Journalist Dr. Lillian Dunlap and actor/director Jaye Sheldon are co-Artistic Directors of Your Real Stories.
Based in St. Petersburg, Your Real Stories practices “theatrical journalism.” After in-depth interviews with local residents, they distill each person’s story into a script that an actor shares onstage.
Your Real Stories brings real experiences to life, to spark conversations across differences in race, gender and age – while creating a detailed view of local history from many different viewpoints.
StoryDays in Tampa Bay, their week-long storytelling festival, takes place every year in early October. You can follow the schedule of stories told by voice, text, dance, theatre and image on the Your Real Stories Facebook page – www.facebook.com/YRSinc.
Audience engagement at one of the St Pete Stories events. Your Real Stories produced four such events for the City of St Petersburg 2015.
Audience of a St Pete Stories event. Photo by Boyzell Hosey.
Actor Anthony Chisholm.
St Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell participates in the discussion at one of the St. Pete Stories events. A small group discussion following a theatrical performance of stories at Lake Vista Recreation Center.
Actor Paula Barco and City Council Member Steve Kornell.
Erica Sutherlin, actor.
Audience at a Story Days in Tampa Bay event at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
Actor Chris Rutherford
portraying Heather Fontaine, legendary drag queen, at “Tales of Transformation” Produced at the American Stage Theatre. Photo by Chris Zuppa.
Production of St Pete Stories at Lake Vista Recreation Center in 2015.
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