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

5740 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Board of Directors

Carl Weintraub

William Turner
Larry Guzin 
Vice President  
Dennis Carter 
Gilbert Pacheco

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 M. Parsons Foundation

 Stern Memorial Trust

Arts for All  
Big Sunday 
 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

Save the date
Haunted Harvest
Storytelling Festival
Tuesday, October 27th
3 pm - 8 pm


For the third year in a row, We Tell Stories teams with the North Figueroa Association to produce The Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival at the Old LA Farmers Market - North Figueroa & Avenue 58 in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.  A seasonal favorite, the event includes a costume contest, trick-or-treating, arts & crafts, face painting, and a pumpkin carving contest.
This year's special guest artists are the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas and the heart-thumping taiko drum rhythms of Japanese Festival SoundsWe Tell Stories will be performing four scary -but not too scary- stories from Mexico, ancient Greece, Korea, and Japan. As always, the Market will offer fresh seasonal produce, gourmet foods, and handcrafted items for purchase.  All events are free of charge, and there is free parking at Avenue 57.
This festival is funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.
Pablo Marz and Armando Ortega at Haunted Harvest 2008.
Photo by B. Oltmann

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Grant

We Tell Stories is pleased to announce funding from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation for organizational support. In these turbulent economic times, We Tell Stories has downsized staff and office space, but remains fiercely dedicated to producing high-quality programming for our schools and community. We are grateful for and honored by the continued support of the Parsons Foundation.
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation strives to support and facilitate the work of the region's best nonprofit organizations, recognizing that many of those in need today will go on to shape the future of Southern California, to define it, redefine it, and help it set and achieve new goals.

Free Public Performances
in October
Candy Danzig and young actor
Photo by B. Oltmann

Sunday, October 11th 
"Proud to be Me" 
  Part of the Family Stories: A Celebration of Community 
1:00 pm
 470 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA  91103

Saturday, October 31st
"We Tell Scary Stories" 
Halloween & Dia de los Muertos Story-Plays

2:00 pm
Culver City Julian Dixon Library

4975 Overland Blvd
Culver City, CA  90230

Start Halloween early with a performance of  We Tell Scary Stories at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library on October 31, 2009.  The performance is funded by the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program  with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

We Tell Stories is a traveling, multicultural theatre company that serves 100 communities throughout the Southland at schools, libraries, museums, and other venues. WTS performs with our signature trunk shows, celebrating classic literature, folktales, and legends for all to enjoy.

Pogo Saito, Gina Fields, and David Nott
Photo courtesy of OCPAC

Choosing My Way
Folktales from different cultures about the personal journey

Cuentos de la Familia – Stories of the Family
Celebrating family values through Latino folktales
Great for April & May – Cinco de Mayo

Earth Tales
Ancient tales emphasizing our relationship with the Earth
Great for April – Earth Day

A Feast From The East
Folktales from Asia and the Middle East
Great for May – Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Let Them Eat Books
Classic literature & poems by Sandburg, Carroll and Twain
 On Our Feet In Open Court 2000 & 2002
Bringing stories of Open Court Reading to life for grades K-5

Proud To Be Me
Reinforcing self-esteem through multi-cultural stories 

Toddler Tales
Designed for 3-5 year olds, this 30-minute performance contains 2 delightful stories with plenty of audience participation.

 Season of Giving
Myths, folktales and literature for the holiday season
Great for November and December
 The Spirit of Black Folklore
African oral traditions & African-American folktales
Great for February - Black History Month

We Tell “Scary” Stories
Stories from classic literature and folktales - eerie fun for all!
Great for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

WTS can perform for at your school, library, or special event.
Contact Programs Director Susan Devlin for more information. susan@wetellstories.org

  Some discounts available!

Student Workshops
and Professional Development

Student Workshops ~ Using highly interactive, innovative approaches to learning, WTS master teaching artists instruct the We Tell Stories Method of Turning Stories into Plays.  Each 45-minute, in-classroom workshop teaches California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), and can be customized for specific stories, learning goals, or curriculum connections.  Teachers may choose a single workshop (with a minimum of 3 workshops per school) or schedule a longer series of workshops for more comprehensive instruction.
Linda Miller demonstrates 'space work.'
Photo: A Henne

Professional Development ~ 
     Level One ~ Educators will learn the WTS’ Method of Turning Stories into Plays; strategies for creating a safe, positive learning environment; improvisational theatre games to support instruction of VAPA Theatre Standards and Language Arts Standards; and new approaches to make literacy as well as other curriculum more creative and fun.
     Level Two ~ (For teachers who have already attended Level One PD) Using a specific story, WTS Master Teacher works in-depth with teachers to create a story-play through improvisational games and techniques.
     VAPA Standards for Theatre ~ Educators gain deeper understanding of California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts  Standards (VAPA) and how to apply them in the classroom.
     Improvisation ~ Educators learn the basics of teaching the art of improvisation in the classroom and how to create a safe learning environment where creativity can thrive.
     Directing ~ Educators learn basic directing techniques for classroom or school performances.
Please contact Director of Education Joyce Lee for more information.

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Thank you for your support!
We Tell Stories is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Organization (Tax ID# 95-3803911).
All contributions are 100% tax deductible.
Educating and Entertaining Children Since 1981
fostering a love of literature, art, and theatre