I can’t think of a more important job than being a storyteller
First, I believe that, universally, it is through narrative that we (all humans) make sense of our world (this includes the stories we consume as well as the stories we tell to ourselves).
Second, I believe we learn through what we give our attention to. If these two things are true, what a privilege, challenge and responsibility a storyteller has in their community.
The challenge is that a storyteller must create narratives, characters, and dialogue that are entertaining enough to capture the attention of their audience.
The responsibility of a storyteller is to tell stories that are true. Stories that highlight the plights and injustices of the space and time that their audience lives in. Stories that prophecy the audience's opportunities and potential futures.
What a privilege then to be a storyteller - to make sense of the world around us and to shape the attitudes and actions of the world.
Joshua Banman is from Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He and his wife Janis live in the West End neighbourhood with their two dogs, Kat and Gir. Joshua also works with Theatre Projects Manitoba as a Producer. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Manitoba where he was a member of The Black Hole Theatre.
Joshua tells story with the following media: