About Tell Me A Story

In May 2011, Tell Me A Story hosted its very first live storytelling event at Shot Tower Coffee. The show was an evening of true, funny stories on the theme "Crushed". From that point on, the show continued bi-monthly with a new theme and a fresh line-up of storytellers. In addition to an incredibly talented roster of locals, the live show has featured guests from NYC Bob Powers (The New Yorker, author of Happy Cruelty Day), Kambri Crews (The Moth, author of Burn Down The Ground), Dana Rossi (The Soundtrack Series), Julia Weideman (Upright Citizen’s Brigade) and Juliet Hope Wayne (Moth GrandSLAM champion). In addition to the shows at Shot Tower Coffee, Tell Me A Story has partnered with the Mutter Museum, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Comedy Month, The SoLow Festival, and was a featured episode of WXPN’s Live at the Kelly Writer’s House.

Through our workshops, events and business partnerships, Tell Me A Story turns story fans into storytellers and equips them with the skills and humor needed to share their personal stories in a supportive, fun environment. From creatives to the curious, we work with anyone who wants to learn the craft of telling a personal story through a comedic lens. Every workshop, event, and consultation is affordable, entertaining, and customizable. Our stories fuse together real life occurrences and anecdotal humor, making connections through shared experiences.


From Hillary Rea, Tell Me A Story founder:

Tell Me A Story founder Hillary Rea at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Tell Me A Story founder Hillary Rea at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project

In 2009, I began telling stories on stage. My only motivation was to make people laugh. To my surprise, audience members would approach me after the show and tell me how much they connected to the stories I told:

“My daughter is also obsessed with Japan and Hello Kitty.” 
“I also had a crush on a 90’s rock star and he broke my heart.” 
“Wow, your passion for competitive eating is admirable. Now I want to be a Pizza Wolf!”

A few years into my storytelling career, I was flown to Las Vegas by a market research company. I was hired to stand in front of 1500 Victoria’s Secret managers and their executive team at an annual sales conference and share my true story about a traumatic bra shopping experience. 

When I shared my personal story through the lens of authentic humor, not only did I get laughs, I got a standing ovation. I discovered what a powerful tool storytelling can be, and made it my mission to help others craft their stories for maximum audience engagement and impact. 


More about Tell Me A Story founder, Hillary Rea from her website. For further reading, check out this feature on Hillary Rea and Tell Me A Story from the Philadelphia Inquirer



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