2001 – Present (15 years)
There may be millions of storytellers in the world, but many consider me the only "storyfinder." I can mine narrative gold anywhere, from anyone. It’s a skill I’ve honed teaching for over 25 years and conducting over 3,000 interviews… with authors, artists, activists, filmmakers, politicians and “normal” people. I’ve spoken with Woody Allen and Jodie Foster, Lewis Black and Cornel West, Gail Simmons and Sir Salman Rushdie. I’ve spoken with the notorious and the unknown, the successful and the downtrodden. I’ve chatted with convicted killers and many we would call heroes. And, all of them talked. All of them told me their stories. Often people ask: “Warren, is there anyone you couldn’t interview, anyone who wouldn’t talk?” Nope. You know why? Because deep down, we all want to tell our stories, we all want to be heard. Sometimes, it just takes someone else to pull those stories out. Sometimes, it just takes someone… to listen.
What’s your story? That’s what I will help you discover, uncover, excavate, encapsulate and express. I don’t care if you’re an aspiring writer, a paid pro, a novice or a grade-school drop-out. I don't care if you're a business consultant, a White House spokesperson or the voice of your start-up venture. I don’t care if you never write a book or a movie, a play or a poem, a business plan or a mission statement. I’d be thrilled if you did, but sometimes just knowing your story is enough. Get your story out there, share it with whomever you want. But no matter what, find your story within yourself, craft it through character, and you will be the better for it — and for others, too, even if they never hear your story directly. Identifying your story is the first step towards shaping a healthier, happier future, a black-inked bottom line.
I am available to consult on scripts and on projects. I can tweak press releases and inter-office messaging, I train speakers and scribes, middle-managers and top dogs. Let me help you find your story.
The Warren Report
September 2000 – Present (16 years 2 months)
Founding Faculty Member
2004 – Present (12 years)
Lead instructor for character-based storytelling classes AND host/producer of the school's speaker series for which I have welcomed filmmakers including John August, Jessica Bendinger, David Benioff, Michael Tolkin, the late Nora Ephron and the late Sydney Pollack.
Founding Faculty Member
The Red Badge Project
July 2012 – Present (4 years 4 months)
The Red Badge Project supports Wounded Warriors in the journey to reconstruct their individual sense of purpose, understanding of self-worth, and place in community, as they discover and give voice to their unique stories.
Chief Storytelling Officer
May 2015 – September 2016 (1 year 5 months)
Develop narrative applications for "FanCap" app, launched in conjunction with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. Work with TBL's Director of Gameday Operations to create in-arena stories to be shared via Lightning Vision (aka the Jumbotron). Develop best practices for soliciting, culling, editing and showcasing user-generated content. Work with Enthrall marketing team to streamline social media narratives. Work with CEO to hone Enthrall story as sales tool.
Scarecrow Video Project
December 2014 – January 2016 (1 year 2 months)
July 2014 – July 2015 (1 year 1 month)
Host Emmy®-winning series on KCTS 9 (PBS affiliate) which showcases the finest feature films, shorts and documentaries crafted in the Pacific Northwest. Interview filmmakers for complementary webisodes.
The High Bar
June 2010 – January 2015 (4 years 8 months)
Host of Emmy®-nominated interview series. Guests include: Jodie Foster, Lewis Black, Cornel West, William Gibson, Miranda July, Gary Oldman, Aisha Tyler, Dan Savage and Tavis Smiley. Goal: to encourage audiences everywhere to "Think Responsibly."
Band In Seattle presents Sound Proof
2014 – 2014 (less than a year)
Hosted a dozen episodes of show on which I interviewed bands/musicians showcased on sister-series Band In Seattle (which airs on CW11 in the Pacific Northwest).
Guest Lecturer & Curatorial Advisor
Seattle Community Colleges
2003 – 2011 (8 years)
Introduced my Nugget® and Conflict® character-based storytelling concepts to SCC's film students.
Director of Development
January 2005 – January 2009 (4 years 1 month)
Bumbershoot Film Festival Curator
2001 – 2007 (6 years)
Personally watched 1,200 - 1,500 short films per year to single-handedly program nation's best-attended celebration of short cinema. Hosted annual four-day event, leading audiences in conversation with 75+ visiting filmmakers per year. Inaugurated the Short Order, an awards-equivalent ceremony in which I would "knight" the festival's best filmmakers, as chosen by their peers.
1 Reel Film Festival
2000 – 2006 (6 years)
Served as host, curator and organizer for the nation's best-attended celebration of short film.
KIRO 710 AM
2003 – 2004 (1 year)
Host screening series of major movies prior to their theatrical release. Lead interviews with guest filmmakers and creatives connected to each presentation. Collaborate with Founders of Sneak Films to curate content.
Seattle Film Institute
2000 – 2002 (2 years)
Taught classes in character-based storytelling and "language for film".
Seattle International Film Festival
1998 – 2000 (2 years)
1995 – 1997 (2 years)