Calling all virtual storytellers

Hey storytellers! While the shelter at home order has postponed our monthly in person show, we’re planning on hosting live, virtual Testify shows in the meantime. Stories will be a bit shorter 7 – 9 minutes with the following themes:

5/14 – Out the Window
5/28 – This is Fine
6/11 – Sold Out
6/25 – Not Here

If you’d like to tell a story, just submit a story at as usual and we will get you up in our (virtual) stage!


March Testify show cancelled

The producers of Testify have decided to cancel the March Testify show. We made the decision earlier this week, but needed to notify our venue and storytellers before we went public.

It was a tough call – in our six and a half years we’ve never cancelled a show before, and we were so excited about our performers for this month and their stories. We also understand that the entertainment sector in Austin has already been hit hard, and wanted to do our small part to soften that blow. But ultimately, the health and safety of our audience, performers, production team and venue staff come first. The irony of this occurring for a show with the theme “Blocked” is not lost on us.

We are planning to continue with the April 30th show, and will continue to update based on the impact COVID-19 has on the Austin area. We also hope to add an additional show in December.

While we’re sad to cancel this month’s show, Testify is, at its core, about creating a community and we cannot put that community at risk.


Picking Up Performer Spotlight: Stephanie Noll

Stephanie Noll is a writer and teacher living in Austin, TX. Her work has appeared in MOTHERWELL, MODERN LOSS, and THE OCOTILLO REVIEW. She’s told stories all around town. In just a few weeks, she will move to northern New Mexico to become THE high school English teacher at Peñasco HS–go Panthers 🙂

Stephanie returns to the Testify stage to tell a tale of the importance of a window in her piece, Going Where the Climate Suits My Clothes.