Teller Guidelines

We love to welcome new tellers to our stage. Please contact us if you have a story you would like to share, and we'll let you know if there is room on our program for your preferred date. For the benefit of our audience and to help with our planning process, we ask tellers to observe the following guidelines:

1. No paper on the stage. Traditional storytelling is an oral art form as opposed to a written one. Notes are a barrier between the teller and the audience, and tellers are asked NOT to bring paper onto our stage.

2. Use the microphone. We ask all tellers to use a microphone, even those who are accustomed to projecting their voices. Many of our audience members have reported that they have difficulty hearing tellers from the back of the room unless a microphone is used. If you would like to use our cordless headset as opposed to the boom microphone that is normally provided, please let us know in advance.

3. Does your story fit with our monthly theme? Our shows seem to be most successful when our tellers and musicians observe the theme of the evening. We set our monthly themes for the upcoming season in the summer. We are always open to suggestions.

4. Submit your story title and length in advance. For publicity and planning purposes, we ask you to confirm your story title and length at least two weeks in advance of the show.

5. Arrive half an hour early. We ask tellers and musicians to arrive by 7 pm the evening of the show and to check in with the host.

6. Please let the host know as far in advance as possible if you need to cancel due to illness or other circumstances. If you are coming down with something that may prevent you from performing, please let us know as soon as possible to give us time to prepare a Plan B.

We look forward to hearing your stories!


The story is told eye to eye,

mind to mind and heart to heart

                                                           - Scottish Traveller Proverb