Lori Kirstein , S-School Member, Creative & Tech Consultant
Honestly, until last year I didn’t even know that storytelling was as big a “thing” as it is. Even though I’m a professional actor and personal growth workshop leader, I didn’t know. Then Tanya appeared. I started S–School without knowing what I would be learning, but eager to do so. And what has happened as a result is a slow and gorgeous rise of the most beautifully unexpected type of life turning I have gone through yet – and I’m 58 (which I can’t even believe, because “I’m younger than that now”, which you have to be as old as 58 to “get”). I am not only learning so many methods of helping others open and rise in their lives, I am taking on an entirely new way of viewing and expressing and living my own life. And that is actually the magic of this program.
You want information? Check! You want inspiration? Check! You want experiential learning? Check! You want to feel that you have a teacher you can turn to, and a community to share with and learn from over time, and in your own time in which you absorb, apply and integrate your growing understanding and self-knowledge? Check, check, check, check, CHECK!
I honestly feel that whether you want to be a storytelling coach, or you crave the insight into your true self that may have been frustratingly elusive for many years, or both – this is the place. As a lifelong seeker, I can tell you, in worldly ways as well as spiritual, I’m finally doing some finding. This really IS the place.
Cara Jones , S-School Member, Founder, Storytellers for Good
Tanya brings a depth of heart, knowledge and experience unlike anything else I’ve found in the world of story. Her S-School is as inspiring as it is comprehensive and has helped me fine-tune my brand, deepen my knowledge and walk away with practical tools and exercises I can use right away. The live calls were super helpful and I’ll be referring back to so many of the in-depth resources she provided again and again. Thanks Tanya and S-School for so bravely pioneering the field of story coaching!
Michael Williams , S-School Member
I’ve been in the story coaching business for more than ten years. During that time, I’ve come to know many of the men and women in the field. I’ve got to know who’s in it for themselves and who is in it as a genuine service to others. Tanya is one of those people who’s passion for story is genuine and authentic. She is one of the most generous coaches I’ve met. She and her team are dedicated to serving those with a real passion for story and who want to make a difference in the world. And yes, S-School is a serious investment – an investment in yourself. Can you afford not to invest in yourself at this time in your life?
Be prepared to be challenged and pushed out of your comfort zone. Be prepared to work hard. But also be prepared to be supported, encouraged, and inspired. Tanya and her team are generous with their time and advice. They will provide the materials to work with; and you create. They provide you with inspiration and support; you deliver. S-School is a win-win experience.
I’m leaving S-School with a clearer vision of what I want to offer through my work. I leave with a greater repertoire of practical coaching skills and techniques. I leave with greater confidence in myself and my service to others. And I leave knowing that Tanya, her team, and my fellow colleagues at S-School have my back. S-School is my community, my tribe, my fellow adventurers in the exciting realm of story. S-School has been a challenging journey. I’m calling you to the adventure. What are you waiting for?
Susie Crowther , Author and S-School Student
S-School Founder, Tanya, believes that “personal” and “professional” are inextricably linked. Through S-School, I now understand how “story” and “healing” are also connected in the same ways. S-School offers specific tools that help both me and my clients: for me, in creating a Brand, Mission and Vision; providing the road-map for growing my business; for my clients, offering activities to arrive at the core of their story. Probably most useful is how S-School creates effective facilitators… over 20 years’ experience guiding how to “be” with clients. This delicate work demands concrete strategies, and S-School has nailed it! S-School and its staff provide excellent support and guidance. I always feel heard, and my questions are addressed promptly. Thank you, Tanya and S-School!
Sofiah Ngoran , S-School Student
S-School offers creatives and professionals a rich, innovative, relevant and creative curriculum to become deeply rooted in the work and distinctive in the field. There are many creative, spiritual people like myself who have been laboring for years to bring our very important work to the forefront. Many of us have been hurt, deceived and ignorant to the subliminal and not so subliminal messages of the culture regarding art and its worth. Tanya understands this and what its like to break through to one’s purpose and mission and to carry it to the world with all the authenticity, creativity and courage you can muster. If you need help, S-School will provide the support and structure you need to become your true self.
As a result of Tanya’s program and sage guidance, the immense resource material she offers, as well as the structured collaboration with other students, I now have the clarity, courage, inspiration and knowledge to move forward confidently in the field. Thank you, Tanya!
Courtney Arnold , S-School MemberWith S–School, Tanya offers something uniquely holistic: a training program in which personal and professional, creative and practical components of the work are not only equally represented, they are shown to be intrinsically linked. I’ve spent years trying to cobble together bits of knowledge or skill in some aspect of business here, experience in another over there all on my own. Hell, I have 5-figure student loans from a program in which I spent 2 years devoted to my craft but was never taught the first thing about how to translate my vision into a sustainable vocation…or even how to think about putting the pieces together. What a tremendous gift S–School has been.”
Stephanie Shantz S-School Member
As a copywriter, telling the stories of the work people do and why it matters is a natural part of my job, but lately I’ve felt called to take my skill set to a new level. S-School helped me expand my knowledge of brand storytelling while also giving me a foundational understanding of other types of story work — there’s so many possibilities as a story coach! During the course I moved from being unclear about the next steps in my business to having the clarity and confidence to move into a new role as a brand story coach. Being able to take the course more than once is also an unbelievable bonus as there’s just so much amazing knowledge to absorb. I could tell from week one that Tanya cares deeply about everyone who comes to the course and has poured her heart into creating and sharing it with us. I look forward to going through the course again and expanding my knowledge even further!
Linda Bonadies , S-School Member
Tanya not only provides incredible content, but also takes me through the work behind the work. She helps me to push through my fears past external and internal obstacles. She is a leader and supporter. S-School is filled with incredible content for various story based programs. The curriculum is deep and extensive. It’s not a fly by the night, shallow internet course. You will be given the tools to shortcut your way to success with Tanya behind you the whole way!
Doug Vincent Playwright and Performer “A Day for Grace"
“Tanya combines an impressive range of proficient theater skills with the deepest humanity for your personal story. With easygoing grace Tanya gets it, and helps you fully embody your truth so that, ultimately, the audience gets it.”
Tanya’s 4-day solo bootcamp blew away any preconceived notions I had of how I would develop a show. From exercises that allowed me to claim my voice and physical power, to hours of improvisation that made me unearth story in the most unlikely places, Tanya challenged me to dig deep and find the pearls that I have been carrying my whole life.”
Shannon DeJong San Francisco Writer/Performer
“Working with Tanya is magic. It’s as if she reaches inside you, and helps you pull out in a matter of days what you’ve been trying to spit out for years. Her process is natural, intuitive and seamless. Her guidance and insight not only assisted me in developing a stellar script, but her creative direction and vision helped create a show that was rich and dynamic—beyond anything I could have hoped for.”
Ann Marie Houghtailing
“I highly recommend Tanya if you are serious about creating a one-person show. Whatever is standing in your way can easily be overcome with the Tanya’s guidance and talent. Even good writers require the trained eye of an expert. Tanya’s expertise will help you move from idea to reality.”
Maida Rogerson Actor and Co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work"
“Tanya is a great teacher. She has a passion for truthtelling and excellence, and an ability to lead you through your doubts and fears to a place of honest, expansive, self-expression. She’ll settle for nothing less. It is a joy to work with her.”
“How do you make a dream come true? Sign up for a workshop with Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, that’s how. Through taking a class with Tanya, I finally created and performed a monologue that had been kicking around inside of me for many years.”
Michelle Vest Writer and Performer of the One-Woman Show "Sole Survivors"
“I created my one woman show “Sole Survivors” in Tanya’s workshop. I have now performed my show in Santa Fe, D.C., Philly and NYC. I have just gotten a one-month run of the show that is being produced in NYC. Tanya’s creative guidance and deep support allowed me to step into my life’s work.”
Susan Crowther Author, Lifestyles for Learning and The No Recipe Cookbook
“Tanya Taylor Rubinstein is the Story Shaman. Let us not use this word lightly. What she does, better than anyone I’ve met, is weave your calling, God’s purpose, and the mundane trivialities of life into a vibrant tapestry, called Story. These stories heal, inspire and ignite in ways you never imagined. When you receive the call to be with her, listen.”
James Koskinas Writer and Performer of the One-Man Show “Even If the Mountains Burn"
“Tanya is wonderful… a brilliant teacher. The solo performance process is a life-changing experience. Powerful works arise in her presence.”
Sandy Alemian Author, Speaker and Solo Performer
“Tanya, working with you was instrumental in finding the powerful story within me that wanted to be told. You are an absolute master at not only the creation of the show…but in helping me to release my fears that surfaced along the way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Laurie Williams Writer and Performer of the One-Woman Show "The Thaw"
“I could not have done my show without Tanya. Her combination of connection to Spirit, knowledge of her craft—solo productions/story telling for healing—her commitment and phenomenal support through the entire process: evolution of the story, writing, rewriting, writing, editing, coaching, directing, production, holding my hand, helped me birth a dream years in the making. You have a unique gift, dear Tanya. Thank you.”
Debrianna Mansini Solo Show Writer and Performer
“There are no words to express the depth of experience I had working on my piece with Tanya. Her expertise, commitment to authenticity and to the process and to creating a safe and creative place to work brought out the best in me and in my work. I am truly grateful.”
Nati Porat Certified StoryHealers Facilitator
“I trained with Tanya to become a therapeutic monologue facilitator. Tanya is passionate and deeply committed to her work and sharing it with all those who can benefit. She knows how to hold a safe space and support others in finding their voice and story. She brings a depth of experience and an intuitive gift to all her facilitation work, which yields profound results.”
Linda Lord Coach, Author, Performer
“I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Tanya for facilitating the StoryHealer training that I attended. The experience was powerful and transformative under her professional guidance. I am so enthused and excited to bring this work to my community in November. Thank you Tanya for honouring this work in a way that changes lives.”
Author Larry Dossey, M.D.
“Here’s a little secret: We are our story and our story is us. When we claim our story and live it openly, we are enriched, inspired, and fulfilled. That’s what takes place in The Cancer Monologue Project. There is magic in these pages, and healing too.”
Dorie Hagler Humanitarian Photographer: Dorie Hagler Photography
“Tanya is a gifted teacher, writer, director and truly an inspirational individual. Project Life Stories is life changing for Tanya’s clients and it has been a privilege to witness and document her work and the process of her courageous clients. I always look forward to working with Tanya and consider yourself very fortunate if you have the opportunity to do the same.”
“Nothing heals like the power of a true story. When someone is speaking from the inside of an event, then they are speaking from a moral and personal authority that pierces the veil of darkness. On the other side of that veil lies the light of hope, for them and for everyone else.”
Gray Performs Writer, Performer, Is-ness
Working with Tanya is magic. It’s as if she reaches inside you, and helps you pull out in a matter of days what you’ve been trying to spit out for years. Her process is natural, intuitive and seamless. Her guidance and insight not only assisted me in developing a stellar script–which I’ve gone on to perform in NYC, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Albuquerque–but her creative direction and vision helped create a show that was rich and dynamic–beyond anything I could have hoped for.
Joan Brooks Baker
“Tanya listens and then gives back thoughtful critique — unique to you. She leads you with her understanding and compassion to the essence of what you hope to say.”
Gary Tanin Producer at Planet Green Productions
I had the unique opportunity of working with Tanya Taylor on the play “A Day for Grace” in fall of 2012. Under the able direction of Spalding Gray protege Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, “A Day For Grace” captured magic in a bottle. To be able to put aside the taboo of the issue (Suicide) to produce a play as touching as “A Day For Grace” reveals her very special artistic gift. Ms. Taylor intuits knowing when “magic” occurs and how to nurture its growth… an instinct that is a very rare find.
“Working with Tanya has opened a whole new opportunities to express my passions. The Storyhealer process has allowed me to connect with audiences in a deeper way. Rather than use a traditional lecture format that talks at people about issues, the Storyhealers process helps to engage audiences be creating meaningful and memorable connections that inspire them to make the world a better place. After a performance people are changed and they never look at themselves or the storytellers the same.”
“Tanya Taylor Rubinstein is a gifted writing and performance coach with an encyclopedic knowledge of the art of solo performance. She is a consummate professional. A visionary! Using her remarkable intuition and excellent communication skills, Tanya guided me (gently and surely) in the transformation of my loose collection of raw and emotional adventure stories into a refined, powerful, and well-produced one-woman show. The audiences for MOBIUSTRIP were enthusiastic and complimentary”
Sofiah Ngoran Of Story Studio Salons
“The performance monologue workshop was an awakening and enlivening experience that helped me to open, deepen and extend a rich offering of soul and spirit to the audience. Anyone who is looking for an experience that will connect you to your core and transform your notion of theater will find this to be a treasure of support, insight and creativity”.
“O” The Oprah Magazine
Tanya’s work is a gift and a necessity.
“Artist, healer, mid-wife… Tanya creates safe, generative spaces for stories to be born and burst with life.”
Kimber Shining Star Workshop Participant
“Tanya’s natural warmth, presence and authenticity marry so harmoniously with her deft skills as a facilitator. To work with her is to be positively transformed.”
Diana Elizabeth Jordan
“Working with Tanya in her StoryHealers bootcamp was an amazing experience. She is honest and supportive and gives so much of her heart.. I very much look forward to working with her again.”
Basile Vallas Solo Performer "Witness to Dreams"
“Working with Tanya is setting forth on a journey—some of it familiar, and some of it quite unexpected, even startling. Throughout it all, Tanya listens with her heart, and in doing so, provides a very safe and sacred space where that voice—so long silent—finds its own strength and power. I would never have believed that it would be as transformative of an experience as it was. That, and a pantload of fun!”
“Tanya is a master magician. She has a gift for coaxing essential stories from a performer’s backpack of possibilities. Her ways are subtle, but supportive as she makes it safe for storytellers to recognize their deepest truths.”