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2015 Special Events & Workshops

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


Thursday, April 30

Snap with Regi Carpenter
Snap with Regi Carpenter
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 – 9:00pm, Ojai Art Center

"Snap" won the top award at the Boston Story Slam. Snap is the true story of one young girl's descent into madness and her journey back to sanity and freedom. The Harvard Crimson Review calls this story "…haunting, harrowing, and surprisingly hilarious."


Friday, May 1

Meet the Tellers Lunch

Meet the Tellers Lunch
Friday, May 1, 1:15 – 2:30pm, Onstage at The Libbey Bowl

A fundraiser for the Ojai Storytelling Festival. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch while chatting with all the tellers. A unique opportunity!
Please purchase tickets in advance, by Monday, April 23.

Not included in the Everything Pass, Festival Pass, or 6-Pack.

photo by Fred Rothenberg

The TowniesAmira and Sam: Our In-flight Movie
Friday, May 1, 3:00pm, Ojai Art Center

All great movies have a compelling story and Amira and Sam, an independent film, is not 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


Saturday, May 2

Donald DavisWORKSHOP: Life Stories with Donald Davis
Saturday, May 2, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center

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.

Not included in Festival Pass or 6-Pack.


Regi CarpenterWORKSHOP: Telling Stories to Kids with Regi Carpenter
Saturday, May 3, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Gallery
We learn who we are by looking at those who came before us.
This workshop looks at how to discover, interpret, shape, and tell personal stories with one’s own unique voice.

Not included in Festival Pass or 6-Pack.


Family Fest with Andy IrwinFamily EventFamily Fest
Saturday, May 2, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Ojai House

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.


Minton Sparks

Poetry WORKSHOP:
Burn Through Your Story with Minton Sparks
Saturday, May 3, 5:15 – 6:30pm, Ojai Art Center Gallery

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.

Not included in Festival Pass or 6-Pack.

Naughty Tales

Naughty Tales
Saturday, May 3, 9:45-11:15pm, 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. 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.

Sponsored by the VC Reporter.
Not included in the Festival Pass or 6-Pack.


Sunday, May 3

Lyn FordWORKSHOP: Finding Your Voice with Clare Murphy
Sunday, May 4, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Gallery

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.


Laura Simms

Songwriting WORKSHOP: Lyrics, Music, and Fictional Truthswith Andy Irwin
Sunday, May 4, 9:00 - 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Classroom

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.