2018 Special Events & Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: Current pricing reflects Early Bird Prices - good through August 31, 2018!
Prices for Packages and ALL Individual Events and Workshops
will increase on September 1, 2018.

**After August 31 Festival Passes increase by $15, 3 Show Saturday Special and 2 Night Special increase by $10, and all Individual Shows and Workshops increase by $5.**


Saturday, April 21

Clare Murphy

Clare Murphy in "Universe"
A Benefit for the Ojai Storytelling Festival

Saturday, April 21, 8:00pm, Topa Topa Winery, 821 W. Ojai Avenue

Clare will perform “Universe”, her newest work that is geared for an adult audience. “Universe” takes the audience on an unforgettable journey merging science, myth, and deities in a very playful exploration of the beginnings of the universe.

Cindy Kalmenson will open the evening with a musical set that will be followed by Clare's performance.

About Clare
Clare Muireann Murphy can't help but make friends with her audience… it's just the way she is. Born in Dublin, Clare has lived in Spain, America and Galway, and currently resides in London. A dynamic and witty performer, she has performed in festivals and theatres across the world, and her repertoire extends from her beloved Irish mythology to world folklore, anecdotes, fables, personal and original stories. | video

“The most outstanding, beautiful and magical storyteller around. She is flippin fantastic” — G. Dixon
Adults (18+) $20

Not included in Festival Pass

Thursday, October 25

Flaming microphone

Raw and Unfiltered Tales with 2 Moth Winners: Brian Finklestein, and Cole Kazdin + Kevin Kling and Clare Murphy
Thursday, October 25, 7:30 – 9:00pm, Ojai Art Center Patio

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 2 winners of The Moth GrandSLAM in Los Angeles, along with storytellers Kevin Kling and Clare Murphy in a performance of personal stories for an adult audience. Join Brian Finkelstein and Cole Kazdin, along with storytellers Kevin Kling and Clare Murphy for this very special evening.

Brian Finklestein | Cole Kazdin
Kevin Kling | Clare Murphy

Adults (18+) $25 | Seniors (65+) $22

Not included in Festival Pass Child's Ticket.

Friday, October 26

The Townies

Stories without Apology The Townies
Friday, October 26, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Ojai Art Center

The Ojai Storytelling Festival is pleased to present one of Ojai's treasures, the Townies. Full of relatable people telling heartfelt, often hilarious, sometimes tragic stories. Under the direction of Kim Maxwell, The Townies include tellers of all ages sharing original stories about life in Ojai.

Adults (18+) $15 | Seniors (65+) $12

Not included in Festival Pass Child's Ticket

Saturday, October 27

Kevin Kling
The Stories We Carry — Kevin Kling.

Saturday, October 27, 9:00 — 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Gallery

When telling a personal story, how do we recall the details hidden in our past?  In this workshop, participants will work with storyteller tools such as creating imagery, working with humor and crafting dialogue.  The workshop will also look at other elements that transform an experience into a story, especially “the invitation” where trust is developed and a conversation begins with the audience.  Kevin will break down and analyze some of his own stories and then he will work with participants on their tales.

All Tickets $15

Not included in Festival Pass.

Glenis Redmond
Glorified Poetic Conversations — Glenis Redmond
Saturday, October 27, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Patio

This is Glenis Redmond at her best. Her mystic self is loose in this unscripted workshop. She comes to the table with all her tools, crafts and skills and plays the room much like a jazz musician. She opens the doors of this workshop by reciting poems and entering into the door of deep revelation by questioning and musing. Participants will be involved in this lively conversation and use this topic as a jumping off point to create. This Road Warrior Poet though steeped in Afro-Carolininan roots, speaks a universal tongue of love, loss, celebration, sorrow and hope. Her verse uplifts family, culture and community.

All Tickets $15

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, October 27, 9:45 – 11:15pm, Ojai Art Center Patio

Get a babysitter and invite a little wildness into your life… This year's performers include Clare Murphy, Glenis Redmond, Scott Ainslie, and special guest comedian Cary Odes.

Includes dessert and coffee.
Wine can also be purchased at the event.
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: Each table seats 4, so if you'd like to sit with friends you need to purchase your seats at the same time. 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.

Adults (21+) $30

This performance is made possible in part by
the National Endowment for the Arts and
the Western States Arts Federation

Not included in Festival Pass

Sunday, October 28

Clare Murphy

Storytelling 101: Introduction to Storytelling — Clare Murphy

Sunday, October 28, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Gallery

What is Storytelling? Why is storytelling the most effective way to deliver information? Would you like to get better at telling stories?

In this short introductory workshop participants will get a glimpse of what makes storytelling so effective. You will be introduced to the mechanics of telling a story, what makes certain styles more compelling, and the basics of authentic speaking.

Bring: yourself, wear comfortable clothing, a willingness to play. This workshop is taught through performance games and discussion, and partner work. The participants will not be expected to perform to the group.

Who is this for: Anyone with an interest in learning about storytelling

Alan Davidson: I attended Clare's workshop last week and felt she did a fantastic job. She's amusing, feisty and made a person like me (with zero experience) feel at home.

All Tickets $15

Not included in Festival Pass.

Scott Ainslie

African Roots: From Saturday Night Blues to
Sunday Morning Gospel — Scott Ainslie

Sunday, October 28, 9:00 – 10:30am, Ojai Art Center Theatre

In this 90 minute workshop, armed with his vintage National steel guitar, fretless gourd banjo, acoustic guitar, and homemade one-string cigar box guitar, Scott Ainslie will lead us on a tour through America's hidden musical history. Come prepared to sing, listen, and enjoy experiencing the stories, history, songs, and underlying African traditions and aesthetics that have combined with European music and instruments to create some of the most vital traditional and popular music in the world.

All Tickets $15

Not included in Festival Pass.

continental breakfast food

Continental Breakfast and Farewell Tales
with all the Tellers

Sunday, October 28, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Ojai Art Center

Adults $25 | Seniors (65+) $22 | Child (≤15) $18