HOW DOES A STORY SLAM WORK?
Slam's happen at IDL Ballroom in the Blue Dome District near downtown Tulsa every second Thursday of the month. 18+ to enter with a $5 door entry. Every event has a theme, and everyone in the audience is invited to share a personal story related to the theme. We take the first 10 storytellers to sign up once the doors have opened at IDL."Judges" are audience members and previous storytelllers who score the teller/tale on 4 areas:
- TIME (around 5 minutes)
- THEME (does your story have the night's theme woven in?)
- TRUE (is it a real story, not made up, poetry, musings, etc)
- Well-TOLD (is your story engaging, has flow and depth)
The highest scoring teller gets a cash prize and an invitation to participate in the yearly GrandSlam in April. The winner of the April Grand Slam becomes the Best Storyteller in Tulsa!
We are... OK, SO STORYSLAM
OKSO StorySlam: Origin Story
CAST OF CHARACTERS
BRANDA.................A woman who likes whiskey.
MICHELLE...............A woman who likes herbs.
RYAN...................A man who likes women who like whiskey and herbs.
2 Women, High School Classmates in the 1980s, (knew each other but weren't close,) reconnect on Facebook. By sharing memories they discover a common love for storytelling. At lunch one day, they decide they should do something "fun and artsy" for the community. The idea for a Tulsa StorySlam is born.
CUT TO: WOMEN in small coffeeshop in front of 20 people, nervously telling stories for the first time, wondering if anyone will listen. The year is 2013.
ENTER RYAN STAGE LEFT: Uses his magic powers to assist Branda and Michelle at the mic after winning the title of OKSO's Tulsa's Best Storyteller for 2015.
DISSOLVE TO: IDL Ballroom with over 310 in attendance. Women on stage are now best of friends and Ryan has become their trusty cohort.
IDL BALLROOM TULSA: (2nd Thursday of EVERY month)
CENTER STAGE: People just like YOU share their stories...
Co-Founder and Host / Branda Jean Piersall
Co-Founder and Host / Michelle Bias
Emcee and Promoter / Ryan Howell
OKSO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Branda Jean Piersall, Michelle Bias, Ryan Howell, Jyl Johnson, Kate Nelson