Capital Storytelling was founded in 2018 by Sacramento State Professor, Lisa Cantrell. Having experienced a change in her own life after hearing others’ personal stories, she launched the organization with funding from grants from Sacramento State. In the first year of its existence, she led community-wide storytelling workshops and organized events at Verge Center for the Arts at which people could share their personal stories with one another through live performances.
Over the first two years the organization grew, becoming a 501c3 in 2019. In 2020, the organization expanded to take on new staff, including Betsaida Lebron—Capital Storytelling’s Director of Outreach who has worked to bring storytelling to a larger audience, teaching transformational workshops and leading the monthly Story Slam series. Capital Storytelling trains approximately 150 individuals each year the organization’s live events are attended by audiences of 100+. We continue to train individuals through classes, special workshops, and partnerships with local organizations, teaching people the transformative power of personal storytelling.
The people who work at Capital Storytelling are not only skilled storytellers and radio producers living in our city, they are also deeply committed to social change. We believe that storytelling is a powerful artform. Hearing stories gives peoples new perspectives and shifts our thinking about the world. The act of telling stories empowers individuals and creates identity. Through storytelling, Capital Storytelling hopes to draw people into a world of artistic expression while fostering empathy and connection. Learn more about who we are below.