Producers and Organizers (PRO SIG)

The purpose of the Producers & Organizers Special Interest Group (PRO SIG) of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) is to encourage cooperation, networking and support among organizers within the NSN and to foster the professional growth of the individual members of this special interest group.

The benefits of joining the Producers & Organizers Special Interest Group include:

  • Ability to participate in a listserv comprised of SIG members
  • Ability to participate in the annual pre-conference workshop for a discount

Click here to join PRO SIG.

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SIG Officers

Chair: Lisa Overholser, 314-266-4833, 

Web Site and Listserv Chair, Kate Dudding, 518-383-4620,


A) Three PRO SIG Virtual sessions
PRODUCING 101:  Wednesday, July 21, 1-3 pM CDT

Workshop Description: In this workshop, seasoned event producers will provide a basic framework for beginning storytelling event producers. Workshop leaders Ellen Munds, Lisa Overholser, and Barry McWilliams will talk about the why and the how of producing a variety of different types of storytelling events (both in-person, virtual, and hybrid**), based on their own experiences and best practices.

**For more information on producing Hybrid Storytelling events, join us at our 2nd workshop below **

HYBRID STORYTELLING TIPS: Wednesday, July 21, 4-6 pM CDT 

Workshop Description: As storytellers and producers come out of an intensely virtual-only year, many event organizers are discovering many benefits to virtual event storytelling productions. What if virtual or live-streamed options remained a part of storytelling events? Hybrid productions offer the best of both worlds – face-to-face interactions in this most intimate of art forms, and the wide reach and increased accessibility offered by virtual connections. Join Professor Chris Strobel, Director of Media Informatics, and a Digital Storyteller and Media Maker, as he shares his own experiences in the field and explores best practices in hybrid storytelling event productions.

MEET-AND-GREET: Saturday, July 24, 6-7 pM CDT

Session Description: Join the Producers and Organizers SIG for this informal meet-and-greet to learn about what PRO-SIG members do, and what membership can offer to you! (HINT: You’ll get to learn about our forthcoming Production Guide!)



The Nancy Duncan Scholarship is to be given every year to an individual who has the desire to attend and network with others at the annual National Storytelling Network Conference, as well as attend the pre-conference workshops related to producing and organizing storytelling events.
Dates of the Conference this year are July 21-25, 2021.
Total value of the award is approximately $500, and includes:

✓ Cost of attending all 2021 PRO-SIG pre-conference events (on Wednesday, July 21)
✓ 2021 Conference Full Registration
✓ One year complimentary Individual Membership in NSN


• Interested individual must have produced at least one storytelling event.
• Interested applicants do not have to be a current PRO-SIG member, but recipient of the scholarship must join the PRO-SIG if they are not already a member.
• Individuals serving on the scholarship committee and/or the board of the National Storytelling Network are ineligible.
• We encourage NSN membership – there are many benefits – but it is not required for this year’s Scholarship. (One year complimentary NSN membership is included…)

Click here for the application. Applications due by July 16th, 2021.

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