Voices is a Story Telling show produced by the the theater group, Off Kendrik.
Modeled after the storytelling show 'The Moth', it brings to light the first-person, true experiences of South Asian Immigrants (which includes people from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives.)
The primary event for Voices is the Voices Mainstage Show. This showcases carefully curated stories and is held every other year as a public, ticketed production. In addition Voices Story Slams occur every 3 months and are open to the public. Members of the theater group 'Off Kendrik', also have access to a Storytelling Open Mic at monthly meeting.
More information below on events and opportunities to participate.
Upcoming Voices events
April 2nd: Story Swap
May 7th: Story Swap
June 4th: Story Swap
June 10th: Voices Lit Crawl, Cambridge, MA
June (TBD): STORY SLAM!
July 16th: Story Swap
Aug 6th: Story Swap
Sept 3rd: Story Swap
Sept (TBD): STORY SLAM!
Dec (TBD): STORY SLAM!
Sign-up links are below
We are thrilled to have been awarded a spot in the Lit Crawl at the Boston Book Festival.
Click here for a taste of what this event looked like in 2019. The Pandemic cancelled the 2020 event but we are looking forward to sharing details about the 2021 event when we know more.
For now, mark your calendars for 10th June and come hear 5 tellers from previous Voices Mainstage shows, share short versions of their stories with the public.
'Voices' at the Boston Book Fest
In 2021, there will be quarterly Voices Story Slams pen to the public. These will follow the standard slam format: people sign-up to tell 6 minute stories that they have prepared (about South Asian immigrant experiences.) 6 to 8 names will be picked at random from the pool of tellers to take the mic. The audience serves as a judging panel and the winning story gets a small prize. The show will be recorded and may be shared later on the Off Kendrik YouTube channel. Note: The March and June slams in 2021 will be held virtually, via Zoom. Future formats will be decided later.
Want to compete with your 6-minute story (or watch)?
Every alternate year, a Voices Mainstage show is produced at a public venue in the Greater Boston area. It is a ticketed event that runs on two nights and hosts 6 to 8 story tellers who share true, first-person accounts of their experiences. A Director typically works on each story to get it stage-ready and the shows are recorded. Most stories are in English but a few in every show are in Bengali (the Indian language in which this theater group primarily performs) with English live-captions.
Watch previous shows from links at the bottom of this page.
Do you have a story for the Voices mainstage?
2022 or earlier
Do you want to test drive a story or get help with one?
Come to a monthly Zoom Voices Story Swap moderated by Off Kendrik and share your 6 minute stories. This could be a fully formed story or just a germ of an idea. Listen to stories and practise telling your own in a safe space and be part of this growing South Asian community of Story tellers. The meetings will not be public and open only to those who have signed up. There will be a max limit (to keep the meeting small and foster community), spots will be first-come-first-serve.
1st Friday of every month