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The Storytellers Project is a series of live storytelling events curated and hosted by the Des Moines Register. The Register’s journalists help community members to draw out authentic, personal experiences and hone them into engaging dialogue.

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The team behind the Des Moines Storytellers Project spent two years debating whether we should move our shows to Hoyt Sherman Place. We wondered whether we could fill the theater, how the audience would respond and how tellers would feel on the stage.

After four shows, it's clear: You love it! 

I'm pleased to announce that the Des Moines Storytellers Project will return to Hoyt Sherman Place for its 2020 season, kicking off with "What Happens Next: Filling in the blanks after a story ends," on Feb. 25.

While the move hasn't been without a few growing pains and surprises (looking at you, bats), we aren't planning to change much for 2020. All of our shows will be on Tuesday evenings and start at 7 p.m. Attendees will still be able to reserve their seats, so there's no need to rush to the theater to hold the best seats.

The evenings are still dedicated to the idea that oral storytelling and journalism have the same goals: serving and reflecting a community. We'll continue to help Iowans from all walks of life take the stage to share their true, first-person stories.

VIP ticket holders will continue to enjoy goodie bags with a free drink and treat. In response to increased demand, we have made additional VIP seats available for 2020. 

Whether you've joined us for every show since 2015, or are considering your first, we hope to see you at Hoyt Sherman Place in 2020!

Des Moines Storytellers Project: 2020 season

Season tickets, which start at $63, are on sale now at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines.

Tickets for individual shows will be available starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 10.

The 2020 themes:

  • What Happens Next: Filling in the blanks after a story ends (Feb. 25)
  • Forgiveness or Revenge: Deciding which path to take on the messy road of life (April 21)
  • Booted: Stories of changing course or finding out you’re no longer wanted (June 23)
  • Bad Advice: Accepting, ignoring, or just plain regretting another person’s help (Aug. 25)
  • Nerds Rule: Embracing the unconventional  (Oct. 27)
  • Generosity: The kindness I didn’t see coming (Dec. 15) 

If you missed any of our first four seasons, catch up at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers or listen to our podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes or Stitcher.

General questions or feedback can be shared with the Register's events team at events@dmreg.com or 515-619-6548.

Brian Smith is the Register's audience growth strategist and leads the Des Moines Storytellers Project. Reach him at bsmith@dmreg.com, 515-284-8214 or on Twitter @SmithBM12

Become a teller

The Des Moines Storytellers Project strongly believes that everyone HAS a story and everyone CAN tell it. None of the storytellers who take our stage are professionals. They are your neighbors, friends or co-workers, and they are coached to tell by Register journalists. 

Want to tell your story at one of our upcoming Storytellers Project events? Read our guidelines and submit a story by clicking "Tell" at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

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