Arizona Storytellers: Mack Duncan

Published: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:50pm
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 5:05am
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Mack Duncan showing off his Green Lantern Ring while telling his story at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Mack Duncan is one of the founders of The Torch Theatre in Phoenix. But before that he was a high-school theatre teacher.

Early in his career, he was told not to expect the kind of validation portrayed in the “Oh, captain, my captain” scene from the movie Dead Poet’s Society. While he didn’t expect to have that "Oh,  captain: moment, Mack did want to inspire his students.

In his first year teaching theatre, his students were preparing to go on stage for the opening night of their play

Mack Duncan teaches English at Glendale High School.

Hear more stories like this at our next night of live storytelling July 13, 2015, at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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