Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Master Classes

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The storyteller's words sizzle with depth. Layers of truth emerge as the story swells beyond sound to include a visual canvas of gestures and movements. Not only is the storyteller transformed, so are the listeners.

A Journey into Mythology & Performance

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Thomas Doty spent a decade as a Master Teacher in the Arts in Education program where he was praised for his innovative, hands-on teaching methods. Doty has been Native Storyteller in Residence in communities throughout the West, including schools and universities, museums and theatres, Indian tribes, national parks and monuments.

Native Storytelling Skills

Thomas Doty's master classes are explorations into the art of storytelling, with an emphasis on performance skills that are uniquely native and rooted in ancient cultural traditions.

Native stories have a strong sense of place. How they are performed strengthen ties between people and their homeland. Master classes often include treks to ancient cultural sites, including native villages, solstice and rock writing sites.

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Learn how gestures used in traditional native storytelling performances have their origins in Indian sign language and rock writing symbols, how to create a visual map of a story in an empty space using movements, gestures and voice, develop facial expressions that mirror the moods of mythic masks, graceful movements that emerge from primal dances, the importance of sacred numbers, the integration of native world view into old and new native stories.

And most importantly: how to find your own story as you experience native worlds, and your unique style in expressing your story.

Each master class is handcrafted for each group of participants. They are for those who have a genuine interest in learning native traditions while developing oral presentation and performance techniques. A single session explores a range of storytelling skills. Additional sessions go into more depth with each of these skills.


"Thomas Doty is a thorough professional and one of the hardest working individuals I have met in my decades as an actor and director and teacher. He is constantly researching and exploring materials and means to bring added dimensions to the storytelling experience."

Michael Newell, Educator & Actor, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles County Schools

"Tom's enthusiasm and deep mastery of his craft are a gift he shares with wholeheartedness and skill. I am so glad he shared them with me."

Melani Marx, Energy Alignment Master, Certified Life Coach, Teacher, Mentor and Writer

"Thomas Doty is a rarity -- a scholar whose work does not smack of lampblack or the dust of archaeology, a poet who brings the power of aptly chosen words to every facet of life, a teacher whose skills delight the young and the old."

Robert Casebeer, Poet and Emeritus Professor, Department of English, Southern Oregon University

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