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Portland Story Theater delivers a potent blend of vulnerability and heart. Real, true stories told by real people; face-to-face, eye-to-eye, and heart-to-heart. Stories that offer a glimpse into the human experience and this journey we all share. Exh...Show More
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The Most Important Lesson: Oksana Davletshina

09:23 | Apr 25th

This personal story of a Russian immigrant is about how hard work and persistence can bring personal and professional success. Oksana Davletshina came to America with her husband and 3 children in November 2016 seeking asylum. It was a big change in ...Show More
The Great Escape: Luzi Moreno Gilson

08:58 | Apr 22nd

This is a story of a little girl who becomes the grand hero by saving the day. Luzi Moreno Gilson was brought to the US at age 16. She has lived in Oregon since then traveling the world at any chance she gets, usually in the summer. She teaches 2nd g...Show More
How To Make A Website And Not Die: Katerina Ingraham Perfilova

07:33 | Apr 16th

Katerina Perfilova is a web-developer from Russia, who moved to America only three years ago. She tells the story of one of her unusual projects that occurred 10 years ago in Moscow. This story involves Russian gangsters, precious treasure, difficult...Show More
Kissing The Crown: Leigh Hancock (Replay)

12:48 | Apr 15th

Due to the unfortunate events at the Notre Dame Cathedral today we felt a replay of this story from two years ago was appropriate. To be fifteen, in Paris, with the man you love: what could be better? Or worse? Leigh Hancock’s wanderlust began on ...Show More
What Separates Us: Alejandro Vilches

17:20 | Apr 13th

Alejandro Vilches’ story is about what it takes to make connections and wake up to the world around us. He was born in Bryan, Texas, but grew up in Honduras where his family is from. At the age of 28 Alejandro decided to come to the US for graduate s...Show More
The Challenge: Angela Zagarella

14:34 | Apr 10th

Born and raised in Siracusa, Sicily, Angela Zagarella has been calling Oregon home since 1988. She has been teaching Italian for 26 years which has lessened the longing and separation from her beloved island. Not a technological wizard, she only rece...Show More
Puppeteer Plus: Penny Walter

13:55 | Apr 4th

Penny has been a professional puppeteer and the owner of Penny's Puppet Productions since 2002. She truly believes in the power of puppets. In her precious downtime Penny loves to take long walks with her dog Tater, drink coffee, and bake things. Vi...Show More
Becoming The Dancing Lady: Karen Lasher

10:51 | Apr 1st

Karen tells about breaking free of destructive paradigms, getting in touch with her inner truth and learning to let her light shine in the world. As a public speaker, writer and hospitality mystic, Karen works to spread light and love in the world. ...Show More
Fighting Ignorance: Victor Bencomo

13:25 | Mar 29th

Once upon a time in college, Victor heard a quote that stayed in his mind. Years later, he now understands the truth of that quote. Because Victor hails from Venezuela and has lived in the USA for only 4 years, he brings a unique perspective to life’...Show More
Rest Stop Steve: Steve Eggerts

13:07 | Mar 26th

Steve is a transplant from Southern California, but don’t hold that against him. After Steve was kicked out of the world’s largest canoe club, also known as the US Navy, he came to Portland to meet a girl but she never picked him up at the airport. S...Show More
Seeking Solace In A Sauna: Chalice Stroebe

08:35 | Mar 23rd

Chalice recently experienced what it’s like to bathe across cultures and had a coming to terms moment in the heat of it all. Here in Portland you can find her supporting women through the transition of pregnancy and childbirth into parenthood as a do...Show More
The Swedish Connection: Katie Skurja

12:39 | Mar 20th

The decision to become an exchange student at age 16 continues to have ripple effects to this day. Katie Skurja runs a private practice as a spiritual director/counselor with Imago Dei Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in the journey t...Show More
Bear #399: Katie Morris Henson

11:34 | Mar 17th

Katie has spent a career in in the world of social services. Her work as a clinician, a consultant, and a frequent trainer and speaker on the topic of creating more trauma-responsive systems focused on improving the lives of children, youth, and fami...Show More
The Crush: Joan-Carrol Baron

12:38 | Mar 14th

There is no illusion more potent than planning for a future that can’t exist. Tracking her subconscious through a country still uncharted, Joan-Carrol Baron maps the mysteries of life through acting, writing, and sculpting in The Land of Good Enough....Show More
Longing For Love, Or The Lover?: Zahra Abukar

09:44 | Mar 11th

This story is about a fifteen year old tasting love for the first time but the sweetness of that first love being abruptly cut short by distance and other life circumstances, and the many years she spent longing for that sweet tasting love -- or was ...Show More
Big Risk, Big Reward: Ruiyuan Gao

17:26 | Mar 8th

Ruiyuan has lived in Portland for 4 years and she met her first boyfriend here one and half years ago. A lot of things have happened in those 18 months, and have given her cause for reflection. This is her story about taking a big risk and maybe gett...Show More
American Love Story: Eva Rotter-Johnson

11:02 | Mar 5th

As a young girl growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, Eva fantasized about her own Hollywood-style love story. Coming to the USA to study seemed like the perfect opportunity for it to become a reality. But what did fate have in store for her? Are happy e...Show More
Shagnasty's Salvation: Frank Engel

13:52 | Dec 24th, 2018

Frank’s story explores a journey from grief to gratitude and, incidentally, the possibility of supernatural or extraordinary modes of communication. The greater marvel is how or why, not what. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Frank En...Show More
The Way Forward: Kathi Gatlin

09:30 | Dec 21st, 2018

Kathi relates a narrative of fear from a childhood experience into discovering the way forward toward a life of freedom. Professionally, she walks alongside others in their relationship with God as a spiritual director through Boldly Loved and the Co...Show More
Higher Education: Joanna Agee

13:49 | Dec 18th, 2018

It doesn't always look like you think it will. You can't always put it on your resume. Sometimes lessons take decades to land. Joanna's got a story about that. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Joanna Agee live at The Old Church Concer...Show More
Remembering A Friend: Rob Kass

11:33 | Dec 15th, 2018

After years of telling funny stories at parties, Rob is proud to remember a personal hero on a critical 40th anniversary. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Rob Kass live at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR Portland Story Th...Show More
Saved By Rats: Angela Hahn

13:21 | Dec 12th, 2018

Angela Hahn is a physician in Portland, Oregon. Rats helped her get there. URBAN TELLERS December 7, 2018 UNEXPECTED! Angela Hahn live at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne ...Show More
Untethered: Onyeka Jones

11:27 | Nov 30th, 2018

Born and raised in Nigeria, Onyeka's idea of home, once strong and concrete, slowly became untethered and nebulous after years of living in America. She shares her struggles with belonging, identity and the journey of redefining her home. Onyeka...Show More
The Loyalty Within: Wafa Almaktari

09:52 | Nov 27th, 2018

Throughout her childhood Wafa Almaktari has always been a defender and always stepped out of her comfort zone to stand for what is right. Now she is a warrior and always makes sure that her voice advocates for the voiceless. She is a senior at Portla...Show More
Whatever It Takes: Victor Bencomo

11:22 | Nov 24th, 2018

Four years ago, a bright young fellow was forced out of his comfort zone. Spoiled by his mother, maid, family and friends, he lived in a bubble before he started on his journey as an immigrant in the US. Well, things changed and with little knowledge...Show More
When Opportunity Meets Preparation: Ivan Hernandez

10:12 | Nov 21st, 2018

It’s been said that it’s not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You have to be the right person in the right place at the right time and that describes Ivan Hernandez. Ivan, a DACA recipient, has a story that literally defies logic ab...Show More
Self Love: Israa Hasani

11:00 | Nov 18th, 2018

Born and raised in Iraq, Israa’s life journey is to explore, discover, and repeat. Looking for self-recognition, love and identity, she spent the last half of her life discovering herself and her passions. She works as a mental health provider for im...Show More
The Passive Activist: Sankar Raman

14:24 | Nov 15th, 2018

Sankar Raman, a Northwest Digital Art Photographer, is originally from India, but spent the majority of his adult life in the U.S. He is the founder and board president of The Immigrant Story which captures the stories of immigrants in short, accessi...Show More
Twenty Minutes In The Month Of November: Kyle Cooper

15:35 | Oct 27th, 2018

Ever since his college graduation in 2014, Kyle has been working hard to take it easy. The idea of grad school debt or joining the corporate world filled him with dread, so he opted for exploring. His explorations led him to four different continents...Show More
Yes, You CAN!: Lynn Fitch

16:06 | Oct 24th, 2018

Lynn’s story is about how she once overcame the challenges of being a lifelong introvert, by assuming an alter ego "Candice the Aluminum Can.” Lynn has had a life filled with adventure, despite the handicap of being a development director for most ...Show More
Removing The Blindfold: Leah Carey

13:35 | Oct 21st, 2018

In July 2017, Leah gave up a comfortable, predictable life in rural New Hampshire to travel the country and find a new home. Along the way she surprised herself by re-discovering her long-buried sense of fun, adventure, and sexuality. She has now set...Show More
Defiance: Steve Eggerts

12:14 | Oct 18th, 2018

From an early age, the consequences of Steve’s behavior had little effect on him, which led him down some crazy pathways in life. Today, he is married to his business partner and beautiful wife, Anna. They live in SE Portland with their new Bernadood...Show More
Sold: Sharon Gavin

12:27 | Oct 15th, 2018

As a playwright, lyricist, and speechwriter, Sharon is used to telling stories on paper; making the leap from page to stage here has her a bit shaken, but not stirred. Her story tonight is about how mosquitoes, malaria and mambo turned her life into ...Show More
Interception: Joanna Agee

11:22 | Jun 7th, 2018

Love letters in the wrong hands and anonymous phone calls at a pivotal stage led to a twenty year detour in Joanna's life. In finding, losing, and finding herself again, she's awestruck by the power of saying simple truths out loud - and strives to d...Show More
Come To Jesus Moment: Frank Engel

12:55 | Jun 7th, 2018

Frank highlights some awkward, humorous and existential encounters as a Jew teaching at a Catholic seminary. As a writer, Frank has recently trashed his curriculum vitae and is now editing his will. URBAN TELLERS June 1, 2018 FAITH, FAMILY AND ...Show More
Falling For MacGuffin: Warren McPherson

12:41 | Jun 7th, 2018

After years of resisting, Warren found Faith for the first time and it was in an admittedly unconventional entity. His beliefs might seem alien to you, but at least he believes in something, right? URBAN TELLERS June 1, 2018 FAITH, FAMILY AND OT...Show More
Letting Go: Duncan Wyndham

13:29 | Jun 7th, 2018

Duncan tells the story about letting go of his cherished older brother, Harald, and in the process, surrendering bits and pieces of himself. Duncan is a lover of life and a professional educator in the Portland State Graduate School of Education. ...Show More
Waving Red Flags: Stefanie Brown

16:17 | Jun 7th, 2018

"I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. The world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much." ~Emery Allen Stefanie says the truth in this quote is what attracts her to storytelling; to people and thei...Show More
Flaming Pickle: Dana Brenner-Kelley

12:47 | Jun 7th, 2018

Dana is a mom, leadership/organizational coach and consultant, guesthouse proprietor, writer, singer, and right now a slave to her overgrown yard. Her story is about how our greatest gifts/challenges always get seeded in childhood. And also about a g...Show More
I Am Dinesh!: Daniel LaForce

20:30 | May 25th, 2018

A man journeys to make a pilgrimage to India., to walk in the footsteps of a master teacher....along the way, he discovers himself. Daniel LaForce comes from a strong theatrical background and spiritual practice. He's thrilled to do another Urban Te...Show More
The Custodian Of Her Memory: Robyn Ridler Aoyagi

11:36 | May 25th, 2018

With great love comes great responsibility. How do you keep someone’s memory alive after they’re gone? Robyn shares her own experience of trying to honor her beloved grandmother. Robyn is a Portland Story Theater board member. She is a mother of two...Show More
The Manilla Envelope: Katie Skurja

16:02 | May 25th, 2018

Some things in life tear you in half. Katie shares some experiences from her crazy family life and her journey toward healing the schism in her soul. Katie Skurja runs a private practice as a spiritual director/counselor with Imago Dei Ministries, wh...Show More
Almost: Chuck McConnell

13:52 | May 25th, 2018

Sometimes a simple “thumb rule,” used to make a job do- able, can lead us across red-lines we thought we’d never transgress. This story is about a blind approach to a very bright red-line. Chuck McConnell spent 42 years in behind-the-scenes public t...Show More
The Twilight Zone: Janice Archer

14:29 | May 25th, 2018

Janice has had a long and varied life—accidental college student, IRS agent, suburban housewife, medieval historian and college professor and, and for seven puzzling years, resident of the Twilight Zone while unwittingly married to a gay man. URBA...Show More
Safely Home: Debz Briske

12:17 | May 25th, 2018

Sometimes the desire to help a stranger can end up helping your self. Debz is a writer working in many genres including horror. She is a performer who currently works in health care - which give her a daily dose of horror. URBAN TELLERS May 5, ...Show More
Love That Name: Bernal Cruz

16:11 | Apr 30th, 2018

Practicing interconnectedness as spirituality has led Bernal on some pretty unforgettable adventures. Bernal migrated to the US from Guatemala in 1990 seeking asylum and now works with these populations including unaccompanied children-- it's a full ...Show More
Crossing The Forbidden Line: Nyimoch Chuol Wel

12:12 | Apr 30th, 2018

Nyimoch has chosen to abandon the hostile culture that she grew up with. It is a culture where women have no rights to choose who they marry. It’s all about the dowry. Women are seen as a piece of property to be owned by men. Nyimoch wants the freedo...Show More
Shut Up And Cry: Qin Xia

12:27 | Apr 30th, 2018

Qin is a student who is learning how to teach. She is always on the journey of learning how to get in touch with herself and find out who she is or who she wants to be. The journey is always under the two quite different cultures—the eastern cultu...Show More
Pretty Young Things: Preethi Srinivas

09:57 | Apr 30th, 2018

Preethi moved from India to United States of America three years ago to purse her masters in Electrical Engineering. Never did she think that she would find the idea of beauty preserved so differently in different parts of the world. Preethi’s story ...Show More
Secret Heart's Desire: Jiao Liu

14:47 | Apr 30th, 2018

Jiao came to America for her Masters of Education and has been a teacher in Portland. Her story touches on some of those things in life that we think we hate but that turn out to be something truly wonderful - such a surprise! And like so many things...Show More
Into The Great Wide Open: Lynn Fitch

17:36 | Apr 9th, 2018

In one’s darkest hour, in the midst of an existential crisis, sometimes the answer is provided by an old friend. “Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past.” - Mr Rogers Sticking with that Tom Petty song, Lynn thinks of herself of...Show More
My Weekend In Cleveland: Jim Waigand

16:27 | Apr 9th, 2018

An endless adventurer via volunteerism, bicycling, photography, hiking and backpacking, Jim looks through the lens of a mid-western suburban childhood at his response to death. www.facebook.com/IJAdventures URBAN TELLERS March 2, 2018 A FLASH O...Show More
Dancing With The Afro-Cuban All Stars: Frank Engel

16:11 | Apr 9th, 2018

This story is set in Frank’s head—and in his mother’s assisted living apartment, September, 2017. Frank spent two years as a pea-shooter target while playing sousaphone in his high school marching band. He never aspired to big brass after that experi...Show More
Finding Love In Grief: Steve Eggerts

11:58 | Apr 9th, 2018

Steve shares a story about how love can show up at the worst time in your life. Steve moved to Portland from Southern California in 1986, but don’t hold that against him. URBAN TELLERS March 2, 2018 A FLASH OF INSIGHT Steve Eggerts live at The ...Show More
Breaking The Sound Barrier: Mary Welch

14:44 | Apr 9th, 2018

When the anticipated peace of retirement is invaded by a neighbor’s sound system, all bets are off as to who will prevail. Mary is retired, living in Aloha with her husband, her dog, and her cat. Her love of art has recently found expression through ...Show More
I Am The Puppet Lady: Penny Walter

13:02 | Apr 9th, 2018

For 16 years Penny has been following her heart. Sometimes her head gets in the way. Penny loves puppets, dogs and making people laugh. Find out more at www.PennyPuppets.com URBAN TELLERS March 2, 2018 A FLASH OF INSIGHT Penny Walter live at Th...Show More
Carrying The Couch: Cindy McGean

11:15 | Mar 11th, 2018

Can love and independence co-exist? What does it mean to be cursed with cute? And where does the couch fit in anyway? Writer and educator Cindy McGean answers these questions in a Valentine to her husband and frequent creative partner, Sam. When Cind...Show More
The Gift: Sukita Reay Crimmel

13:42 | Mar 11th, 2018

Trailblazing is often Sukita's way, from a career in the earthen building industry to how she becomes a mom. It's not always easy, but there are rewards. Sukita finds joy in gardening, hiking, dancing, conversation, puzzles and telling stories. Her n...Show More
20 Years In...: Kathy Gillis

14:12 | Mar 11th, 2018

Kathy Gillis tells us a story about marriage, DIY projects, finding peace, and keeping love close. In her spare time Kathy enjoys outdoor adventures, dinner out with friends, crossfit, and DIY projects. KISS AND TELL February 10, 2018 Kathy Gilli...Show More
Keep It In Your Pants: Warren McPherson

09:50 | Mar 11th, 2018

How hard is it to NOT have sex? Turns out, not that hard. Warren wants everyone to know that he has, in fact, had sex... more than once. He's not keeping a running total or anything. If he were though...his best guess would be 467 times. Warren has t...Show More
Don't Look Down: Beth Rogers

11:45 | Mar 11th, 2018

This is the story of two lovers who embark upon what can only be described as a fool's journey. But with patience and luck they just find may their heart's desire. Beth Rogers works and plays with the most interesting people in Portland's playgrounds...Show More
Sweet, Quirky, Smart And Sexy: Beth Duckles

14:46 | Mar 11th, 2018

Looking for love is a journey - this one involves a conversation with mom, a psychic prediction and a cross-country move. Beth is a writer, researcher and ethnographer who founded an online community for women who have left academia. Any day that inc...Show More
Good Girl Breaking Free: Leah Carey

12:14 | Dec 13th, 2017

After a lifetime of being a “good girl”, this summer Leah threw out all the rules and departed on a year-long road trip around the country, landing in Portland just in time to take this class. Along the way, she has been rediscovering her long-bur...Show More
Peace And Pizza: Luis Garcia

10:53 | Dec 13th, 2017

Two close friends deal with drastic changes of life over pizza. Luis Garcia is a writer and start-up enthusiast from New York state. He is a single Father of two a documentary filmmaker and has grown to love the art of storytelling. This is his first...Show More
989 Days: Steve Eggerts

14:23 | Dec 13th, 2017

Steve arrived in Portland after being asked to leave the world’s biggest yacht club -- the United States Navy -- with 100.00 in his pockets. He walked out of the Portland airport only expecting to be here for a month or so....that was 31 years ago. T...Show More
The Only Rule I Broke: Gigi Rosenberg

08:39 | Dec 13th, 2017

When you finally put your foot down, what might happen? Gigi Rosenberg is an author, artist coach and presentation coach. “The Only Rule I Broke” is adapted from her solo performance, which you can see in January at the Fertile Ground Festival of New...Show More
Every Moment Counts: Sabina Haque

10:17 | Dec 13th, 2017

This is a personal story about honoring the memories of our loved ones, and finding ways to stay connected and build deep relationships in our often busy and stressful lives. Sabina Haque is a visual artist, a storyteller and leads community-based ar...Show More
Pain Reliever: Jessie Bond

09:33 | Dec 13th, 2017

What do you do when you can't relieve the pain for someone in your life? Jessie seeks to answer that question for herself. A former seasonal, nomadic, environmental educator from the East Coast, Jessie now works for Portland Parks & Recreation in fun...Show More
Slipped Right In: Kathy Gillis

13:35 | Dec 13th, 2017

Kathy has taken a break from that damn basement remodel to share her story of opening up to love. URBAN TELLERS December 1, 2017 STRONG LIKE ME Kathy Gillis live at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland, OR Hosted by Lynne Duddy and Lawrence...Show More
A Mother's Mantra: Marisol Batioja Kreuzer

10:48 | Nov 16th, 2017

In this story, decisions transformed a relationship between a mother and a daughter, creating a bond like no other. Marisol Kreuzer-Batioja is a professional learner and teacher who supports bilingualism across PPS schools. IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE S...Show More
No Heart To Kill: Mohammed Nabil Usrof

12:28 | Nov 16th, 2017

Mohammed was born and raised in Gaza, Palestine. As the eldest child, he was entrusted with caring for his siblings and managing the home, like most 12 year olds. Tonight, he takes us on a trip back to his childhood home, and tells us about a time at...Show More
Double - Edged Sword: Ruiyuan Gao

12:18 | Nov 16th, 2017

Ruiyuan's family kept a secret for 7 years. She has struggled with this secret for 26 years. This secret is like a scar growing within her since she was a baby. This secret is about breaking, hiding, fear, struggle, and blame; it is also about protec...Show More
Perseverance: Rodrigo Aguirre

11:59 | Nov 16th, 2017

After a lifetime journey plagued by obstacles and denial of his personal identity, Rodrigo chose to self-exile to the US 25 years ago. Through hardship and pain, he found in Portland what was necessary for him to experience a life worth living. After...Show More
Home Is Where I Don't Belong: Aristanto Bayu Aji

12:31 | Nov 16th, 2017

If people call it food, Into will most likely be up for trying it -at least once. A self-proclaimed food adventurist who once loved a life in London so much that he did not want to return home, he shares this story about how he discovered that he sho...Show More
Immigrants In Parallel: Eva Rotter-Johnson

10:10 | Nov 16th, 2017

Eva is a teacher in one of her neighborhood's schools and often runs into her students. She has noticed that many of their experiences mirror what she went through as a child. Originally from Venezuela, Eva came to the US to go to college and then st...Show More
Angels: Beth Rogers

11:14 | Oct 9th, 2017

Sometimes in our lives we receive kindness that changes us forever. “Angels” is a story about the grace of sharing knowledge and accepting guidance. Beth Rogers is a playground prophet and friend to many special people in North Portland. She believes...Show More
The Power Of A Wish: Joan-Carrol Baron

14:43 | Oct 9th, 2017

This is the story of a young girl who learns to anticipate the delight of the universe. Joan-Carrol Baron moved to Portland 27 years ago to raise a family. Today, she is a writer, a ceramicist, and an actress performing under the name of Brynn Baron....Show More
The Last Place I Knew Where I Was: Chuck McConnell

13:20 | Oct 9th, 2017

Sometimes there’s no GPS. The only way to travel is by trial and error, cut and try, look and loop back. When he isn’t telling stories, Chuck entertains himself and tortures others with an heirloom fiddle. Urban Tellers® October 6, 2017 Chuck McC...Show More
Don't Twist This: Warren McPherson

11:01 | Oct 9th, 2017

At no point in Warren's story will you hear the words "flag" or "military" or "veterans". You won't hear them because they have absolutely nothing to do with this narrative. So, please relax – and listen to the words he is actually saying. Warren...Show More
Moose Aren't Going To Eat You!: Lynn Fitch

20:21 | Oct 9th, 2017

There are two kinds of wildlife encounters in Alaska – desired and undesired. Sharing the landscape with iconic animals like bears, wolves and moose is a privilege that residents enjoy, but it can also be a dangerous and even deadly arrangement when ...Show More
Not As Planned: Kate Ristau

17:32 | Jul 26th, 2017

When we’re preparing for a big event, we make a plan. But what if things don’t go as planned? What happens next? Kate Ristau, a folklorist and author, has a plan. She’ll tell you all about it. Her middle grade book, Clockbreakers, is available online...Show More
This Is Not My Cancer Story: Stefanie Brown

16:17 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Stefanie has spent the last five years working on the delicate balance between helping others and helping herself. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker her days are filled listening to the stories of others; tonight she shares her own. Stefanie descr...Show More
The Existential Adventures Of San Francisco Blackie: Frank Engel

16:35 | Jul 22nd, 2017

Who are we once our names are taken from us? Frank Engel is currently employed part time sifting through life experiences, names, associations and fleeting identifications in an effort to understand who he is. Urban Tellers® June 2, 2017 SEASON F...Show More
Courage For Beauty: Sukita Crimmel

08:43 | Jul 17th, 2017

Sukita has been making beauty out of mud for her livelihood for the last 17 years. This muddy girl shares a story of beauty that took courage to find. www.sukita.com Urban Tellers® June 2, 2017 SEASON FINALE Sukita Crimmel live at The Fremon...Show More
My Father's Son: Daniel LaForce

17:15 | Jul 16th, 2017

Following a vision, a young man returns to Arkansas to make peace with his father, and discovers a hero. After receiving his training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC, Daniel has acted on stages across the country. He believes that laugh...Show More
From Folly To Forgiveness: Lynn Fitch

18:41 | Jul 14th, 2017

This story is about the folly of youth, when you often lack good sense, understanding and foresight, and how long the road can be to forgiveness. Lynn has had a long and successful career as a fundraiser, but now as she embarks on the second half of ...Show More
Self - Love In An Elevator: Warren McPherson

10:21 | Jun 29th, 2017

Warren McPherson “Self-Love in an Elevator” This is not a story about masturbating in a lift. This is a tale about owning up to who you are; whether it be bad, or good. Warren really wants you to know he loves telling stories, even if he comes off l...Show More
Who's Choosing?: Sharon Fennell

11:13 | Jun 29th, 2017

Sharon Fennell “Who’s Choosing?” High school dropout and professional tennis player; sporting prowess outshone education, at least in Australia. Retired from a professional tennis career and uneducated at 20 years of age Sharon found herself on a j...Show More
The Ugly Coat: Gigi Rosnberg

12:08 | Jun 29th, 2017

Gigi Rosenberg "The Ugly Coat" Last summer, Gigi found an old photograph that reminded her of a secret shopping trip she took with her father every year when she was young that has reverberated for more than 50 years. Gigi is an author, artist coac...Show More
Secret Selfies: Beth Duckles

11:31 | Jun 27th, 2017

What you think is just a secret creative project can have a much more lasting impact. In this personal story, Beth talks about how her selfie-a-day project gave her much more than she expected. Beth is an ethnographer, researcher and writer who has i...Show More
I'm Alright: David Dale

11:38 | Jun 27th, 2017

What does God expect from us? What does Mom expect? What does “perfect” mean and where do we go when we die? Stay tuned for the answers to these important questions and many more when David Dale tells “I’m Alright.” David is a native Oregonian who co...Show More
Keeping My Old Self With The New: Maria-Luisa Baragli Bevington

15:41 | Jun 27th, 2017

Maria-Luisa’s story takes us from a sense of belonging in Argentina to Portland, Oregon, where she had to pretend and adapt in order to belong. She has finally arrived at a non-geographical place where she has integrated her cultural values and histo...Show More
Moving On: Fernando (Refugio) Lopez Garcia

12:13 | Jun 26th, 2017

Urban Tellers® April 6 & 7, 2017 WE ARE ALL FROM SOMEWHERE Fernando (Refugio) Lopez Garcia live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE...Show More
Returning Home: Lynn Fitch

17:56 | Jun 26th, 2017

St. Paddy's 2017 LUCK OF THE IRISH Lynn Fitch live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU® Lynn Fitch "Returning Home" Ly...Show More
The Peddler Of Ballaghadereen: Lawrence Howard

10:17 | Jun 26th, 2017

St. Paddy's 2017 LUCK OF THE IRISH Lawrence Howard live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU® Lawrence Howard, "The Pe...Show More
Ms. Rogers' Neighborhood: Beth Rogers

10:39 | Jun 26th, 2017

St. Paddy's 2017 LUCK OF THE IRISH Beth Rogers live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, Oregon Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU® Beth Rogers, "Ms. Rogers' Neig...Show More
Goddess Of The Flame: Lynne Duddy

11:57 | Jun 15th, 2017

A recovering Catholic, Lynne still carries the hope of being saved from the gritty struggle of life by blind faith or by magic. Brigid – saint and goddess -- has always inspired her to live boldly. St. Paddy's March 10, 2017 LUCK OF THE I...Show More
When Logic Fails: Amy Clemons Körmendy

10:54 | Jun 7th, 2017

Sometimes even the fiercely independent and eminently rational face the need for a new source of wisdom. Amy recounts the startling discovery that she could not, in fact, solve every problem herself. Although she embraces the chaotic joy of parenting...Show More
Emergency One Game Changer: Philip Lund

09:19 | Jun 7th, 2017

Philip immigrated to the United States for love at age 22, with absolutely no career plans. He got inspired by a TV program and it changed his life direction drastically. He has realized the dream of a better life enriched by purpose and meaning. ...Show More
In Between Two Worlds: Yashar Vasef

15:30 | Jun 7th, 2017

Since childhood, Yashar has tackled issues of identity. Most importantly, he is coming to grips with the empowerment that comes through owning a label. Yashar is currently Operations and Development Manager at Portland Story Theater and volunteers ...Show More
That Voice: Lily Ningsih-Waldman

12:50 | Jun 6th, 2017

Lily came to America with limited skills in English. In her journey from ESL classes at PCC to graduating with high honors from Lewis & Clark College, she discovered something about herself that had been long suppressed, and she is here to share it w...Show More
I Am More Than The Pieces Of My Identity: Zahar Akubar

16:01 | Jun 6th, 2017

Zahra is a mother of three and a Public Health Educator with a passion for community development and social justice. People always say, “It is just politics; don’t take it personal.” But for my family the current political climate is very personal! I...Show More
The Healing: Daniel LaForce

15:36 | Jun 5th, 2017

After an accident, Daniel, as a young man, goes through the ups and downs of the healing process through alternative means. In addition to being a theater artist, he considers himself to be a "mystic" traveler, being led to one lesson after another. ...Show More
Courage For Beauty: Sukita Crimmel

07:52 | Jun 5th, 2017

Sukita has been making beauty out of mud for her livelihood for the last 17 years. This muddy girl shares a story of beauty that took courage to find. www.sukita.com Urban Tellers® March 3, 2017 TURNING POINT Sukita Crimmel live at The Fremon...Show More
Bring On The Rain: Amanda Rain

10:11 | Jun 5th, 2017

There are times when life's journey opens to allow us to touch the tender places and wash the pain of the past with the rains of new beginnings. Amanda founded Speaking the Unspeakable® and teaches effective communication to inspire courage and empow...Show More
Accidental Immigrant: Eva Rotter-Johnson

11:51 | Jun 5th, 2017

Ever since the election, Eva has been wrestling with the labels society bestows on its members and what it means to be an immigrant in this country today. Urban Tellers® March 3, 2017 TURNING POINT Eva Rotter-Johnson live at The Fremont Theater ...Show More
The Voice: Michael Griggs

11:38 | Jun 5th, 2017

Michael has worked in the theater and the performing arts for fifty years. As a teacher of young actors, he tries to help them find their authentic voices. He has always dreamed of great adventures, and creating great theater. But sometimes you have ...Show More
How I Became A Psychiatrist: Julie Rosenberg

10:54 | Jun 5th, 2017

Julie is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice. Her last name is Rosenberg. What more could there be to this story? Urban Tellers® March 3, 2017 TURNING POINT Julie Rosenberg live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, OR Portland S...Show More
Love Outside The Box: Stefanie Brown

16:26 | Feb 15th, 2017

Social Worker by day Storyteller by night, Stefanie's life has been an experience built on narrative, both listening and sharing. Tonight she tells her story of love found, love experienced and love that never went away. KISS AND TELL February ...Show More
The Second Time Around: Frank Engel

14:01 | Feb 15th, 2017

Sometimes love is unexpectedly revealed in an ecstatic and intuitive moment. Sometimes it gets lost or forgotten in the distractions of our lives; but it is there, in us, always waiting to be recovered or reclaimed and to connect us to the world. Fra...Show More
The Last David: Donna Zerner

13:03 | Feb 15th, 2017

Based on her rocky dating history, Donna would’ve never guessed that she’d someday have a relationship worth telling a story about. Donna is a writer and storyteller, a creator of stealth nature mandalas, and a recovering perfectionist. Lately she sp...Show More
Double Tap: Amanda Trudell

19:12 | Feb 15th, 2017

When she’s not recounting youthful follies to a roomful of strangers, Amanda hoards cats, swans about the house wearing a massive turban, and drinks bathtub gin in the daytime. Or something like that. Her story tonight delves into the absurdity of th...Show More
The Dark Before The Dawn: Warren McPherson

11:30 | Feb 15th, 2017

There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. That might be all well and good, but what if we make for ourselves a real shit show? Warren tells a tale about his fate and what he made for himself. It's sad and dark and, at times, pitiful. Happy Val...Show More
The Keeper Of His Things: Kate Raphael

16:19 | Feb 15th, 2017

Kate Raphael comes to storytelling with the belief that our greatest connections in life happen when we have the guts to share our truths. She finds that sharing her stories in public is the most challenging, scariest, and rewarding practice there is...Show More
Message From The Grave: Cynthia Hofmann

12:21 | Feb 15th, 2017

Cynthia came to Portland Story Theater through their one-day Storytelling Bootcamp and she was hooked. Her story this evening is about her relationship with her father. Sometimes we want more from people than they are capable of giving and we need to...Show More
Into The Mist: Lynne Duddy

12:02 | Feb 15th, 2017

Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lynne draws from her rich repertoire of personal experience to create narrative programs for people from all walks of life. She also coaches individuals and conducts workshops in storytelling throughout the Pacific ...Show More
Stepping Out: Lauren Gross

12:39 | Feb 15th, 2017

Growing up in a suburb of Portland, Lauren had always longed to see the world. After many years of feeling stifled, she finally took the decision to leave home. This is the story of her first hitchhiking adventure and the insights that resulted. Laur...Show More
November 6, 2000: Warren McPherson

12:51 | Feb 15th, 2017

Over and over, we will tell the same stories about the same people; not because we love them any more, but because they are clearer. November 6, 2000 is a story about someone that Warren loved and a moment when it all became clear. Warren is a stay-a...Show More
Kissing The Crown: Leigh Hancock

12:48 | Feb 15th, 2017

To be fifteen, in Paris, with the man you love: what could be better? Or worse? Leigh Hancock’s wanderlust began on a high school trip to Europe. It carried her from her humble roots in Hueytown, Alabama around the world (a couple of times), before l...Show More
Fairy Tale: Beth Rogers

11:49 | Feb 15th, 2017

Remember that folk tale about the ugly duckling? Well, that resonated with Beth as she was growing up. But by the time she was in high school, a magical friendship helped turn her into the swan that she always was. Beth Rogers is a playground prophet...Show More
Home: Penny Walter

15:43 | Feb 15th, 2017

A place I didn't think I would ever return. Penny loves to tell stories with her puppets and travel the world. Her two favorite things are baking cookies and taking walks with her dog. Find out more about Penny at www.pennyspuppets.com Urban Telle...Show More
Playing With Matches: Howard Bulick

09:53 | Feb 15th, 2017

Could there be a connection between marshmallows, little boys and firefighters? Find out as Howard Bulick tells the story of young adventure and a mother's really bad day. Howard hails from the Columbia River Gorge and is very excited to be back with...Show More
Where's The Trail?: Rain Crowe

13:32 | Dec 20th, 2016

Tonight Rain shares a story of her lost & found journey – within and without – that was guided by the stars and a 45-pound beagle called Sagan. She is a Portland-based educator and mediator, a facilitator of spirit-spoken group processes and learning...Show More
The Dance: Ellen Wolfson

16:22 | Dec 20th, 2016

This is a story about what happens in your life when you're asked to dance, but the steps don't match the beat. Ellen is a bridge builder — a social worker by trade and a community builder by nature. Recently retired from a 35 year career as faculty ...Show More
Let It Shine: Kathy Gillis

12:40 | Dec 20th, 2016

A coming-of-age story about playing the hand you are given, making choices and discovering light. Kathy loves carrot cake and enjoys kayaking. She believes that laughter is a cure-all and the world needs more of it. Urban Tellers DECEMBER 2, 2016...Show More
Unstuck: Chuck McConnell

12:18 | Dec 20th, 2016

Trapped in a holding pattern at work, Chuck McConnell realized that something had to change. He set a new course, in an unexpected direction, and enroute rediscovered his greatest strengths. Chuck McConnell served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukra...Show More
From Sangha To Solitude: Kristin Schroeder

15:54 | Dec 20th, 2016

Kristin Schroeder’s story is about the dissolution of a Sangha (spiritual community) and the redemption of redefining God. But she keeps her sense of humor close by her side, recognizing that her hairdo is sometimes mistaken for a chinchilla. Urba...Show More
From Folly To Forgiveness: Lynn Fitch

13:55 | Dec 20th, 2016

Urban Tellers July, 2017 FROM FOLLY TO FORGIVENESS Lynn Fitch live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU. This story is about...Show More
Sometimes Things Don't Go As Planned: Kate Ristau

11:40 | Dec 17th, 2016

When we’re preparing for a big event, we make a plan. But what if things don’t go as planned? What happens next? Kate Ristau, a folklorist and author, has a plan. She’ll tell you all about it. Her middle grade book, Clockbreakers, is also featured at...Show More
Stand Up: Gigi Rosenberg

10:01 | Dec 17th, 2016

Gigi discovers how to break the curse of a family secret. Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, performer, and artist coach. Her writing has been published by Seal Press and Psychology Today and she’s performed at Seattle’s On The Boards and been a guest comm...Show More
My Big Fat Dysfunctional Wedding: Jamie Houghton

09:29 | Dec 17th, 2016

Jamie Shanahan, who uses her maiden name as her pen name, works for three dogs named Moo, Pup Pup and Potato. Her secret talents include juggling and making Key Lime pie. This story is about how opposites attract, and it ends - as all comedies do - w...Show More
Indian Burns: Jessica Mehta

10:23 | Dec 17th, 2016

Jessica is a poet, novelist, and owner of the award- winning company MehtaFor: Writing and Editing. She’s a member of the Cherokee Nation, a yoga teacher and founder of the Get it Ohm! karmic yoga movement, and teaches writing workshops around the co...Show More
Peering In: Rachel Miller-Howard

13:39 | Dec 17th, 2016

This is a road trip tale about fallibility, aimlessness, misdirection, and a nasty man. It’s also about friendship, nachos, and tumbleweeds. Rachel is a fried food aficionado, and loves jumping into cold bodies of water. Urban Tellers NOVEMBER 4,...Show More
Into The Mist: Lynne Duddy

11:40 | Dec 16th, 2016

Lynne Duddy is a storyteller who creates captivating stories that draw listeners into the realm of real life. Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lynne draws from her rich repertoire of personal experience to create narrative programs for people from ...Show More
Night On The Island: Lawrence Howard

18:15 | Dec 16th, 2016

Lawrence Howard is a storyteller, an armchair adventurer, an authority on the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration, and the self-proclaimed but undisputed Barbecue King of Nassau County, New York. He also knows hundreds of dirty limericks and will rec...Show More
Kissing The Crown: Leigh Hancock

11:24 | Oct 19th, 2016

To be fifteen, in Paris, with the man you love: what could be better? Or worse? Leigh Hancock’s wanderlust began on a high school trip to Europe. It carried her from her humble roots in Hueytown, Alabama around the world (a couple of times), before l...Show More
Fairy Tale: Beth Rogers

10:40 | Oct 19th, 2016

Remember that folk tale about the odd duckling? Well, that resonated with Beth as she was growing up. But by the time she was in high school, a magical friendship helped turn her into the swan that she always was. On The Road Series SEPTEMBER 30,...Show More
November 6, 2000: Warren McPherson

12:13 | Oct 19th, 2016

Over and over, we will tell the same stories about the same people; not because we love them any more, but because they are clearer. November 6, 2000 is a story about someone that Warren loved and a moment when it all became clear. Warren is a stay-a...Show More
There's A Tie In My Soup: Lawrence Howard

11:00 | Oct 19th, 2016

Lawrence Howard loves telling stories, reading about the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration, brewing his own ginger ale, and reciting dirty limericks. There's A Tie In My Soup is a story about a youthful misadventure and a grandmother's love. On ...Show More
Home: Penny Walter

14:20 | Oct 19th, 2016

A place I didn't think I would ever return. Penny loves to tell stories with her puppets and travel the world. Her two favorite things are baking cookies and taking walks with her dog. Find out more about Penny at www.pennyspuppets.com On The Road...Show More
Nature Girl: Lynne Duddy

07:27 | Oct 19th, 2016

Lynne Duddy is a science junkie, a lover of African music and a co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Lynne’s story explores the balance between nurture and nature and what determines who we are. Find out more about Lynne at www.lynneduddy.com/ On...Show More
Playing With Matches: Howard Bulick

10:01 | Oct 19th, 2016

Could there be a connection between marshmallows, little boys and firefighters? Find out as Howard Bulick tells the story of young adventure and a mother's really bad day. Howard hails from the Columbia River Gorge and is very excited to be back with...Show More
The Existential Adventures Of San Francisco Blackie: Frank Engel

14:08 | Oct 18th, 2016

Who are we once our names are taken from us? Frank Engel is currently employed part time sifting through life experiences, names, associations and fleeting identifications in an effort to understand who he is. Urban Tellers OCTOBER 7, 2016 PARADI...Show More
This Is Not My Cancer Story: Stefanie Brown

14:22 | Oct 18th, 2016

Stefanie has spent the last four years working on the delicate balance between helping others and helping herself. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker her days are filled listening to the stories of others; Stefanie describes battling an escalator, ...Show More
The Quest: Donna Zerner

14:17 | Oct 18th, 2016

Donna Zerner tells about a rite of passage experience that doesn’t quite go the way she’d anticipated. Donna is a publishing consultant who loves to read, hike, and explore spiritual wisdom. She’s excited to be telling her fourth story with Portla...Show More
The Phone Call: Ken Aaron

13:02 | Oct 18th, 2016

Ken is a photographer in Portland who is trying something new, telling story with words rather than pictures. His story captures that moment when your world moves into uncharted territory with no compass and no map. Urban Tellers OCTOBER 7, 2016 ...Show More
Outta My Head: Maura Conlon

10:10 | Oct 18th, 2016

Maura Conlon loves science and intellectual humor. She grew up in Los Angeles, lived in NYC, and has been an Oregonian for two decades--both in Portland and Eugene. Maura holds a PhD in Psychology and is a Los Angeles Times bestselling memoirist. Her...Show More
Searching: John Mink

13:46 | Oct 18th, 2016

Urban Tellers OCTOBER 7, 2016 PARADIGM SHIFTS John Mink live at The Fremont Theater in Portland, OR Portland Story Theater, hosted by Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy pdxstorytheater.org MAY THE NARRATIVE BE WITH YOU.
Vera's Story

07:58 | Oct 5th, 2016

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Kateshia Pendergrass: Long Exposure

13:59 | Jun 29th, 2016

Description: The perfect life, like the perfect picture, takes time to develop. Only after our eyes have adjusted to the complex chemistry can we recognize our true selves and the masterpiece we’ve created. In this story, Kateshia tells us how she fo...Show More
Allen Brown: The Day I Started To Love

14:50 | Jun 29th, 2016

Allen retired last year from the Portland Veterans Health Care System, and is now busy creating a second life for himself through stand-up comedy, writing, storytelling and spending time with his spouse. Allen’s philosophy: 'You're only given one lit...Show More
Howard Bulick: He Lied About His Age

13:23 | Jun 29th, 2016

Howard lives in the Columbia Gorge and has always worked with his hands to make a living. He is excited to be back with Urban Tellers, crafting stories and making new friends. In this story he explores what it is like to use your hands to try and sav...Show More
Julie Rosenberg: Fierce Sitting

10:09 | Jun 29th, 2016

Julie Rosenberg is a psychiatrist and has called Portland home for the past 15 years. Her story takes place during a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat. She believes in, reads about, and encourages others to meditate. Julie, herself, is overdue to m...Show More
Tom Pavlik: Can You Handle The Truth?

11:41 | Jun 29th, 2016

Sometimes the tools we use to cope with life’s challenges create their own challenges. The line between mind over matter and the absolute truth can be murky: how does one navigate that line for long-term survival/success? After seven years in Hood Ri...Show More
Laur Ebone: Love And Hardship In The Time Of Ebola

09:57 | Jun 29th, 2016

Laur is a charming Midwestern girl who uprooted and moved to Oregon two years ago. She identifies as a dream chaser, a traveling overachiever who's figuring it out on the fly. Laur joins us tonight to share that time she lived amidst an epidemic whil...Show More
Gillian Summers: My Mum Myself

16:13 | Jun 1st, 2016

Gillian started nursing when she was eighteen at Walton Hospital, Liverpool. The same hospital her mum started her nurse training when she was eighteen. Like her mum Gillian dreamt of traveling the world and emigrating to America, unlike her mum Gill...Show More
Jim Fairchild: Margaret Swanson Is A Bitch

13:56 | Jun 1st, 2016

Jim's past life included In-Game Entertainment work for the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos before moving to the Pacific NW to start a coffee catering company. Jim has also had MS (Margaret Swanson) for 18 years. Although his nerves may be discon...Show More
Donna Zerner: The Shadow Behind The Light

15:42 | Jun 1st, 2016

Donna is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant who has worked behind the scenes in the spiritual/self-help field for over 30 years. As she’s learned, there are sometimes huge gaps between spiritual leaders' public personas and their private beh...Show More
Brad Clark: There's Only One You!

12:35 | Jun 1st, 2016

Brad Clark is an office manager, community organizer, artist, author, and humorous speaker. He is also the VP of Everything at the Naked Sheep Knit Shop. Brad says he may or may not be ADD, but is certainly Multi-Passionate. Besides all the usual stu...Show More
Julian Blankenship: Third Time's A Charm

11:58 | May 2nd, 2016

This is Julian’s story about conquering an addiction. You know, when was the last time you were hooked on something... or someone? A good night for Julian is when friends are gathered with a crisp pinot grigio and good tunes. Hey, let’s take a walk a...Show More
Eliza Livingston: Living A Dream, Dreaming A Life

12:46 | May 2nd, 2016

Eliza tells a story of navigating cancer and chemo through dreams shared in many forms. She does not like being the center of attention but is here tonight even so. She likes to travel, especially by kayak or sailboat. Eliza loves Puccini and Gilbert...Show More
Cooper Solano: Life! Life! You've Got To Live Your Life!

11:47 | May 2nd, 2016

Cooper’s story is about real life, except he is wearing a mask. He likes music that has a good laugh at the world. He also loves cartoons. URBAN TELLERS April 9, 2016 LIVING ON THE EDGE Cooper Solano on stage at Alberta Abbey for live storytelli...Show More
Amber Panduro: In It To Win It

07:13 | May 2nd, 2016

Amber’s story is about how she overcame her fear of going fast and ended up finding herself. She loves her family with all her heart and loves to try new things and go to new places. URBAN TELLERS April 9, 2016 LIVING ON THE EDGE Amber Panduro o...Show More
Beth Rogers: This Bud's For You

13:05 | May 2nd, 2016

Beth Rogers is one of Portland Story Theater's favorite Urban Tellers® and tonight she’s telling a story about how people we love never really leave us. Beth Rogers comes from a clan of feisty “Pittsburgh Irish” and she loves telling stories, paintin...Show More
Lynne Duddy: Kissed By Kennedy

08:27 | May 2nd, 2016

The founder of Portland Story Theater, Lynne Duddy is a real Irishwoman and can trace her family's ancestry back to the last pagan king of Ireland. Lynne’s storytelling has been described by The Oregonian as "raw, revealing, and vulnerable" and the ...Show More
Lawrence Howard: Finn MacCumhail And The Salmon Of Knowledge

09:28 | May 2nd, 2016

Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lawrence Howard is not a real Irishman, but he'd like to play one on TV. And, he's been to Ireland twice... that ought to count for something, right? Lawrence is best known for his Armchair Adventurer series, which ...Show More
Innisfree: Set Of Jigs

03:30 | May 2nd, 2016

Jim Loewenherz and Brenda Scearcy are a husband and wife team performing traditional Irish music together as Innisfree. Brenda and Jim have played Irish music together for many years. They lead workshops and private lessons, play concerts and wedding...Show More
Brian Ó hAirt: The Rights Of Man

08:36 | May 2nd, 2016

Brian Ó hAirt is a veritable treasure trove of all things Irish right here in Portland. He is a singer, a concertina player, a penny whistler, a sean nos ("old time," or traditional) dancer, and a fluent speaker of the Irish language. He teaches Iris...Show More
Brian Ó hAirt: Johnny Seoighe

13:26 | May 2nd, 2016

Brian Ó hAirt is a veritable treasure trove of all things Irish right here in Portland. He is a singer, a concertina player, a penny whistler, a sean nos ("old time," or traditional) dancer, and a fluent speaker of the Irish language. He teaches Iris...Show More
Innisfree: Bogie's Bonnie Belle

06:03 | May 2nd, 2016

Jim Loewenherz and Brenda Scearcy are a husband and wife team performing traditional Irish music together as Innisfree. Brenda and Jim have played Irish music together for many years. They lead workshops and private lessons, play concerts and wedding...Show More
Lawrence Howard: Irish Limericks

05:11 | May 2nd, 2016

Founder of Portland Story Theater, Lawrence Howard is not a real Irishman, but he'd like to play one on TV. And, he's been to Ireland twice... that ought to count for something, right? Lawrence is best known for his Armchair Adventurer series, which ...Show More
Warren McPherson: The Blind Loving The Blind

08:46 | Feb 17th, 2016

Warren McPherson falls in love at a young age and then wastes his prime crush years on the same girl. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Warren McPherson live at the Alberta Abbey
Raahi Reddy: Powerful Sticks And Magical Thinking

12:58 | Feb 17th, 2016

Raahi dates Darth Vader, and the force is not strong with her. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Raahi Reddy live at the Alberta Abbey
Lynne Duddy: Not My Type

12:41 | Feb 17th, 2016

Lynne tells us about the love path she traveled to arrive at moment under the mistletoe, a moment that would eventually change her life. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Lynne Duddy live at the Alberta Abbey
Amanda Starr: Bill, My Uterus And Me

15:13 | Feb 17th, 2016

Amanda Starr's uterus suddenly comes to life and starts to take over her relationship. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Amanda Starr live at the Alberta Abbey
Eric Stern: The 19-Year-Old Virgin

13:37 | Feb 17th, 2016

Eric Stern tells about his first time. Yes, his first time doing the deed! KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Eric Stern live at the Alberta Abbey
Lawrence Howard: Seven Minutes In Heaven

11:39 | Feb 17th, 2016

Lawrence Howard tells about intimate experiences in the tiny bathroom in his parents den. KISS & TELL February 13, 2016 Lawrence Howard live at the Alberta Abbey
Frank Engel: High In The Pyrenees

12:27 | Jan 12th, 2016

This is a story about seeing things as they seem to be and seeing them as they are. Frank has been telling himself stories all his life. He wants to share this one because it's true. URBAN TELLERS December 12, 2015 COMMIT Frank Engel on stage at...Show More
Mayah Frank: It's Only Water

10:55 | Jan 12th, 2016

Advanced whitewater kayaking is a high adrenaline, committing sport requiring serious technical skill. Pressing forward through fear and uncertainty to experience the bliss of dropping off a waterfall is one of the most fulfilling and addictive accom...Show More
Samuel Routh: You Need Help

12:45 | Jan 12th, 2016

Sam is an up and coming professional storyteller, musician and writer. He can be found at almost any storytelling venue here in Portland. In this story not knowing is one thing, but feeling guilty for it is a different kind of beast, especially when ...Show More
Lynn Fitch: Heeding The Call Of My Heart

18:24 | Jan 12th, 2016

Following your dreams is difficult and complicated, when you are burdened with the conditioning and belief systems of your up-bringing. But sometimes love can show the way. Lynn Fitch is a Boomer, daily confronting aging, not always gracefully, but ...Show More
Bruce Livingston: Local Knowledge

18:10 | Jan 12th, 2016

In August 1996 Bruce embarked on a 350+ mile solo kayak trip around the north half of Vancouver Island. Things didn’t always go as planned. Bruce has lived and worked in Lonerock, Oregon, Shiraz and Shahinshahr, Iran, the Katmai Coast of Alaska, and...Show More
Talen Nicolai Moe: Rock Candy Season

08:52 | Jan 12th, 2016

As a child, Talen was very skeptical about the outdoors. So his mom had to work extra hard for an excursion to “hovedøya.” But boy was it worth it! This is Talen’s 10th time on the PST stage. URBAN TELLERS December 12, 2015 COMMIT Talen Ni...Show More
Chuck McConnell: May The Circle Be Unbroken

13:29 | Nov 18th, 2015

As a mediator, Chuck McConnell helps people in conflict open doors that separate them. His story is about opening a long-closed door that separated him...from himself, and joined a broken circle. URBAN TELLERS November 14, 2015 TAKING THE LEAP ...Show More
Kate Raphael: The Before And The After

14:33 | Nov 18th, 2015

Kate's an artist and filmmaker who has produced over 100 stories for dozens of foundations and nonprofits over the past five years. But there's one story she's never told: her own. She has the raw footage at the ready: reels and reels of Super 8s res...Show More
Teresa Schader: Bring It On

12:08 | Nov 18th, 2015

We are what we come from. But what if you want more? Am I worthy of more? Teresa shares her ah-ha moment of how she has become of those people she has always admired. Teresa grew up in the 70s in a Catholic family in the Midwest. She's enjoyed pushin...Show More
Chetter Galloway: Pride

13:06 | Nov 18th, 2015

Free room! Free board! Free vacation! Sound good? Not quite! Try 48 hours of Hell! A story of how spending a night in jail can change the course of your life. Chetter is an adventurer, explorer, traveler & professional storyteller. Visit him at www.c...Show More
Deborah Byrne: Living While Drowning

17:22 | Nov 18th, 2015

Living While Drowning; from being knocked out of a sailboat in the Columbia to surviving the rapids of the Grand Canyon. A recent graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Deborah is an advocate for the rights of people who are blind, ...Show More
Cheryl Green: You Change Me

09:18 | Nov 18th, 2015

Sometimes seeing yourself reflected in someone else can spark a change you've been unwilling to make on your own. Cheryl is a filmmaker, blogger, podcaster, and Closed Captioner. She focuses on personal narrative for social justice from a disability ...Show More
Crazy by Meoneo

05:27 | Oct 29th, 2015

"Crazy" is an original song by Werner Krotz-Vogel (guitar) and Claudia Huismann (vocals) from their latest CD album, Spring. This song was played live at Portland Story Theater in Portland, Oregon. Let it carry you away. Performed at the Alberta Abbe...Show More
Sam A. Mowry: Spirits Of The Dead, by Edgar Allen Poe

04:43 | Oct 27th, 2015

Sam A. Mowry is an American actor and voice-artist and the Founder and Director of the Willamette Radio Workshop, an award winning audio theater company that preserves the history of radio theatre with re-creations or re-imaginings of classic radio p...Show More
Mary Welch: Whiteout

14:33 | Oct 27th, 2015

A road trip back to college turns frightening when Mary and her roommate are stranded in a winter storm that is only the beginning of their troubles. Recently retired, Mary can usually be found in her art studio, painting and doing book illustrations...Show More
Lawrence Howard: Black Dog

13:04 | Oct 27th, 2015

Real dogs don't have glowing red eyes like the devil, right? Okay, so ....... what was it that chased him through the frozen streets of a small town in upstate New York that winter night so long ago? Lawrence Howard is an armchair adventurer, a lover...Show More
Annie La Ganga: Italian Ghosts

12:27 | Oct 27th, 2015

Some Italian ghosts are scary and some are just hungry. Annie La Ganga is a writer and storyteller. She is the author of the memoir, Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints (Red Hen Press, 2009) and a founding member of The Grownup Lady Story Company. Vis...Show More
Lynne Duddy: Dreamland

07:40 | Oct 27th, 2015

Lynne Duddy is a science junkie, a lover of African music, and co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Tonight she tells a story about connection and lucid dreaming. Find out more about Lynne and her work at http://www.lynneduddy.com/ SPELLBOUND OC...Show More
Tim Stapleton: Luke

10:15 | Oct 27th, 2015

Tim Stapleton is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow living in Portland, Oregon. He has performed with Portland Story Theater in Urban Tellers®, is an author, painter, actor and award-winning set designer. Tim draws upon an extraordinary experie...Show More
Howard Bulick: Migration

13:51 | Sep 29th, 2015

How do arbitrary boundaries affect lives? This is a story about struggles to cross those boundaries. Howard migrated from San Jose California to Trout Lake Washington, returned to California and came back to Washington. He has worked as a firefighter...Show More
Jackie McManus: Don't Be Fooled

12:30 | Sep 28th, 2015

Jackie tells the story of growing up with her younger brother and becoming unexpectedly caught between grief and disbelief. Jackie has worked as a Library Director and now as a public school teacher as she works on a book of poetry called ‘The Earthm...Show More
Megan Farrell: When You Travel, You Are Never Alone

11:47 | Sep 28th, 2015

Megan is a teacher in Hood River. She has been in several plays at Columbia Center for the Arts, but this is her first experience with storytelling. She will be sharing a story about her journey away from the familiar can bring us closer to ourselves...Show More
Ann Harris: Showing Up

17:19 | Sep 28th, 2015

Late night calls, driving the Gorge, and how one woman’s ideas of what it means to live and die well were changed in a year. When asked where she is from, Ann Harris proudly states Hood River, Oregon. She and her husband and two kids have lived here ...Show More
Mari Matthias: Finding The Waterfall

14:55 | Sep 28th, 2015

Telling about a hike in Papua New Guinea, Mari is a wife, mother, singer, writer, and teacher, and is enjoying the journey. URBAN TELLERS November 15, 2014 BEING PRESENT Mari Matthias on stage at the Columbia Center for the Arts for live storyte...Show More
Howard Bulick: Dressing And Undressing At The Guthrie

10:50 | Sep 28th, 2015

If you had to choose between a life in the mountains or the Broadway theater what would it be? Explore the difference between starlight and stage-light in this glimpse backstage. Howard Bulick lives, loves and laughs in the Columbia Gorge. You may ...Show More
John Mink: My Portland Girl

10:30 | Sep 16th, 2015

Is there still magic in this jaded world? Something he didn't know he had until he did what he did. Then he found out he always had, but would have never known. John Mink is making his debut on the Portland Story Theater Mainstage with this special s...Show More
Warren McPherson: The Funk And Fatherhood

09:27 | Sep 16th, 2015

Like a bug to the bug-zapper, oft-times things find their demise in the object they are most attracted to. Warren is currently being destroyed by the very thing he loves more than anything else in this world. It is all very straightforwardly confusin...Show More
Lawrence Howard: Have Ladder, Will Travel

17:09 | Sep 16th, 2015

Lawrence Howard is an armchair adventurer, a lover of limericks, and a co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Until recently, he lived a double life as a mild-mannered paralegal by day, super storyteller by night! Have Ladder, Will Travel is the story...Show More
Penny Walter: Never Alone

14:27 | Sep 16th, 2015

An over active imagination has its pros and cons. Penny is a full time puppeteer and storyteller and has been since 2002. When she is not playing with her dolls she loves to bake cookies, garden and cook with her Crockpot. FOUNDERS, FRIENDS AND F...Show More
Lynne Duddy: Forever Friend

11:12 | Sep 16th, 2015

Lynne Duddy is a science junkie, a lover of African music, and a co-founder of Portland Story Theater. Adopted as a baby, this became one of the pivotal events of her life. Tonight she tells of a story about connection, forgiveness, and the complexit...Show More
Leigh Hancock: Peaches

12:15 | Sep 16th, 2015

As both writer and storyteller, Leigh Hancock is fascinated with how our memories and stories shape who we are. Hailing all the way from the Columbia Gorge, she is thrilled to be doing her fifth story with Portland Story Theater! FOUNDERS, FRIEND...Show More
Talen Nikolai Moe: My Best Dad

12:12 | Sep 14th, 2015

“Hey... is your grandfather a wizard?” is what the kids at school asked me when I was six years old. Now 20 years later, I can confidently say, “Yes! As a matter of fact, he is.” This is my story about my hilarious, charming grandfather and what he m...Show More
Veronica Swehla: Channeling Grandma Bertha

13:38 | Sep 14th, 2015

Reflecting the on the memories of a grandmother who she never understood, Veronica realizes that she has a lot more in common with her Abuela Bertha than she ever imagined. Veronica is a barber working in NW Portland who managed the Arts and Music Fe...Show More
Samuel Willoughby: A White Quetzal

11:26 | Sep 14th, 2015

Samuel Willoughby (Samiel Willowbee) is a student of life and still waiting to graduate. But at least he’s not in debt ;-) Each classroom has been in a different neighborhood of Portland, from the Pearl to Nob Hill to St. John’s. Only one class remai...Show More
Daniel LaForce: The Show Goes On

21:00 | Sep 14th, 2015

A young actor gets derailed by a femme fatale and his life is changed forever. Daniel has "trod the boards" in theaters around the country and made Portland his home six years ago. It was the wisest move of his life... he loves it! Daniel LaForce is ...Show More
Raahi Reddy: Our Lady Don't Break

14:42 | Jun 26th, 2015

Bullies suck. But every day people muster the energy to stand up, even when faced with imminent danger. Raahi has spent twenty years working as a union organizer helping workers stand up for their rights and wanted to explore what compels her to stan...Show More
Corrine Ranard: Learning To Crawl

13:51 | Jun 26th, 2015

This is a story is about a healer learning to take her own medicine and that the biggest changes come from some very small beginnings. Corrine Ranard is a licensed massage therapist in Beaverton. She loves working with people and listening to their ...Show More
Peggy Doherty: The Long Journey To Forgiveness

15:32 | Jun 26th, 2015

Peggy Doherty experienced her Dad’s PTSD and grew up believing that if she were perfect, he would not treat her so unlovingly. After a lifetime of minimizing her feelings of judgement, shame, and blame, Peggy has now arrived at a moment of forgivenes...Show More
Heidi Yorkshire: 143 Square Feet

12:49 | Jun 26th, 2015

Heidi has always found a way to tell stories -- in her current incarnation as a secular Celebrant, officiating at weddings and other life transitions; as a journalist; and as a singer and guitarist. This story takes Heidi and her parents from zip cod...Show More
Mark Cooper: On The Verge Of Possibility

13:53 | May 17th, 2015

Mark is a professional investor and a purveyor of dry wit. His career has taken him from Westwood to Wall Street to the Willamette. He grew up in the flatlands of Central California, and tonight's story recounts the last few weeks of his high school ...Show More
Steve Laskey: Paranormal Patriarch

11:54 | May 17th, 2015

The story of how a classic capitalist and digital thinker learned that love and support comes in ways and forms that are not always black and white. Steve had a long successful career in technology sales and making a profit. He is now engaged in more...Show More
Amanda Starr: Bill, My Uterus And Me

13:39 | May 17th, 2015

An unexpected change in priorities creates a relationship crisis that ultimately brings Amanda and her husband closer together. A psychologist in private practice, Amanda spends her free time riding horses, lounging on the couch with her dogs, and ha...Show More
Rich McPherson: The Happy Ballad Of The Bicycles

11:21 | May 17th, 2015

In his 42 years on this planet, Rich has kept his eyes open long enough to know that being a grown up sometimes sucks. So does not having the right cooking utensils. But hey, not everyone is perfect. Besides being a technical writer by trade, Rich ca...Show More
Mary McGill: Remembrance

12:36 | May 17th, 2015

Mary loves people. She is dedicated to living her life with more love and connection, and to working well with their opposites. Her story shows how difficult this can be, especially with those closest to us, and in the face of difficult change and lo...Show More
Sarah Schoenfeld: My Quest For Fire

12:00 | May 17th, 2015

Tired of indirect learning, Sarah left her studies of anthropology to get tangible life experience. She left home with little more than backpack and its contents to her name, spent a year traveling, working on farms, and visiting homesteads before de...Show More
John Mink: Hare-Brained Scheme

13:03 | Apr 16th, 2015

John Mink was a grocery store meat cutter for 34 years. He raised his kids and grandkids during a 27-year marriage. Last year, he changed course and decided to seek adventure, follow his heart, and get closer to the edge. In 2013, John drove the Alas...Show More
Robyn Ridler Aoyagi: Don't Be Too Impressed With Yourself

13:03 | Apr 16th, 2015

Robyn grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, a small town that had a big impact on how she sees the world. In this story, Robyn will tell us what Roswell taught her and what she hopes to teach her own kids about expectations, opportunities, and luck. Robyn ...Show More
Tina Tau: Apprentice To The Mystery

13:38 | Apr 16th, 2015

Tina Tau would like you to tell her about your nighttime dreams, as she hopes it will lead to a rich conversation. One of her dreams led to the story she’s going to tell tonight. She’s had many jobs, including archaeological digger, bookbinder, dream...Show More
Joel Corcoran: That's Okay

14:40 | Apr 16th, 2015

Joel grew up in the Midwest, but has spent much of his adult life in Oregon. He works as an ombudsman, disgruntled attorney, non-profit consultant, and part- time adventurer. He is also a proud gamer, former scientist, and all-around nerd. Tonight, h...Show More
Julie Blankenship: My Family

12:01 | Apr 16th, 2015

Julie has worn a variety of hats. She has been a horse trainer, a flower shop employee, a pizza parlor bartender, an x-ray technician, a traveling entrepreneur, a retail shop owner and is now a surgical technician in a local hospital. Although never ...Show More
Dana Dennis: Martinis And Cheesecake

12:46 | Apr 16th, 2015

Dana, a geriatric social worker, will share the story of a woman who taught her to love in new ways and to cherish the right of others to make choices in their own lives. She has loved the art of storytelling as an audience member because it allows h...Show More
Warren McPherson: To An Athlete Dying Young

09:42 | Mar 17th, 2015

From the beginning, Warren understood and accepted the fact all things must die. Mortality was a part of life, he always said. But, then he went and got himself a good life. And now, his position on death has evolved. His new philosophy has many ins ...Show More
Julie Salmon: The Road To Kitty Hawk

13:03 | Mar 17th, 2015

Viewed by many as the trip from hell, Julie’s experience of her family’s interminable car trips created bonds strong enough for the family to make the trip again years later to bring back one of their own. Julie Salmon is a writer who also works in ...Show More
Maggie Bak: Boxed Up

14:50 | Mar 17th, 2015

When boxes get locked, you need a key to open them. Sometimes the key comes in the form of a letter. This is the third time that Maggie Bak has told with Portland Story Theater. She dedicates her stories to her dear sister, Rose, who is a constant so...Show More
Eva Rotter-Johnson: Normal

11:25 | Mar 17th, 2015

Eva has been looking for her place in the world for most of her life, and has wrestled with the question: is it better to stand-out or blend-in? She is pleased to share her experiences while searching for her ’normal’; growing up in Venezuela, going ...Show More
Willie Welch: Left Behind

12:01 | Mar 17th, 2015

Willie is retired and spends a lot of time landscaping his home; taking out high maintenance shrubbery and replacing them with perennials. He is also a self-taught artist, who enjoys creating paper sculpture. Though some of his work reflects an ethni...Show More
Edward Hershey: Kearny Street

12:19 | Mar 17th, 2015

Edward Hershey's story harkens back to an unusual incident and its aftermath at the start of a varied career that has taken him through journalism, government, higher education and labor activism. He has written books on baseball and hostage negotiat...Show More
Lynne Duddy & Lawrence Howard: One Step At A Time

13:51 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Believers in the power of true love, Lynne and Lawrence are the founders of Portland Story Theater. www.portlandstorytheater.com KISS AND TELL, February 14, 2015 Lynne Duddy & Lawrence Howard at the Alberta Abbey for live storytelling with Portla...Show More
Leigh Hancock: The Man You're Supposed To Marry

14:03 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Can a simple phone call change the course of your life? Is there really one single person out there for each of us? How does one know? Leigh Hancock is fortunate to work with stories in all aspects of her life: teaching, grant-writing and performing ...Show More
Kriya Kaping: Three Coins In A Fountain

18:32 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Kriya returns to Rome on the promise of romance and reunion, over a decade in the making. Kriya Kaping has enjoyed a career specializing in performance, media production and public speaking. She comes from a long line of storytellers, with the family...Show More
Eric Stern: The Birds And The Bees, Part Three

17:02 | Feb 23rd, 2015

This is a story about all that stuff that Eric still can't tell his son, even though he's now nine. Eric, known for his work with Vagabond Opera, has just launched a new company, Hungry Opera Machine. They have a show coming up, Flour, Salt, and Moon...Show More
Warren McPherson: Via Chicago

10:06 | Feb 23rd, 2015

According to ancient myth, the Greek musician Orpheus so loved his recently deceased wife he travelled to the Underworld to reclaim her. Warren is not a musician - or Greek - but he did love a woman so much he travelled to Chicago to be with her. So....Show More
Sabina Haque: The Phone Call

10:46 | Feb 9th, 2015

Sabina Zeba Haque is an artist, of South Asian descent, raised in Karachi, Pakistan, by her American mother and Pakistani father. Sabina exhibits her work throughout the States and internationally, connecting her personal experience of living ‘betwee...Show More
Michelle Reynolds: The Lost Art Of Compassion

15:39 | Feb 9th, 2015

A Canadian ex-pat, Michelle Reynolds still struggles not to put the “u” in flavor and misses Cadbury chocolate bars and socialized medicine. She is telling a story about her father, the cars he drove, and the healing power of Gordon Lightfoot – one o...Show More
Donna Zerner: Out Of My Mind

14:11 | Feb 9th, 2015

In this story, Donna struggles to discover what good — if any — can come from getting whacked upside the head, after a minor accident launches her onto a disheartening journey. Donna is a recent transplant to rainy Portland from snowy Boulder. She is...Show More
Chetter Galloway: Personal Foul, Unsportsmanlike Conduct!

16:17 | Dec 16th, 2014

In this tale of of photos, friendship, & football, Chetter experience's the beauty of one man's passion, the treasure of a true friendship, and courage in the face of adversity. Chetter is an adventurer, explorer, traveler & professional storyteller....Show More
John Mink: A Bump In The Road Less Traveled

14:11 | Dec 16th, 2014

During the summer of 2014, John worked the fishing season at a cannery in Kenai, Alaska, and found meaning in the midst of a harrowing situation. John Mink has been a meat cutter for 34 years. This year he decided to change course and live for advent...Show More
Amanda Trudell: Down The Road And Back Again

12:33 | Dec 16th, 2014

Deeply appreciative of both traveling and the absurdities of life, Amanda has found that nothing quite highlights the latter as copious amounts of the former. Tonight, she'll share a tale of (mis)adventure involving backpacking in Southeast Asia, an ...Show More
Kristina Edmunson: The Knock On The Door

10:47 | Dec 16th, 2014

Kristina once joined a circus. A political circus, that is. And, no, it wasn't an episode of the West Wing or House of Cards. A few years--and a few political campaigns later-- Kristina is still standing to tell the tale. Kristina is now back in Port...Show More
Tim Stapleton: It Was Snowing

10:37 | Dec 15th, 2014

This is a story about longing, intuition, and the silence of unconditional love. Tim Stapleton is a multi-disciplinary artist with an MFA in Creative Inquiry. He is a scenic designer and he created the set for Portland Story Theater here at the Alber...Show More
Kris Forzley: The Perfect Life

10:22 | Dec 15th, 2014

After a long career of working with our community's most vulnerable children, Kris finally got a great reward -- Michael, her amazing grandson. As he turns four, she remembers when she was four and how her own childhood in the 1950s shaped her view o...Show More
Howard Bulick: Migration

13:45 | Nov 26th, 2014

How do arbitrary boundaries affect lives? This is a story about struggles to cross those boundaries. Howard migrated from San Jose California to Trout Lake Washington, returned to California and came back to Washington. He has worked as a firefighter...Show More
Jackie McManus: Don't Be Fooled

12:21 | Nov 26th, 2014

Jackie tells the story of growing up with her younger brother and becoming unexpectedly caught between grief and disbelief. Jackie has worked as a Library Director and now as a public school teacher as she works on a book of poetry called ‘The Earthm...Show More
Megan Farrell: When You Travel, You Are Never Alone

11:38 | Nov 26th, 2014

Megan is a teacher in Hood River. She has been in several plays at Columbia Center for the Arts, but this is her first experience with storytelling. She will be sharing a story about her journey away from the familiar can bring us closer to ourselves...Show More
Lynne Duddy: 18 Years Later

12:50 | Nov 26th, 2014

This is a story of a mother and a daughter reunited after 42 years and what happens to that relationship after they have come to know one another. Lynne is the founder of Portland Story Theater and believes that sharing our stories with one another i...Show More
Ann Harris: Showing Up

17:09 | Nov 26th, 2014

Late night calls, driving the Gorge, and how one woman’s ideas of what it means to live and die well were changed in a year. When asked where she is from, Ann Harris proudly states Hood River, Oregon. She and her husband and two kids have lived here ...Show More
Mari Matthias: Finding the Waterfall

14:45 | Nov 26th, 2014

Telling about a hike in Papua New Guinea, Mari is a wife, mother, singer, writer, and teacher, and is enjoying the journey. Urban Tellers, November 2014 BEING PRESENT Mari Matthias live on stage at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River...Show More
Kara Hayes: The Girl Who Walks

14:26 | Nov 17th, 2014

Kara Hayes recently moved to Portland for graduate school and is thrilled to be a part of Portland Story Theater. She has been in several theatre and dance productions as well as poetry slams in San Diego. She dedicates her story tonight to her feet...Show More
Lynn Fitch: True Sacredness of Life

23:22 | Nov 17th, 2014

Lynn has worked as a non-profit fundraising, communications and marketing professional for more than 25 years. Her career has lead to being a world traveler, with long lasting relationships around the globe, and a continuing love and excitement for w...Show More
Laura Grimes: Public vs. Private

11:14 | Nov 17th, 2014

Laura grapples with her lifelong fear of performing in front of an audience as she explores eternal artistic questions. How deep do you go? How much do you give? And the scariest: What will you find? She is a recovering print journalist who had to le...Show More
Ryan Stroud: One Last Question

15:48 | Nov 17th, 2014

If you knew this was the last time you’d get to see someone you love, what would you make sure to ask? And more importantly, what would you make sure not to ask? Ryan Stroud returns to the Portland Story Theater stage with a story about life’s big ...Show More
Niko Moe: I'm Not Worried About It

14:36 | Nov 17th, 2014

What starts as a spectacular evening photoshoot while drinking a few brewskies turns into a federal trespassing incident. Urban Tellers, September 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Niko Moe live on stage at Hipbone Studio for live storytelling with Portlan...Show More
Jake Sullivan: Coming Home

13:42 | Nov 16th, 2014

Jake Sullivan is an incoming freshman at Colorado College. This past year he arranged a gap year that took him from the ice fields of Alaska to the Cambodian countryside. This story is about the least expected and most rewarding chapter of that year....Show More
Jack Schwab: The Time I Was A Stork

17:05 | Nov 16th, 2014

For several years, Jack Schwab was a fundraiser for an international adoption organization that sent him all over Asia. He is pleased to share this harrowing tale about one of those journeys. Jack has worked as an attorney and a fundraiser. He curre...Show More
Lacey Mulford: The Promise

12:12 | Nov 16th, 2014

Lacey is an avid lover of all things theater and is pursuing her degree at PSU with the intent to become a world famous playwright. Her story is about a promise she made to her grandfather when she was just a little girl. Urban Tellers, July 201...Show More
Niko Moe: The Ten Year Plan

10:47 | Nov 16th, 2014

Niko Moe, Architect in Training, returns to the Urban Tellers’ stage for a third time with a tale of tender promises, sweet kisses, and unmet expectations. Urban Tellers, July 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Talen Nikolai (Niko) Moe live on stage at Hipb...Show More
Roy Staples: Son Of A Truck Driver

16:32 | Nov 16th, 2014

A teacher at Lower Columbia College, Roy has overcome family expectations and great obstacles to fulfill his lifelong dream: graduating college. Urban Tellers, July 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Roy Staples live on stage at Hipbone Studio for live st...Show More
Ryan Harter: Little Brother

12:40 | Nov 16th, 2014

A coming of age story about two brothers who have to decide what their relationship will look like after childhood. Ryan writes, acts and entertains for a children's media company. Urban Tellers, July 2011 AGAINST ALL ODDS Ryan Harter live on st...Show More
Herb Spice: Edge of Largesse

19:01 | Nov 13th, 2014

Taking it to the top in NYC, although sometimes things went down the drain. A native Oregonian and current tour guide/improv performer, Herb lived a very different existence in the Big Apple. Over 3200 days in Manhattan, over 3200 stories to tell.
Jan Kats: Languages

17:54 | Nov 13th, 2014

“Languages” is about connecting with my father, just in time. Jan Kats is a father, a sculptor and artist/blacksmith trying out words as a new medium for the second time around.
Margie Lee: Art Saved My Life

11:41 | Nov 13th, 2014

Art gives us a way to express our emotions and is a reflection of ourselves, our feelings, our vision. Margie Lee is an artist, a poet, and a writer living in Portland Oregon. Find out more about Margie Lee at margieleeartworks.com and www.twototem...Show More
August Preston: Atheist Out of Water

14:06 | Nov 13th, 2014

Having spent 16 years working with the chronically mentally ill as a social worker and a psychiatric nurse as well as surviving ten years in the frigid Midwest, it's time to tell a bit of my own story. I'm a comedian in training and I'm not kidding. ...Show More
Cory Huff: How Dungeons and Dragons Changed My Life

10:27 | Nov 13th, 2014

Many people think of the game Dungeons and Dragons as an obscure, cultish waste of time. For Cory, it provided a path through an uncertain future. Cory is an actor, director, and digital marketing strategist. Find out more about Cory Huff at www.cory...Show More
Chris Cearnal: Lost Arrow: The Tale of A Reluctant Adventurer

13:25 | Nov 13th, 2014

Chris is a mother, a photographer, and arts educator. She co-founded My Story, a non-profit organization empowering youth and communities through photography. Find out more about Chris Cearnal at www.mystoryworkshops.org
Jeremy Lucas: September 12

11:37 | Nov 12th, 2014

Three weeks after leaving Birmingham, Alabama and moving to New York City to become a priest, Jeremy found himself walking into hell. He soon realized that he could never go home again. There was no going back, only forward into an unknown future. Je...Show More
Melissa Henige: Frozen In Time

14:55 | Nov 12th, 2014

Melissa has accomplished many things, but has struggled with performance anxiety and being connected to herself in the spotlight for much of her life. Tonight she will drop the veil and show you her real self. Just back from living and traveling in ...Show More
Robert Post: Lost & Found

09:10 | Nov 12th, 2014

This story revolves around transition and the choices one makes in life; the consequences of those choices and surviving the not-so-good ones. Robert is an artist and owner of Postart Productions LLC. He is currently producing the inaugural arts-base...Show More
Donna Zerner: Careful What You Pray For (End of the World Edition)

15:31 | Nov 12th, 2014

Sometimes it takes a disaster (or two) to dislodge us from a stuck place. Donna is a publishing consultant who moved to Portland from Boulder just nine weeks ago. The story of how she got here involves ritual, letting go, and a whole lot of water. ...Show More
Shelley Bedell: The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

12:26 | Nov 12th, 2014

Called to keep paying it forward, Shelley worked for decades as a high school and college English teacher and now works as a community health nurse in North Portland school-based health clinics. She finds the energy, resilience, and creative spirits ...Show More
Talen Nikolai Moe: The Director

13:58 | Nov 12th, 2014

After six months in sunny Central America how does one adjust to life back in the States? This is the story about how a contact from years ago got him a job which changed the way he looked at teamwork in the U.S. Niko has performed several times with...Show More
Julie Strozyk: The Boss

14:57 | Nov 7th, 2014

Julie is the first to say "Storytelling is easy . . . narrative is hard!" She is a lifelong Portland resident and local traditional storyteller. Tonight Julie shares a personal story of fear, intimidation and eventual redemption.
Barbara Jeppesen: I Love You, Barbara Anne

08:12 | Nov 7th, 2014

Barbara is a veteran of 45+ years in theatre arts, including playwriting, directing, design and mostly performance: musicals, Shakespeare, classic American, as well as children’s theatre. Wow! Tonight she will share a few moments of her stormy Relat...Show More
Craig Preston: Aut Vincere Aut Mori (Either Conquer or Die)

13:16 | Nov 7th, 2014

How does one find his way back to himself after years running in the opposite directions? Are artists born or made? Craig tells the story of being so far away from his true idendity that it almost killed him. He is a washed-up psychiatric nurse and ...Show More
Diane Ponti: Morry's Gifts

22:54 | Nov 7th, 2014

Diane was a two-time loser and wasn't looking for love -- especially not in LA. Sunshine, smoky bars and St. Mark's Square changed her mind. Diane's careers include picking strawberries, teaching school, and selling bonds. Strawberry picking taught h...Show More