2017 Special Events & Workshops

Online ticketing will now be done on the Tickets Page.
There will be separate buttons for purchasing each pass or package,
and one button to order all the individual shows together.
Tickets may also be purchased at the box office during the festival.
For questions, email
(Be sure to include your phone number if you would like a call back).

There is a $2 handling fee per ticket whether purchased online,
by phone, by mail, or at the box office.
Ticket Packages (Passes) will have a $4 handling fee (total) for the package,
with the exception of the 3 Show Saturday Special which is $2/ticket (total of $6) .

If you order Tickets and Passes online you can print them yourself or
send them to your mobile phone. Tickets and Passes ordered by mail or phone
will not be shipped, but will be held at Will Call. Please be sure to bring your receipt.

Thursday, September 7

Flaming microphone

Raw Tales with Winners of The Moth in Los Angeles
Thursday, September 7, 7:30 – 9:00pm, Ojai Art Center

You no doubt have heard The Moth on NPR. Contemporary, hip and totally engaging, The Moth has garnered praise for its biting stories. The Ojai Storytelling Festival is pleased to present 3 winners of The Moth GrandSLAM in Los Angeles, along with comedian, Cary Odes in a performance of personal stories for an adult audience. Join Bill Ratner, Christine Blackburn, Matteson Perry, and comedian Cary Odes for this very special evening.

Sponsored by the VC Reporter

Christine Blackburn | Bill Ratner
Matteson Perry | Cary Odes

Adults (18+) $30 | Seniors (65+) $27

Not included in Festival Pass Child's Ticket.

Friday, September 8

Cynthia Waring

Bodies Unbound with Cynthia Waring
Friday, September 8, 3:00 – 4:15pm, Ojai Art Center

In a one-woman play, Bodies Unbound, Cynthia Waring relates the story of her life and growth as a masseuse and artist, her journey of self-discovery and healing from childhood trauma and abuse.
In the process, she invites the audience to see how ordinary life is the perfect process for transformation and actualization.

Adults (18+) $20 | Seniors (65+) $17

Not included in Festival Pass Child's Ticket.

Saturday, September 9

Bill Harley
WORKSHOP:Telling Personal Stories with Bill Harley
Saturday, September 9, 9:00 — 10:30am, Ojai Art Center
We all have interesting things happen to us — experiences that would make good stories. But telling a personal story in performance requires more work than just telling what happened. Some thought about theme, plot, setting and character are important to make a personal story mean something to others. In this workshop, Bill will offer some prompts to help you find material for your own stories, and give some insights about how to structure them so they work as performance pieces. He’ll give examples form his work and give you a chance to work on a story of your own.

All Tickets $25

Not included in Festival Pass.

Kim Weitkamp
Tongue and Pen with Kim Weitkamp
Saturday, September 9, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center

No matter your course in life, writer, spoken word artist, storyteller, or speaker, Kim will inspire you as well as give you insight into the power and affect of storytelling as a viable craft. Whether you share storytelling by tongue or by pen, learning to tell the story with intention will help keep you focused and grounded as you create and work through the layers of your piece. The workshop will also cover Story Boxing, a simple but effective way to dissect your material, get various views of it and find the core theme… helping you keep your “balance” as you write and/or perform. Oral storytellers and speakers are not the only ones who present to a listening audience. Writers, if they want to build a reader base, must interact with and present to groups. We will cover applicable ways to make you and your work more appealing to the reader/listener.

All Tickets $25

Not included in Festival Pass.

Woman with eyes wide open and hand up to her mouth

Naughty Tales Under the Stars on the Patio
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 – 11:30pm, Ojai Art Center

Get a babysitter and invite a little wildness into your life… This year's performers include Motoko, Niall de Búrca, and Kim Weitkamp.

Includes wine, hors d'oeuvers, coffee, and dessert. Must be 21 or older.

Seating for this event is reserved and can be chosen when purchasing online with Vendini ticketing - early purchase will ensure the best seats. NOTE: if you would like to be seated with another couple, tickets must be reserved together. When tickteting online you can select the table and seats you wish to sit at. Each table seats 4 people. Simply click on the seats you would like to select them. A $10 discount will be given when 4 tickets are purchased together!

Adults (21+) $55

Sponsored by Mike Taggart and Casa Barranca Organic Winery

Not included in Festival Pass.

Sunday, September 10

Niall de Búrca

Connecting with Your Audience — Niall de Búrca
Sunday, September 10, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Gallery

Niall will share some of his unique ways of connecting and bringing members of the audience into the story. The workshop will be fun and definitely participatory.

All Tickets $25

Not included in Festival Pass.


Family EventWORKSHOP for Kids: Japanese Culture
with Motoko

Sunday, September 10, 9:00 – 10:00am
Ojai Art Center Raymond Room

A 45-60 minute session includes stories, songs, art activities and discussion. It helps children gain an accurate picture of contemporary Japan while providing them with a sense of history.

Child (≤15) $15

Not included in Festival Pass.

Antonio Rocha
WORKSHOP: Beyond the Voice with Antonio Rocha
Sunday, September 10, 9:00-10:30am, Ojai Art Center Patio

This workshop focus on individual creativity with the use of body language  and mime techniques along to make the invisible visible, therefore creating atmosphere, character and seamless transitions. Studies prove that body language accounts to more than 70% of how we communicate, what we say has very little to do with it.  Antonio is a dedicated teacher and his  over 20 year experience as a mime, actor and storyteller will guide you with care through these discoveries.  This is a participatory session, filled with fun and movement. Learn how to explore these tools in a fun and safe environment and your stories will never be the same.

All Tickets $25

Not included in Festival Pass.

continental breakfast food

Farewell Performances and Continental Breakfast
with all the Tellers

Sunday, September 10, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Ojai Art Center

Adults $40 | Seniors (65+) $37 | Child (≤15) $23