Learn more about productions, happy clients & partners, and case studies from StoryMuse.
What Clients Are Saying
Dr. Cynthia Searcy, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
“Shannon has facilitated storytelling for a leadership development program that I direct at Georgia State University for three cohorts of Honors College students. Her engaging style and expertise makes storytelling accessible for any group, especially those aiming to build community for a common purpose. The life map exercise transforms strangers into friends who build trust through empathy and appreciation for others’ experiences. I highly recommend Shannon’s workshops for any group that wants to build positive dynamics through reflection and sharing.”
“I worked with Shannon on a storytelling project for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS). The purpose of the project was to engage the broader community in the work of poverty alleviation through employment readiness and job placement programs. The outcome was an event that really opened people’s eyes and hearts. Shannon has an amazing way of getting to the essence of who people are and empowering them to share it in a way that is authentic and approachable. Shannon is a masterful communicator who sheds light on things that matter and is able to help others to do the same.”
Anonymous Participant Survey
“I did not think there was an art to storytelling or it was a skill I needed to be learn. I absolutely had no idea how powerful a tool it is and how much it would help me as a leader. All that changed when Shannon took us through detailed lessons in the art of storytelling. Now I know better. I understand the power of telling the right stories the right way.”
— Ulester Douglas - Executive Director, Men Stopping Violence
“Shannon M. Turner rocks! She’s a consummate professional, and StoryMuse is the real deal. We could not be more happy about our collaboration with StoryMuse on Trigger Warning: A Night of Stories. The event was first class – a wonderful and transformative evening – and helped introduce Men Stopping Violence and our work to a broad new community. We wholeheartedly recommend Shannon Turner, and we are eager to work with StoryMuse again.”
― Dana Inman, President & CEO, Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency
“After a staff member attended StoryMuse’s show,Trigger Warning, she came back to me and said, “We have to do provide this kind of storytelling experience for our participants and so ACSS’s audiences to better understand our impact.” I didn’t know exactly what that would look like, but I trusted Adrianne. I already knew Shannon from being a guest on her radio show and from her volunteering with us, so I knew that whatever she did for us, she would do a good job. I just didn’t know how much potential was in that word–impact.
Shannon coached both our participants and other storytellers she brought in from the community into a well-rounded, highly-curated, beautiful evening called “Truth and Consequences: a storytelling cabaret.” Sitting together with a packed house of engaged participants, I was riveted to hear tales of people from all walks of life as they took the stage to talk about some of their most challenging life moments. I saw Shannon’s mission to bring people together across lines of difference come to life. She helped them show how we are all both unique and universally connected by our stories.
Now, she has turned those oral stories into written ones for our website, together with photos and video from the event. I couldn’t be more pleased to have this vast archive of some of ACSS’s best success stories that I can turn to show how our mission in action transforms people’s lives.
I plan to work with Shannon again because her dedication to building a storytelling culture into the fabric of organizational mission is transforming the way we do work.
Recent Academic Workshops, Residencies & Keynotes
Georgia Southern University – Criminal Justice Conflict Resolution Class – February 13, 2017
Georgia State’s Graduate Course in Public-Making in Contemporary Practices, “The Transformative Power of Storytelling & Vulnerability in Public Spaces,” March 6, 2017
Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies LEAD Program Retreat – Storytelling for Leadership Development – March 11, 2017
GSU’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative – Storytelling for Your Personal Brand Workshop Series – Summers 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
GSU’s WomenLead – Storytelling as Business Leadership Skill – August 29, 2017
“Inspiring Grit in Georgia Tech Students through our Personal Stories” – Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching & Learning – January 19, 2018
Georgia Tech’s Office on the Arts Board Workshop – February 28, 2018
Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching & Learning – “Celebrate Teaching Day” – March 8, 2018
GSU’s LEAD Fall Retreat – Storytelling for Leadership Development – October 28, 2019
Virginia Tech 2016-17 Academic Year
Blacksburg/Virginia Tech, Storytelling Workshops for Performance in conjunction with (Be)longing, March 16 & 17, 2017
“The Safety Show” (a devised theatre piece with Georgia Tech students) – DramaTech Theatre – February 2019
Georgia Tech’s Theatre Department – Personal Narrative for Devised Performance Techniques / “I Feel Safe When” – September/October 2018
Recent Non-Profit & Community Workshops, Residencies & Keynotes
Recent Workshops, Keynotes & Residencies:
C4 Atlanta, “Storytelling For Your Artist Brand” – February 21, 2017
CARE USA Staff Training
“Leadership and the Art of Storytelling” – February 27, 2017
CARE USA Staff, Life Maps – March 31, 2017
CARE USA Staff – Life Maps pt. 2 / Individual Coaching / Open Mic – June 2, 2017
C4 Atlanta Board Retreat – Storytelling for Organizational Branding & Strategic Planning – July 30, 2017
Stories of Self, Home, Place, & Space – ROOTS Weekend: Atlanta – Auburn Avenue Research Library – September 28, 2017
Decatur Writers Studio – Storytelling for Writers – Fall 2017 & Winter 2019
Narrative for Community Building- National Guild Conference for Community Arts Education – November 14, 2018, Baltimore MD
Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency – UP2: Undoing Perceptions and Unlocking Potential – May 16, 2019; Truth & Consequences, February 27, 2020
Monticello Area Community Action Agency, Charlottesville, VA – Using Story to Address Poverty in our Community – January 29-31, 2020
Transformative Power of Storytelling During COVID 19 – Online Workshop for Compassionate Atlanta, March 31, 2020
Recent Academic Workshops, Residencies & Keynotes
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities – October 27, 2018
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence – September 28, 2018
Personal Storytelling for Litigators – Atlanta Legal Aid Society – April 24, 2018
Men Stopping Violence – May 11, 2017
Residencies/Long Term Projects
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Men Stopping Violence / Trigger Warning
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency / Truth & Consequences
Recent Youth Workshops, Residencies & Keynotes
Recent Workshops, Keynotes, & Residencies:
My Story, My Journey with Chris 180’s The Spot, serving homeless & precariously housed older youth (16-24) – Atlanta, GA – seven-week residency with final performance – Winter/Spring 2019 – thanks to an Alternate ROOTS Artistic Assistance Project Development Grant
Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School & Therapy Center – Roswell, GA – Introduction to Telling Our Personal Stories – September 15, 2017
My Story, My Journey: Introduction to Personal Storytelling for Youth in Foster Care – Carrie Steele-Pitts Home – January 27, 2018
My Story, My Journey: Personal Storytelling Workshops & Coaching for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – April/May 2018, September/October 2018, January/February 2019, April/May 2019
The Transformative Power of Storytelling in Public & Private Spaces – Coastal Youth Media Project, Wilmington, NC – April 9-10, 2019
Not All My Stories Are Hard (But Some Are) – Introduction to Storytelling & Grief – Kate’s Club – October 5 & 13, 2019
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