PROMPT: Split Personality


Season two of PROMPT continues with our tellers’ varying takes on each human’s personal battle between good and evil. Saturday, February 6th — check out the PROMPT page for more details!

PROMPT: Where Was God?


With our season opener out of the way, we move on from confronting government to confronting God. Rage, fear, and grief will all be given full voice this Saturday, November 21st — check out the PROMPT page for more details!

 PROMPT: Big Brother is Watching

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Our second season will be premiering at the Fox Egg Gallery this Saturday, September 12th! Check our PROMPT page for full details.

StoryFest 2015 is Coming!

The third annual StoryFest is Saturday, April 18 at the City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis. See our StoryFest page for more info.

It’s Alive! PROMPT: Frankenstein

The final in our PROMPT 2014 season is Saturday, November 22 at the Black Forest Inn. More info/tickets at our PROMPT page. 2015 themes to be announced soon!

Minnesota Fringe starts Thursday, July 31

Be sure to check out SAM’s show, Louder than Words: Tales of Extreme Action, at New Century Theatre. More info at the Fringe Festival website.

Minnesota Fringe Festival show and auditions announced

Louder than Words: Tales of Extreme Action¬†will feature the most epic exploits of Minnesota storytellers. Think you’re a good fit? Find out how to audition here.

PROMPT: Glass Slipper performers announced

Our second PROMPT show, featuring stories based on, inspired by, or tangentially related to Cinderella, will feature Beverly Cottman, 2014 Calof Fellow Sara Logan, Loren Niemi, Christy Marie Kent, and a bonus poem from Khary Jackson. Hosted by Mimi Nguyen, Saturday, May 31, 7pm at the Black Forest Inn. $10-$20 sliding scale or $8 for SAM members or with Fringe button. More info at our PROMPT page.

StoryFest is almost here!

This Saturday, April 12, you can spend the whole day with SAM, trying out bite-sized samples of some of the hottest storytelling events in the Twin Cities. We’ve also added in a Family Room with stories for kids and parents. More info at our StoryFest page.

StoryFest Receives MRAC Community Arts Grant

This year’s StoryFest, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014, will receive support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Thank you to former board member Paula Nancarrow, who wrote the grant application for us! We have set up our new page for StoryFest 2014 and our planning committee will be meeting soon.

PHOTO: Paula and DorothyDorothy Cleveland Wins 2013 Northstar Storytelling Award

Folktales Rising organizer and former SAM board treasurer Dorothy Cleveland won the second annual Northstar Storytelling Award, named after the former name of our organization. Out-going board member Paula Nancarrow presented the award to Dorothy at the Annual Members Meeting on December 15, 2013, at Kieran’s Irish Pub.

PHOTO: Alex and SaraCalof Storytelling Fellows Announced

Congratulations to Alex Cleberg and Sara Logan, our 2014 Calof Fellows! This is our first year offering the Joan Calof Emerging Artist Storytelling Fellowship, and our committee was so blown away by how many qualified applicants we had that we are looking into additional ways of supporting intermediate and advanced storytellers. Stay tuned…

Workshops Announced for Winter/Spring 2014

We have a fantastic line-up of nationally-known, out-of-state tellers, so don’t miss your chance to work with Michael Parent, Gerald Fierst, Carol Birch, Adam Booth, August Rubrecht and Elizabeth Ellis. Check out the details and get yourself signed up at our Workshop Series page.

SAM Announces Emerging Artist Fellowship

Story Arts of Minnesota is accepting applications for the first Joan Calof Emerging Artist Fellowship for storytellers. Fellows will receive coaching, mentorship, performance opportunities, and more. The deadline is November 15 — for more info, visit the Joan Calof Fellowship page.

Stories Wanted for SAM’s 2014 Performance Series, ‘PROMPT’

Story Arts of Minnesota is launching a quarterly performance series of stories based on, inspired by, or tangentially related to classic works. In 2014, our tellers will explore Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Odyssey, and Frankenstein. For details — and info on how to submit your own story ideas — visit our PROMPT page.

SAM Now Major Sponsor of StorySlamMN!

Story Arts of Minnesota has become the official All Season Sponsor for WordSprout’s StorySlamMN!, a monthly competitive storytelling event at Kieran’s Irish Pub. You can pledge your own support for this fantastic event (coordinated by SAM board member Allison Broeren) via WordSprout’s Indiegogo campaign — and get slam tickets and other prizes in exchange.

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2013

From August 1-11, this local performing arts festival will feature 176 different hour-long productions — including many storytelling shows. Check out Fringe shows by SAM members, or learn more about the festival as a whole at www.fringefestival.org. You can also browse all storytelling shows at Minnesota Fringe.

StoryFest – April 13, 2013

Whether you love the personal narratives of the Moth or dig on folktales from around the world, this storytelling extravaganza is for you. We bring together some of the Twin Cities’ best entertainers to keep you on the edge of your seat all day long. There’ll even be a chill open mic, a beginner’s workshop, and a high-stakes story slam if you want to try your hand behind the mic. You want stories? We’ve got your stories right here. For a full schedule and line-up, visit our StoryFest page!


On Sunday, December 16, at our annual meeting, Story Arts of Minnesota gave our first annual Northstar Storytelling Award to member Pam Schweitzer. For nearly a decade, Pam has been the force behind the majority of SAM’s children’s programming. She founded and runs both our Children’s Storytelling Guild and the monthly event P.J. Stories. She is also a past treasurer of the organization and helped coordinate several of our annual Tellabration! festivals (now StoryFest). Thank you, Pam, and congratulations!

Under Construction

We are still tweaking the site and some pages may not yet be completed. We will also be adding new sections and features over the next several months, including:

  • Photos and recordings from past Northstar/SAM events
  • A history of Northstar Storytelling/SAM
  • “What is storytelling?” – definitions from our members and other storytellers