Who are You and What’s Your Story?
Everybody has a story to tell and uncovering the stories that most uniquely define us can be one of the most rewarding and healing creative outlets. Storytelling bridges the individual and the universal. Stories build community and help us make sense of ourselves and the world we live in. In crafting and telling stories of our lived experience, we learn to explore the life experiences that have shaped and defined us, but telling our stories also connects us to others and reveals our shared humanity.
In this workshop, you will be introduced to the principles of storytelling and will learn to craft and share your own story. Using physical exploration, playmaking and mining the very richest parts of your personal story, you will learn to tell and ultimately perform your story with authenticity and confidence. The small group environment creates a safe, dynamic space, allowing for group interaction as well as individual guidance and feedback. In addition to performing their stories in the workshop setting, participants will be given the opportunity to perform their story at one of the monthly On The Fly Story slams at Helsinki Hudson.
Learn more and sign up: https://hudsonvalleystoryworkshops.com/6-week-storytelling-workshop/
6 Saturdays 1-4 pm July 13- Aug 17, precise dates TBA
Fee: $240 per person
Location: Athens, NY
Christina Thyssen is a writer, story coach, and teacher. She holds a Ph.D. in American literature and teaches writing and literature at University at Albany. She also teaches writing to prison inmates. As a story coach, she works with both individual writers and organizations to guide them in shaping and telling their story. She is the producer of On The Fly, a monthly Moth-style story slam in Hudson NY and is currently at work on a memoir about raising a special needs daughter.
Caitlin Langstaff is an actor, director, producer, story coach, and teacher. She holds an M.F.A. in theatre and is a member of The Actors Studio and Actors Equity. She is co-artistic director of Tidal Theatre Company and Tsunami Sound Waves, producing original work for the stage and radio. She is co-producer and MC for the Outer capes only story slam, The Mosquito. She teaches theatre at Dutchess Community College.
Animals! What are your most memorable encounters with the animal kingdom? Who is your spirit animal? Did your dog once save your life? Join us for a night of stories about our beloved non-human friends and other animal-themed tales. We know you have them!
In May and June, On The Fly will be visiting the amazing #TraghavenWhiskeypub in sweet downtown Tivoli. We’re hoping to make new friends and also see familiar faces. We will be back at #HiLocatskill in July. Follow us #ontheflystoryslam to stay tuned.
Join us next Friday for the first On The Fly story slam of 2019 at HiLo Catskill and throw your name in the hat for a chance to tell your 5-minute story. The theme of the night is CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS – stories of broken rules, getting in trouble, run-ins with the law, and other questionable decisions… We want to hear them all!
We’ve got big news! On The Fly Story Slam is taking the slam on the road in 2019 and will be coming to a local venue (hopefully) near you. Our first tour date is January 25 @ 7pm, and we are so excited to do our first 2019 slam at super awesome HiLo Catskill. Other locations for the 2019 tour include Philmont (Main Street Pub), Tivoli, Hudson, Athens. Stay tuned for further updates as we finalize the schedule (and sign up for our email list on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss it!).
Oh, and the theme for the next slam at HiLo is CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, so start polishing off those stories and come throw your name in the hat on JANUARY 25 @ 7PM to tell a story. Or come enjoy a night of community storytelling.
What are the stories that shape and define your life? How do you uncover them, tell them, perform them and share them with others? This six-week workshop teaches storytelling as a path to both personal and community development.
As we’re headed into the darkness of winter, we call on you to enlighten and brighten the darkness with stories of MAGIC – however you define that word. Magic can appear in the most unforeseen places: chance encounters and sightings on your morning walk, enchanted conversations, political movements that create change. We all need a little magic in our lives. Come share your magical stories on November 20 @ 6pm.
It’s our Birthday and we invite you to join us for a very special celebration of the one year anniversary of On The Fly Story Slam on October 16 @ 7pm. This special show will feature a line-up of some of our favorite storytellers from this past year’s story slams as well as a special guest panel of local judges who will be tasked with the difficult decision of deciding who will take the grand slam title. Come out to support your local storytellers and community, enjoy a drink while listening to some groovy tunes by local performers, stay for dinner, and help us launch a second year of On The Fly Story Slams at Helsinki Hudson.