Becky Olson, communication alum, is a three-time breast cancer survivor and co-founder of Breast Friends, a support group for women with cancer.
Department of Communication, Media and Culture
BA, Marquette University
Storytelling for Communication & Business Professionals
From Irish myths and Russian fairytales to Native American legends and original material,
storyteller Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of stories and storytelling traditions
into energetic and engaging performances, workshops and class experiences. A full-time
storyteller since 1994 he has written and produced numerous one-man storytelling shows
including "Inside Job: Art and Freedom in Peru's Prisons," "Erin's Daughters: Hags,
Heroines and Sorceresses in Irish Myth and Legend," "Mostly Grimm: The Handless Maiden
and Other Tales of Initiation." Said The Oregonian of his work: "Storyteller par excellence...boundless
wit, endless imagination..." Will was named Artist of the Year by Young Audiences
of Oregon and awarded the Brimstone Grant by the National Storytelling Network for
his storytelling assembly program in environmental education: "Living Streams: Stories
for Healthy Watersheds." He has performed at storytelling festivals throughout the
A former newspaper reporter in Latin America, Will has provided workshops, performances and keynotes for varied organizations and communities including Intel, the American Cancer Society, Doc Martens Shoes, the Oregon State Penitentiary, Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Department, Johnson Controls, Mercy Corps, the Bank of the Cascades and The American Hospital Association. He is a board member and active participant with the Portland based non-profit Open Hearts, Open Minds which facilitates theatre, storytelling and dialogue groups in the Oregon State Penitentiary system. He works frequently with Mosaic Voices Multicultural Foundation, a Seattle based non-profit, that sponsors art and dialogue based events for youth, prison populations and returning veterans. Will has taught storytelling for K-12 educators, business, drama and mythology students at Lewis and Clark College, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland State University, and Clackamas Community.