"What a Hoot" Takes Off - join us!

Laugh your way through learning and creating short films

After the premier of its pilot episode, the What a Hoot creative team is soaring high and wants you to be a part of this new comedic web series. Enjoy learning the fundamentals of film both behind and in front of the camera while working together with a creative team to write the script, act the roles and shoot the scene of both sketch comedies and mini-documentaries. Meetings will take place on Sundays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM with monthly Saturday supplements at StoryArk, 402 N Main Street, #350, Stillwater.


Saturday Supplements, 9 AM to 10:30 AM at StoryArk

  • September 28: Filmmaker Tahiel Jimenez, Podcaster Eli Nahkala - Envisioning the Project, Writing the Script

  • October 26: LA actress and Acting Coach Ellie Abrams - Acting On Camera

  • November 23: Filmmaker Cynthia Uhrich - The Art of Directing

  • January 25: Filmmaker Dave McClellan - Editing for Film


Sunday Meetings, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at StoryArk

  • October 6, 13

  • November 3, 10

  • December 8, 15

  • January 5, 12

  • February 2, 9,

  • March 1


    StoryArk Network Live!, February 22, 9 AM to 4 PM at the Grand Banquet Hall, Stillwater

    StoryArk's student groups gather to share their podcast episodes, short films, comedy sketches and short stories and enjoy each other’s company as fellow artists at the beautiful Grand Banquet Ballroom in Stillwater from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, February 22. Executive Producer Lily Percy Ruiz from On Being with Krista Tippet (podcast), Sundance filmmaker E.G. Bailey (film), and Young Adult author Jacqueline West (short story) will discuss with students the fundamentals of their particular storytelling medium. Students will learn how writing for podcast, film and prose are similar and different. In addition, each student group will share their narrative and discuss with each other the themes of the story and the technical details that helped create it. The day will end with a variety show where each group will share their podcast episode, short film, filmed sketch, or short story with family and friends. All creative work will be made available on the StoryArk Network webpage, podcast, mobile app and YouTube channel.


    Tuition: $260 per six month session paid by check made payable to StoryArk on the first class; OR, pay via PayPal $46/month (or what you can afford ~ scholarships are available, and no one is turned away for financial reasons.) Tuition includes What a Hoot and all other programming opportunities offered at StoryArk including Saturday Supplements nurturing key storytelling skills.


    Call Stephani at 651-417-6223 or email steph@storyark.org for more information.




    Classroom space in the Issac Staples Sawmill!!!

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    Cheery rooms, a recording studio... AND parking!!!

    We empower student voices and equip young artists to succeed

    StoryArk provides a variety of creative programming for youth, allowing them to tell their story through their chosen medium - whether that be a novel, poetry, film, song, podcast or anything else they can dream up. Student initiated and student led, each project is imagined, designed, and developed by youth. Professional authors, screenwriters, filmmakers, musicians, producers, directors and actors share their expertise and experience, helping students gain new skills in their craft and empowering them to become their best creative selves.


    StoryArk is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization that seeks to serve the greater good.

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    StoryArk is a 501(c)3 organization