• Festival Pass $75
  • Evening Performance $10
  • Workshop Pass $50
  • Single Workshop $10
  • Family Matinee Saturday Adult $5, Child $3
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Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City's 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival will take place August 22-24 at the Oklahoma History Center.

This must-see festival celebrates the art of storytelling. For over 30 years, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City has produced the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, which has delighted audiences with nationally-acclaimed storytellers, workshops and special performances. Named one of the best places to hear or tell a tale, Storytelling Festival offers performances by some of the nation's best tellers.
Find out more about the featured storytellers.

The festival will include three evening performances and one family-friendly matinee (evening performances targeted to adult audiences). Performances are held at the Oklahoma History Center unless otherwise noted. In addition to the performances, workshops are offered Friday and Saturday to build your own storytelling skills. All workshops are located in the Chesapeake Event Room at the Oklahoma History Center.

Tickets for the Thursday and Friday evening performances are $10. Tickets for performances and workshops can be purchased at the Arts Council website, at the door, or by calling (405) 270-4848. Students who show a valid college ID can purchase ½ price tickets. Festival goers get to visit Oklahoma History Center exhibits for free!

Thursday, August 22

Evening Performance (recommended for ages 12+)

Tickets are $10.
7:00pm - Opening Reception
8:00pm - Evening Performances
Session 1: Barbara McBride-Smith, Alton Chung, and Judith Black
Session 2: Patric Ball

Friday, August 23

Taking the Next Step: Telling Stories as a Professional Teller

Patrick Ball
This workshop will offer an introduction to the world of professional storytelling. We will discuss such essentials as how to get bookings, how to create a successful promotional packet, and how to negotiate a fee. In short, how to make the jump from being a person who loves to tell stories to a person who gets paid for it...without losing the love!

Open Mic Storytelling

Teller: Territory Tellers
11:45am-12:45pm - Free Event (Lunch not included)
Come share a story during the lunch hour on Friday. Barbara Jones, MC, will lead a fun story swap. Take your turn at being a teller.

Every Story is a Personal Story

Teller: Barbara McBride-Smith
The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your memories, your perspective, your voice. So, tell EVERY story as only you can, with passion, authenticity, and humor as if it were a personal story. Barbara will offer some insights into how folktales, myths, and Biblical stories can be re-imagined as parallels to your own personal life stories.

Ghost Stories and Other Scary Stuff

Teller: Alton Chung
In this workshop, the elements of what makes a good ghost story will be explored.

Character Based Storytelling from the Museum Perspective

Join staff from the Oklahoma History Center as the present Oklahoma’s story from three unique perspectives. Staff will follow the performances with a Q&A session discussing preparation, methodology, and more.

A funny thing happened on my way into American Culture...

Listen to short tales from an assortment of people from other cultures and lands who learned humorous lessons in their first few months in the U.S. At the end, other participants can try their short-story technique.

Evening Performance (recommended for ages 12+)

Tickets are $10.
7:00pm - Opening Reception
8:00pm - Evening Performances
Session 1: Patrick Ball, Barbara McBride-Smith, and Alton Chung
Session 2: Judith Black

Saturday, August 24

Finding Your Own Voice

Teller: Patrick Ball, Judith Black, Alton Chung, and Barbara McBride-Smith
This innovative and popular workshop session will focus on the process of building your own “identity” as a storyteller. The featured tellers will create and share their unique perspective on the story “Rumpelstiltskin.” They will discuss their methods, techniques and creative motivations used in telling the story in their own distinct style.

Oklahoma Olio

Teller: Territory Tellers
11:45am-12:45pm - Free Event (Lunch not included)
Local storytelling group, the Territory Tellers, will present a free concert. Tellers are Oklahoma members of the statewide storytelling organization and will share a variety of stories while you enjoy lunch.

From Heart to Heart

Teller: Judith Black
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Storytelling, an ancient folk art, has recently been claimed as the communication bedrock for everything from Hollywood films, to corporate self definition. It is powerful because it speaks from the heart of the teller to that of the listener, creating a bridge of understanding. In this workshop, participants will explore that bridge.

Family Matinee Performance

3:00pm - 4:00pm. Tickets are $3 for children and $5 for adults.
Featuring Barbara McBride-Smith and Alton Chung

Evening Performance (recommended for ages 12+) - Free at Myriad Gardens Great Lawn Stage

8:00pm - Evening Performances
Session 1: Alton Chung, Judith Black, and Patrick Ball
Session 2: Barbara McBride-Smith