What if I want to be a Feature at The Story Space?
The Story Space meets every Tuesday night, rain or shine, year round, and
a featured storyteller is scheduled for each week, whenever possible.
Features usually start at about 8:10 PM, after the Open Telling, a 10-minute
break, and some (hopefully) brief announcements. Features typically run for
about 40-45 minutes. Afterwards, each featured teller receives thunderous
applause, warm appreciation, and a modest honorarium.
The Havurat Shalom, where The Story Space now meets, is quiet & peaceful, and is very conducive to both Story Telling and Listening.
Due to the intimacy of the space, the audience, although sometimes limited in size, is always
enthusiastic, spirited, and tuned in. This is primarily an adult
venue, but children are always welcome. Parents are advised that not all
language and subject matter may be suitable for young ears.
The Story Space is a Storytelling venue, intended to promote the Oral
Tradition. Reading printed material aloud is done on occasion, but verbal
and physical presentation is the norm. Other artforms such as music,
poetry, acting, mime, slideshows, and video, etc., are welcome, especially
when being used to help present a Story. Costumes, props, and musical
instruments are not uncommonly seen at The Story Space.
For Features and Open Telling alike, The Story Space welcomes a broad
spectrum of styles, subject matter, and experience levels, and new voices
are actively sought. Whether you are a seasoned teller looking to try out
new material (or dust off some old favorites), or a newer teller who is
ready to present a 30-45 minute program, we encourage you to become a
So, send an email to Bruce Marcus, already:
Promoting Your Feature:
To help us promote you and your upcoming performance, each Feature is strongly encouraged to provide us with the following:
A short blurb (280 characters max). It could be the title, or a brief description of your
feature. Or just something interesting about you, like "Gadge Cubic tells a gripping story of love, lust, and larceny he calls Liquid
Assets", or "Mystery woman Loris Cleachman wants everyone to know that her parents
were entirely normal. Or were they?".
We use all of this to create a "performer profile" for you on our Home page.
After your Feature, your profile will remain accessible online. Thanks
to this "WayBack Machine", AKA our Archive of Past Features, you'll still be
able to see your Profile, and to give out a direct weblink to it.
A headshot. It doesn't necessarily have to be of you in action,
but it should be intriguing.
A link to your website, or to you performing somewhere online.
And, a short (30-90 seconds) audio sample.
Naturally, you will also want to help publicize your Appearance by engaging
in some active self-promotion as well. Feel free to post additional pictures
and a longer description on our
Facebook Page. We also strongly encourage you to hand out Flyers and
put up Posters, etc. Also, make sure to notify everyone on your Mailing/Fan
List, as well as in your Book Club, extended family, House of Worship, Rugby
Team, Sewing Circle, 12-Step Group, and so on.