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Story House Ithaca creates spaces where people of all interests and backgrounds can come together to share, study, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms. Learn more.

Featured project

Breaking Our Silence

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Telling your story can be good for you! This fall, Story House Ithaca will team up with the Finger Lakes chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and other partners on a series of events we're calling "Breaking Our Silence: Storytelling for Mental Health." 

The series kicks off with an October 6 screening at Cinemapolis of the powerful documentary film "Bedlam" about the failing U.S. mental health system. Filmmaker Peter Miller will talk about how intimate personal stories can help tell a larger story. Among those featured in the film is Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.


On October 9, NAMI Finger Lakes executive director Beth McGee and local theater professionals will give a workshop on storytelling for anyone whose life has been affected by mental illness and who wants to learn how to communicate that experience so others can understand. Puppeteer Scott Hitz will offer additional workshops during October and November. 

Finally, on November 19, plan to join us for a public performance featuring personal testimonies, theater pieces, puppetry, and music by the Ithaca High School chorus. Mark your calendar, and we'll post details as they become available! 

Upcoming events

  • BEDLAM screening and filmmaker Q&A
    Oct 06, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Ithaca, 120 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Intimate, award-winning documentary on the failing mental health system kicks off a series of events on storytelling for mental health. Co-writer and co-producer Peter Miller will be on hand to answer questions.

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