STORYTELLERS

We greatly appreciate every single storyteller who has braved the stage to share their stories with us. Listen here.


Supporters

Our shows would not be possible without our brave storytellers & supportive audiences!

We are also supported in part by:


VENUES

We are delighted to call Clubhouse on South Temple our home in 2017. Formerly the Ladies Literary Club, this historic gem (built in 1913) is a beautiful location for storytelling and gathering community!

We've also hosted shows at The Urban LoungeThe LeonardoThe Utah Arts FestivalThe Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, and Church & State, all in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.


COLLABORATORS

Nan Seymour is a River Writer & Narrative Consultant. Nan offers narrative encouragement to anyone who is working to tell their story with integrity through a variety of classes, workshops, retreats and individualized support. She works regularly with Giuliana Serena of The Bee facilitating storytelling workshops to the public and in preparation for our curated shows.

Dallas Graham was our first Photographer-in-Residence, who we love so very dearly! He is the creative heart of the Red Fred Project, asking 50 children in 50 states with 50 critical illnesses what they would want to share with the world if they could write a book.

 


RADIO SPECIALS

Produced at the studios of community radio station KRCL 90.9fm and originally aired on the public affairs show RadioActive, these hour-long specials bring together stories told live on stage at The Bee with interviews from storytellers.


OPERAS FROM THE HIVE

A collection of 5 short operas based on true stories told on stage at The Bee. This truly collaborative compilation of animated and live action short films feature the resident artists of Utah Opera, with original scores written by the Salty Cricket Composers Collective, performed by local musicians, and produced by local studios.


PERFORMERS

We've been fortunate to have had live local music at many of our shows. Thanks to all the fine folks who have graced our stage: Soren Charles GreenJon YerbyWing & ClawAmber PearsonPixie and the Partygrass BoysRocky Lavoie, Sidecar Judy, & Talia Keys.



Literary Arts ResouRces & Organizations in SLC

Utah Humanities Book Festival // Literary events (mostly free!) throughout the state of Utah every October.

Utah Arts Festival // The UAF's Big Mouth Stage is home to the Literary Arts at the festival. A place for diverse voices Offering a diversity of voices together for spoken word, poetry, and storytelling from local, national, and international artists.

Wasatch Wordsmiths // Bringing spoken word - especially Poetry Slams - to the Wasatch Front.

"Write Here" Westminister's Community Writing Center // Offering workshops on everything from college applications to slam poetry. Whether you are working on a short story, resume, or classroom assignment, their staff is trained to help community members of all ages with any form of writing.

SLCC Community Writing Center // Offering workshops ranging from fiction to writing for social change. Drop in for a free one-on-one coaching session, or simply to write in a quiet space filled with people who are thrilled to help you hone your craft.

SLCPL // We are fortunate to have a phenomenal public library system in SLC with branches throughout the valley.

Have a suggestion for additional resources to add to our list? Let us know.


GUEST JUDGES

We invite interesting folks with some "expertise" in the theme of the night and/or storytelling and literary arts to join us as guest judges for our competitive shows. Judges are paired up with random audience members to form a team. We think it's a fun way to cross-pollinate community.

Get in touch if you'd like to participate.

 

CHURCH & STATE // 10.14.16 @ CHURCH & STATE

Polygamist Prodigies // Lance Allred (check out his TEDx Talk, What's Your Polygamy?)

In the Scene, But not of the Scene // Brady Petersen of The Darby Society

The Oxymormons // Emmylou Manwill (tour the capitol with her!)

 

GRIT // 08.25.16 @ URBAN LOUNGE

Gritty Gritty Bang Bang // Lara Jones of KRCL 90.9 fm (tune in to RadioActive 6-7pm weeknights!

Rooster Cogburn // Chris Waddell of One Revolution Foundation

The John Wayne's // Lucas Horns of Ballet West

 

WHOOPS! // 06.25.16 @ UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL

Hits the Fan // Melissa Helquist of Jesse Parent of Laughing Stock Comedy Improv & The Wasatch Wordsmiths

Dollar Store Condom // Elaine Clark of KUER's RadioWest & VideoWest

Don’t Get Honey on Your Stinger // Mitchell Stevens of Dreamling Books

 

THE BODY // 06.10.16 @ CHURCH & STATE

Ears to You // Melissa Helquist of the SLCC Community Writing Center & Reel Abilities Film Festival  

Tongue and Cheek // Susan McLaughlin of ALIGN Integration & Movement 

Fickle Feet // Roz Newmark of Songlines of the Body

 

FER RUDE // 04.14.16 @ URBAN LOUNGE

Don’t Tell Mom // Brandi Allen of Montessori Community School & Mindful Yoga Collective  

Stephanie Tanner’s Opinion on the Matter // Jack Waters of The Beehive Bugle

Unrefined Civil Savages // Sarah Wolfe of Barr Aesthetics

 

GREAT SALT LAKE / SMALL LAKE CITY // 02.12.16 @ THE LEONARDO

Pygmy Burrowing Owls // Eric Robertson of Saltfront Literary Magazine

Brine Time // Derek Kitchen of Laziz Foods, Laziz Kitchen, and the Salt Lake City Council   

Moroni’s Medical Marijuana // David Kimberly of Westminister College

 

REVELATIONS // 12.10.15 @ URBAN LOUNGE

The Revealing Raiders // Matthew Cockrum of the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

GG Allin // Adam Love of Westminister College & the Utah Arts Festival

YOLOP (you only live once – probably) // Gheybin Comish, Artist (she illustrated the bee on our totes) & Barista at The Rose Est.

 

THE HERE & HEREAFTER // 10.10.15 @ THE LEONARDO

Beyond the Veil // Lane Richins of Weller Book Works

Both Sides of the Fence // Rob Eckman of The King’s English

The Gatekeepers // Latoya Rhodes of Golden Braid Books

 

LOST & FOUND // 08.12.15 @ URBAN LOUNGE

Seasonal Peaches // Christy Jensen of fermentation and bicycle fame

The Founding Mothers // Lynn Kilpatrick, writer and professor at Salt Lake Community College

The Bohemians // Michelle Petersen of the Utah Opera

 

OUTSIDE THE LINES // 06.27.15 @ UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL

The Fluorescent Beige // Carrie de Azevedo of Avenues Creative Arts

Rebels Without a Clue // Sara Day of Even Stevens Sandwiches

We are Many, They are Few // Abdullah El-Hattab of Sunnyvale Farmers Market

 

THE WILD // 06.18.15 @ THE LEONARDO

The Wild Yams // Kinde Nebeker of New Moon Rites of Passage

Be Careful When Hiking Naked // Austen Diamond of 13% Salt & Austen Diamond Photography

Aaa-ooo! // Nick Burns of KRCL 90.9fm and Salt Lake Community College

 

DIRT // 04.16.15 @ URBAN LOUNGE

The Muckers // Alexandra Parvaz of Wasatch Community Gardens

Dirt Bags // Jaimi Butler of the Great Salt Lake Institute

Know Your Rights // Detective Gregory Wilking of the SLCPD

 

ATTACHMENT // 02.12.15 @ THE LEONARDO

Velcro Blankie // Nkenna Onwuzuruoha of Salt Lake Community College and Westminster’s Community Writing Center

The Avoidants // Lauren Bornschein, Teacher & Librarian at Montessori Community School

The Staples // Madison Reece, Writer

 

TRADITION // 12.18.14 @ THE URBAN LOUNGE

The Betty Crockpots // Greta Belanger DeJong of Catalyst Magazine

Black Fridays // Michael McLane of Utah Humanities

Tradition, Tradition! // Derek Clements of The Porch