Come and celebrate the art and craft of storytelling, while supporting the Student Advocacy Center and our work keeping students in school. Our annual storytelling event, “Telling Tales Out of School” is back and again we’ll be outside, weather permitting, to raise funds for Student Advocacy Center and hear powerful stories. Special thanks to Lear, our presenting sponsor.


Friday, May 13, 2022. Drive-In Event with plenty of outdoor seating (we’ll have chairs but you are welcome to bring your own, too)

Parking lot behind Crossroads Baptist Church, 2580 Packard, Ann Arbor, MI

6:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Grab your parking spot and eat!

7 p.m. Show begins

Our Emcee for the night is mother, community activist, Social Worker, and school board member Krystle DuPree. Musical guest Formula734 will be joining us as well.

Storytellers include two recent graduates and EMU Graduate and Undergraduate Theatre students led by professor Jessica ‘Decky’ Alexander, whose devised theatre piece investigates the current climate of school expulsions in Michigan by centering the stories of young people. What could our community look like when we support all students?

The stories created at SAC are crafted with many community partners and we always spend time during Telling Tales to honor some of those collaborators. We have two awardees this year:

  • Our Community Advocate Award will be given to Elizabeth Spring-Nichols, RN, MS, the Program Administrator for Washtenaw County CMH, Youth and Family Services.
  • Our Educator Advocate Award will be given to Charlotte Cardwell-Tillerson, a Special Education Teacher in Emotional Impairment at Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) at Achieving College and Career Education (ACCE). 

Food and snacks include Domino’s pizza, chips/salsa and drinks from MAIZ Cantina in Ypsilanti, popcorn from culinary genius Dawn Keech and more. 

In the event of rain, the event will be moved inside the church.

Tickets and sponsorships are available now here

Sponsorships range from $500-$7,500. 

Tickets: $30 / $10 with Student ID (middle school and up welcome)

If you don’t feel comfortable coming to in-person event, please know that all ticket-holders will have access to the livestream as well.


SAC strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities and non-native speakers, to engage fully. To request an accommodation (including preferential seating or interpretation), please contact the Executive Director at or leave a message at (734) 482-0489 and she will get back to you promptly.  We are happy to discuss any other accommodations you may need to participate in this event. Examples of accommodations already being offered include radio broadcast and close-captioning in our live broadcast. 

What are you waiting for? Buy your ticket today and spread the word.