Arrowyn Ambrose, president and founder of Story Tribe, grew up a performer and writer. Actively participating in acting and dancing throughout her life she studied dance at UCLA before pursuing an acting career in Hollywood. She was in various film and television projects, most notably as a series regular on a TV show called One World. However, it wasn’t until she discovered Long Form Improvisational Games and Personal Storytelling that she found her true voice and calling. When combined, games and writing had an unusual effect on her. She found the words falling onto the page almost faster than she could type them and realized a sense of worth from reading them out loud to an audience that had always eluded her. The past suddenly made sense. Infused with this new sense of self-preservation she began volunteering with The Young Storytellers Foundation in 2004. In 2007 the foundation recruited her to be their Program Director. While working for The Young Storytellers Foundation, she became a certified Teaching Artist through the Music Center as well as being trained as a carrier of Council, which is a practice of speaking and listening from the heart. Weaving games, council, personal narrative and performance became a passion of hers as she was asked to bring it to different groups of emotionally disabled and at-risk youth. The results were undeniable and universal. This program has benefits for all who decide to participate. It creates community and inspires our humanity.
Everyone has a story to tell and should be given the opportunity to tell it, no matter how young or old. Stories are the fabric of our lives and the glue that connects us to our humanity. Discovering what that story is can be a fun, dynamic, and challenging. My work explores the relationships between game-play, personal storytelling, and creative writing. Influenced by long form improvisation and Council Practice, a refreshing and new experience of writing is created. Ever since I started telling my own story, witnessing my transformation thereof from self-annihilist to self-preservationist, I became passionate about helping children and young adults do the same. It is imperative, now more than ever, that the emerging generation know their own worth and tell their stories out loud and clear for the whole world to hear. It is my life’s dedication helping them do this.