Tag archives: storytelling

Filmmaker Shares Power of Storytelling
By Scott Craig   |   January 30, 2024

Wendy Eley Jackson draws on three decades of experience in film and television in her talk, “The Transformative Power of Storytelling,” for a Westmont Downtown Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 pm at the Community Arts Workshop (631 Garden Street), in downtown Santa Barbara. The event is free and open to the public; no […]

Storywalk Continues
By Kim Crail   |   May 20, 2021

We continue to offer the monthly Storywalk® program, which allows households to enjoy a story together while social distancing. This has been a wonderful way to encourage literacy and family time. Special shout out to the All Saints, Mount Carmel, and Montecito Union students and their grownups that came out, braving the mysterious helicopter situation […]

Once Upon a Time in Montecito
By Kim Crail   |   May 20, 2021

Join us on Thursday, May 20 at 5 pm for a virtual talk titled “Wintering in Montecito” with local historian and Montecito Journal columnist Hattie Beresford. Santa Barbara has drawn winter visitors ever since the 1870s when travel writer Charles Nordhoff promoted Santa Barbara as a health resort. The salubrious waters at Hot Springs Resort […]

Personal Stories Perpetuates in Cyberspace
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 23, 2020

Despite complications from COVID-19, Personal Stories, Center Stage Theater’s popular series that features local authors and actors performing true first-person stories drawn from their own lives never actually went on hiatus. Sure, the PS performances were put on hold, but auditions and coaching continued in hopes that the theater would soon be reopening post-pandemic. Now […]

Online ‘Personal’s
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 16, 2020

Center Stage Theater’s daily Digital Arts Festival came to a close back in May, with the daily doses of videos, photos and interviews with local artists of all kinds to share  their creative processes and samples of their work perhaps set to return later this summer. In the meantime, a Quarantine Edition of Speaking of […]

Backbone is Back
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 12, 2020

There are a lot of opportunities for locals to compose, create, perform, and or just partake in storytelling, as evidenced by the ongoing Personal Stories series – the showcases that feature local actors and writers developing first-person true stories that fit a theme to share at Center Stage Theater in the periodic events that outlived […]

Native American Storytelling
By Kim Crail   |   February 13, 2020

Thursday, February 20 at 4 pm, we are hosting a presentation by Chumash and Tataviam Elder and proud California Native American Alan Salazar. Learn about traditional paddling of tomol (canoes) and more about tribal history and culture. Salazar has been a preschool teacher, juvenile institutions officer, Native American consultant/monitor, spiritual advisor and member of the […]

Coming Home to Pacifica
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 16, 2020

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) annual Alumni Weekend, which takes place January 17-19, has a theme that resonates deeply with its teachings. “The Stories We Tell” welcomes participants, alumni, current students and visitors alike, to share in the magic of personal, cultural and mythic storytelling. Stories not only provide access to healing, teaching and […]

Tempest in a Spaceship: RTC Goes Back to the Future
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 25, 2018

Bringing Return to the Forbidden Planet back to the Rubicon Theatre just two years after the Ventura debut of the hit early-1990s jukebox musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet was a case of a trite theater cliché actually turning out to be true. “It very definitely is […]

On the Money
By Richard Mineards   |   April 26, 2018

Storyteller Children’s Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, hosted its fourth annual Lunchbox Luncheon at the Rockwood Women’s Club, raising more than $80,000 for the nonprofit that helps the city’s homeless and at-risk youngsters and preschoolers achieve kindergarten readiness. More than 47 percent of the children, aged 18 months to 5 years old, live […]