In this Issue:

We Tell Stories
is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.

5740 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Board of Directors

Carl Weintraub, Chairman
William Turner, President
Gilbert Pacheco, Secretary
Dennis Carter, Treasurer

Larry Guzin
We Tell Stories
is grateful for the support from the following organizations:
Corporate Partnership
Employees Community Fund of Boeing California


Ahmanson Foundation
 City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment 
City of Los Angeles, Department
of Cultural Affairs

City National Bank
Employees Community Fund of Boeing California 
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
National Endowment for the Arts

 Norris Foundation
Ralph Parsons Foundation

 Stern Memorial Trust

Arts for All  
 Centennial Plaza Park 
Children’s Creative Project
Community Arts Resources (CARS)
 Los Angeles County MTA—Go Metro

 Los Angeles Music Center
Education Division 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
 Los Angeles Unified School District, Arts Education Branch
North Figueroa Association
 Old LA Farmers Market
Orange County
Performing Arts Center 
 Performances to Grow On
 Festival Plaza de la Raza
Community Partners

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council (HHPNC)
North Figueroa Association
Ed P. Reyes, District 1
Jose Huizar, District 14


 Seasons Greetings!

Dear Friends,
In our 2008-09 season, We Tell Stories
  • taught 883 student workshops and professional development sessions
  • performed 273 shows in schools, libraries, museums, and festivals throughout Southern California
  • reached nearly 80,000 children, teachers, and families during one of the most challenging times in our   28-year history.
Our staff  may be downsized, but our company of professional teaching artists and performers are determined to continue our mission of igniting children's creativity and nurturing their love of reading.
In our current 2009 - 2010 season, We Tell Stories
  • is commissioned by the Los Angeles Public Library to create a 45-minute, family-friendly theatre piece based on Wagner’s opera “Das Rheingold”as part of the Los Angeles Ring Festival
  • has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts  to support an intensive  theatre/residency  to 4 low-income schools in Los Angeles
  • has been invited,along with Actors' Gang and Center Theatre Group, to form the new Culver City Theatre Collaborative to provide sequential theatre arts education to Culver City schools.
We still need your support. 
The majority of schools have little or no money
for arts programs.  
If you share our belief that the arts are an essential part of a child’s education, I hope you will give serious consideration to making a generous gift to help us continue our work.
  •  A gift of $100 brings a master teaching artist into a classroom.
  • A gift of $250 or more supports an assembly performance. 
At this critical time, your gift in any amount has a very real impact on the students we serve.
The We Tell Stories Board of Directors, Staff, and Company are truly grateful for all your support.



Diana Tanaka

Artistic Director


PS  Your gift of $100 really does help keep the arts alive in the classrooms!

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit:

To donate via fax or mail, please
We Tell  Stories
5740 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042 
fax: 323-256-2336

Book a WTS Performance

Pogo Saito, Gina Fields, David Nott

WTS can perform at your school, library,
or special event.
Contact Programs Director Susan Devlin

  Some discounts available!

  ~ Transitions ~
Saying Goodbye to Friends
Due to the ongoing economic crisis facing us all, WTS was forced to layoff our Administrative Assistant extraordinaire, Jamie Hebert. Jamie started working for us in February of 2008 and quickly became an indispensable member of the WTS family. In addition to supporting all aspects of programming and administration, Jamie was the co-producer of the 2009 Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival, our most successful festival to date.  Jamie is also a talented musician, actor, dancer, and costume designer.
Betsy Oltmann, our fabulous Development Director, and her husband moved to the beautiful city of San Luis Obsipo this fall.  Betsy was instrumental in our very successful Haunted Harvest Fundraiser in 2008, our pledge campaign of 2009, and numerous government and foundation grants. We are grateful to her not only for her knowledge in all aspects of development, but also for her talent as a photographer and graphic artist.
On August 1, 2009, we lost a beloved member of our We Tell Stories family.  Kate Turner passed away after a long illness. Kate's family includes her son Garry, an emergency room doctor, her daughter Stacy, WTS' Associate Artistic Director, and her husband William,  President of WTS Board of Directors. A retired English teacher and high school guidance counselor, Kate was an avid supporter of We Tell Stories for many years.  All of the We Tell Stories members send the Turners our deepest sympathy.
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Free Performance
Saturday, December 12th at 2 pm
"Season of Giving"
We Tell Stories completes its 14-show residency at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library with a free holiday prerformance designed especially for the library.  Celebrate the December holidays of Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and Christmas with 3 charming stories that will entertain, educate, and delight. Performances are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Carl Weintraub & Gerald James in an African folktale
that teaches the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima. Photo: B. Oltmann
4975 Overland Blvd
Culver City, CA  90230

For a complete schedule of events, visit “The Arts Are Alive in Culver City” at Culver City Julian Dixon Library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
All of us at We Tell Stories wish you
Happy, Healthy Holidays!