April Update

Racing to the Finish Line!

We Tell Stories only needs to raise $2,500 to fully fund our theatre/literacy residency program, Open Court Intensive, for this school year.

Open Court Intensive provides 4 low-income elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District with professional storytelling performances and 80 student workshops per school.

Students gain self-confidence, learn to focus, deepen their understanding of stories they are studying, and have fun.

San Fernando Elementary School 3rd graders perform, "A Story, A Story" for their peers.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Employees Community Fund of Boeing, City of Los Angeles Dept of Cultural Affairs, Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, and generous donors like you we have almost reached our funding goal....almost.

Any amount you donate will be greatly appreciated.

If you would prefer not to donate online, you may

We Tell Stories is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Organization (Tax ID# 95-3803911).
All contributions are 100% tax deductible

Thank you!


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Educating and Entertaining Children Since 1981
fostering a love of literature, art, and theatre

Happy Spring!


Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival

You are invited to attend

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

North Figueroa & Avenue 58
Los Angeles, 90042
Free Parking ~ Enter at Avenue 57

~ All Events are FREE! ~
Schedule of Events

3:00 pm Welcome, Music, Food

3:30 pm Opening remarks

3:45 pm Performance by Ballet Folklorico Maria Felix ~
Ramona Hall

4:20 pm Performance by Japanese Festival Sounds

4:50 pm First Raffle Giveaway

4:55 pm We Tell Stories Performance

“Oniroku” ~ Japanese folktale

“Bridge to Similaqsa” ~ Chumash folktale

5:25 pm Second Raffle Giveaway

5:30 pm Pumpkin Carving Contest Winner Announcements

5:40 pm Performance by Mariachi Divas

6:10 pm Third Raffle Giveaway

6:15 pm We Tell Stories Performance

“Macario” by B. Traven

“The Lion and the Gnat” by Aesop

6:45 pm Costume Parade and Winners Announced!

7:15 pm Performance by Chikara Daiko

7:45 pm Final Raffle Giveaway

Closing remarks

Additional Free Activities

Trick or Treating

Arts & Crafts Projects from 3:30 - 6:30

Face Painting from 3:30 - 6:30

This festival is funded in part by the
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


WE TELL STORIES Performs at Target Fiera de la Familia

Come see We Tell Stories perform "Cuentos de la Familia/Stories of the Family" at Plaza de la Raza on Sunday, September 20th at 5pm in the Margo Albert Theatre. Stories include a Mexican tale about appreciating what you have, a Puerto Rican folktale about the simple, but kind-hearted Juan Bobo, and Columbian story about tenacity and honesty.

Plaza de la Raza is located at 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, 90031. For more information about the Target Fiera de la Familia, phone 323-223-2457 or email: information@plazadelaraza.org.


We Tell Stories Performs Free Shows in Culver City This Summer

We Tell Stories, LA’s acclaimed children’s storytelling theatre company, celebrates the County of Los Angeles Library's Summer Reading Program, “Be Creative @ Your Library,” with 8 different performances about creativity and imagination at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library. Shows are interactive, multi-cultural, and educational blending laughter and literacy together for fun-filled afternoons for parents and children alike.

The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue, Culver City 90230. Performances are every Wednesday at 2 pm from July 1st through August 19th and are 45-minutes long. Admission is free.

“Be Creative @ Your Library” Performance Schedule

  • Wednesday, July 1 at 2 pm
    • “Flying” - Stories about flight including the famous Greek myth “Daedalus and Icarus.”

  • Wednesday, July 8 at 2 pm
    • “Music”– A French fable, an African American rap poem, and an African folktale entertain with musical elements.

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 2 pm
    • “Riddles” – British, Nordic, and Chinese stories that tickle the mind.

  • Wednesday, July 22 at 2 pm
    • “Creation Myths” – Multi-cultural myths that ancients told about the beginning of the world.

  • Wednesday, July 29 at 2 pm
    • “How & Why?” Charming ‘Pourquoi’ folktales from Greece, Africa, and Vietnam that explain natural phenomena.

  • Wednesday, August 5 at 2 pm
    • “Tricksters” - Chronicles of fun-loving tricksters from around the world

  • Wednesday, August 12 at 2 pm
    • “Magic” – Tales from Japan, Nicaragua, and Columbia with magical creatures.

  • Wednesday, August 19 at 2 pm
    • “Fiesta La Ballona” – Stories that celebrate Culver City’s heritage.

In unique We Tell Stories fashion, actors unfurl imaginative costumes and props from an old steamer trunk and the fun begins. Audience members participate from their seats, then join actors on stage to play an integral part in the performance. Parents and kids delight in this family activity that is both entertaining, as well as culturally enriching.

With a repertoire of twelve "trunk shows," WTS brings classic literature and folk tales to life in classrooms, theatres, schools, museums, festivals, special events, and libraries. We Tell Stories’ goals are to inspire creativity, enhance literacy, cultivate intercultural awareness and harmony, and spark a love of the theatre and spoken word. Since 1981, WTS has been promoting arts education in schools throughout the Southland with assembly programs, and student & professional development workshops.

For a complete schedule of events, visit “The Arts Are Alive in Culver City” at http://www.culvercity.org/culture.asp. 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. The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library: http://www.colapublib.org/libs/culvercity/


Free Performances on Sunday, June 7th!

We Tell Stories is taking part in 2 amazing festivals this Sunday, June 7th.

Lummis Day Festival

 2:05 pm

“Cuentos de la Familia/Stories of the Family”

~Latino folk tales that celebrate kindness, truth, appreciation, and fun!~

Sycamore Grove Park

4702 N. Figueroa Ave

Los Angeles, CA  90065

The Fourth Annual
Festival of Northeast Los Angeles

10:30am - 7pm

Come Celebrate the Spirit and Diverse Culture
of L.A.'s Northeast Neighborhoods
with Food, Music, Art, Poetry and Dance !

Admission is free.

 also ...

Family Arts Festival

 at 2:25 pm

“Proud to be Me”

~Multi-cultural journeys of self-acceptance and empowerment~

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

12700 Center Court Drive

Cerritos, CA  90703

562-916-1300 or 562-467-8844

12 pm - 4 pm

Over 20 performances on 4 stages.  Music and Dance from around the world, art exhibit, musical zoo, arts & crafts, theatre exploration.

Free for the whole family!

Season of Giving at Culver City Julian Dixon Library!

Season of Giving at Culver City Julian Dixon Library!
Photo: SBO Photography, 12/08

Favorite Books!

  • Aesop Fables
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Many Moons
  • Rootabaga Stories
  • Where The Sidewalk Ends

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