About Us

Doug StevensonDoug Stevenson is the founder and president of Story Theater International, a speaking, training and consulting company, now based in Tucson, Arizona. His company trains thousands of professionals and executives each year, for clients that include Microsoft, Amgen, Bayer, Caterpillar, Oracle, Volkswagen, Hewlett Packard, Maytag, Super 8 Motels and others. His association clients include The National Education Association, The American Medical Association, The National Association of Realtors, The Wisconsin Municipal League, The Cattleman’s Beef Association and others.

GlobeHe has spoken, trained and coached in the US, Canada, Australia, Austria, Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Tens of thousands of people from four continents have studied with Doug in his Story Theater, Inspirational Leadership and Presentation Skills workshops and train-the trainer programs.

Doug used to believe he was destined to be the next Bob Hope. That was back in the 1960’s when he was a child making up his mind about who he wanted to be. He dedicated 20 years of his life to becoming a successful actor, only to realize that his destiny was much greater and far more meaningful than being a movie star. Life has a way of teaching us who we are, doesn’t it?

Now, having spoken to audiences all over the world, and having coached and trained countless individuals on how to become amazing speakers, trainers and leaders – he’s discovered that he isn’t supposed to act like Bob Hope. His gift is the ability to give people hope.

Story Theater MethodDoug is the creator of The Story Theater Method for strategic storytelling in business and author of the book by the same name. He is also the creator of The How to Write and Deliver a Dynamite Speech System, and the Next Level Storytelling Video eLearning Series. He not only presents transformational speeches, he follows them by analyzing what he has just done. Not only does he make you laugh and cry, he teaches you how he does it. It’s as if he’s a magician who does a wonderful magic trick, and then takes you behind the curtain and shows you all of his secrets.

What Doug Stevenson does is not magic. You can learn how to be a transformational speaker using his methods and technology. You can learn how to use acting, storytelling and drama techniques to connect with people at a deeper level. His motto? Emotion is the fast lane to the brain. The process? Speak from your head with your heart wide open.

On the practical side, Doug knows marketing, sales and customer service because he has owned a number of businesses including a real estate brokerage. He learned his lessons in leadership while serving on the board of directors and then as the president of a state association. And finally, Doug learned how to embrace diversity by speaking in different countries to people of different cultures.

  • 1969 – 1985  Professional actor in Chicago and Hollywood
  • 1975 – 1985  Owner of Justgood Carpentry – construction and remodeling
  • 1980 – 1985  Mobile disk jockey with Franklin and Friends
  • 1985 – 1999  Residential real estate broker/owner of Sherlock’s Homes
  • 1996 – present – professional speaker, trainer, consultant and coach

As a speaking and storytelling coach, he has coached over 1000 business professionals from CEOs to entrepreneurs to a member of the House of Lords in London.

Doug’s keynotes and training programs are like watching a business presentation as theatrical experience. He doesn’t just give a speech. He takes you on an intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving journey into your own magnificence. When Doug is done working his magic with you, you know more, understand more and can do more to change the world you live in. In the end, it’s always comes back to the beginning. It’s about hope.

In addition, he conducts Story Theater Retreats – his 2 -day intensives for four students. He has contributed a monthly column entitled Talk Your Walk for the Denver Business Journal and is the author of twelve audio and DVD programs including the Story Theater Audio Six Pack.


Doug & DebDeborah Merriman, my wife, is the heart and soul of Story Theater International. This company is as much her baby as it is mine. We call her the Vice President of Everything, because she is. With backgrounds in accounting, office administration, computer systems, and biology (!), Deborah has the skills to run an office. Her greatest quality, however, is her unqualified commitment to treating each and every client and customer with respect and fairness.

Deborah is a quintessential earth mother. She monitors our carbohydrates, anoints us with essential oils and gets us out of the house to take walks with the dog. She likes to nest. While you may meet her at one of the programs we do around the country, she’d rather be home returning emails at the Story Theater International headquarters in Tucson, Arizona.

Deborah is a native of Houston, Texas and is the proud mother of two fine sons. Michael lives in Los Angeles, with his wife Christina, and granddaughter, Rebel.  Mike is the Founder and President of Parr3LLC, a business management company for music and film artists. Bennett is a Major in the US Air Force and is currently stationed in Valdosta, GA, with his wife, Jessica and our granddaughter, Sage Olivia, and grandson Garrett Parr.