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Storyscope: Looking Ahead to 2018-2019 

Jennifer Linde and John Genette will continue to develop the overall Storyscope project in The Empty Space at ASU and in the community at large. Amelia Lo and Kaden Sheffield have offered to take the lead on deepening Storyscope’s ties to the Storytelling Institute and South Mountain community. We hope that their work will serve as a model that can be replicated by other Storyscope teams in diverse communities throughout Arizona.

For more information about Storyscope, volunteering, or planning a Story Circles Event for 2018-2019, please contact John: 480-595-9292 |
Thanks for your interest in Storyscope and creating a spirit of inclusiveness through Story Circles Events.

Storyscope Volunteers – 2017-2018
Event Hosts / Story Circle Facilitators
Kelsey Abele
Rob Azzante
John Genette
Mark Goldman
Joley Hamilton
Katrina Hanna
Sarah Jones
Jennifer Linde
Amelia Lo
Leah Marché
Sandy Olgesby
Linda Park-Fuller
Katherine Roxlo
Kaden Sheffield
Sean Avery
Molly Bishop
Keely Bruner
Souta Calling Last
Melanie Cloonan-Schulte.
Micha Espinosa
John Genette
Sharon Gilbert
Mark Goldman
Joley Hamilton
Anya Hernandez
Jennifer Linde
Leah Marché
Linda Park-Fuller
Nicole Perlbarg
James Stein
Fargo Tbakhi
Mike Tristano
Kellie Walker
Please note: if your name isn’t on this list but should be, please contact John at

Past Events:


Spring 2018 Theme: What Does "Change" Mean to You?

April 20, 2018 at 7:00pm

Who We Are ~ Storyscope is coordinated by volunteers who are passionate about the time-honored art of storytelling. We welcome people of all ages and stripes to share their personal stories with one another as a way to build bridges, celebrate cultures, and strengthen communities. No storytelling experience required (just life experience)! 

What We Do ~ We create Story Circle events for the general public and for small groups (schools, places of worship, neighborhood centers, cultural collectives, associations, etc.).

What is a Story Circle? In a Story Circle, people come together to explore a common theme in a spirit of equity and belonging. As each person takes a turn and shares his or her unique lived experience and perspective on the theme, a larger, richer, and a more complex story emerges. The things that our stories have in common, as well as real differences, are brought to light. A Story Circle is like a kaleidoscope of human experience – what’s reflected back to us is illuminating and ever-changing, with multiple dimensions, twists, and turns. 

Civil Dialogue

The Spring Series Title is "Making News Now"

April 24, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00PM

 Civil Dialogu logoCivil Dialogue (CD) is a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. CD can be used in multiple contexts to help people communicate in civil productive ways, especially when they face "hot topics" and need to employ "cool heads." In a Civil Dialogue session, volunteer participants consider a provocative statement and have the opportunity to embody a position on the statement ranging from "agree strongly" to "disagree strongly." Participants are asked to follow guidelines for civility that are explained by the facilitator. The dialogue is then extended to the broader audience who are encouraged to respond with their own opinions and questions. CD was developed by John Genette in 2004 and he, Jennifer Linde, and Clark Olson continue to develop the format at Arizona State University.

"We have to learn to disagree without demonizing." - Rick Warren

More about Civil Dialogue. Learn how to facilitate Civil Dialogue and help ensure that civility gains traction in your community. Civil Dialogue Facilitator Training and Certification

The Encyclopedia Show

April 28, at 7:00 pm
Theme: Alan Touring

Encyclopedia Show AZ logoThe Encyclopedia Show is a monthly, multi-genre, age-integrated presentation of creative performances on a central theme taken from an ACTUAL encyclopedia. Each contributor is assigned a specific subset of the central theme on which to write and perform. Participating artists perform poems, monologues, songs, rants, etc... Quirkiness and creativity are welcomed, as are fashionable falsehoods.

The Encyclopedia Show is also a world-wide event, started in Chicago by Robbie Q. and Shanny Jean, it now encompasses at least a dozen cities! The AZ show takes place at the Empty Space in Tempe and is sponsored by the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. The creative team includes Fargo Tbakhi, Joley Hamilton, Abbey Toye, and Jaime Faulkner under the direction of Michelle Hill.

For additional information please contact .

Short Play

By Abbey Toye

Directed by Jennifer Linde and Kelsey Abele
March 27 & 28 at 7:00pm

Pandora is a short play written by Abbey Toye as partial completion of her honors thesis.  This play explores the world of artificial intelligence and poses questions about the relationship between technology, sexism, an embodiment of the feminine in technology systems.


Organized by Reslie Cortez
April 13, 2018, at 3:00 pm
Stauffer 318

Like our fall Cornucopia, this is an opportunity for the many talented members of HDSHC to share a poem, song, narrative or other creative performance. 

Contact Reslie at

COM 499 Solo Performance Showcase

April 17, at 7:00pm

Featuring five solo performances written and staged by undergraduate students.

Spring Showcase and Awards

April 27, at 7:00pm

Featuring performance texts from:

COM 241 Introduction to Oral Interpretation
COM 442 Performance, Identity, and Human Communication
COM 446 Performance of Literature by Women

Honoring the 2018 Kristin Bervig Valentine scholarship recipient and the Dessie E. Larsen graduate student fellowship recipient