Open Flame

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(The Zoom Edition)

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    Open Flame is a free storytelling event presented by Diversionary Theatre. It’s a chance for our community to gather around the proverbial campfire and spin stories inspired by a unique theme or community at each event. Tune in to listen, or sign up to share a story of your own. 

    Storytellers must sign up in advance, and prepare a five-minute story based on that event’s theme. 

    Cozy up to our fire for a fascinating evening of stories as diverse as the members of our community who share them. Coming up in September, we will be offering two different storytelling events:

    BIQTPOC Stories: September 14th, 7pm-8pm
    Covid Slam: September 21st, 7pm-8pm

    About your Host: Kenny Ramos (Barona Band of Mission Indians, Kumeyaay Nation) grew up on the Barona Indian Reservation and started his theater career locally at Starlight and Moonlight Stage Productions before attending UCLA, where he earned a BA in American Indian Studies.  He is currently an ensemble member at Cornerstone Theater Company and Native Voices at the Autry and has also performed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Rose Theater Omaha, Perseverance Theatre, Passage Theatre, and the Denver Center.  Kenny is a recipient of First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Fellowship and is the first Native American to receive Theatre Communications Group’s Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship.  Kenny is passionate about creating theatre that centers Native perspectives and challenges settler colonial realities of American society, and when not performing, he works with California Native Vote Project and is actively involved with language revitalization efforts and two spirit advocacy within his tribal community.

  • Covid Slam – September 21st, 7pm-8pm

    All storytellers welcome

    Event details:
    Join us for an evening of COVID-19 inspired stories. Do you need to speak about it? Rant and rave about it? Or laugh about it? We invite anyone in our community to sign up and prepare a five-minute story or spoken word piece based on the unprecedented times we are living in. You will also need to fill out a waiver.

  • Rules of the House:

    • Each event will feature approximately 10 storytellers, first come first served.
    • Prior to the event, storytellers will be contacted with a special link to join the event. 
    • On the night of the event, storytellers will check in 15 minutes before to get lined up, and do a tech check with Diversionary staff.
    • Storytelling time limit:
      • Storytellers will hear a chime at 4:30 minute mark, signaling that you have thirty seconds remaining.
      • Storytellers will hear the last chime at the 5:00 minute mark.
      • You then have 15 seconds to wrap up.
      • At the 5:15 minute mark your mic will be muted

    To learn about upcoming events, Join our mailing list! 

  • Inspired by The Moth Radio Hour, Open Flame is a free storytelling event presented by Diversionary Theatre. It’s a chance for our community to gather around the proverbial campfire and spin stories inspired by a unique theme or community at each event. Storytellers must sign up in advance, and prepare a five minute story based on that event’s theme. Cozy up to our fire for a fascinating evening of stories as diverse as the members of our community who share them.

  • Past Open Flame Events:

    Monday, September 14th, 2020
    Open Flame: BIQTPOC Stories.
    At this event, we made space for BIQTPOC voices specifically to share their stories. Only BIQTPOC (Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, People of Color) storytellers were programmed, however, we encouraged our entire community to tune in to hear their stories. BIQTPOC storytellers were asked to prepare a five-minute story or spoken word piece to share with the community live on zoom. Any theme was welcome.

    Host: Kenny Ramos (He/Him/They)

    Storytellers:

    Jaime Estepa (he/him)
    Farah Dinga (she/her)
    Milena (Sellers) Phillips


    Monday, May 22nd, 2017
    Open Flame: Stories from the Transgender Community.

    Inspired by our mainstage production of Ballast, this Open Flame event was focused on giving those who identify as members of the transgender community an opportunity to share their stories.


    Monday, January 30th, 2017
    Open Flame: Rise Up

    The first Open Flame event’s theme was “Rise Up.”  Is there a time when you achieved something you weren’t expected to? When you came out of the darkness into the light? When you went high when they went low? When you were able to stand tall in our divided political climate?

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