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.

"One of the best of Oregon's storytellers!"

"A cultural treasure." – "A master of his art."

Native Storytelling Skills

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Ancient Cultural Traditions

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 Old Time stories are performed strengthen ties between people and their homeland.

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.... And more!

Thomas Doty spent nearly two decades 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.

Master classes 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. He is constantly researching and exploring materials and means to bring added dimensions to the storytelling experience."

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

"Although I have always been quite anxious about speaking in public, I have felt the need to do more of it for my work. 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

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