Gotham Storytelling Festival

FRIGID New York presents the Eighth Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival. With storytellers from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, this year’s festival promises to break the mold and bring you stories that are both intensely individual and strikingly universal. Don’t miss out on six days of stories that will make you laugh, cry and want to hear more!

Gotham runs in November of every year. If you're excited about storytelling, check out some of our current solo and storytelling shows!

Upcoming Events
  • Saturday February 8th 2:30PM
  • CHALK (a silent comedy.)
  • "If everything you drew became real, where would your imagination take you?"A charismatic clown discovers magic chalk that makes everything he draws come to life in this fantastical one-man show guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages! A non-verbal physical comedy in the style of the great silent-film era comedians, Chalk is a goofy testament to the power of a childlike imagination, and a moving exploration of the adult search for romantic love and connection.Critics call CHALK:"A Simple, Generous, Touching Show For Everyone" FOUR STARS - Broadway Baby"Wildly Entertaining & Incredibly Moving" BEST BET - Theater Is Easy"Clever, Theatrical Magic" - Center on the AisleCHALK was recently featured in Time Out New York.Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this whimsical romp guaranteed to "Draw You In." ALEX CURTIS – (creator. / performer.)Alex Curtis is a professional actor performing in theater, film, and television. Alex's clown work has been featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New York Clown Theatre Festival, the Gotham Storytelling Festival, FRIGID New York, and the 10 Foot Rat Cabaret. Other career highlights include playing a house-hunter on a reality TV show (not real, btw), appearing on the ABC prime-time crime drama 'FOREVER', and landing a co-starring role on an episode of award-winning CBS drama ‘Blue Bloods’. He hosts the podcast ‘Stop Waiting Tables’ where he interviews creatives about making art and making a living and has a recurring role on the web series ‘Love In NY’ (named 'Best of the Web' by FUNNY OR DIE). Alex earned his MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company. He lives in Brooklyn with his cactus and action figure collection. More details at   Caitlin Ryan O’Connell (director) is a theatre director and teaching artist. She has worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, LCT3, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Company, and Clubbed Thumb. In 2010, she conceived and directed A World of Girls, an original play based on interviews with teenage girls from twenty-two countries worldwide. Caitlin is a 2016/2017 Clubbed Thumb directing fellow and a former directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has trained with the National Theater Institute, St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon McBurney’s Complicite and the NY Neofuturists. She is a teaching artist with The International Theatre and Literacy Project and works in Rwanda to devise theatre with Rwandan youth. Caitlin is an alumna of Wellesley College and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Directing class of 2016. Mike Kirsch (choreographer) is a NYC based producer, director and choreographer. His film and video productions, which he produces, directs and choreographs have been seen by millions across the globe. He has directed and choreographed productions for MTV, ABC, SeaWorld, Bloomingdale’s, L’Oréal, Sabra Hummus, and for Shellac in Times Square during New York Fashion Week. Most recently his dance film “Public Displays” was selected and featured at the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Arts’ Dance on Film Festival. His work has also been featured numerous times on The Today’s Show, in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.
  • Sunday February 23rd 10:00AM
  • SPECIAL EVENT: 90-minute Storytelling Master Class
  • FRIGID New York and The Story Studio present Two Storytelling Master Classeswith Story Studio Instructor Cyndi Freeman as part of the FRIGID Festival 90-minute Storytelling Master Class with Instructor Cyndi Freeman of The Story StudioSunday, 2/23/19, 10:00AM – 11:30 AM 90-minute Storytelling for Business Master Class with Instructor Cyndi Freeman of The Story StudioSunday, 2/23/19, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM$15 per class  @ The Kraine Theater85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003www.frigid.nycThis class covers the basics of storytelling for performance. It is perfect for dipping your toes into storytelling waters for the first time, or a quick brush up on your skills if you’re a seasoned pro.The class consists of exercises that will help you identify and refine a story. Everyone will get to practice telling a story with a partner, and a few volunteers will get the chance to perform their stories for the full group and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.10:00AM – 11:30 AM – 90 minutes  90-minute Storytelling for Business Master Class with Instructor Cyndi Freeman of The Story StudioThis class covers how and why storytelling is an invaluable tool for communication in business settings. Participants will be guided in applying the principles of compelling storytelling to communicate more effectively on the job. Brief lectures and hands-on exercises focus on bringing an emotionally resonant arc to brand biographies, personal anecdotes for professional networking, and vision-into-action stories. Whether it is used for talking about important projects, selling a product, selling oneself to a client or hiring manager, crafting stories for grant proposals, or talking to the press, storytelling is a tool that helps people deliver important messages in a way that is clear, compelling and memorable.The class consists of exercises that will help you identify and refine a story. Everyone will get to practice telling a story with a partner, and a few volunteers will get the chance to perform their stories for the full group and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.11:30 AM – 1:00 PM -  90 MinutesAbout the Instructor Cyndi Freeman has over 20 years of experience as a storyteller and 10 years of experience as a storytelling instructor, leading classes in storytelling for business, performance and personal growth.An expert teacher of storytelling for business, she has presented storytelling workshops for a range of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit groups around the world. Past clients include GE, ZenDesk, Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, UNICEF – USA, The 9/11 Tribute Museum, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The New York Public Library.In addition to her work with The Story Studio, Ms. Freeman has won numerous grants, which have allowed her to work with the elderly, teaching them to craft stories as a way of encouraging them to share their life experiences with others. Her performing credits include performing solo shows at festivals around the world and telling stories at live shows like RISK!, The Moth and The Liar Show. Her television credits include Stories from The Stage (PBS) and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central).About The Story StudioThe Story Studio is an organization that teaches the art of storytelling, with help from some of the most accomplished storytellers across the country. We provide friendly, expert training to help you turn the most meaningful events of your life into unforgettable narratives. We hold regularly scheduled classes in New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and online. Corporate workshops and other specialty classes are held throughout the world. Founded in 2011 by Kevin Allison, the host and creator of the critically acclaimed RISK! podcast, The Story Studio believes that the stories we tell not only define us, but also define our world. For more info, please visit