Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and in order to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view.

The earliest forms of storytelling were thought to have been primarily oral combined with gestures and expressions. In addition to being part of religious ritual, rudimentary drawings scratched onto the walls of caves may have been forms of early storytelling for many of the ancient cultures.

With the advent of writing, the use of actual digit symbols to represent language, and the use of stable, portable media, stories were recorded, transcribed and shared over wide regions of the world. Stories have been carved, scratched, painted, printed or inked onto wood or bamboo, ivory and other bones, pottery, clay tablets, stone, palm-leaf books, skins (parchment), bark cloth, paper, silk, canvas and other textiles, recorded on film, and stored electronically in digital form. Complex forms of tattooing may also represent stories, with information about genealogy, affiliation and social status.

Traditionally, oral stories were committed to memory and then passed from generation to generation. Oral storytelling remains the dominant medium of learning in many countries with low literacy rates.

Are you a storyteller?

If you're a storyteller or if you'd like to become one, you've come to the right place.

PUENTE endeavours to promote the art of storytelling in our community, to nurture and inspire both beginning and experienced storytellers, and to provide storytellers and listeners of all ages with opportunities to come together to share and enjoy stories.

We have a large roster of storytellers and we have lots of gigs throughout the year. If you'd like to be part of our storytelling family, please get in touch with us.

Artistic Director: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Phone: (778) 977-6398

Contact Mercedes

Storytelling at the Oak Bay Lodge

Every second and every last Thursday of every month. Please get in touch with us if you'd like to be part of these storytelling sessions.

Artistic Director: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Phone: (778) 977-6398

Contact Mercedes

ICA & PUENTE Theatre present: Winter storytelling in schools


inter Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

The Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria and PUENTE Theatre Society have joined together to bring the joy and art of storytelling directly to schools. A select number of storytellers will be available to tell stories from around of the world, all in the hope of raising the awareness (particularly with young listeners) of the richness of other cultures, and the richness of the Canadian mosaic.

Booking Information:

Call Steven (250) 388-4728 (ICA) or

Artistic Director: Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Phone: (778) 977-6398

Contact Mercedes


Staged readings of plays from around the world


A reading series of plays-in-progress

Story Telling

If you're interested in telling your story - we can help.


Theatre Tools: workshops, training and presentations

For Your Inspiration

For Your Inspiration is a new arts outreach initiative created by the Canada Council in collaboration with design company Cause + Effect to highlight 22 of Vancouver’s and Vancouver Island's most vibrant culturally diverse arts organizations!


Professional Association of Canadian Theatres


Puente Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

Puente Theatre Supporters