Portland Storytellers' Guild presents WHAT MATTERS

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Stories are how we make meaning of our lives and our world. They make us laugh, think–and teach us how to be human. When the pace of change accelerates absurdly and our definition of “community” seems to change with every headline, stories can ground us and help us remember who we are.

The Portland Storytellers’ Guild preserves the ancient tradition of oral storytelling in the modern world by creating a space where teller and listener sit down and together, recreate the stories of our common humanity. Like all living things, stories come to life when they are nurtured by being told, heard and savored.

For 25 years, the Portland Storytellers’ Guild has been introducing people of the Pacific Northwest to the joy and power of stories in person, face to face. Old stories that may have been committed to print long ago breathe and move and sing again. New stories find their way from our lives into our tales. It is said that to be human is to have a story to tell. That is what the Portland Storytellers’ Guild is all about.

We invite you experience this magic at one of our monthly performances, now at the Historic Clinton Street Theater!

Portland Storytellers' Guild presents WHAT MATTERS


We all have a storyline that arcs through our lives. But how does that storyline connect us to what is important to ourselves and to each other?

In “What Matters,” the Portland Storytellers Guild monthly show at the Clinton Street Theater, Saturday, May 4, storytellers Howard Adler, Maura Doherty, Wink Harner and Brian Rohr detail a series of funny, touching and heartbreaking adventures that helped them discover what really matters to them.

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Howard Adler says he has been telling stories all his life, originally to get himself out of trouble with his mom and the law. His focus has changed since that time to include personal stories, traditional tales and original myths and legends. As a child he was known for his wild imagination. Now he is known as a storyteller.

Maura Doherty loves to tell and write stories about growing up in the Bronx, her travels across the country and the many adventures she’s had along the way. She believes, along with the poet Muriel Rukeyser, that “we are made of stories” and encourages us to find the story within ourselves and share it.

Wink Harner began training as a multilingual storyteller with the South Mountain College Storytelling Institute. Off stage she has “spent several lifetimes of careers” as a foreign language professor, translator, interpreter and typesetter as well as a manager of disability services and a developer and trainer of assistive technology programs in higher education. She has told stories in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English “with some Quechua and Nahuatl thrown in.”

Brian Rohr (brianrohr.com) is a professional storyteller who has taught and performed at major conferences, festivals, high schools, universities, synagogues and libraries throughout the country. Brian usually focuses on the old stories – the myths, folktales and fairy tales – that can inform us on how to live our lives, helping to make sense and meaning of our own living world. This time, however, he will focus on stories from his own life. 

Special Admission

Advance tickets: $10 Guild members, $12 General admission

All tickets $15 at the door