by Norah Dooley
Here is a blast from the past... Looking backward on the 'birthday' or anniversary of massmouth's first public performance, August 11, 2008. Below is a "history" (big air quotes!) and then some pictures from August 11th. Lastly, there are the results from our survey of storytellers in Massachusetts.
This is just a bit of the "way back when" story... it is not a deposition, just what I can remember. Others may have clearer hindsight. And if I left anyone out? Please help me add you in...
|Co-founder, Doria Hughes|
By AUGUST 2008 we were doing things... With stories and a good mic, amplification and a video camera, Andrea, Doria, Stu Mendleson and I took to urban street corners, ice cream parlors, cafés and later, even apple orchards. We began filling our interactive website with photos, audio clips, and videos of massmouth storytellers in live performance. We were joined in those first days by Brother Blue and Ruth Hill, Michael Anderson, Elsa Zuniga, Laura Packer, Kevin Brooks, Cindy Rivka Marshall, Bruce Marcus, Lani Peterson, Leeny Del Seamonds. In our first few months:
|Co-founder, Andrea Lovett|
We raised $500 for an exchange between Boston and New York Storytellers from Club Passim to Cornelia Street Café. And our “sweat equity” was used to edit and post video, create PR and for web development. Here is an exchange between Andrea and I about the start of the slams.
Andrea Lovett on July 16, 2008 at 6:29pm "What about looking at venues differently. i.e. places that are unaccustomed to storytellers but are made for telling. Like a bar on an off night? A few of us have been talking about this idea thinking about trying it out with some interactive storytelling. Get people involved, perhaps build new audiences."
Reply by Norah Dooley on July 17, 2008 at 10:19pm "We do need to go where people are and open our mouths and 'expose' ourselves. Yeah, that's the ticket!"
The rest, as they say, is history. And it is not over - " not until the fuller-figured woman vocalizes."
|Co-founder, Stu Mendleson|
(Note: When Norah and I had this idea, we were thinking people in Boston might like to do some work together and our idea expanded to all of Massachusetts but we neglected to change one or two of the questions (not posted here) to reflect that. Our apologies. AL)
Survey resultsSome of the Questions:
1. Are you are working storyteller? And a member of a group that supports your work as a performer?
25% said working on it
35% said I make my living talking
32% said my job uses story
92% said they are Lanes members
10% said they were past LANES member
14% said they were a guild member
14 % ad hoc
71% said they are working storytellers
Question 2I am interested in joining others, live and in person to:
Work on my craft 80%
Learn about recording 36.4%
Learn about video 35%
Leaning about posting blogs and videos on the internet 48%
Expand performing opportunities 65%
Question 3Are you willing to meet in a central location?
A café 95.7%
A club 95.0%
A tavern 95.0%
A restaurant 95.5%
A library 95.8%
A school 95.2%
A museum 100%
Question 4Are you able to join a phone conference?
Question 5Are you able to meet regularly?
38% said bi monthly
80% said not weekly
45% 4x a year
Question 6What can you bring or share with the group?
100% various performing, musical and mentoring skills
95.7 said they could offer a location
35% said equipment
Thanks for reading -- keep an eye out for our next survey, coming soon!