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All For One to Offer Course on Story Structure For Storytellers and Solo Show Writers, 5/10

All For One to Offer Course on Story Structure For Storytellers and Solo Show Writers, 5/10

As a part of All For One's new expanded programming in 2014 we are expanding our educational offerings to cover a broad spectrum of courses throughout the year. Kicking off our new education programming is David Crabb's one day intensive on story structure.

This one-day intensive teaches the principles of storytelling for writers, performers, and storytellers looking to create compelling long-form solo theater pieces. Students will learn ways to mine their experiences to uncover stories they've always wanted to tell, and craft these stories into engaging narratives with powerful character arcs.

Drawing from principles established by Aristotle and refined by story analysts such as Robert McKee, and successfully applied by solo theater artists from Spalding Grey to Mike Daisey, and Whoopi Goldberg to John Leguizamo, students will learn through lecture and exercises the fundamental story elements such as premise, controlling idea, theme, the five story beats, scenes, sequences, acts, and the Hero's Journey. Of particular interest to solo theater artists and storytellers, this workshop will present methods for balancing audience address and narration with dialogue and action.

Upon completion of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Dive into your experiences and uncover resonate, meaningful stories
  • Identify in your stories the fundamental elements of dramatic narrative
  • Eliminate insignificant details while heightening significant ones
  • Ensure major themes and conflicts remain present through every scene
  • Deliver a compelling, believable climax and resolution

Each student will have the opportunity to present a five-minute story to the class and receive instructor feedback and next steps.

To learn more and to register for this one day course, go to

About the Instructor: David Crabb is a performer, writer, teacher and storyteller in New York City. He is a Moth Story Slam host and two-time Moth Slam winner. David is the co-creator of the live storytelling series ASK ME. His solo show Bad Kid was a 2012 New York Times Critics' Pick. A memoir based on the show comes out later this year. David is currently a lead instructor in The Moth's High School Slam program. He has taught and directed storytellers at NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB), the People's Improv Theatre (The PIT), Kevin Allison's Story Studio, DC's Story League and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. David also serves as a writing mentor for veterans across the country with The Writers Guild Initiative's Wounded Warrior Project.

Fundamentals Of Story Structure For Storytellers and Solo Show Writers

Taught by David Crabb

Saturday May 10th from 10am-5pm

Theatrelab Gallery, 357 w 36th St. 3rd Floor

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