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Show night information
Venue: Empire Burgers & Brew, 48 West Chicago, Naperville, 60540 (the entire first floor)
Expectations: Your story will be:
6-8 minutes long
You will not use notes or props
Your story will be respectful and non-discriminatory
FYI: The doors open at 6 pm to our guests. We set aside one table for storytellers, but all other tables are on a first come, first serve basis. We recommend asking someone in your party to arrive early and hold a table to ensure your group can sit together.
"To me, telling a story is all about connection. Without someone to listen you are just talking to yourself."
Sayard Bass - Storyteller
"The People Tree is a gathering place that nourishes authentic community….we all have lives worthy of recounting, and nothing brings people together more powerfully than shared narrative. Also beer."
Mike Rossi - Storyteller
"Being a storyteller with the people tree provides many amazing outlets for me. I love to make people laugh and when I share funny stories I love seeing people enjoy the absurdity of my life as much as I do.
When I share an emotional or heartfelt story, I find a connection with people we never knew we had. Simply by opening myself and sharing my experiences, audience members recognize that they have felt the same way, they have shared the same sadness or hope, they are going through a similar journey.
I know from experience that there are people who feel peace recognizing that I share a bit of their path, and because of that, they don’t feel alone. I feel it as a teller and as a listener, and it’s a connection that is one of the most rewarding of my life.
As a seasoned storyteller, I participate in workshops as much as possible, because:
1) practice makes perfect,
2) some of my best lines were inspired by feedback during workshops; but also workshops help my stage presence, confidence, ideas, and the impact my stories will likely have on the audience.
In return, I try to provide feedback and ideas to newer tellers. Taking the time to listen to others’ writing and provide encouragement only improves my skills overall. It is truly time well served.
Tips for being performance ready: relax, have only one glass of wine, and try to have fun. It might seem scary, but it’s not life or death. It’s just entertainment."
Clare Clayton - Storyteller
"The workshops help you practice your storytelling with the group and great constructive critique from all the producers."
Mini Dalawari - Storyteller
"My mentor helped me realize that I have stories within my story that are all beautiful and worthy to be told.
The workshops helped immensely with fine tuning and positive feedback. It’s also wonderful to be a part of the process for other speakers. "
Meg Dagnino - Storyteller