What is it?
The Orlando Story Club builds community by sharing stories. Quarterly events of laughter, drink, stories and supporting causes. The event starts with our hosts, Danielle Ziss and Bobby Wesley, who explain how the show works. Every show has a different theme. Anyone who wants to tell a story can put their name in the story hat. Our hosts select three random judges from the audience. Stories should be 5 minutes or less and they should be true (according to the teller). After introductions, 5 names are drawn out of the hat and those 5 people get to tell their story before intermission. During intermission the hat is open again so that 5 more stories can be chosen when the show continues. At the end of the show, a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize is awarded to the best storytellers. ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE EVENT ARE DONATED TO A SPECIFIC LOCAL PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATION.
How it started:
After participating in The Moth, filmmaker and storyteller Robin Cowie (Blair Witch Project, Exists) came home to Orlando and said, “We need this here!” And so The Orlando Story Club was born. The first event held at Orlando’s East End Market in March 2014 was a standing room only smash hit. Subsequent events were held at Orlando Museum of Art, Enzian Theatre, Timucua Arts White House and number of Orlando area venues, each time raising significant funds donated entirely to local charities. In January, 2016, Cowie collaborated with the Downtown Arts District of Orlando to bring the event series to downtown. Now, Orlando Story Club is an official program of the Downtown Arts District. In 2017, Danielle Ziss and Bobby Wesley became the official hosts and curators of Orlando Story Club. Thanks to all the hard work of our founder, hosts, and major supporters, Orlando Story Club has built up a loyal and ever expanding following. People from all walks of life have embraced this opportunity to get on stage and tell their story to an appreciative audience in a festive and fun atmosphere while helping build their community.
The Orlando Story Club arranges storytelling events for the enjoyment and benefit of our community. All proceeds go to a different designated local charity which changes for each event. The people who make this possible are our sponsors. We are very grateful to: The Abbey, Concrete Lion Pictures, Orlando Live Streaming, and the design firm Laughing Samurai for their terrific support. Want to become a sponsor? Contact us! Want to become a volunteer? Contact Us!