Spark Off Rose was inspired by Jessica Tuck's participation in a N.Y. Moth mainstage event. It was launched in 2001 by Jessica and Julie Pearl at the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. Events are currently held at Theatre Palisades.
Each month the Spark producing team chooses seven storytellers to write and read true stories from their lives inspired by the current Spark theme.
Over the years Spark has cultivated an intimate, authentic space that attracts storytellers who reveal their most intimate selves - candidly, humorously, and with heart.
Spark's storytellers come from all walks of life - many have never been on stage before and most are not professional writers. For Spark it's about great stories and its dedicated team of producers work with participants to help them find their most authentic voice and craft their stories.
jessica tuck bio
Jessica Tuck (Founder, Executive Producer) loves a good story and connecting with people who share them. Actress
, story and presentation skills coach, proud mom, grateful partner . . .dreamer.
alicia sedwick bio
Alicia Sedwick (Producer) wears many hats these days as: a professor, freelance live event and radio show/podcast producer, and strategic researcher. She also works as a story and speech content editor and presentation skills coach. You can read about her business, Make Your Mark at aliciasedwick.com
. Alicia received her MFA from American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and was a NYC-based actor for 15 years, before moving to LA.
debbon ayer bio
Debbon Ayer (Producer) is an actress
and writer from New York, a mother, and owner of a small knitting venture: Debbon Ayer Wear and creator of the Google Play app, Voting Follies
. She is very excited and grateful to be the newest member of the Spark team.
julie chazotte bio
Julie Chazotte (Associate Producer) is at her happiest when engaged in art and community. She is an in person and online Instructional Design Consultant and is currently leading workshops on the Ecology of Technology
and retreats on Radical Self-Care
jessica stephens bio
Jessica Stephens (Social Media/Photographer) loves exploring what it means to be human on this crazy planet through photography, visual art, and music. She is constantly inspired by the honest and colorful stories presented at Spark. She is also passionate about the outdoors and sustainability. You can usually find her hiking or walking on the beach. To get in touch, check out @_jmstephens_
katie schwartz bio
Katie Schwartz (Sound). Stay tuned for more about Katie!
robbie koseff bio
Robbie Koseff (Box office, Accountant) brings a much appreciated linear brain to the Spark team. He is the CFO at Carole Inc. He is also a cricket, rugby and soccer enthusiast-go Liverpool- and a devoted father and husband.
samara koseff bio
Samara Koseff (Facility "vibe master") has been a part of the Spark team since her inception. As a small baby she cheered storytellers on from her mom's (Jessica Tuck) hip, moved on to help her dad in the box office, and has now graduated to her solo position at the door. She is a budding ballerina, social justice advocate and a passionate thrift shopper.
darryl vance bio
Darryl Vance (Graphic Designer) kindly donates his time and talent every month and designs our programs and posters. He is a California-based artist who has been creating subtly provocative works for over thirty years. He is also an award-winning art director and designer whose work appears on television, in films, the webnets and various corporate medias. darrylvance.com
joseph harvey bio
Joseph Harvey (website caretaker) is a cellist who began playing 'cello in the 5th grade because he was too small for the double bass, which is what he really wanted to play. Joseph is the co-founder of String Theory, a Los Angeles-based performance ensemble that has been described as "a form of new music that's definitely in a class all its own" (LA Weekly) and "absolutely incredible" (BBC). Learn more at: String Theory
The goal of Spark Off Rose is to create community through the art of storytelling. It is as much about the gathering as the stories. In this spirit, after each show, the audience and storytellers are invited to gather for a complimentary reception to continue the conversation started on stage.
Spark believes in supporting its larger community. It produces benefits for organizations promoting positive change in the world. Past organizations include TreePeople, The Painted Turtle, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Peace4Kids, and The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation.
In addition, Spark Off Rose has offered workshops, classes, and seminars with the purpose of teaching storytelling techniques. Spark has conducted a workshop in association with PEN in the Classroom for seniors at Venice High School and recently co-produced, “Turning Points,” with residents of EngAGE, a vibrant not for profit for Seniors dedicated to transforming the way people think about aging.
Spark is always looking for new voices. So, if there is a theme that *sparks* a true story in you, we encourage you to attend a show and/or contact us through this website.
Finding Storytelling Through Community And Voice
by Felicia M. Tomasko, RN
Walk out on stage, take a deep breath and start telling a story. When standing exposed beneath the spotlight, even though the house lights are dim, it's still possible to make out faces in the audience. The seats are filled with both friends and strangers; they're a community, whom by the end of the evening will have become confidants, secret-keepers, all possessing the joint knowledge of recollections shared. The people on both sides of the stage within the walls of the theater are participating in a storytelling series. Like open-mike nights and other types of performance-based, community-building events, storytelling seems to be building in popularity, even in a city that can seem as disparate and scattered as Los Angeles.