The Storytellers Project is a series of live storytelling nights. USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms curate and host nights of true, first-person stories from neighbors and notables.
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In a nutshell: fun.
Five to seven diverse community members take the stage, delivering 8-10 minute personal retellings of their life experiences. Each storytelling event has a particular theme which shapes the stories and expectations of the audience. From the ‘Most Embarrassing Moment' to ‘Best Decision I Ever Made', each theme can be tackled literally, metaphorically, comically, tragically, but most important, and without exception – truthfully.
Audience size ranges from 200-600 people, depending on the venue (and popularity of theme). From hotels and botanical gardens to state fairs and museums, each venue facilitates an intimate and creative space for storytelling.
Abby Luschei is the entertainment reporter for the Statesman Journal. She is also the lead coordinator and emcee for the Salem Storytellers Project.
Jonathan Bach covers Salem City Hall and business for the Statesman Journal. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.
Natalie Pate is a watchdog reporter who covers education for the Statesman Journal. She is a coach for the Salem Storytellers Project and told at the first event, "New Beginnings."
Gary Horowitz is a sports reporter for the Statesman Journal covering high school, college and community sports. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and joined the Statesman Journal's staff in 1997.
Amy Read is the planning editor for the Statesman Journal. She is a graduate of University of Oregon and joined the Statesman Journal's staff in 2002.
Connor Radnovich is the politics reporter for the Statesman Journal and a coach for the Salem Storytellers Project.