Tips For The Would-Be Producer

by Ruth Stotter Member, Producers & Organizers SIG Having experienced the pleasure, despair and surprise from the experience of renting a half-dozen theatres and sponsoring dozens of storytelling evenings, here are some of my suggestions for those planning to produce storytelling events. 1) Instead of a set fee, offer a percentage of the take at…

National Storytelling Network 2007 Conference Keynote

Sheraton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, Missouri July 12, 2007 Ronald J. Turner Executive Vice President Emeritus University of Missouri turnerr@umsystem.edu   Thank you for that generous introduction and thanks to the organizers of this important conference.  It is truly good to be here with all of you as we continue the journey of growth and…

How to Gracefully Keep a Program Running On Time

by Members of the Producers & Organizers SIG Here’s a question that appeared on the PRO SIG listserv. Our Tellabration Problem We have our tellers audition their stories, and plan the timing of our program accordingly. But last year, two of the stories really grew between the audition and Tellabration. Plus an emcee took lots…

Emceeing and Giving Introductions

By Mary Grace Ketner (mgketner@talesandlegends.net ) I tend to separate the two: emceeing, introductions. The emceeing has to do with the overall program and the audience, welcoming, making the program flow, cleansing the palate between each teller, building anticipation for the next story, bringing closure. The introductory “speech” for each teller is a separate project…

What Producers Need From Storytellers

by Nan Kammann-Judd Member, Producers & Organizers SIG The storytelling community is one of the warmest, most talented, compassionate, and usually very professional groups of people. What separates the “professional” storyteller from other storytellers who are invited to participate in festivals, workshops, performances, and conferences? From the producer’s perspective, here are some suggestions for the…

Success Stories in Building Adult Audiences

by Kate Dudding (kate@katedudding.com) At the National Storytelling Network’s 2003 Conference in Chicago, I moderated a panel discussion on this topic. Other panel members were Gerald Fierst, Ellen Munds and Robert Revere. Based on the panelists’ presentations and information shared by attendees, there seems to be three things in common with all successful storytelling events…