"Theater is just storytelling.  We've been doing it since we lived in caves.  All you need is a light, a face, and a good story.  If the story is good it will work.  Everything else is extra" - Actor Billy Meleady.   

For the Nomad Story Slam, we provide the light, you provide the face and the story.   The idea is simple - a community story telling night, based loosely on NPR's very popular Moth Radio Hour.

The next Nomad Story Slam will be on Friday Nov 3 and it is a special one-time event - Nomad Story Slam - Election Edition.  We've invited the 27 candidates who are running for contested seats in the mayoral, City Council, and School Committee to tell us a story.

No campaigning, no electioneering, just a story.   The stories will be roughly 5 minutes long, they must be true, and they must have happened to the storyteller.  Beyond that, its totally up to them.  They can be funny, or sad, or poignant, or ridiculous – it just has to be a good story.   They just have to share a bit of themselves with all of us - no reading, no notes, no props.

Outgoing city councilors: Ted Hess Mahan, Amy Sangiolo

Mayoral candidates: Ruthanne Fuller, Scott Lennon

City Council candidates: Susan Albright, Jake Auchincloss, Dick Blazer, Nicole Castillo, James Cote,
Deb Crossley, Andrea Downs
, Andrea Kelly, Brenda Noel, Janet Sterman, Brian Yates

School Committee candidates: Margaret Albright, Eileen Sandberg,, Anping Shen, Matt Miller, Gail Spector

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For some tips on storytelling  - Click Here.
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Nomad Story Slam 13 was in September 2017 at the Hyde Playground - Videos coming soon
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Nomad Story Slam 12 was in May 2017 at Newton Free Library.  The theme was "out of the blue"Special guest storytellers: author Tova Mervis, NE Mobile Book Fair's Tom Lyons , pastor Alicia Johnson,  Newton arts tsar Linda Plaut - Videos coming soon
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Nomad Story Slam 11 was in March 2017 at Gregorian Rugs.  The theme was "appetite" - Videos coming soon
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Nomad Story Slam 10 was in November 2016 at Gregorian Rugs.  The theme was "that was odd".  Click here
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Nomad Story Slam 8 was in March of 2016 at Gregorian Rugs.  The theme was "trouble".  To listen/watch - Click here
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Nomad Story Slam 7 on Jan 2016.  The theme was "not what I had in mind".   To listen/watch any or all stories from Nomad Story Slam 7 - Click here.
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Nomad Story Slam 6 on Nov 20,2015 was back at Gregorian Rugs after a long hiatus.  The theme was "that's when I knew this was a bad idea".     To listen/watch any or all stories from Nomad Story Slam 6 - Click here
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Nomad Story Slam 5 on July 26 was our first ever outdoor event.  It was a fun night of stories on the theme "summertime" at the Hyde Bandstand in Newton Highlands.   To listen/watch any or all stories from Nomad Story Slam 5 - Click here
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The sold-out Nomad Story Slam 4 on April 10 had the theme "imagine my surprise".  It featured a great mix of returning story-tellers and first timers.   To listen/watch any or all stories from Nomad Story Slam 4 - Click here
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The Nomad Story Slam 3 on May 22 had the theme "a long way from home".  It featured stories from three invited Newton authors, David Kalis, Nelson Lipshutz, and Gail Spector as well as the usual great mix of stories from a random selection of your neighbors.  
To listen/watch any or all stories from Nomad Story Slam 3 - Click here
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The 2nd Nomad Story Slam was held on January 22 at Gregorian Rugs in Newton Lower Falls.  The crowd was even bigger than our first slam and the stories were amazing.   This event's "moving on" theme brought out very personal and powerful and sometimes funny stories from everyone. 

Special guests storytellers Moth Story Slam winner Jonathan Plaut and  Alderman Scott Lennon got the night started and Gregorian Rugs president John Gregorian closed the night out with a tale of traveling through remote villages in Iran with his father when he was 10 years old.

To listen/watch any or all of the 18 stories from the 2nd Nomad Story Slam in January - Click Here

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The first Nomad Story Slam was held on Friday, Nov 21 2015 at Gregorian Rugs in Newton Lower Falls.  We were hoping we'd get 40-50 people and maybe 10 storytellers.   We ended up with 85 people, more than 21 storytellers aged 16 - 85.  The stories were personal, wonderful, in every imaginable mood and style.  It was a magic night of doing what we've been doing for thousands of years - sitting around at night and telling each other stories - stories about mayhem at a temple in India, earthquakes, cross-country video game dating, Buddha emerging from the woods, the day a phone call changed a life, a San Diego freaky road tripping-bachelor pad tale, sneaking a aircraft carrier into a harbor, misguided social experiments, a foul mouthed neighbor. lost in Worcester, life in a village in Cambodia and on and on and on.

Special guest, Newton mayor Setti Warren came by and told a story about a neighbor and family friend who died almost exactly a year ago but left a profound mark on everyone she touched.

To listen/watch any or all of the 21 stories from the first Nomad Story Slam in November - Click Here