Saturday, 01. February 2020, Unexpected Productions, Creating Stage-Worthy Personal Stories Workshop with Kent Whipple

from 01. February 2020 - 15:00 till 17:30

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Learn to tell a "Moth-type" story or any story on stage, work and with friends. Get comfortable on stage. This workshop explores the art of oral storytelling including story creation, enhancement, and presentation. Learn simple practical story guidelines and step-by-step tools, to create incredible honest stories from your life experience. Kent’s personable presentation style on the creative process combined with small groups, large groups, and individual writing and improv exercises will take you through a fun process of developing a stage-worthy story over 4 weeks. Learn how to share stories that are genuine, generous, and vulnerable in a fun creative space. We use the writing tools from Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones, narrative improv games, the use of sense memory and unique storytelling techniques to create a “stage-worthy” story. This workshop is perfect for novice storytellers, or a chance to add to the skillset of a seasoned performer. Come share your story.
Attendance at the first session of your class is mandatory as it sets the agenda for the entire class. If you think you will have to miss the first class, please consider registering for the next quarter.
Skills offered in class: Successful storytelling techniquesHow to identify story arcIdentify the difference of scenic detail versus narrative descriptionHow to create story stakesHow to identify story-worthy material How to pitch a storyHow to gain audience trustBecome comfortable on stageObjective: To create a stage-worthy to be presented on stage in front of a live audienceDates :Saturdays, Feb. 1 - Feb. 22 3:00 pm – 5:30 pmLocation: Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 : Class participants are invited to tell their stories at a live performance showcase (not required) on the night of February Students: 14Cost: $150Prerequisite: NoneAges: 18+Teacher Bio:
Kent Whipple has shared stories throughout the country. He has participated in many Moth StorySLAMs (and won the first Moth StorySLAM he attended) and Moth GrandSLAMs. He was featured in Seattle in the Risk! Live Show and his story "Furry or Foe” was released on the Risk! podcast on 9/25/18. He will be highlighted at the Risk! Live Show in Portland on 9/20/19. He was named the Best of Bawdy Storyteller of 2019 by the audiences of Bawdy Storytelling 2/19. He is the resident storytelling teacher at Unexpected Productions Improv where he also hosts Inside Story, a storytelling show. He is a story coach at Ignite Seattle. Throughout the PNW, he has performed at Fresh Ground Stories, the Intersections Festival, Bawdy Storytelling, the Gay Uncle Time, and Do Tell: Humorous Storytelling. He has mentored with Natalie Goldberg author of Writing Down the Bones, and studied with Larry Rosen: The Moth, Kevin Allison, and Brad Lawrence: Risk! Podcast, Margot Leitman, author of Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You Will Ever Need, Matthews Dicks, author of Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling, Joan Logghe – Poet Laureate of New Mexico, Ron Reid: Stand-Up Comedy, Matt Smith: Improv for Writers, and Randy Dixon: Improv for Writing.

"Such a great telling of the story and the audience reaction was amazing."Kevin Allison, Risk! Podcast, 9/18
“Kent Whipple is a treasure.”Paul Currington, Producer, Fresh Ground Stories
"Kent Whipple has partnered with Yelp on a number of projects including a storytelling workshop he hosted for a national audience of business leaders at Yelp HQ as well as a webinar series to teach businesses how to tell their story. It's always a pleasure collaborating with him."Darnell Holloway, Director of Business Outreach, Yelp, Inc.
"Kent was so genuine - his love for storytelling and his love for us as learners was palpable. The clapping, the failure bows, the focus on positive feedback. It was really an inspiring way to hold the container of the class. It allowed us to try something new, to take risks, and to learn. I'm quite grateful and inspired."Diane M. Student 6/16
"Kent was just very supportive and provided great structure and feedback during the class. Also, he obviously has a passion and experience in doing this himself, which helps a lot." Scott E, Student 6/18
Unexpected Productions and The Market Theater are located downtown in Pike Place Market, in the heart of Seattle's Tourist District. On foot, go to the main entrance of the Pike Place Market at 1st and Pike. There, you'll find Rachel, Pike Place Market's full-size brass piggy bank, beneath the neon sign and clock, right by the famous Pike Place Fish Company. From the pig, go down the stairs and around the corner into Post Alley, where you'll find the Market Theater, along with the famous Gum Wall! 
**Cancellation policy: If you must cancel before the first class, we offer credit only towards a future class. We are unable to offer refunds. If you cancel after the first class, we will not offer credit towards a future class. Again, we are unable to offer refunds.

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