Ancram Opera House Seeks Local Storytellers for “Real People, Real Stories”

The Ancram Opera House in southern Columbia County, NY, seeks local storytellers for REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES, its popular storytelling series featuring local residents. The performance, on Saturday June 30th, will kick off the Ancram Opera House 2018 Season.

No experience is necessary and up to five hours of coaching will be provided for each storyteller. Interested participants may call AOH’s story pitch line at 518-250-9791 to leave a one-minute version of their story. All stories must be true, experienced first-hand by the storyteller, and run no more than 15 minutes.

Paul Ricciardi, the AOH Co-Director who created and directs REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES, works with storytellers to help them prepare. “The goal is not to create a polished monologue, but to allow the spontaneity of a real life story to shine through.”

Ricciardi is on the theatre faculty at CUNY/Kingsborough and is a 2018 recipient of The Golden Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), bestowed annually by the KCACTF Regional Board to faculty “who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and to the development and quality of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.” Ricciardi also received a 2010 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award. He honed his dramaturgical technique at Trinity Rep in Providence, RI, working with Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director, New York Public Theater) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.

The Ancram Opera House is located at 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82.  Parking is available on the adjacent lawn. For more information, please go to, write info@ancramoperahouse.orgor call (518) 329-0114.

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