When life knocked you down or fear gripped you, how did you move for-
ward? These are questions storytellers will answer at the next SHINE
event with their inspiring true stories of “Finding Bravery.” SHINE
will be held Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm at the YWCA Santa Monica-
/Westside, 2019 14th Street in Santa Monica.
SHINE is a storytelling series highlighting experienced and new story
-tellers coming together on the third Thursday of every month to share
inspiring true stories. The event features a relaxed community atmo-
sphere, powerful and entertaining stories, refreshments, mingling, and
SHINE will be hosted this month by Ruthy Otero, an actress, writer and
solo performer. To date, Ms. Otero has written and performed four succ-
essful solo shows. She was chosen by Variety Magazine as one of the 10
Comics to Watch for her one-woman comedy Dancing With My Demons, which
she just performed at the One Festival in New York. She recently start-
ed a podcast about solo shows called The ABCs of a One Person Show. www.myownpersonshow.com
Live music will be provided by Josephine Johnson, an LA-based singer/
songwriter. Johnson’s resonant voice is infused with the influence of
the small Indiana farming community where she grew up, a bit of Savan-
nah jasmine, Humboldt’s long winters and great trees, and Asia’s anc-
ient rituals. She has played at an eclectic collection of venues across
California. Johnson released her first album, Elemental, in 2010 and
is currently touring with her 2014 release, Let It All Out.
Professional storytellers for SHINE are chosen from some of the nation’s
top award-winning storytellers and writers. Amateur storytellers of all
ages and walks of life also take the stage. Submissions are accepted
before the event and two slots are reserved for audience members selec-
ted through a random drawing.
Storytellers scheduled for November:
Brandon Burkhart is a screenwriter and a veteran of the Los Angeles com-
edy scene. As an actor, he’s starred in the low-budget indie features
“Match” and “Hollywood and Vine.” He currently writes jokes for morning
radio DJs and for the pun blog PunDumpster.tumblr.com. Brandon would love
for you to follow him on Twitter: @burkhartbrandon.
Rachel Gebler Greenberg is a writer, storyteller, artist, and dating coach.
In the late ‘80s, she moved to Los Angeles with her young son and has made
a living assisting CEOs. Rachel is currently writing a memoir about her
husband Glenn’s sudden passing last year. Some ofher past literary readings
have been held at Beyond Baroque in Venice.
Michelle Joyner is a professional actress who has had a simple goal: to
live until the third act. That dream was seldom realized, and she is still
recognized as the girl that Sylvester Stallone dropped 4000 feet off a
mountaintop in “Cliffhanger.” She took a decade-long hiatus from dying on
screen to raise twin boys and write eight studio screenplays, now sitting
on eight studio shelves. She has now graduated from playing the victim to
playing the mother of the victim in recent guest star roles in “Bones,” “Lie
to Me” and “Perception.” She has shared her stories at many literary venues
around L.A.—- and in all of her stories, she gets to live!
David Muchnik is a writer, performer and future therapist. He was born in
Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the United States 13 years ago. He
feels blessed that stories come to him, trusting he will find a way to
share them with others.
Burt Ross was born in New York and lived in New Jersey until two years ago,
when he and his wife moved to Malibu. Burt graduated with honors from Har-
vard College and got his law degree at NYU Law School. After working on Wall
Street, he was elected Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Known for turning down
a $500,000 bribe from the mafia, his story was told in the book “The Bribe.”
Burt went on to be Administrator of the New Jersey Energy Office and then
founded Burt Ross Realty Corp. Since moving to Malibu, he has written humor
columns for Malibu Patch and The Malibu Times.
Carol Schwalberg’s short stories have appeared in Penthouse, Independent Ink,
Steam Ticket, Verdad, Wordplay and The Los Angeles Times (chidlren’s page)
(USA), Women in Judaism (Canada), Woman (UK), Ita (Australia) and Fair Lady
(South Africa) as well as in the anthologies, If I Had My Life to Live Over,
I Would Pick More Daisies (Papier-Mache), Am I Teaching Yet? (Heinemann),
Rite of Passage (Lonely Planet), ParaSpheres (Omnidawn). She won first prize
both for her story in Verdad and her parody of Joan Didion’s work in the 2008
Happy Endings Contest sponsored by Humanities Montana, and Life is a Roller
Coaster (Kind of a Hurricane Press).
Sara Mayer is an actress, educator, activist and self-described troublemaker.
A member of Santa Monica Repertory Theater, she has performed in classical
theater Off Broadway in New York City and original works here in Los Angeles.
Sara has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has studied with The
Actors’ Gang, the Beckett Center at Trinity College Dublin and BADA at Oxford University. Sara’s wanderings have taken her through the Middle East, East
Africa, Europe, Central America, Asia and the Antipodes. If her life is a
story, she desperately hopes it is an ‘80s style adventure-comedy.
Marian Silverman is a writer, Licensed Family Therapist and Educational Psych-
ologist whose life’s work has been in education, counseling and psychology. Her memoir was published in 2014: White Rose/Stories of Love, Loss and a Dog Named
Holly. See www.mariansilverman.com. An Animal Assisted Therapy specialist, she
was consultant for the People-Animal Connection Program at UCLA Medical Center
with her canine partner, Holly Go Lightly. She has published articles about
the power of the human-animal bond and offers Bereavement Counseling for Pet
Loss. www.yourpetloss.com. Marian lives in Culver City with her two feline companions, Gracie and Tabatha.
Those interested in becoming a SHINE storyteller are encouraged to visit www.StoreyProductions.com in advance for monthly theme and guidelines.
SHINE is produced and hosted by Isabel Storey and presented by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater, UCLArts and Healing, and the YWCA Women’s Partnership.
Presented by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater, UCLArts and Healing, and YWCA Women’s Partnership.
ADMISSION:$10 Suggested donation at door. PARKING: FREE and plentiful parking in venue parking lot