• Tell your story

    Welcome to the Labb.

    Click here to sign up for my new 4-session

    storytelling course at Makers Mess.

    davidcrabbstoryteller@gmail.com

  • Who am I?

    Hello! I'm David Crabb: storyteller, coach & director at the Crabb Labb.

     

    I've been helping people tell their true personal stories for almost ten years.

    As a storyteller and speaker, I've been featured on The Moth, NPR & RISK! As host of The Moth, I've had the pleasure of traveling the world with some of the best storytellers from around the globe. As a memoirist, I have extensive experience in what it takes to make a story work on the page. As a solo artist & actor who has also directed the work of others, I have over 20 years of experience in public speaking & performance strategy.

    Whether your goals are personal, professional or artistic, I can help you craft funny, compelling, educational narratives out of real-life experiences in many mediums and for a wide variety of purposes.

     

    *LISTEN TO MY STORY ON THE MOTH RADIO HOUR

    *OTHER STORIES TOLD LIVE

    *WATCH THE TRAILER FOR MY NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK SHOW "BAD KID"

    *CHECK OUT MY MEMOIR "BAD KID"

    *READ A PIECE ABOUT MY CLASS IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

  • What's the Crabb Labb?

    The name "Crabb Labb" name comes from a group of storytellers & memoirists I taught at an independent works​hop at my home in New York 7 years ago. Over the course of several months, we met around my kitchen table, sharing true personal stories in preparation for performing them onstage or committing them to the page. The environment was warm, familiar and fun; three traits I've tried to bring to all of my instruction work, regardless of size and context.

     

    Whether I'm teaching 1-on-1 or a group of 100, here's what matters to me:

    *Personal authenticity - My job as a storytelling & memoir coach isn't to change or suppress your voice, but to accentuate it. I want to help you be the most "YOU" as possible.

    *Make the mundane exciting - We tend to think the facts of our experiences are dull, especially in the professional realm. I can help you reflect on your message in new ways that will excite you and your audience.

    *Understand the structure - Terms like "narrative arc" can intimidate people. But you don't have to be a Shakespeare scholar to understand & utilize basic tenants of storytelling. I can teach you story structure in an easy-to-grasp way that will redefine and energize the way you share stories.

    *Imbuing the darkness with humor - It's not easy to talk and write about loss, trauma, and sadness; themes that define so many iconic stories. I will teach you strategies that make the hard-to-share easier to hear and process, for yourself and your audience.

    *Story-mining - Finding personal stories worth telling can feel challenging. Many people feel like "nothing interesting" has ever happened to them. It's important that I leave my clients with tools that will help them continue to find true engaging stories from their lives long after I'm out of the picture.

  • Where do I teach?

    Connecting with others through personal narrative is the cornerstone of my work. I've seen people from many fields with varied backgrounds utilize storytelling as a means to not only communicate, but change their audience through laughter, education and transparency. My wide variety of clients from artistic, therapeutic and professional fields has given me insight into the myriad ways storytelling can alter the listener, reader & participant.

     

    Non-profit:

    The Moth High School Program, Wounded Warriors, American Library Association, Writers Guild Initiative, Heartland Alliance, The Getty Museum

     

    Corporate:

    Social Media: Twitter, Google, Facebook, Social Media Week NYC

    Legal/Finance: Price-Waterhouse, Grant-Thornton, Fidelity, Prudential

    Other: Visa, Uber, Novartis, Viacom, Bravo TV

     

    Academia:

    Occidental College, Los Angeles, NYU Tisch School of Arts, California State University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Indiana University

     

    Comedy School Partnerships:

    Upright Citizens Brigade, Peoples Improv Theater, Kevin Allison's Story Studio

     

    Business Training Partnerships:

    General Assembly, Performance of a Lifetime, Course Horse, Upright Citizens Brigade

  • How can we work together?

    I work with my clients in many formats. Contact me at davidcrabbstoryteller@gmail.com for more information.

     

    My next 4-part storytelling course will be happening this May in Los Angeles.

    More information HERE.

     

    GROUPS:

    Crabb Labbs: Workshops at my studio or arranged by the client, focusing on live storytelling, solo shows or memoir, depending on participant needs.

    Corporate Workshops: Everything from my regular labb with a focus on business application.

     

    1-ON-1's:

    Storytelling: Sessions by the hour in-person or online.

    Memoir 1-on-1: Sessions by the hour in-person or online.

     

    EDITING:

    1. One month turnarounds on entire manuscripts. The package includes 2 back-and-forth emails so you can ask questions after reviewing my first round of notes. (One of these email exchanges can be a half-hour phone call is you prefer.)

     

    2. For a shorter piece, under 8000 words, I promise a two-week turnaround. The package includes 1 back-and-forth email or phone call.

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  • Stories In Session

    My podcast "Stories In Session" is a weekly show dedicated to the art and craft of contemporary storytelling. Hear some of the best stories from across the nation and get a behind-the-scenes look at how they were created by the experts and amateurs who told them. Featuring storytellers, hosts and producers from RISK!, The Moth & more.

    New episodes released every Monday.

     

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