Thomas Doty – Storyteller
Workshops & Residencies
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."
Since 1981, Thomas Doty has been performing and teaching native stories and storytelling. He spent a couple of decades as a master teacher in the Arts in Education program, where he was known for creating actively innovative experiences for his students. Today, he continues discovering new ways to explore and communicate the depths of his art.
Thomas Doty teaches two levels of small-group workshops: Basic Classes and Master Classes. All classes offer vigorous and intensive experiences for participants. Topics range from introductory to advanced storytelling and performance skills to explorations of traditional native culture, including rock writings (carvings and paintings). Voice, movement, gestures, silence, sacred sharing, and more....
Workshops are great for actors in community and professional theatres, for storytellers, for K-12 students, for college and university students, for park rangers and public speakers ... for folks who wish to hone their skills and learn to connect deeply with their audience.
Workshops and performances are combined to create residencies that last from a few days to several weeks. Thomas Doty has been Storyteller in Residence in communities throughout the West, including schools and universities, museums, and theatres.... Residencies include staff in-services where Doty teaches the teachers, and offers ideas for follow-up activities.
There are no limits within the heart of the ancient tradition of storytelling. Contact Thomas Doty to discuss the possibilities!
Here are descriptions of a few of Thomas Doty's workshops available for grades K-12. All workshops are for groups of 40 or less.
"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