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SPARK storytelling

Stage Left's SPARK storytelling series seeks to bring the community together through the telling of personal stories that excite, entertain, touch, teach and pass on the unique culture of the Rust Belt and the Ohio River Valley.



Help revive the art of oral storytelling in Northeast Ohio, the Ohio River Valley and upper Appalachia by mentoring community members to share personal stories that reflect the unique struggles and successes of the region. 


SPARK is in the early stages of organizing. Over the next several weeks we will reach out to storytelling coaches, create a theme for each event and promote calls for story submissions. The first event is tentatively scheduled for late winter 2022. Until then, the following steps are everything that needs to happen.

Find coaches

Each event will have 2-3 professional storytellers to help coach our amateurs. Our professionals will also share a story at the end of each event.

Coach storytellers

Each storyteller will have several workshopping sessions with our professional coaches. These sessions are intended to help polish stories and, maybe, discover hidden meanings within them.

Brainstorm themes

Each SPARK event will feature a theme of the night. The storytellers must stick to the theme, even loosely. Themes will be posted prior to open submissions.


One rehearsal will be scheduled the night before the main event. This rehearsal is an opportunity for the tellers to get comfortable in the space, and for coaches to give any last-minute tips.

Call for submissions

A call for submissions will occur several weeks prior to the event. The submission form will ask several important questions and will also provide space for the teller to write out their story for approval.


Invite your friends, family, coworkers and anyone else who supported you during the last several weeks. It's time for the big event!