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Go Tell It on the Stage: An Introduction to Solo Performance

Does the thought of telling a story in front of a live audience appeal to you? Is there a story germinating in your soul that you want to share with others?

In this class, we'll craft a 7-10 minute solo performance / storytelling piece. The piece can be about anything you choose and should reflect your unique voice. We'll discuss the techniques of what makes a successful solo performance piece. We'll look at how writing a stage piece differs from traditional writing. We'll also discuss effective performance techniques to captivate an audience. In the end, participants will be asked to invite guests to a class performance where you'll be able to put your newly acquired skills to work. I've you've been dreaming of telling a story to a live audience, this class is for you! In addition to practice on stage, there will also be a few class discussions and partner exercises.

Instructor: Echo Brown is a visionary storyteller from Cleveland, Ohio who strives to inspire and provoke. Echo started her artistic career as a solo performer in San Francisco. The critically acclaimed show was described by the San Francisco chronicle as "one of the best shows of 2014." She went on to perform the show for audiences around the world. Echo also writes mold-breaking autobiographical young adult fiction novels that are infused with magical realism. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard, was released in January 2020 to rave reviews by Macmillan. Echo's sophomore novel, the Chosen One: A First Generation Ivy League Odyssey, also autobiographical, was released on January 4, 2022 by the Hachette Book Group. Currently based in Cleveland, Ohio after relocating from Paris, France, Echo has worn many hats in her life. She has been a speechwriter for celebrities, a corporate trainer in public speaking, an investigator of the NYPD in New York, and a motivational speaker. She has given two Tedx talks and brings a wealth of experience to the fields of writing and speaking.

Echo's books are represented by Janine Kamouh at WME. On the film and TV side, Echo is represented by Olivia Burgher and Santana Seelam also at WME.


Details: Go Tell It on the Stage: An Introduction to Solo Performance takes place Thursdays August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 6:30-8:30pm in person at Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights OH 44118.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Storytelling and literary performance 

Level: Emerging

Format: Generative workshop with stage craft and performance 

Location: This class takes place in person at Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights OH 44118.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 24.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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