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The Moth

Live at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

New ENGLAND Public Radio

The second season of the Valley Voices Story Slam culminates in one final night of competition on Saturday, October 1st at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

As a preview of what to expect, we’re back with an episode featuring a couple of our best storytellers from past events. Susanne Schmidt won last year during our first season, sharing with us how our lives give the perfect example of a “bell curve”.

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The Academy of Music Theater

Best of the Valley Voices

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New England Public Radio and the Academy of Music Theatre collaborated to present four live Story Slam events at Hinge in Northampton, MA in 2014-15. The season culminated on Saturday, April 18 in a main stage Best of Valley Voices production at the Academy of Music Theater.

The Best of Valley Voices crown went to Susanne Schmidt who also took first place in November’s Lost in Translation slam! Congratulations to Susanne!

Vermont Public Radio Focus  on the Arts 

Susanne Schmidt started telling stories over a year ago, during a comedy fundraiser for the lunch ladies of Vermont. “The day before the event, I was having a really hard time deciding what to do for my set, when I realized I had a story about my lunch lady when I was growing up," Schmidt says. “So I threw out my comedy set, got up in front of 200 people and told my story.” 

From that point forward, Schmidt hasn’t stopped connecting with people through her storytelling.



Extempo Vermont 

A fabulous night at Vermont's longest running first-person storytelling event. This was the winning story from the Blue Barn recorded live in June of 2016.

Recorded live at The Main Street Landing Black Box Theater