Tag Archives: Storyteller

Breathing Life into Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales should be anything but dry! Join Cooper as we explore how to approach the “freeze dried soup” of classic fairy tales. How to bring them to life, take them apart, rebuild them, and have some plain old fun telling fairy tales.

  • Taught by Cooper Braun-Enos
  • Thursdays, March 16, 23, and 30
  • 7pm Central Time
  • 90-minute Zoom sessions
  • Tickets $120

 

Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado. In 2013, he took to the storytelling stage for the first time. Cooper was featured at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival in 2017. He was awarded the 2018 JJ Reneaux Emerging Artist Award and the 2022 Regional Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.

Cooper’s stories remind us that fairy tales were never just for children. That traditional stories can be funny, dark, poignant, and anything but dry.

Since the beginning of the pandemic Stories with Spirit, his company with Rachel Ann Harding, has become one of the leading producers of virtual storytelling shows. Their series Fairy Tale Variations has proved wildly successful, regularly attracting audiences of over 200 from around the world.


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Introduction to Storytelling

The fundamentals of storytelling: what is a story, how to craft it, and how to tell it. We begin by looking at both personal and traditional stories to learn genres and the narrative forms, then begin making decisions about the particular narrative form you want to use, beginnings/ endings, point of view, the emotional arc of a story, and then practice telling it.

  • Taught by the Founder, Loren Niemi
  • Thursdays, February 9, 16, and 23
  • 7pm Central Time
  • 90-minute Zoom sessions
  • $100 (includes one hour of individual coaching)

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The Briar

@ The Briar with Richard Rosseau

February 8th – Richard Rousseau joins Loren Niemi @The Briar

Doors at 6:30 PM, Performance at 7:00 PM Central, Tickets $10 at the door
The Briar 1231 Washington Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN

 

For over 30 years Richard Rousseau has been entertaining audiences as a storyteller. Richard’s repertoire ranges from stories based on the life experiences of an outsider to historical tales. He has appeared on various stages locally and nationally, performed in ten MN Fringe shows, and is a regular with Cheap Theater. He hosted a monthly winter storytelling series at Coffee Bene in St. Paul. Rousseau was named to the North Dakota State University (Mayville) Performing Arts Hall of Fame and received a NSN Oracle Regional Excellence Award for Creativity.

 

Loren Niemi is a poet, author, innovative storyteller and the founder of the American School of Storytelling. He received a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Storytelling Network in 2016 and a 2020 Midwest Book Award for his story collection, “What Haunts Us”. A new poetry memoir “A Breviary for the Lost” is available now. www.lorenNiemistories.com

 

Some Black Storm

The people’s rebellion of Jack Cade against the usurper King Henry VI

“…force perforce I’ll make him yield the crown, whose bookish rule has pulled fair England down.”

ABOUT THE SHOW
A wealthy insurrectionist urges thousands of British citizens from across the country to gather in London. The violence escalates, leaving royal forces outnumbered and overwhelmed. Shakespeare’s language is brought to life in this full-cast reading of a new adaptation of Henry VI, in all its rage, madness, and folly. Featuring Alison Anderson, Mahmoud Hakima, Matthew Kessen, phillip andrew bennett low, Loren Niemi, Matthew Saxe, Mickaylee Shaughnessy, and Rob Ward!

DATES
7:30pm on Friday, January 6th at the Phoenix Theater

Tickets are $12, $10 with a Fringe button discount.

Building Your Fringe Show

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31
7:00 PM Central (Zoom), 90-minute sessions
Cost: $100

Tis the season for getting Fringe applications in. It’s one thing to apply and another if you’re accepted to actually have a stage worthy performance. Fringe Festival performances are a different and invigorating kind of storytelling.

This four-session workshop will help you work through what it takes to have a “story worth telling” on a Fringe Festival stage. Taught by the founder, Loren Niemi, who has done solo and ensemble performances in 45 fringe festivals and storytelling conferences since 1995 in six cities.

Taught by Loren Niemi


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SAM Online Story Circle

Dec 27th – 7:00 PM Central Loren Niemi hosts Story Arts MN  (Zoom) story Circle

Register for this free event on Eventbrite

Story Arts of Minnesota presents its online Story Circle on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This event is open to everyone.  After registering, you’ll receive an email message with the Zoom link. Registration is free, but we encourage donations to support SAM’s ongoing virtual programming.

Bring your favorite seven-minute tale and your listening ears. There is no theme and all story genres are allowed.  We welcome both experienced and new storytellers.  Please provide a content warning if your story might be challenging for listeners, and please let others know whether they have permission to retell it.

To reserve a spot to tell, email us at storyartsmn@gmail.com. You can also put your name in the virtual hat during the program. Don’t have a story to share?  We invite you to watch and listen!

Diving Into the Dark: Crafting Stories from Difficult Moments

Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19 and February 2
7:00 PM Central (Zoom), 75-minute sessions

The troubling moments of our lives are sometimes the ones that most shape us, for good or for ill. Join Laura Packer to explore how to identify those moments, craft them into meaningful stories, and tell them effectively to your audiences.

The first three sessions (January 5, 12, 19) will be group work (excavating the moments to share, working on structure and detail, and learning to tell the story), with a concert for your friends and family on February 2. The gap between January 19 and February 2 gives participants an opportunity to work on their stories and have a one-on-one coaching session with Laura.

Taught by Laura Packer


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Intermediate storytelling

Moving beyond the basics of an  introduction to Storytelling (where do you start, where do you end, who is telling the story) this three session ZOOM class is a deeper dive into the use of plot, character and detailing to shape the story. The 90-minute sessions are highly interactive and applicable to both traditional and personal stories.

7:00-8:30pm on Mondays, Dec 5, 12, and 19th


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Introduction to Family / Organizational Oral History

The grandparents, aunts, uncles, our own parents told us about “the way it was” and when they passed and we thought, “why didn’t we collect those stories?” This two-session workshop beginning Thursday, December 1st will help you collect those family stories while there is still time. It will cover easy to use equipment, how to collect material, and ways to preserve the documents. The same principles also apply to the collection and archiving of organizational history. The founder, super-sales rep  or even the janitor who knows how everything works,  won’t be around forever, and why not get the story of “how it all began”collected now?

Two sessions 7:00-8:30 PM on Thursdays, Dec 1 and 15th.


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The Briar

@The Briar- Taxi Stories

January 11th – Hardy Coleman, Loren Niemi and Scott Vetsch @The Briar

Doors at 6:30 PM, Performance at 7:00 PM Central, Tickets $10 at the door
The Briar 1231 Washington Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN

An evening of funny and not-so-funny taxi stories and poems from three guys who have driven cab in Minneapolis. Here’s a  bit about Scott Vetsch followed by a little about Hardy Coleman:

Scott Vetsch has bees in his bonnet, often hearing things wrong, which sometimes makes them right. He’s a carpenter who works in old houses, a child in a man’s body, a soul in exile. He likes a good story, whichever way it comes, loves cats and crows, inhabits worlds of his own making. He’s afraid things aren’t getting better, but hopes he’s mistaken. He burns wood, craves hamburgers, and eats tofu, scoffs at money, envies the contented, and drives a truck. When he’s happy he wants beer. When he’s sad, he wonders why. He knows one thing for certain, he’s a writer in a post-literate world.

Hardy Coleman drove taxi for 8 1/2 years, until Covid and skanky customers forced him to quit.  (He did, however, get his wife driving cab.)  He’s been writing stuff longer than that.  He’s been making up stories since he was in grade school and needed a way to scare his younger brothers and sisters.