Become an expert Storyteller.
Find your voice. Share your tale or someone else’s. Be present and engaging.
During class, you’ll learn how to be more confident sharing a true, personal story whether at your next happy hour or for a paying audience.
- Each class meets for 2-hour sessions at The ZACH Theatre, unless otherwise noted.
- Early Bird registration saves you $25.
- Each class is taught by award-winning storyteller, Paul Normandin, host of TestifyATX and Drinking with the Saints
- Students get performance opportunities.
Storytelling 101: Finding Your Process
This class will help you be a better prepared and more confident storyteller, whether you want to hear yourself on the next Moth Radio Hour, compete in a StorySlam, or just be more confident when you share a true, personal story at your next happy hour. Publicly presenting your story is more than writing it down. This class will provide you with the tools you need to find a story, develop it, learn the art of giving and receiving feedback, and then telling your story in public. The process you develop for this class will be unique to you, but the tools you gain and the concepts you learn will prepare you for sharing your story in public to any audience, anywhere, at any time. There is a student showcase at the end of the class offering you the opportunity to share your story with a live audience.
(8 meetings. Class size limit = 10)
June 7 – July 26
with Ladi Loera
at The ZACH Theatre
Student Showcase August 6
at Creative Action
Storytelling 201: Memories to Stories
This class will provide you with the tools you need to find and develop your stories. Using a wide array of exercises, you will learn to generate stories from the memories of events in your life. You will then share these memories and refine them into stories. We will focus on the distinction between a scene in a story and the narration leading up to, around the scene, and following after the scene. This class will expand your story repertoire while teaching you the skills to hone your stories to fit in an allotted time while converging on a theme and rising to the expectations of the audience with whom you share them.
(6 meetings. Class size limit = 12)
Storytelling 301: Following One Thread
This advanced class will help you develop skills that will allow you to follow a single thread all the way through any story. We will focus on the idea that a single story can have multiple frames, multiple points of view, and multiple endings, each for a different audience. It will provide you the skills needed to tighten your true, personal stories for telling in public. The ultimate goal is to prepare you to be able to adjust any story to serve multiple themes and purposes. We will dissect one of your stories to include the context, characters, plot, structure, moral argument, and desired purpose you have for sharing the story. Each component of the story to include the order it is told will be shared from distinct perspectives and new directions to better understand the full potential of a given story.
(6 meetings. Class size limit = 12)
Your Storytelling Instructor: Paul Normandin
An award-winning storyteller, producer of the Austin monthly shows TestifyATX and Drinking with the Saints, and an all-around theater/performance nerd. Paul started telling stories on stage in 2010, and has won two Moth StorySlams and a Moth GrandSlam, as well as winning the first-ever Texas State StorySlam as part of the annual Tejas Storytelling Association Conference.
Paul has a BA and MA from Texas A&M University in Speech Communication, is a Project Management Professional, and is the former Senior Planning and Project Advisor to the Assistant Commissioner for Laboratory and Infectious Diseases for the State of Texas, now retired. When not on stage (or Zoom) telling stories or performing with his Improv troupe In Our Prime, Paul can be found playing Ultimate (frisbee football) with other people who love Austin’s three seasons of sunshine and 90-plus degree weather, except during a pandemic when he just rides his bike instead.
Your Storytelling Instructor: Ladislao Loera
Ladi is an artist, award winning storyteller, and animal lover. He is the current Artistic/Creative Director for Testify. He has shared stories with I’m From Driftwood, Truth in Comedy, and The Moth, where he won with a story about sympathetic nausea and what it teaches us about love and connection.