“Do Tell! – Greeley Voices that Inspire” features compelling stories presented by local residents on stage at the Hensel Phelps Theater. The stories are not the work of professional presenters, but are based upon the experiences of “real people” who have been selected through an audition process to tell their story. The storytellers will offer an array of topics with personal and unique perspectives that have had a significant impact on the storyteller’s life in some way.
“From Canterbury Tales to modern day TED Talks, storytelling remains an enduring means to relate the human experience,” notes Becky Safarik, Greeley Creative District President.“Do Tell! – Greeley Voices that Inspire” will feature compelling stories presented by local residents on stage at the Hensel Phelps Theater. The stories are not the work of professional presenters, but are based upon the experiences of “real people” who have been selected through an audition process to tell their story. The storytellers will offer an array of topics with personal and unique perspectives that have had a significant impact on the storyteller’s life in some way.
Accepting applications for 2017 Storytellers Now!
Guidelines and Applications 2017
In November 2016, eight presenters shared their compelling stories.
Yendra Tencza: Two strong family matriarchs offer powerful testimony to the role fear, and bravery, have over a lifetime. Yendra will share her personal journey gleaned from these women who hailed from different cultures, socio-economic groups, traditions and cultures. In her talk, “A Heritage of Fear”, she will share how she reconciled who these women were with the fear that seemed to hold them back.
Felecia Burke: In her talk, “Family Obligations – If you like it or not”, Felecia will share her tale of meeting extraordinary life and death challenges with her family, not once, but multiple times, and how she views such situations as a small price to pay for the benefits of family love and support.
Everett James Gonzales, Jr: Everett takes the term ‘over-achiever’ to new limits but does so, remarkably, with an anxiety disorder. His story “Gold Stars or Fool’s Gold?: Achievement for Anxiety’s Sake” will illuminate the reality of the effects of setting the bar dangerously too high, and will convey how achievement, as with all things, should be done in moderation.
Jessica Cooney & El Teatro: In the course of teaching her refugee and immigrant students, Jessica bears witness to their resilience and ability to overcome adversity. Through their experience Jessica, too, has changed and discovered inspiration in her life and within all of us. “What Makes You Beautiful” is the title of her talk.
Dan England: In his talk, “Scaring my self-esteem straight”, Dan will share his story of one climb that probably should have killed him and relate how, when mountain climbing at times may have nearly cost him his life, it also probably saved it.
Roger DeWitt: The massacre of Israeli athletes and coaches during the Munich Olympics in 1972 left a wounded city and surreal aftereffects for Germans, for Arab workers in the city, and for Jewish colleagues who shared employment with Roger through the Olympic Committee. The “Knappertsbuschstrasse Encounter” is Roger’s story of a surprising encounter with a young German couple and an elderly citizen of Munich which introduced him to a powerful, human urge to make something right at a time when everything had gone horribly wrong.
Patti Paiz-Jones: As a career educator, Patti looks forward to assisting her students’ growth as artists both in technical skills and personal expression. She had a special mentor, a high school teacher that changed her life and greatly influenced the path she would follow for the next 35 years. “Leading the Way” is her story of gratitude.
Goldie Augustmoon: A lifetime of challenges and trauma can define a person. Goldie will share how she has taken her experiences and found a way to thrive through them with her talk: “I Choose Life, Mud and All”.
DVDs of 2016 Do Tell Now Available!
Stop by the Downtown Development Authority at 802 9th Street, Suite 100, Greeley to get your DVD. The cost is $15 and can be purchased with either cash or check.
Or, you can watch and relive all of those stories on YouTube. You will see stories from our last annual events.
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