Storytelling Skills: Wow Your Crowd w/Kevin Allison

Friday, August 30th

10:00 am - 1:00 pm at The Hideout Theatre - Downstairs

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CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. Audit spots available for sale below.
“Auditing” a workshop means you simply observe / take notes. You must remain seated and should not participate in any of the exercises.

In this workshop, Kevin Allison (founder of The Story Studio, RISK! and member of The State) will teach you the skills to wow a crowd with your story. You will learn how to select compelling story topics, use the “5 Beat” structure to build suspense, bring dimensional characters and emotional experience to life with “The 6 Senses,” and delve into the larger thematic meaning of your narrative.

This class encourages participation: everyone will be given the opportunity to apply storytelling techniques to one of their own stories.  A few students will be given the opportunity to share their story live on stage and receive constructive feedback so that we all can learn together. Each participant will leave with a 3-to-6 minute story that builds on the principles taught during the class.

photograph of Kevin AllisonAbout Kevin:

If you’re a comedy lover, you’ll know Kevin Allison from the legendary sketch comedy group, The State. If you liked “The Jew, The Italian and the Red-Head Gay” on the The State’s series on MTV, Kevin was the titular Redhead Gay. In 2009, Kevin created the popular live show and podcast RISK!, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share. His other film and TV appearances include Reno 911!, The Ten, Stella and Flight of the Conchords. Behind the scenes, Kevin has written for Blue Man Group. JibJab and SomeEcards. In the print world, his writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Giant, Premiere and Film Journal. He has served as the Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater in New York, taught comedy writing at New York University and founded his own storytelling school and corporate training center at thestorystudio.org .

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Coldtowne Theater shows are Marathon-style, each group with 30 minutes of stage time. end to end, nonstop. Audience Members can sit in their chair as long as they like. from 6pm- 12mid with no reservations needed. First come first serve.

So if you want to be sure to see a show you may be well advised to show up a couple shows before the one you really want to see.

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Online sales close at 5pm on the day of the event. Ticket are still available at the box office.