Gotham Storytelling Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Horse Trade Theatre Group
85 E. 4th Street
New York, New York, 10003 USA
Phone: +01 212-777-6088

Festival Description

Folk music had the 60s in NYC, punk and performance art owned the 70s and 80s, and improv and alternative comedy ruled the 90s and 00s. Today… it’s live storytelling. Dozens of story shows take place at big and small theaters around the city, with new ones popping up every month. Horse Trade Theater Group (Heidi Grumelot, Artistic Director, Erez Ziv, Managing Director) is proud to present the First Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival in October 2012; collecting some of the best shows curated and produced by Horse Trade Artistic Director Heidi Grumelot and resident hosts Peter Aguero, Seth Lind and Adam Wade.

Festival Dates November 1 - 6, 2013
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Festival Story:

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership.


Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • This Time
    Hosted by Cammi Climaco
    Friday, November 1 @ 6pm
    • Originally called Six x Six, This Time is an open mic hosted by Cammi Climaco. Performers get six minutes to work on old stories, try out new ones, or resurrect stories from the garbage pile. Cammi is a storyteller and visual artist and co-host of the storytelling variety show Ask Me Stories. Featuring tales told by Kambri Crews, Christian Finnegan, Janeane Garafolo, and Mark Sam Rosenthal.
  • The Story Collider: Storms
    Hosted by Ben Lille
    Friday, November 1 @ 8pm
    • Science surrounds us. Even when we don’t notice it, science touches almost every part of our lives. At the Story Collider, we believe that everyone has a story about science—a story about how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them on a personal and emotional level. We find those stories and share them in live shows and on our podcast. Sometimes, it’s even funny.
  • Sideshow Goshko
    Created & Hosted by Leslie Goshko
    Friday, November 1 @ 10:30pm
    • Hailed as “a well-programmed night” by The New York Times and named a Time Out New York “Critics’ Pick,” Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series joins the Gotham Storytelling Festival. Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post) invites some of New York’s top writers, comedians, and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s live accordion music, a challenging trivia game, and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce!
  • Storytelling Panel Discussion
    Hosted by David Crabb
    Saturday, November 2 @ 6pm
    • Telling the Truth: Honesty in Storytelling - a conversation with David Crabb, Kambri Crews, and Brad Lawrence.
  • TOLD
    Hosted by Seth Lind
    Saturday, November 2 @ 8pm
    • TOLD returns for one night only! Told had a run of 50 monthly shows, ending in 2012. And it’s back, for just one more show. Hosted by Seth Lind, produced by Heidi Grumelot, and featuring some of the city’s best storytellers.
  • Ask Me
    Hosted by Cammi Climaco & David Crabb
    Saturday, November 2 @ 10:30pm
    • Ask Me is a three year old monthly storytelling/variety show hosted by Cammi Climaco and David Crabb. Past performers have included Ophira Esineberg, The Reformed Whores, and Edgar Oliver. As hosts, Cammi and David have presented videos, skits, raffles, kazoo songs, and sexts.
  • Real Characters
    Hosted by Andy Ross
    Sunday, November 2 @ 5pm
    • REAL CHARACTERS is a monthly storytelling/reading series hosted by Andy Ross that combines some of New York’s best storytellers, humor writers, memoirists, and monologists. Past performers have appeared on The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live. Past writers have contributed to The New Yorker, The Onion, The Simpsons, and The Colbert Report. Learn more at
  • The Nefarious Laboratory presents – Origin Stories!
    Hosted by Brad Lawrence and Cyndi Freeman
    Sunday, November 2 @ 7pm
    • An evening of some of New York’s premier burlesque performers telling you how and why they went from mild mannered citizen to super powered strip artiste and then performing some of their favorite acts.
  • Bare. – Switchup Edition
    Hosted and curated by Peter Aguero
    Sunday, November 2 @ 9pm
    • Raw Stories paired with Raw Burlesque. This special “switchup” edition of Bare will feature some of NYC’s best burlesque performers telling stories combined with some of NYC’s best storytellers baring it all in burlesque acts.
  • The Liar Show
    Seek Truth. Get A T-Shirt
    Monday, November 4 @ 5pm
    • Called “A Winner! 4 Stars” at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, The Liar Show features four writers and comedians telling short, personal stories. But listen carefully because one person is making it all up. Interrogate the cast and expose the fraud to win an unbelievable LIar T-shirt. For more info and a video trailer, visit
  • Long Form Storytelling
    Tuesday, November 5 @ 7pm
    • Give a great storyteller time to let their tale breathe and you have Long Form Storytelling. This years Long Form show features Ed Gavagan telling his harrowing tale of being stabbed by gang members…. and a special guest teller who will be revealed the week before the festival!
  • Adam Wade from NH Show: The Musical
    Wednesday, November 6 @ 7pm
    • In celebration of the 5th year of the Adam Wade from NH Show (praised by the New York Times, and Time Out NY Magazine) Adam will be presenting a very, very, very special version of his show featuring original songs and stories. With special surprise guests!
  • The BTK Band
    Hosted by Peter Aguero
    Wednesday, November 6 @ 9pm
    • Have you ever wanted to tell stories or go-go dance with NYC’s Hardest-Drinking Improvised Storytelling Rock Band? Now’s your chance! The BTK Band will open up their stage for you to tell a story in three parts (3 minutes/2 minutes/2 minutes) while we improvise music behind it, turning your story into a song. If storytelling isn’t your thing, wear some purty underthings and climb one of the boxes to frame the stage with your shimmy-shake. Bring The Kids. (Don’t bring any kids.)


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