The Bear presents PAPER STORIES on November 22, 2019
8:00 PM20:00

The Bear presents PAPER STORIES on November 22, 2019

Sometimes the most extraordinary moments of our lives are triggered by the most ordinary object - PAPER.

Join us with or without a story on November 22nd at the cozy Zentrum Danzigerstr50 in Berlin.

Our host is Dyane Neiman, joined by the composer, singer, and cellist Illay Chester.

This non-profit event is presented with generous support from Moving Speaker, Hanna Martus, and a wonderful team of volunteers.

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The Bear presents SOLSTICE: the-longest-night-of-my-life stories on December 14, 2019
8:00 PM20:00

The Bear presents SOLSTICE: the-longest-night-of-my-life stories on December 14, 2019

The Bear presents an evening of true, personal stories on December 14th. Terence Mickey, former Moth storyteller and trainer will join us as show host for the first time.

As always, we will eat..drink. and be merry with our annual Christmas Potluck Buffet in the break. Audience is invited to bring their favorite finger food.

Join us with or without a story at Zentrum Danzigerstr50 in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.

This event is kindly powered by Moving Speaker, Hanna Martus, and the Bear Team of dedicated volunteers.

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The Bear opens its FIFTH Season of true stories, erzähltes leben on September 26, 2019!
8:00 PM20:00

The Bear opens its FIFTH Season of true stories, erzähltes leben on September 26, 2019!

Season 5 begins on September 26th 2019! An open stage program hosted by Dyane Neiman, where anyone can share a prepared 7-minute story in German or English on the topic of SERENDIPITY: stories of chance encounters.

Join us with or without a story at our next location to be announced soon.

This event is sponsored by Bumble, Moving Speaker, and powered by the Bear Team of volunteers.

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The Bear presents a Workshop in the Art of Storytelling on July 6th in Berlin
12:00 PM12:00

The Bear presents a Workshop in the Art of Storytelling on July 6th in Berlin

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The Bear presents a Workshop in the Art of Storytelling on July 6th in Berlin

Storytelling is a skill that you can master. If you are willing to stretch your skills, knowledge, and imagination, you can become a compelling storyteller.

This inspiring, challenging, and uplifting one-day workshop in the ancient art of storytelling is presented by the creators of The Bear, Dyane Neiman and Ben McGuire.

What to Expect

You will learn the art of unpacking our ordinary stories to discover the delicious details and transformational moments that make them extraordinary.

Some of the topics we will cover in this experiential workshop are:

  • Why does your story matter?

  • What’s your unique voice and style?

  • Story as visual art – painting pictures on stage

  • Theatre - using physical space to create a theatre for your story

  • Embodied storytelling – using your body as another voice

  • The power in vulnerability

  • Overcoming fear and nerves

Storytelling Performance with Campfire & Catering

We create a supportive space for you to learn, improve, and have fun while growing a crucial skill for communication, leadership, and life. The day culminates in a nourishing dinner from Doll`s Kitchen and an “urban campfire” performance for you to tell your extraordinary story.

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5 Main Takeaways

Learn how the brain is hardwired for storytelling to easily and quickly understand, remember and take action

Discover techniques to help you find and structure your story

Receive motivating feedback on your unique voice and style as a storyteller

Understand how to move your storytelling from common to compelling

Have fun meeting and sharing your passion with other storytelling enthusiasts

About the Trainers:

Photo: Felix Limmer

Photo: Felix Limmer

Dyane Neiman

As Founder and host of The Bear, Berlin`s favourite personal storytelling event, Dyane has created a stage for the sharing of over 400 personal stories to over 2000 listeners in 4 years. Dyane is a NYC-bred, Berlin-based business owner of Moving Speaker helping professionals to create and deliver clear, vivid messages that move audiences to action. She draws on a long history of embodied storytelling as an award-winning dancer, choreographer and theatre director. She is renowned for her heart and warmth and the “wit, humour, and self-irony” (Handelsblatt) she brings to the art of story.

Photo: Felix Limmer

Photo: Felix Limmer

Ben McGuire

As a lawyer, writer, documentary filmmaker, and photographer Ben lives and breathes story. With a passionate belief in the ferocious power of story to create and shape worlds, Ben`s mission is to empower people to burst out of their comfort zones and unlock their human potential. He consults to leading corporates and individuals on brand and story, is an improvised theatre performer and mentor to storytellers and speakers.

Venue: exploratorium berlin
10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg Mehringdamm 55
(Sarotti-Höfe),  Aufgang C then D, Saal 2
U-Bhf. Mehringdamm (U6, U7)

Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Workshop fee: 150,-EUR and discount 120,- EUR

*Work exchange is available for those in financial need.

*10% of proceeds go to the non-profit storytelling event The Bear.

Bring: Comfortable clothes, something to take notes with and a story (if you have one.)

If you have any questions: / Tel. 0176. 654. 256.35

To register and pay via Paypal:

or direct bank transfer: just send us an email and we will send you the bank details.

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to Jul 25

Discover your story with Catherine Brophy

Story writing & telling expert CATHERINE BROPHY (Dublin)



July 24th: Improve your story in one easy lesson

Bring a story you want to polish/improve. You’ll have a chance to tell your story and to get feedback. The workshop will focus on:

  • The essentials for each section of the story
  • Making the most of the climax
  • Editing your story
  • Feedback guidelines which you can apply to every story you create.

If you attended last year's workshop, this will be a follow up. If did not attend last year’s workshop… no problem. You’ll learn a lot about telling stories and you’ll meet some lovely people.


In cooperation with Center Berlin Toastmasters and The Bear. true stories. told live.

Lukas-Kirche, home of Center Berlin Toastmasters;
Bernburger Strasse 3-5, 10963 (near Anhalter Bhf. and Potsdamer Platz).

Time: Doors open at 7 pm; Workshop is 7:30-9:30 pm
Cost: 10 euros
Bring: Something to take notes and a story (if you have one.)

Please register:

July 25th: Good Stories make Good Business

How do you attract new customers and keep the old ones engaged? The expert storytelling writer and teller Catherine Brophy (Dublin) will help you discover the best story to promote your business. You will learn how to develop a story, good storytelling essentials, and receive feedback on your first draft (or finished story).

Working in small groups and sharing experiences and information, you will find a new way to communicate effectively and powerfully in your business and personal relationships.

And you will have fun.

The workshop is presented in cooperation with


Venue: WeWork at Ku'damm 11, 10719 Berlin (7th floor, please bring ID)
Date: Wednesday, July 25: 6:30-8:00 pm.
Cost: WeWork members are free; guests 10 euros.
Bring: Something to take notes and a story (if you have one)

Please register - places are limited:

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Evening of the Champs
7:30 PM19:30

Evening of the Champs

We’re ending our third season with a “Bang!”:

9 Award-winning storytellers take the stage with STRANDED: stories of being stuck. Live music from the free-styin’ violinist and songwriter: Roland Satterwhite. Bonus: Film premiere “Pete’s Last Dance” and a Potluck Buffet from the audience.

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7:30 PM19:30

Storytelling Workshop with Catherine Brophy

Everyone has stories to tell… funny uncles, strange neighbours, near misses, tragic accidents, romances, ghosts, meetings with famous people…   Most of us don’t realise just how many stories we have and the rest of us don’t know how best to tell them.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Discover your stories
  • Give you guidelines to make them come alive

And… if we have time…

  • Give you practice in performing them
  • Give you tips on how to overcome performance anxiety.

We’ll do some relaxation and guided imagining.   We’ll share our stories in twos and our insights in the group.  We will help, encourage and learn from one another.   We will laugh, have a good time and learn a whole lot.

And, if you enjoy this workshop, you might want to go on and learn how to make other stories your own.


CATHERINE BROPHY is a professional writer, story-teller, broadcaster, audiologist, and she also facilitates workshops. She’s a Gemini…  they’re the cosmic multi-taskers!

She leads a blameless life in Ireland, but travels whenever she can. She’s been rescued by a circus troupe in Serbia, had breakfast with a Zambian chief, ate camel stew in the Sahara, and was kicked by a horse on the Mexican plain.   Yeah… she has a couple of stories to tell.

Catherine is a storytelling coach usually via Internet for The Bear. On July 21st you can experience her “live” on stage at The Bear and in this workshop on July 25th.


St Lukas, home of Center Berlin Toastmasters
Bernburger Strasse 3-5
(near Anhalter Bhf. and Potsdamer Platz).


Doors open at 7 pm;
Workshop is 7:30-9:30 pm


10 euros

Place is limited,
please register!
Tel. 0176. 654. 256. 35

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"EN FAMILLE, stories about all things relative" (Season 2 Finale)
8:00 PM20:00

"EN FAMILLE, stories about all things relative" (Season 2 Finale)

Conflict is the blood of compelling stories, that’s why we are going to the roots. Family feuds, family frolic; Sunday dinners, after-Christmas divorces, springtime weddings; births and deaths; heritage and inheritance; skeletons in closets, treasures in the attic; families we get, we choose, we leave, we love.

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"When worlds collide" (June)
8:00 PM20:00

"When worlds collide" (June)

Tales of you against the world.

Culture clashes, neighbor bashes; teen anarchy, work hierarchy, unaccepted anatomy, unintended blasphemy; intuition vs. intellect; inner and outer worlds; times of explosive conflict that left you gayer and grayer. 

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Prepare a 5-minute story when your way of doing & thinking clashed with the world.

"I could have avoided you, but somehow I knew you were a collision worth having.

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