2015 Schedule and Tickets

Purchase tickets here with your credit card or PayPal account, or order by phone (805) 646-8907.
Download and print schedule or ticket order form.

There is a $4 handling fee per order (not per ticket) for tickets purchased online, by phone, or by mail.

All pass and ticket orders received within 10 business days
of the opening of the festival will be held at Will Call

During the festival, tickets for individual events will be for sale at Libbey Bowl.

EVERYTHING Pass - Again this year, our EVERYTHING Pass is good for admission to ALL performances, Naughty Tales, and workshops (adults only). Meet the Tellers Lunch Fundraiser not included.
Festival Pass - All events except Meet the Tellers Lunch Fundraiser, workshops, and Naughty Tales
Ojai Story 6-pack - Any 6 events except Meet the Tellers Lunch Fundraiser, workshops, and Naughty Tales

Child tickets are for children ages 15 and under.
Family Event Pegasus denotes events especially designed for young kids and families.

Thursday, April 30

7:30 – 9:00 pm
Ojai Art Center
Snap with Regi Carpentier. The true story of a 16 year old girl's descent into mental illness, her commitment to a state hospital, and her incredible journey back to reality and freedom. Sometimes you have to go back so you can GET OUT.

Friday, May 1

9:00 – 9:45am
Ojai Art Center
Family EventPre-School Stories (Ages 4-5)
with Regi Carpenter and Diane Ferlatte

Sponsored by Ojai Valley Neighborhood for Learning
9:30 – 10:30am
Libbey Bowl
Family EventStudent Outreach for Grades K-3
with Andy Irwin, Clare Murphy, and
Donald Davis.

Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Ojai
Libbey Bowl
Family EventStudent Outreach for Grades 4-12
with Diane Ferlatte, Regi Carpenter, Vijai Nathan and Minton Sparks.
Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Ojai
1:15 – 2:30pm
Onstage at
Libbey Bowl
Meet the Tellers Lunch - Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch while chatting with all the tellers. A unique opportunity!
A fundraiser for the Ojai Storytelling Festival.

Please purchase tickets in advance, by Monday, April 23.

Not included in the Everything Pass, Festival Pass,
or 6-Pack.
3:00 – 4:45pm
Ojai Art Center
Amira and Sam: Our In-Flight Movie
All great movies have a compelling story and Amira and Sam, an independent film, is no exception. This is a moving film about the difficulty of fitting in, as well as a great love story. Following the film, the director will do a talk back. Movie Trailer
Sponsored by the Ojai Valley News
6:30 – 7:15pm
Libbey Bowl
Musical Concert with Sgt. Pepper Band -
performing music by the Beatles and other British Invasion artists.
BYO picnic, or order a delicious meal from our food truck.
Tonight It's in the Sauce Food Truck will be serving us!
It's In The Sauce Food Truck
Sponsored by Ojai Community Bank
FREE with tickets to Laughing Night
Libbey Bowl
Laughing Night Stories to tickle the funny bone,
with all the Tellers.
Sponsored by the Ventura County Star

Saturday, May 2

9:00 – 10:30am
Ojai Art Center
Life Stories Workshop with Donald Davis

We all have a story tell and in this workshop Donald Davis will show you how to craft your personal memories into a cohesive story. This is an experiential workshop designed to tap memory processes and shape them into the body of a story. For Donald Davis, storytelling is a way of giving and living life. He invites each listener to come along, to pull deep inside for one's own stories, to personally share and co-create the common experiences that celebrate the creative spirit.

Not included in Festival Pass or 6-Pack.
9:00 – 10:30am
Ojai Art Center Classroom
Telling Stories to Kids Workshop
with Regi Carpenter

In this workshop Regi will demonstrate techniques that engage children into stories. Participants will develop vocal, language and performance skills they can use when telling stories to children. The workshop will utilize stories, riddles, and songs.

Not included in Festival Pass or 6-Pack.

11:00am – 1:00pm
Ojai House
Family EventFamily Fest with Andy Irwin

Imagine an educator and entertainer who is a true expert on kid-dom. Andy Offutt Irwin and young people: a magical combination… Join Andy for some fun stories and silly songs.

Hot dogs will be available for purchase.
Ojai Art Center
Vijai Nathan -
“Good Girls Don't But Indian Girls Do”

Magnetic and engaging from the start, Vijai talks about the differences between being born an Indian and growing up in American culture. She takes us through some hard memories, from being bullied in her childhood to a failed engagement, but somehow, she makes it all undeniably, hilariously entertaining.

Wine and Indian treats are included in the ticket.
Adults only please.
12:30 – 1:15pm
Ojai Art Center Classroom
Story Swap: FREE!
1:30 – 3:00pm
Ojai Art Center
Diane Ferlatte and Minton Sparks -
"Wit and Wisdom"

The amazing poetry of Minton Sparks accompanied by music along with the interactive stories of Diane Ferlatte and music from Erik Peason combine to create a performance of wit and wisdom.

Tea and cookies are included in the ticket.
Adults only please.

Sponsored by Enliven Books
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Ojai Art Center
Clare Murphy and Donald Davis -
"From Ireland to Appalachia"

There has always been a deep connection between Ireland and the Appalachian mountains. Many of the early Irish immigrants brought their music and stories with them as they settled into the Southern mountains. Donald Davis and Clare Murphy will take audiences on a journey from Ireland to the rural mountains of North Carolina. Expect lots of humor and surprises when these two gifted storytellers take the stage.

Tea and cookies are included in the ticket.
11:00am – 5:00pm
3 Show Saturday Special (all at the Ojai Art Center):
11am: Vijai Nathan -
with “Good Girls Don't But Indian Girls Do”
1:30pm: Diane Ferlatte and Minton Sparks -
with "Wit and Wisdom"
3:30pm: Clare Murphy and Donald Davis -
with "From Ireland to Appalachia"
5:15pm – 6:30pm
Ojai Art Center Gallery
Poetry Workshop with Minton Sparks
"Burn Through Your Story"

Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. Minton believes that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history. After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to your own story.

During this writing and performance workshop, you will focus on the questions “Where are you from?” and “How does where you are from inform the definition of who you are?” while writing your own stories, exploring your family tree, studying storytelling techniques and learning from Minton's own work and experience. Minton will then guide you through using your stories to create various poems, pictures and performances.
5:30pm – 6:15pm
Ojai Art Center Classroom
Story Swap: FREE!
6:00 – 6:45pm 
Libbey Bowl
Musical Concert with Alan Thornhill and Martin Young.
BYO picnic, or order a delicious meal from our food truck.
Tonight Scratch Food Truck will be serving us!
Scratch Food Truck
FREE with tickets to Under the Oaks
Sponsored by Ojai Valley News
7:00 – 9:45pm
Libbey Bowl
Under the Oaks, Beneath the Stars
with all the Tellers.
Sponsored by the Ojai Valley News
9:45 – 11:30pm
Ojai Art Center Patio
Naughty Tales Under the Stars on the Patio
Get a babysitter and invite a little wildness into your life… This year's performers include Vijai Nathan, Donald Davis, Minton Sparks and Diane Ferlatte.
Begins after the conclusion of Under the Oaks – approximately 9:45pm.

Includes wine, hors d'oeuvers, coffee, and dessert. Seating for this event is reserved - early purchase will ensure the best seats. Must be 21 or older.
Not included in the Festival Pass or 6-Pack
Sponsored by the VC Reporter

Sunday, May 3

Ojai Art Center Gallery
Finding Your Voice Workshop with Clare Murphy

Turn familiar stories into true treasures! Each storyteller is blessed with their own unique style. Having trouble finding yours? Treat yourself to this workshop and find your own voice! A workshop focused on how to make stories uniquely your own; how to discover and develop your own style of storytelling. Learn how to uncover your own voice, turning old or familiar stories into something beautiful and inherently yours.

Not included in Festival Pass or 6-Pack.
Ojai Art Center Classroom
Songwriting Workshop with Andy Irwin

"Lyrics, Music, and Fictional Truths"
A workshop exploring how to write lyrics and poetry and when to incorporate them into story. A class for advanced storytellers who would like to learn to use music or poetry in their storytelling.

“Andy is Mr. Rogers on steroids.”
~ Barbara McBride-Smith

Not included in Festival Pass or 6-Pack.
Ojai Art Center Patio
Breakfast with the Tellers
Includes a continental breakfast. Vijai Nathan, Andy Irwin, and Diane Ferlatte will be performing.
Ojai Art Center Patio
Farewell Favorites with Donald Davis, Clare Murphy, and Minton Sparks.
(both shows above)
2 Show Sunday Special - Both Sunday shows (above) at the Ojai Art Center Patio

The Ojai Storytelling Festival is presented by Performances to Grow On,
a non-profit organization. Support our programs with a tax-deductible donation.

In these tough times, donations in any amount make a difference. Don’t have a lot to give? No problem. All it takes is $1 to make a difference in a child's life. Have a little more to give? You can also make contributions on behalf of friends and family…