What is Storytelling?

Storytelling is just what it sounds like – a performer telling a story directly to an audience. No costuming or props required. It’s theater stripped to its barest form.

Storytelling has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years thanks to organizations such as The Moth (in New York) and MassMouth (in Boston), which have promoted telling as an art. Good storytelling requires a thoughtfully crafted narrative and an engaging performance. When done masterfully, performer and audience see the story together in their minds.

Katie’s Storytelling

Katie performs at theaters, clubs, coffee shops, book shops, art festivals, and galleries, telling true stories to grown-up audiences. Her stories draw on her own experiences as a writing professor, small-town reporter, gay woman, and former(-ish) child. In stories from 5 to 30 minutes, Katie uses humor and earnestness to probe her own mishaps for some bit of truth to share.

Katie has performed at the Philadelphia Book Festival, the Boston Storytelling Festival, and the LANES “Sharing the Fire” conference. She won the 2016 MassMouth “Big Mouth Off” (Boston’s storytelling finals competition), a 2015 Moth GrandSlam in Milwaukee, and was awarded MassMouth’s Storyteller 2.0 Award in 2011 for “engaging a new generation of tellers.” A profile of Katie, written by fellow storyteller Cheryl Hamilton, is available on the MassMouth blog.

Katie has been selected as a featured storyteller at ArtBeat in Somerville, MA, Speak Up! in Lynn, MA, the Story Space in Cambridge, MA, and the curated shows “Heartbreak” (2012) and “First Person Plural” (2013).

She also performs semi-regularly with Mortified and has been featured on the Mortified podcast, distributed through public radio. Below is a sampling of stories Katie has told through MassMouth.

The story of her disastrous first day teaching a college class:

A story about terrorizing her little sister, Mindy, via the (otherwise non-violent) board game Clue:

The story of her first kiss:

Why she believes in regret:

And finally, her pitiful teenage attempts at “drug experimentation”:

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