Nina Rolle – Story Slam

Brussels Story Slam – What is a story slam?

A story slam is a community storytelling event that features true stories, told live. Oh yes, it is also a competition — open to anybody who has a 5-minute story to share on the evenings theme. Come share a story or just enjoy the show!

How it works:

We give you a theme.  YOU bring a story.

Five minutes tops.  Must be true. Told by heart.

  1. Theme.  We like to choose themes that can be interpreted in a number of ways.  For example, stories on the theme of CRUSH can be about a childhood heart throb (first crush), or when you aced an exam (crushed it!), or totalled your car in an accident, or your favorite citrus flavored soft drink (orange Crush) or when you buckled under the weight ot pressure (that job crushed him), or when you were completely devastated (i was crushed!).
  2. Must be true.  That means it’s YOUR story.  It happened to YOU, not your mother or neighbor or best friend.  Is hyperbole “true”? Yes. Is bad memory “true”? Absolutely!
  3. Told by heart.  This simply means no notes. The challenge is to just stand at the mic and tell a story. Your story.  Some people find it helps them to write out their story in order to memorize it, others make a bullet list and remember the main points, others just know their story so well and have it so internalized that they need very little crafting.  Do what works for you.
  4. Preparation. Contemplate the theme and let it spark a memory, then find your story on that theme and practice practice practice!  A five minute story is surprisingly short, so there is no time for a lengthy wind-up or philosophising. You need to start right in the action.  See for storytelling tips.
  5. Enter the Competition. When you arrive, put your name in the hat. Cross your fingers that your name gets picked! Ten lucky storytellers will be chosen from the hat and invited to come to the stage and wow us with their tales.
  6. Judging.Yes, it’s true: we invite you to come and bare your soul with a personal story….then we judge you! Each audience member will receive a ballot (a.k.a. a slip of paper) to write down their favorite story/storyteller. Stories will be judged on how deftly you engage with the theme and stick to the time limit, but most importantly, on telling a darn good story with a little conflict, a resolution, a little suspense, and some good, juicy details.
  7. What does the winner get?  Come and find out!!



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About Truth Be Told Story Slam

Truth Be Told Story Slam was founded in February of 2013 in Boulder, Colorado by Nina Rolle and Johanna Walker, two performing artists who were inspired to create an ongoing performance series featuring true stories, well-told. A Boulder favorite since its inception, Truth Be Told has consistently played to sold-out houses, moving a community of fellow storytellers and story lovers to bring more stories into the world and onto the stage.

How it works: Truth Be Told invites audience members to enter their names in the hat with the hopes of being selected to tell a 5-minute, true-life story on a pre-determined theme.

Truth Be Told can be customized for your company or community. Nina will draw a personalized story theme from a slogan, a principle, or even an inside joke specific to your community.

Nina is a storytelling coach who can help you find your story, craft it, embody it, and tell it with confidence and glee.

Bring more to your story with Nina Rolle.


About Nina:

About story slam:

About Truth Be Told:

Bring more to your story with Nina Rolle.


Nina Rolle (rhymes with trolley) is a North American voice-over actor, storyteller, singer, and avid thrower of holiday dinner parties. In addition to providing voice-overs for hundreds of clients internationally, including Absolut Vodka, Motorola, Subzero, Vail Ski Resorts, and Lexus, Nina is co-founder and host of the popular Truth Be Told story slam in Boulder, Colorado. She also performs regularly with the Brazilian samba group Chegando Lá, and is a masterful storytelling coach who can help you find your story, craft it, embody it, and tell it with confidence and glee.

Nina’s award-winning original show, Zen Cabaret: a Contemplative Burlesque has been performed everywhere from San Francisco nightclubs to a Hollywood rooftop, to the New York International Clown Festival;  as a music director and composer, Nina has performed her original scores in theatrical productions across the United States. Nina teaches meditation at Naropa University in Colorado and Dharma Art for Chapman University in California.

Nina’s newest enterprise, Boundless Playground, combines her thirty years’ experience as a meditator with her endlessly playful artistic practice in a series of retreats, concerts and workshops that explore the intersection of meditation and creativity.

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#7 Intensive Performance Capture with Tom Keegan hosted by Dianne Weller

Tom Keegan is a renowned director of Video Games Performance Capture around the world. He came to work with 15 talented dancer, actors and Voice Over artists in Brussels to discover what is Performance Capture, how can we apply it to other performance mediums, how it can enhance your acting performance and be in the moment. And most importantly how to make the performance in this new medium of performance that is very ‘tech heavy’ be truthful, real and spot on. (


This workshop ran for 2 days on December 9th and 10th and hosted at the Need Company Studios in Brussels, Belgium.

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#6 Workshop with the RITCS and Randall Ryan Voice Director talking about Voice Performance and Video Games

Randall Ryan

This workshop is a joint project between the Sproutland SoundLab and the RITCS that is happending at the RITCS Tuesday 18th June till 21st.

Randall is a renowned US Voice Director that careers spans over many years as musician and working in the field of Voice Casting and Direction. His video game credits include Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Transformers: Optimus Prime,, the Deer Hunter series, World Series of Poker, mobile gaming, children’s games, sports titles, and shooters.

Randall’s journey into voice casting and directing was an unusual one. He was a musician from 5yrs of age and touring songwriter for 15 years, He then co-found InternetSound in 1995.  Voice-over was an afterthought until the company started doing work for video games and changed the name to HamsterBall Studios.  Randall found he had a knack for directing talent, and soon voice-over became a bigger and bigger part of HamsterBall’s mix. Randall and HamsterBall also continue to do advertising and interactive projects, such as the national broadcast and social media campaigns for LendingTree and Patrón.

Randall is coming to meet the Voice Over talent in Belgium. The 2 day workshop is for only 12 lucky participants, half from the RITCS itself and other Voice Over Belgian based talent focusing on Commercials & Corporate reads day 1 & Video Games reads day 2.

Workshop attendees will learn and refine 7 musical techniques, such as rhythm, melody, keys/registers, to improve both vocal and acting ranges.  You will have coaching and time to work on text with Randall in the studio and the opportunity to receive your recorded material at the end of the workshop.

This Workshop is run Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st June.

Randall will be holding a Talk about his work on Tuesday evening the 19th June at the RITCS. For those following the course this is included in your ticket price.

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SoundLab #5 Performing your Field Recordings Day 2

Lecture by Ruben Nachtergaele on his work practices followed by an introduction of 2 new participants on Day 2 and their work. A discussion and listening round occurred regarding their material and its possible avenues for performativity.

After lunch we broke into 3 groups of 5 or so. Group 1 developed the Electronic Field Recording that were made with the Magnetic Coil mics into into a performance. Group 2 used the Contact mics out in the Metro and combined recordings to make a short piece. Group 2 used Stethoscope mics to discover their environment with the rooms of Q02.

Short presentations of these performative materials were then presented in the Plenary group.

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SoundLab #5 Performing your Field Recordings Day 1

Lecture by Peter Cusack on his work practices followed by a ‘tour de table’ of the participants. Works were shared amongst those present before the break. Some ideas were given on how to present those pieces in a performative way, collectively from the group.

After lunch we had a paired Field Recording exercise including either working with magnetic coiled mics in and around the QO2 house, or contact mics taking sounds of the Windmills on the Canal or the environment of the Metro station.

These recordings were listened to then in a joint plenary session. End Day 1.

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Soundlab #5 Performing your Field Recordings

In this Soundlab we will investigate and fine tune how to take recordings to a live audience. What makes a recordist a good performer? Where do personal and artistic ambition play? How do you communicate with an audience?

As a point of departure, the participants will need to find out and define for themselves what value and meaning live performance with field recording might have. Next to the obvious motivation of sharing sonorous qualities with an audience, personality and skills make the difference. One can be more a storyteller, an other a biologist. Some will process fiercely while others swear by secure selection and simple playlisting. Others even go to the boundaries of the recognizable look and deform the material to make a new fiction.

This is hosted by Julia Eckhart’s team at Q-02 (

13 Feb : On the first day Peter Cusack will share his practices, knowledge and reflections, including his research during his residency, followed by hands-on exercises.

14 Feb : The second day will be guided by Ruben Nachtergaele, participants will be invited to present their own practice in regard to performing with field recording, and discuss each others work, and there will be time for practical exercises.

Inscription required to – 15€ per day, 20€ both days.

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SoundLab #4 Sonic Gardening

For information on this Lab go to the Curator’s page: Alessandra Coppola here on the site

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