Columbia Festival of the Arts Presents: The Stoop Storytelling Series

Hear personal stories, told by the people who’ve lived them – not professional storytellers, just everyday folks with astounding tales to tell. This performance features stories of the unusual, hilarious, joyous, and astonishing – all true accounts of neighborhood events and experiences. Stoop storytellers are writers, dog-walkers, scientists, poets, moms, manicurists, museum directors, waitresses, TV hosts, taxi drivers…and you!

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular event in the Baltimore area in which seven people get seven minutes each to tell a true, personal tale on a shared theme in front of a live audience. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has featured the stories of thousands of people. These stories are now available on its website and podcast, and are frequently aired on local public radio station WYPR. Guided by the motto “Everyone has a story What’s yours?” The Stoop’s mission is to showcase the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. During each Stoop show, a few lucky audience members also get the chance to tell three-minute stories on stage.


Time: Friday, June 23 – 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Smith Theatre at Howard Community College.
Tickets: $20.00

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What is The Columbia Festival of the Arts?

The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a multi-weekend event that celebrates music, art, and entertainment. Each Festival kicks off in June with Lakefest, a free, three-day outdoor celebration at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Lakefest includes live performances, children's creative activities, a juried fine arts and crafts show, a variety of hands-on workshops for all ages and outdoor festival food fare.

The days following LakeFest are comprised of a variety of free and ticketed events, including performances in multiple disciplines, master classes, workshops, fine art exhibitions, literary offerings, film and frequent opportunities to interact directly with artists.