at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside

2019 14th Street, Santa Monica CA 90405


October 12 @ 6:00pm

Busby's East

5634 Wilshire Blvd.

(just west of La Brea Ave.)

Los Angeles 90036

Listen to inspiring true stories from professional and amateur storytellers.  

Volunteer to share your own.

Doors Open at 7:30 for Guest Storyteller sign up, music and mingling.  Stories start at 8.

$10 Suggested Donation

This monthly night of stories features 10 storytellers and live musicians who make stories into music.  Most storytellers are *invited and pre-booked, but there will be two open slots at each event for audience members to put their names into a hat for selection at the door to be Guest Storytellers.

“The cast of storytellers certainly conveyed a variety of lessons throughout the over two-hour evening to an appreciative audience.” Nadine Wright, Life in LA

“It feels like professional storytellers are reading you Chicken Soup for the Soul–-something you may not know you want until it happens...Like having your parents read you a story before bed, SHINE! can have a comforting and settling effect on an otherwise hectic evening in Los Angeles.” Jenna Pittaway, Life in LA

SHINE is Featured in Culture Watch: Stories We Tell

by Sarah Spitz, Santa Monica Daily Press

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Story Guidelines:

  1. 1. If you'd like to be an *invited storyteller for SHINE, you must submit a story and bio three weeks in advance of your desired date to the event host Isabel Storey at If you miss the deadline, you can put your name into the hat for one of the two volunteer spots at the event.

  1. 2.Use the theme (see below) to shape a story about a revelation or a-ha moment that your experience led you...the moment you put down the baggage and felt the freedom of insight.  We are interested in the positive life changes that arrive from story crafting, telling and listening.  Please note this is about STORIES- this is not a platform to vent, complain, or test a motivational speech- this is where you share the story of a moment that opened you to growth, self-discovery, a new opportunity. 

  1. 3.The most successful storytellers for this event have been honest, authentic and surprising with a clear beginning, middle and ending “aha”.

  1. 4.Each story must be true to the teller as first person or witness, and under 7 minutes long.  We will ring a warning bell at 6 minutes, cut off at 7.

  1. 5.Teller's choice- Stories can be read off a page, or told without any notes at all.  


SHINE upcoming event dates & themes-


October 12:  Breakthroughs

SHINE storytellers share important breakthroughs involving sexuality, a 45-year grudge, alcoholic parent, life-threatening diagnosis, and an unexpected brush with life after death.

*NOT 3rd Thursday, SPECIAL EVENT at Busby’s East

November 20: Finding Bravery @SMYWCA

When life knocked you down, where did you find strength? When fear seized you, where did you find courage? Stories unexpected resilience and bravery.

December 18: A Time to Forgive? @SMYWCA

They say there's a time to love and a time to hate.  Is there also a time to forgive? Storytellers share their decisions to forgive...or not.

October Performers:


Andrea Schell is a writer, producer and performer. She played Clair in Santa Monica Repertory Theater’s production of Proof and performed in the company’s staged reading series.  She recently performed her solo show From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in Less Than Five Hours as part of Santa Monica Rep's Solo Series.  She is also in development for her next solo show.  Andrea is Associate Producer for the indie film Tiger Orange, created, produced and hosted the web show What Would Men Say? ( and can be seen telling stories at SHINE and around LA.




Barra Grant is a writer whose screenplays include Slow Dancing in the Big City and Misunderstood, starring Gene Hackman.  She wrote and directed the films Life of the Party and Love Hurts. She received a Writer’s Guild Award and was nominated for a DGA award.  She’s spent years as a script doctor, rewriting several major motion pictures at various studios.  Barra’s play A Mother, A Daughter, and a Gun was produced in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, starring Olympia Dukakis. Barra has told stories at Spark off Rose, Tasty Words, and Tales by the Sea.


Ronnie Kaye, PhD, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, author, educator, and inspirational speaker. Author of Spinning Straw into Gold (Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer), Simon & Shuster, she is the recipient of the American Cancer Society Quality of Life Award in recognition of her work with breast cancer patients and their families.  A faculty member of UCLA School of Medicine for 15 years, Ronnie taught medical students the human dimension of doctoring and was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Medical Education. She recently received her PhD in Psychoanalysis from the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where she is now on the teaching faculty.

Linda Mohan was raised in Kansas City, Missouri just after after WWII. She “fled” in 1971 with daughters Lisa and Courtney in a VW van after campaigning for and losing a beloved presidential candidate.  The family arrived in Los Angeles, where Linda proceeded to play tournament bridge and backgammon, protest at the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility and finally, campaign for a sitting President. She is presently living as an aging radical and matriarch in West Los Angeles.


Kevin Walsh has written comedy for National Lampoon and not-comedy for Warner Brothers; comic books featuring witches and zombies; and several comedy shorts, some of which have won awards, one of which is about thumb-wrestling. He once played a zombie assassin in a faux-blaxploitation feature and his not-at-all-funny short script Grocery Day won the screenwriting prize at this year's LA Shorts Fest.  He also co-produced an absolutely-not-comedy documentary called Marwencol. He spends most days at Dreamworks, reading other people's scripts, chuckling evilly all the while.


Len Wechsler was born in New York City, where he was an all-city basketball player.  He graduated college with a BA in psychology, and later received an MA in Education.  He played professional basketball in France and Italy, and traveled around the Mediterranean on a Vespa.  He had the good fortune to study acting with Stella Alder.  He has returned to Europe and North Africa many times as a teacher, documentary filmmaker, amateur mountain climber, feature film writer, and theater director.  He is fluent in several languages.  He now resides in Los Angeles.


JoAnn Willette is best known for starring in the ABC/Warner Brothers sitcom Just the Ten of Us. She has recurred in Victorious and appeared in such shows as Private PracticeERSouthlandThe New Adventures of Old Christine and in films Real Genius and A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. JoAnn is an award winning recent UCLA playwright graduate. She was a quarter-finalist in Final Draft’s 2013 TV Spec Contest and also in The Page International Screenplay Awards for her comedy Will To Live. She is a current 2014 quarter-finalist in The Creative World International Screenwriting Contest for her dramedy A Day At The Beach. JoAnn is currently starring in a LA production of her one-woman show she wrote, The Jo Show. 


This event is a co-produced by Jen Bloom and Isabel Storey, and presented by Santa Monica Rep, Storey Productions, UCLArts & Healing and the Westside YWCA

Princella Baker is the Videographer/Editor for SHINE and its YouTube video channel.

Jen Bloom is an Associate Producer of SHINE.  She is a Co-Founder of Santa Monica Rep, and teaches at the AMDA College and Conservatory for Performing Arts.

Laura Cox is an Associate Producer of SHINE and Producer of the Shine Storytelling Podcast on iTunes.

Isabel Storey is the producer of SHINE.  She is also a theater producer and President of Storey Productions, a production company specializing in live theater.


October 12:  Breakthroughs

Host: Andrea Schell

Lisa Marguerite Mora

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Kevin Walsh

Len Wechsler

JoAnn Willette

Linda Mohan

Ronnie Kaye

Barra Grant

Andrea Schell