CBT Stories

Every one of us has a story.

The Clarence Brown Theatre has had the pleasure of telling countless stories on our stages for 50 years, and now we want to hear from you! In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we are starting a program called CBT Stories, a collection of memories, experiences, and celebrations submitted by you our patrons, students, artists, and staff members all about the special place that the Clarence Brown Theatre holds in our lives.

Perhaps you have a story of a memorable first visit, a comedic tall tale that is stranger than fiction, or a reflection recounting a specific production that truly opened your awareness of the world. We will collect these stories and in the coming months present them as monologues performed by our student and faculty actors.

Here are the guidelines for story submissions:

  • It can be as long as it needs to be, but remember Polonius’s sage advice:
    “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
  • It should be a true story.
  • The story should be personal, involving an experience at the theatre that has profoundly
    moved you.
  • We will not censor any portion of the story for content, but you must keep in mind that it
    will be performed. Our team may also edit the material in order to fit within the chosen performance medium.

Each of these monologues will be shared on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as on this page. Scroll down to view each episode, and please check back over the next year to celebrate 50 years of creating meaningful stories, both on stage and off.

Send story submission emails to:  cbt_stories@utk.edu.


Episode 1  |  On the Edge of My Seat
Performed by Steve Sherman

A surprise first visit to the theatre with his father leaves a lasting impression on a future staff member.


Episode 2  |  Raise Your…Celery?
Performed by Brenda Orellana

Poor Silvia has to tell grown-ups everything in this patron’s charming story about her granddaughter’s first viewing of
A Christmas Carol.


Episode 3  |  Dancing with Zoe
Performed by Alan Toney

A former undergraduate reflects on his memorable experience working with the legendary Zoe Caldwell on Medea in 1982.


Episode 4  |  My Father, Head Cabinet Maker
Performed by Brittany Marie Pirozzoli

A patron recounts her father’s favorite stories from his time on stage with Anthony Quayle and working in the scene shop with Bob Cothran.


Episode 5  |  Welcome to the Sound Booth
Performed by Callie Bacon

Gotta love live theatre! Take a step into the sound booth in this story submitted by a patron and former student who took a scene-stealing turn as the sound board operator for our production of Oliver!