Storytelling for Adults
Storytelling isn't just for children. Adults are continually surprised by how much they enjoy a live storytelling event. There is a unique quality that storytelling possesses that no other type of live performance holds. It is immediately engaging, powerful, clever, funny, sometimes tragic, surprising, and always intimate. One person, standing in front of you, telling you the truth.
If you think about it, storytelling and the love of narrative, the love of basic stories: beginning, middle/conflict, end/resolution is inherit in our culture here in the United States and elsewhere in the world. We all love a good story. That is why you'll find "story" used for entertainment - a beginning, conflict, and resolution, in books, magazines, radio, films, television, and also in television commercials: e.g. "You have a problem, what to do? Our product solves your problems."
The next time you relate a dream you had night before to a friend - ask yourself: Did you put it into a narrative form? Did you give it a beginning, conflict, and resolution? Was your dream really like that? Or did you impose that form into your telling of it? Giving our dreams a story format is natural, that's how we make sense of the nonsensical. Check it out, stories and storytelling are everywhere.
Today, unlike 15 years before, there are many oral storytelling radio shows, and live national broadcasts that highlight the personal story. They celebrate the real human experience, add underscoring music, and broadcast them nationwide. In the past we were grateful for Studs Terkel and his collections of oral stories. now we have ongoing current broadcasts such as: This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, and Snap Judgment, and spectacularly: Story Corps. Plus a new local Olympia live opportunity to BOOKINGhear stories and tell them: StoryOly.
Storytelling is where it's at. Elizabeth is available to perform and enliven any event, conference, or special occasion. She can customize her performance and selection of tales to fit any unique situation. She makes a great Key Note Speaker and Master of Ceremonies. To contact Elizabeth to perform for your next event click here.
In addition to commissioned performances, Elizabeth writes and produces her own one-woman storytelling shows. Her storytelling performance style has been compared to Spalding Grey and Margaret Cho. These shows are definitely for grown-ups as that they contain content not suitable for folks under the age of 14. But adults love them. Her last solo show was Homesick, which premiered in June of 2018. She is available to come and recreate these shows at your venue/school/college/festival/conference.
original storytelling shows:
A show about loneliness and the steps a person takes to find a personal connection.
Summer Camp Romances to One Night Stands. Maybe finding love is as simple as
changing one's clothes...
A show about a long, adventurous Greyhound bus ride, and unexpected romance.
A Show about growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and how all was normal,
until Elizabeth moved away.....