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Full Moon Story Slam – 20230107 – Ologies – as in Astrology, entomology, biology, etc.

January 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Full Moon Story Slam date: Saturday, January 7 at 7pm
Theme: Ologies – as in Astrology, entomology, biology, etc.

Before there was Zoom, or the internet – before there was television, radio, or live-streaming – before there was written language – there were stories. It’s how our ancestors made sense of their world and, how we make sense of ours. It’s how knowledge and culture are passed down.
A story slam is a competition based on the art of storytelling. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. Each slam has a theme, the story tellers are challenged to tell a five-minute true story from their own life on the assigned theme without using props or notes.  The story has an arc: a beginning, a point of change, and a resolution. There will be two winners at each slam: the audience favorite and the judges’ favorite.
The Full Moon Story Slam at The Actors Studio was conceived by Suzanne Dubus, Liz Desmarais, Marc Clopton, and Sara Quay, over ten years ago while they were on a cruise in Boston aboard a boat named ‘Full Moon’. They contacted Kristen Petrie, our current MC, who rounds out this founding group. The Slam has remained one of the most popular programs at the Studio. If you would like to tell a five-minute story, all you have to do is contact  Kimm Wilkinson at or you can show up and sign up on the night of the show.  Ten Storytellers will be chosen.

We are so pleased and honored to have Norah Dooley as our guest storyteller. A co-founder of and the Greater Boston Story Slam Series, Norah is also the project director of StoriesLive®, which she created, implementing a curriculum used to teach over 7,000 Greater Boston high school students to tell compelling first-person narratives.
Founded in 1991, the Actors Studio of Newburyport became a 501©(3) in 2007, serving as a vital cultural resource for the community: to inspire, enrich and engage audiences and to develop both the art form and the individual.

If you know that you would like to tell a story, you can let us know by email at up until noon on January 7th.  If you are not sure yet, you will have the opportunity to sign up during the event. The competition will be on Saturday, January 7, at 7:00 P.M.
Criteria for judging:
• The story has an arc: a beginning, a point of change, and a resolution.
• Presentation of the story.
• Time (no longer than five minutes) and connection to the theme.
Please remember, the story must be true. The story must be yours. And you may not use props, notes or a written script.
Tickets: $20
Where:    Join us in our new space –  The Actors Studio – Amesbury, 109 Main Street, Amesbury

Theme this month: Ologies – as in Astrology, entomology, biology, etc.

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You may also purchase tickets at the door (cash or checks only).
Masks required for all audiences.


January 7, 2023
7:00 pm
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The Actors Studio – Amesbury
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