Making Connections By

Sharing Our Stories

Bringing Communities Together Through Story Circles

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Making Connections By

Sharing Our Stories

Bringing Communities Together Through Story Circles

Citizen artists fostering inclusiveness
through community story circles

Story Circle Events:

[This was our most recent event. Upcoming events TBD.]

Progress Not Perfection

A Virtual Live Performance

and post-performance Storyscope

Saturday, May 15, 4:00 p.m. MST

 Written by Tyler S. Rife
Directed by Tyler S. Rife and Molly Bishop
Inspired by the writings of Linda C. Lederman
About this Event

For many, the global COVID-19 pandemic resulted in extreme conditions of social isolation and loneliness. And for those struggling with alcohol addiction, these conditions may have fostered a stronger urge to drink again.

"Progress Not Perfection" is a performance inspired by "Beyond the Bottle," a manuscript by Linda C. Lederman. Lederman's creative non-fiction presents stories of recovery from people who want to stop drinking. The script by Tyler S. Rife provides a springboard for discussion about the lived experiences of people struggling with addiction in contexts of social isolation.

You will meet characters--all in different stages in their journey to recovery--whose experiences with alcohol addiction, recovery, and progress are uniquely marked by this moment in time.

Join us for a post-performance Storyscope to share stories about themes presented in the performance.


Facilitator Training Coaching and Workshops

Next facilitator training workshop is Saturday, Sept. 25, 10am-Noon in Tempe. Please visit the Facilitator Training page on this website for details. 

For individual coaching contact John at [email protected] | (480) 595-9292


The mission of the Storyscope Project is twofold. We seek to:

  • Foster inclusiveness and cultivate connections and compassion by facilitating story circle events in public and private settings.
  • Extend training to others who are interested in the value of story circles.
Story Scope Project

The Storyscope Way

The Storyscope Project is a coalition of community-minded story circle facilitators. Each of us has experienced the power of personal stories through our work as storytellers, teachers, caregivers, ministers, poets, musicians, activists, and citizen artists.


We facilitate story circles and train facilitators so all people can express their unique stories, make connections, feel a sense of belonging, and participate in inclusive communities.


We engage communities in story circles to share life experiences, practice deep listening, feel a sense of belonging, and embody symmetry, wholeness, and equality.





In a story circle, participants take turns telling brief personal stories on themes such as Journeys, Change, or Friendship. As we share, our collective story emerges – larger, richer, and more complex. Things we have in common, and real differences, are brought to light.


A story circle is a kaleidoscope of human experience – illuminating and ever-changing, with many dimensions, twists, and turns, each level adding to the whole.


A story circle is not performance, not debate, not therapy (although it can be healing). A story circle is a communal creative experience, using a time-honored, open-source format.


The Storyscope Project is an Affiliate of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging ( Much of our language and approach has been adapted from USDAC, with permission.

Story Scope Project

The Importance of Telling Our Stories

  • Stories come from our experiences and are a way of holding a memory
  • Stories teach us something
  • Stories allow us to share identity and culture with others
  • Stories operate as sites of resistance and change

The Importance of Listening

  • Shift the light onto others, allow people to share their powerful stories
  • We work toward listening to a story rather than hearing it
  • Engage each story through deep listening and minimal responses
  • Listening with focus, intent, and effort