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2015 Personal Stories readers

Speaking of Stories Call for Submissions

Personal Stories II

 February 14 & 15 Speaking of Stories will present the return of the popular Personal Stories performance presented in November 2015

This production is inspired by the Moth Radio program, but with a Speaking of Stories twist. Original first person true stories performed by their authors, in performances that range from scripted readings to storytelling.

If you are interested in participating in this unique performance submit your true stories for consideration. The selection of the stories for the performance will be a 2-phase process. Artistic Director, Maggie Mixsell, will review the submissions and select those stories that she feels will best translate to the stage. This group will then be invited to audition. From the auditions she will select the final stories/authors for the show and they will receive one-on-one coaching and direction in preparation for the final performance. Maggie will work with the authors to determine the style of performance that best suits each selection. Everyone is welcome to submit. In the original production in November we had an eclectic and wonderful group that included professional actors who were making their first attempt at writing, published writers who were performing their works for the first time and pretty much everything else in between.

Submission Deadline: Friday October 30

First-person true stories
Word count 500-1500
5 to 10 minutes when read aloud

Those who are invited to audition will be notified by November 10.  Auditions will take place Saturday and Sunday November 14 & 15.

For those selected to be part of the final performance there will be a few group rehearsals as well as individual sessions with Maggie.  The times for these will be set after the completion of the audition phase.

Performances: February 14 & 15 at Center Stage Theater,
as part of the Speaking of Stories 2016 season

Digital submissions preferred in Word or PDF documents
Stories can be submitted by email to:

or hard copy to:
Speaking of Stories
751 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
If you have any questions or would like additional information call 805-963-8198 or email


This Project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using Funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.