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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Stephanie Douglass

Chicago, IL 

(260) 255-4769


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Stephanie Douglass is a storyteller, performer, farmer, writer, and trainer.
She is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion, co-hosts the storytelling open mic Do Not Submit: Englewood, and co-hosted This Much Is True for two-and-a-half years.

She is a co-founder of the New York theatre company The T.E.A.M, was the head writer for the Outdoor Life Network's "Outside Magazine's Ultimate Top Ten," and is a staff writer for The Paper Machete.

Producing and directing experience includes multiple plays for Suzan-Lori Parks "365 Days/365 Plays," co-Producing "The 25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest," live programming for the Illinois Humanities Council, and many other storytelling and youth productions.

When not on stage, Stephanie serves as the Farm Enterprise Director at Growing Home, Inc., growing organic vegetables and training Chicagoans with barriers to employment for placement in permanent jobs.

She is a co-founder of Cyahafi (Cha-HA-fi) Blooms, where she develops sustainable programming for rural women and communities in southwestern Uganda, and works to preserve the stories of those rarely heard.

Stephanie loves to engage as a speaker and storyteller on a variety of ecological or food-based topics, with a specialty in agriculture and permaculture aid.

She also specializes in Jewish-themed, accessible, progressive stories for a variety of ages, and is conversational in both Yiddish and Hebrew.

Modern, equality-based interpretations of traditional texts, as well as workshops on any of the above with both hands-on and more theoretical options available.

Types of stories I tell:

True first-person narrative, Moth-style, re-imagined and updated folktales, Yiddish, Traditional and modernized Jewish stories, Essay-style, Organizational History, and Original Satire

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Shows or classes where travel is required should be booked at least one month out. Transportation and lodging are covered by hiring organization. Overall fees dependent on particular performances, workshops, and expectations.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

I have worked with schools in Chicago, New York City, and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network, Advocates for Urban Agrigulture