-4 pm; Beginning January 10 2021
Fee: $200 per person ($175 if you bring a friend)
Location: Via Zoom
You can sign up for the workshop here
What people are saying:
Cait and Christina are the best at what they do, so having a screen in the way (due to coronavirus) did not hinder the wonderful benefits of this workshop. The 6 weeks flew by and were packed with helpful tactics about how to tell your story effectively, on-your-toes exercises that cultivate inspiration for your personal storytelling craft, and there was an overall sense of safety, joy, support, and play. I really wish that I could participate in this workshop in person – when it’s safe to do so!
I had always winged my storytelling process and on stage stories then made the decision to take this workshop. I learned that I was definitely doing some things right but was taught ways to become a more polished storyteller, When we get to tell stories again in public I will really be ready. I feel I gained more confidence as a person in my abilities, the group leaders made it fun and I looked forward to the sessions. They gave me the tips I feel I needed to hear and improved the stories that I now tell to friends and even to my business clients so I am overall a more entertaining person and a better public speaker. Thank you Caitlin and Christina for doing what you do to help us deliver our stories to the world
Christina Thyssen is a writer, story coach, and teacher. She holds a Ph.D. in American literature and teaches writing and literature at University at Albany. She also teaches writing to prison inmates. As a story coach, she works with both individual writers and organizations to guide them in shaping and telling their story. She is the producer of On The Fly, a monthly Moth-style story slam at HiLo Catskill and is currently at work on a memoir about raising a special needs daughter.
Caitlin Langstaff is an actor, director, producer, story coach and teacher. She holds an M.F.A. in theatre and is a member of The Actors Studio and Actors Equity. She was the founder of Tidal Theatre Company and Tsunami Sound Waves, producing original work for the stage and radio. She co-created and produced The Mosquito, the Outer Capes only story slam. Caitlin also creates site-specific theatre including Car Theatre, Deli Theatre and theatre in elevators. She transcribed and directed At Ease, a documentary piece built from interviews with Afghanistan and Iraq U.S. Veterans. She was a professor at Suffolk University for 11 years teaching all aspects of theatre. She is co-producer of On The Fly Story Slam.