Nathaniel Storytelling

Storytelling Lab

Course Goal/Objectives

Storytelling is an essential tool of communication. For the teller, storytelling can help process life experience, allow space for self-reflection, and build confidence as a communicator. For a community, stories preserve history, create empathy, and deepen connections between peoples. The goal of Storytelling Lab is to provide students with the space, tools and practice necessary to grow in the art and craft of personal storytelling. Students will create content from personal experience, learn strategies to craft and structure these stories, and practice dynamic storytelling performance. The class will culminate in a sharing of these stories with friends and the community (memorization is not necessary).

The components of Storytelling Lab are:

Story Content

Students will generate material using various writing prompts and exercises. These stories must be personal and (mostly) true. A theme for the class will be determined by the instructor and students. Material for the final showcase will be generated around this theme.

Story Craft

Students will take material generated and edit, restructure, and finesse to create resonate, dynamic, emotionally impactful stories. Students will study and utilize various strategies and tools to unlock story potential.

Performance Skills for the Storyteller

Storytelling is a performance. Students will learn performance essentials to deliver their story in the most active, engaging way. Students will use warm-ups, vocalizations and physicality to free themselves as performers ready to connect with the audience and share openly.

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Refund Policy

  • Students who wish to withdraw from classes at least 1 week (7 days) before a class’s first meeting time will receive a full refund.
  • Students who attend the first class, but wish to withdraw from future classes will receive ¾ refund.
  • It is considered disrespectful and unprofessional to leave in the middle of a class. Leaving a class early (even the first class period) does not entitle you to a full refund. The student will also be not be allowed to return to the class.
  • Behavior that is disruptive or disrespectful in the class, of the instructor, or fellow students will not be tolerated. If a student displays this type of behavior he or she may be asked to leave at the discretion of the instructor, and will not be provided a refund. The student will also be not be allowed to return to the class.
  • Exceptions can be made for a professional conflict. Should a student book a professional opportunity (i.e. a commercial, a play, a film) The staff of the education program will consider offering a student prorated credit, thus allowing he or she the opportunity to return to a class upon the completion of said project at no additional cost. The validity of these projects will be designated by the Education Associate, and the Artistic Director of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.
  • There are no refunds after a student has attended two or more classes.
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