St. John’s Storytelling is excited to announce the AMPLIFY: 2SLGBTQIA+ Program. This program seeks to mentor and empower 2SLGBTQIA+ artists in Newfoundland and Labrador through the practice of storytelling. Storytelling, as defined by this program, can include any artistic discipline (ex. oral expression, theatre, writing, dance/movement, drag, multimedia performance art, etc) that uses narrative as an integral driving force. AMPLIFY brings storytelling classes, guest workshops, private mentorship, and a final performance opportunity to its selected participants.

What We are Looking For

This program is seeking 6 artists residing in Newfoundland and Labrador who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ who are interested in joining as Resident Storytellers. Resident Storytellers will be professionally mentored by project coordinator Violet Drake and lead mentor Daze Jefferies through weekly scheduled classes and one-on-one check-ins. Participants will also have opportunities to further develop their practices with workshops facilitated by special guests throughout the program. Resident Storytellers must develop and prepare a 5-15 minute performance for a final showcase at the end of the program. This performance can consist of original work, be rehearsed with pre-existing material, or combine stories in experimental ways. Participation in the showcase will be hybrid, where Resident Storytellers have options to perform live on stage, be livestreamed via Zoom, or submit digital recordings to be screened for an audience.

Project Expectations

Resident Storytellers are expected to be available from August 8th to September 12th for 5 hours a week to participate in classes, workshops, and mentorship via Zoom. Classes will occur in the evenings, with further workshop dates TBD by selected participants’ availability. Selected participants will be paid a $475 honorarium for their participation in the program, as well as performance/submission of their final work for the showcase.

Please note that prospective participants may be from any artistic background, with any storytelling experience ranging from established, to emerging, and even newcoming. St. John’s Storytelling is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment that uses storytelling as a mode of connection. We especially encourage artists who finds themselves at the margins of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to express interest, such as those who are Neurodiverse, Disabled or Chronically Ill, BIPOC folks, Sex Workers, Immigrants and Refugees, and the Elderly.

How To Submit:

Expressions of interest may be sent to sjsamplify@gmail.com and include:

Short Statement of Intent/Project Proposal: (250 words max)
Artist Bio: (150 words max)
3-5 Examples of Past Work and/or CV (Optional)

Chosen applicants will be contacted no later than August 1st. Any questions about this project and its application process will be answered directly at sjsamplify@gmail.com. We look forward to meeting all those who apply, and building connections among selected storytellers.

Project Details

Submissions Due: July 28th, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Length of stories: 5 – 15 minutes.

Final format: Live Performance and/or Digital Recording

Honorarium: $475

Send your application to sjsamplify@gmail.com!

St. John’s Storytelling Seeking New Executive Director

Date Posted: May 18

Deadline: May 31

Start Date: June 15 (paid orientation) / July 1 (official start date)

Pay scale: Commensurate with experience

St. John’s Storytelling is offering an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, highly motivated, creative individual to grow with us as our new Executive Director.


The Executive Director will oversee operations of the organization including communications, marketing, event coordination, and finances. The ED maintains communication with the Board of Directors, Committees, contract staff and performers, and acts as liaison with other organizations that promote the art of Storytelling.


  • Secure funding and financial support through grants and partnerships
  • Maintain active communication with board, committees, artists, partners, and community members
  • Attend monthly meetings with Board, Finance, and Programming committees
  • Take an active role in budgeting and management of finances
  • Manage contract staff and volunteers, including preparing contracts
  • Coordinate events (in person following Covid-19 guidelines and virtual) including tech/livestream
  • Devise, coordinate, and manage all public relations and promotions including use of social media, media contacts, and website updates
  • Oversee special projects and other duties as required by the Board


  • Demonstrated expert ability to write successful arts grants
  • Ability to engage in high level visioning with the Board and Committees around short and long term goals and Programming
  • Event coordination and technical expertise in running events on online platforms
  • Experience with budgeting processes
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and time management skills
  • Familiarity with design software (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Accounting/ bookkeeping skills would be an asset

This is offered as a contractual position. The hours are variable depending on the needs of the organization. Flexibility in work schedule is essential. The successful candidate will work from home. Salary commensurate with qualifications and skills.

We invite interested individuals to forward a resume to Storytelling St. John’s at: storytellingstjohns@gmail.com

Home Out of It: Tonic Tales for Troubled Times

A podcast compendium of tales from NL

In the mid 1300s Giovanni Boccacio penned The Decameron: a collection of 100 stories of love, tragedy, wit and guile, set in Italy against the scourge of the Bubonic Plague. Boccacio weaves a tale of ten individuals fleeing the plague, sequestered away for a fortnight. Each agrees to tell one story a night for ten nights, thus producing this collection of 100 tales.

Now, in 2021, against the backdrop of the novel Coronavirus, St. John’s Storytelling seeks to compile our own version: Home Out Of It – Tonic Tales for Troubled Times. This “Newfoundland and Labrador Decameron” will include tales from across the island and the Big Land that chronicle the unique and brilliant makeup of our province; stories that have lived here for thousands of years and stories that have traveled newly across land and sea, all of which make up the beautiful mosaic of this place.

Hosted by award-winning audio documentarist Chris Brookes, the NL Decameron Part 1 will feature 30 – 50 stories in a podcast format, to be released in summer of 2021

Have a story? Know someone who does? We encourage you to record a snippet and submit it to us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com !


All types of stories are welcome! Anyone from our province, who is currently living here, or who has a strong connection to Newfoundland and Labrador can submit stories. We want this project to be as expansive and rich as our communities are, featuring stories from seniors, and folks who self-identify as Indigenous, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+, and newcomers. You do not need to be a professional storyteller to submit!

Your tales do not need to be about Covid-times. They can be Personal Stories, Myths, Legends, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales; things you have written or stories you have inherited.

Ballads, recitations, short and long stories (up to 15 minutes) are welcomed!


Send us a short recording of 1 – 2 minutes of your story (or stories).

And tell us a bit about yourself and why you’re sharing this story – where did you hear it? What does it mean to you? You can share this in your audio recording or in an e-mail.

Unsure how to go about making your recording? We can help!

Just send us an e-mail to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com with the subject Decameron Recording Assistance


Submissions Due:            May 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Length of stories:            0 – 15 minutes. Some stories are short – so short you can tell them in a single phrase! Some are longer, and those are great! Your story/stories can be up to 15 minutes in length.

Final format:                    Podcast

Release dates:                 September – October, 2021

Fees & Licensing:            Professional and licensing fees will be paid for all stories included in the collection.

Send your submission to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com

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