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 Piersall and Michelle Bias
Two women who really want to bring more storytelling and spoken word events to the Tulsa Community.
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.
DISSOLVE TO: IDL Ballroom with over 310 in attendance and over 400 sold out seats for the 2019 Grand Slam at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Women on stage are now the best of friends and OKSO is thriving!
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
OKSO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Branda Jean Piersall, Michelle Bias, Jyl Johnson, and Kate Nelson