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Story City Troupe
January 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST$10
Story City is a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford, CT area and trained by Matt Dicks, one of The Moth’s champion storytellers. Story City Troupe uses The Moth Formula: all are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. For this evening the topic will be “Sports” and Matt Dicks will be the featured performer, who, along with his wife Elysha Dicks, is the driving force in introducing the art of storytelling to Connecticut. The troupe members range in age from their 20’s to their 70’s, proving you can come up with a good story at any age. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll identify!
Matt is a teacher and author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, Something Missing, andUnexpectedly, Milo. He’s also the humor columnist for Seasons magazine. Matthew is a 19-time Moth StorySLAM and three-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, and many more. He’s the founder and artistic director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. matthewdicks.com
Jill got into storytelling as a way to improve her teaching skills…she’s still working at it. Jill is indebted to Matt and Elysha Dicks for their storytelling coaching—but solely responsible for her storytelling. Check out her Ted Talk at UPenn:
Mike is a long time lawyer, short time story teller. A father of two children who have little tolerance for him, he is enjoying the empty nest he is sharing with his wife. Raised in New York by a rowdy gang of New Yorkers, there are plenty of stories to tell, but he’ll have to kill you if you hear them.
Born to a family of ten sons and a loving Mom and Dad, Kerri experienced life in the frigid scape of far northern Maine, the near bliss of a small New England town, the rural hills of southern Virginia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to name a few. The stories of those faces and those places are a passion deep within him.
Jim descends from a long line of laconic New Hampshirites who reveled in the art of one word answers and statements. Too short to tell tall tales, too loquacious to tell short stories and too straight to construct a believable lie, he was an artist lacking an art. He was introduced to a microphone and has been telling stories ever since.
A long-time fan of The Moth stories on NPR radio, Sue took Matt Dick’s storytelling class and discovered a passion for the art. Wanting to create lots of opportunities to tell stories, Sue rounded up about a dozen people also passionate for the genre and started the Story City Troupe. Check out the troupe’s Facebook page named “storycitytroupe.”
Chris has been involved with storytelling in Hartford, Northampton and New York City, including Speak Up, Other People’s Stories, The MOuTH, NEPR’s Valley Voices, Untold Stories Project, Tick Tick Boom!, and Oh My Word. Chris also founded The Heart City Story Club, which hosts monthly storytelling open mikes at the Hartford Public Library. He occasionally blogs about the craft of storytelling at abalancingactandadream.