Storytellers Project

_190514_Storytellers Our Family Our Culture_mr015Natalie is a coach and teller for the Salem Storytellers Project. Along with project lead and entertainment reporter Abby Luschei, the two launched the project in the fall of 2018.

The Storytellers Project is a series of live storytelling nights curated by USA Today Network newsrooms across the country. The national project began in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2011.

Each event includes a handful of true, first-person stories told by you — our neighbors. The purpose of the project is to show everyone has stories to share and by telling them, we foster a deeper sense of connection and empathy in our community.

In its first year, the Salem Storytellers Project hosted four events to nearly all sold-out crowds around the themes New Beginnings; Romance — or Not; Our Family, Our Culture; and the Outdoors.

The project’s second season will launch in November 2019 and tickets are already available.

For more information or to submit an application to tell at future events, go to Tickets are $12 for general admission ($5 for students) and are available at

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Here is a look at the 2019-20 season. 

Night #1: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

The Statesman Journal is kicking off the second season of the Salem Storytellers Project at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre with a night about things that seemed like the right choice in the moment, and the lessons learned.

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.
  • Location: 187 High St NE, Salem, Ore.
  • Tickets: Exclusively online at

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Night #2: For Your Entertainment

A night of stories about art, music, theater and all things entertainment at the Willamette Heritage Center.

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: On sale in October

Night #3: You are What You Eat

A night of stories about restaurants, agriculture, traditions and all things food at the Marion Polk Food Share.

  • When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. 
  • Tickets: On sale in October


Night #4: Growing Up

A night of stories about family, awkward years, school and all things growing up at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

  • When: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. 
  • Tickets: On sale in October

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