“Story Days in Tampa Bay”
Your Real Stories, the producers of the popular theatre series, “Decades of Day Work,” presents “My Soul Looks Back: The Decades of Day Work Photographic Exhibit” in association with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, 2240 9th Ave South in St. Petersburg. The exhibit runs September 2-10 with an opening day reception, from 6:00 to 8:00.
It features archival photographs and new original portraits by photographer, Boyzell Hosey. These images showcase the people who shared their stories about the Black maids from the 1930s through the 1970s and the white families that employed them. The photos speak volumes about how ‘day work’ has impacted the history of millions–across generations and ethnicities.
The final day of the exhibit begins “Story Days in Tampa Bay,” September 10-13. This four-day event invites storytellers, writers, actors, artists, photographers, media professionals, futurists, and entrepreneurs to share information about new and beneficial ways to tell, develop and distribute stories. This season, the featured speaker is Andrew W. Thornhill, founder and author of The Digital Television Report. His presentation, “50 Steps to Documentary Success,” is from 6:00 to 8:00 on Wednesday, September 10 at the Woodson. On Thursday, September 11 from 6:00 to 8:00, Thornhill presents “Disruptions–Past, Present & Waiting Around the Corner” in association with The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library on the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. This interactive session answers questions about what’s next in the digital media world and how new graduates and people developing their own stories can win. “Story Days in Tampa Bay” concludes September 13 with a docent tour of “Poseidon and the Sea” and talk about “Storytelling Through the Ages,” at the Tampa Art Museum Cafe, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.
The Your Real Stories mission is to use storytelling and the magic of theatre, documentary film and other media to challenge people to talk and listen to each other across perceived differences of identity, experience and opinions. Your Real Stories, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. Please join us September 2-10 for the “Decades of Day Work Photographic Exhibit,” and “Story Days in Tampa Bay” featuring Andrew W. Thornhill, September 10-13.
“Weaving a human fabric,
one story at a time…”
The Your Real Stories (YRS) mission is to use storytelling and the magic of theatre, documentary film and other media to challenge people to talk and listen to each other across perceived differences of identity, experience and opinions. Specifically, we will use storytelling to raise the level of discourse on race and race relations in America and work toward the elimination of prejudice and discrimination. We have already seen the impact of the work that we do. The storytellers in our series, “Decades of Day Work,” have told us that their experiences from interview to performance have been ‘life changing’. Our audiences have told us that they have never before had the opportunity to discuss matters of race and race relations so openly. We have collected archival photographs and gathered over a hundred hours of audio and video of storyteller interviews and recordings of our live performances.
“Very special and enlightening.” “Powerful …extremely well told…(an) important contribution to social healing.” (Responses to “Decades of Day Work” )
YRS is a transmedia company focused on theatrical journalism. In our future are radio and television shows, interactive online projects, documentaries and live theatrical performances. Through our affiliation with Communication Research Enterprises, Inc. here in St Petersburg we have developed a working relationship with Andrew W. Thornhill and the Digital Television Report in Seattle Washington. Andrew joins us in September to present three important public seminars aimed at digital storytelling and the opportunities for a broad spectrum of people to learn how to tell their stories and be heard all across the digital world.
Contact: Lillian R. Dunlap, Ph.D.
Andrew W. Thornhill is the principal researcher and founder of The Digital Television Report & DTR Support, which includes The DTR National Tour. Andrew has presented Tour lectures and seminars at over 20 universities. Among them are Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma State, and Jackson State universities as well as Carnegie Mellon, Florida International, Florida Memorial and the University of Alabama. Andrew has consulted the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and is a regular keynote speaker for the Association of Higher Education Campus Television Administrators (AHECTA). With more than 40 years of independent steering for proprietary product development, major corporate clients and leadership-oriented education programs, Andrew brings to his series of lectures and seminars, many essential clues for people thinking about how to benefit from the fast-moving domestic and global digital media environment. In the new multiplatform world of legacy and new media combinations, Andrew has been a leader through his Thornhill News, The Digital Television Report, Internet Strategies and Thornhill News Digital Storytelling. In presentations related to the development and growth of the media marketplace, Andrew shares his answers to questions about the path to career success in the current and emerging categories from digital television, to broadband, to Internet applications, to social media, to branded entertainment and wireless consumer electronics. His basics are: build your awareness and strengths in what he calls the “4 winners”: (1) Research (2) Public Policy (3) Consumer Options and (4) The Media Industries. After hearing one of Andrew’s presentations. Ernest Dillihay, former performing arts and facilities director for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, noted, “The world of interactive connectivity, convergence and multimedia platform distribution is not based on what the world looks like today, but what it looks like for tomorrow. You do not have to be a policy, techno, or business wonk to digest this information.”
Contact: Lillian R. Dunlap, Ph.D.