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Smokin’ Stories at Saturday’s Summer Grand Slam

All of the winning storytellers from this past season’s Slams were on fire at Saturday night’s Summer Grand Slam. The theme was “Burned.” Eleven top storytellers took the stage at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts where they slammed their best tales on the theme for the chance to be named “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” and win free Slam admission for life.

Popular FPA storyteller, Martha Cooney led a pre-show workshop, Storytelling in Hyperdrive, during which audience members learned storytelling skills in a flash and crafted their own one-minute true tales to get a taste of the skills, styles, and techniques the Grand Slammers would be taking with them to the stage.

First Person Arts is proud to welcome Marjorie, the current “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia,” to the FPA community of Grand Slam champions. Marjorie earned her spot in the Summer Grand Slam line-up with her tale from the very first Slam of the season at World Cafe Live this past December. The theme of that Slam was “Naughty or Nice.” Her charismatic and contagiously buoyant energy won the hearts of the judges and the audience a second time this past Saturday night with a tale about her first year on the job as a 7th grade science teacher.

We all remember fire drills in school, but do you remember the 7th grader who lit up like a an oily rag on a stick during a science experiment? Marjorie does. Hear her winning story and witness the fire she sparked in her students to rise above their fear and to never walk alone. See what our friends at Philebrity had to say about Marjorie’s story here.

Storyteller, Diana was selected to have her story printed in one of the country’s longest running literary magazines, the Painted Bride Quarterly next year by the PBQ editors.

Congratulations to Marjorie and Diana! Special thanks to all of our fabulous storytellers, to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and to everyone who came out. Stay tuned for more stories from all of our storytellers coming soon to the First Person Arts YouTube channel.

Join us as we kick off the next season on June 11 at World Cafe Live. The theme is “My Favorite Mistake.”

Marjorie, “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” and Audience Favorite – 2012 Summer Grand Slam

Marjorie, Winning Storyteller – “Naughty or Nice” First Person Arts StorySlam

-Becca Jennings

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