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Capitol Area Storytelling Festival.

 

Wonderful News!  I am now the director of first the major storytelling festival to take place in the Washington DC Metro Area.  Hurrah!  

The Capitol Area Storytelling festival will be launched with a reception at 6.30p and an Olio - a storyelling concert -  at 7.30pm  on Friday November 13th and will continue on Saturday November 14th at Washington ArtWorks in Rockville, Maryland.  It is being sponsored by Long and Foster Real Estate.  (And while it is true that my brother Damian, the infamous Damian of my stories, is a broker and senior agent there - I like to think that there was no nepotism involved.  At least that is what I'm telling myself!)

It is a wonderful line up of tellers.  We have the Dean of Storytelling, Donald Davis - the first time he has performed in the area in four years.  Sheila Arnold Jones, fresh from being a New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.  Dr. Mike Lockett, who will have just returned from a month-long, highly-succesful storytelling tour of China and Taiwan.  Anne Thomas, who won the 2013 Story Slam at the National Festival will be doing her one woman storytelling show, "No More Helen Keller Jokes."  And myself.  I'm one of the tellers as well as directing the event.  We will also have a story swap in the afternoon, and a story slam in the evening.  Everything is family friendly except for the slam, which will be edgy.  Do come and join us and take part in history!  

For more information, a schedule, and tickets please click here.

Breaking News!

I am delighted to announce that my CD "Devils on Horseback And Other Odd Journeys" - with its tagline "Hilarious, True, Inadvertent Adventures" has won a prestigious Storytelling World Award. It joins my first CD "Destination? Slammer!" in the winners category for the whole album. (To see the full 2014 list click here.) One of the stories on Devils on Horseback is called "Hitchhiking" and it is a twenty minute version of the story that won the National Festival's first Story Slam in Jonesborough, TN on October 6th 2012. I think you'll enjoy the other stories also.

To find out how to purchase the CDs either go to my store please click here - or go directly to the website CDBaby - please click here.

 


 

 

Glorious Highlights of 2013

One of my biggest joys in 2013 was being a New Voice Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN the weekend of October 2013.  It was such an honor to be asked, I loved doing it, and I am stilled thrilled and excited to think that it really did happen!

The week of September 23rd, I was a Teller In Residence in the Storytelling Live Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.  That was such fun!  I loved doing the daily shows and also watching the tents rise and the decorations put in place for the National Festival which took place just a week later.  

Other highlights of 2013 were featuring at the wonderful Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah at the end of August, and spending the month of May telling stories and doing workshops in festivals, schools, theatres, homes and prisons in New Zealand.  Bliss!


 

 

And The Winner Is...

I was absolutely delighted to win the National Festival's first story slam on Saturday October 6th 2012 in Jonesborough, TN. The slam competition was one of the new items developed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the festival.

 

Enthusiastically telling the Hitchhiking story during the National Festival's first ever story slam competition.

 The theme was "rear view mirror" and in front of an audience of roughly 1500 people the seven participants (who had been pre-chosen on the strength of a recorded two minute description and extract of their story) had five minutes to deliver a true, or mostly true story.


Mine was a true story of the wild adventure that happened the first time I hitchhiked.  It was an honor to win against such a fine line up of tellers.  I was thrilled beyond words.  My cup runneth over.  Thank you Lord!

 

I was so delighted to win the first ever Story Slam at the National Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Yea God!Photos: Charlie Mauk/Herald&Tribune

    

Saturday January 18th 2014, Sunday January 19th Concert and Stories in Church, Dover, DE

I am an ordained minister with Faith Christian Fellowship (FCF) out of Tulsa, OK.  On Saturday I will be doing a concert at a gathering of fellow FCF ministers and on Sunday I'll be telling tales in New Life Christian Center in Dover, DE Saturday January 25, 2014,

 

Saturday January 25 2014, Better Said Than Done, Fairfax, VA

 

I am part of the lineup for the show entitled: "Carrying The Torch: Stories of Going for Gold."  It is downstairs at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA. Tickets are $10 in advance.  If paying at the door cash is preferred. For tickets and for more details click here.

 

Saturday February 22 2014, Better Said Than Done, Fairfax, VA

 

I am part of the lineup for the show entitled: "When I Grow Up: Childhood, adulthood, and the path between.  It is downstairs at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA. Tickets are $10 in advance.  If paying at the door cash is preferred.  For tickets and for more details click here.

 

Saturday March 1, 2014,Three Storytelling Workshops for Child Psychologists, Potomac, MD followed by after-dinner concert for a Hoober Employee Apreciation Concert, Ocean City, MD

 

I am honored to be doing three workshops for child and adolescent psycologists as part of the CAPSGW ongoing training program out of George Washington University.  They will be held in Potomac MD, and will finish at 4.30pm then I drive to Atlantic City, MD to be on the stage at 8.00 for the evening event.

 

Thursday March 6th, The Grapevine, Takoma Park, MD

 

7.30pm.  I will be presenting stories with Noa Baum at this new monthly storytelling initiative.  

 

 

Tuesday March 10th, Speakeasy DC, Washington DC

 

8.00pm.  (But get there at 7.00pm if you want a seat!)  I will be telling a story about the first time I ever hitchhiked in Speakeasy DC's monthly, second Tuesday of the month show.  The theme is Unprecedented: breaking new ground, pioneering, or being new. Tickets are $15 at the door.  For location and all other information click here.

 

Tuesday March 25th, 2014  Carol Creek Montessori, Frederick, MD

 

I will be doing two assembly programs for this wonderful school.

 

 

April 25-26 2014, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Woodruff, SC

 

This festival has a wonderful lineup of tellers!  I am delighted to be telling with Noa Baum, Linda Goodman, Kim Weitamp - all who I know well, and Darian McCloud who I am looking forward to meeting. Do come and join us!  We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on the festival please click here.  

 

 

Tuesday May 20th 2014, Tea In The Slammer, League of Women Voters, Hagerstown DC.

Sunday August 10th, 2014, Clifton Park NY, Storytelling Workshop "From Pen to Performance."

Sunday August 10th, 2014, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Albany, NY

Wednesday August 13th, House Concert, Tottenham, Ontario

Thursday August 14th, House Concert ' "Drunk Nuns and other Storytelling Misadventures!" Peterborough, Ontario

Thursday to Saturday, September 4-6th the 10th anniversary of the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival in Chillicothe, Ohio

Sunday October 19th to Friday October 24th, Starburst Storytelling Festival, Anderson, South Carolina

 

 

 

Past Events

 

 

Destination? Slammer!

True Tales of Life and Laughter.

 

Breaking News!

 

My storytelling CD “Destination? Slammer” has just won a prestigious Storytelling World Award! It was a winner in the storytelling recording category. I am thrilled! To see the winners list please click here (mine is in category 6.) The CD is available in the store section of this website. Please click here.

 

The Week of September 23rd, 2013, Teller-In-Residence, International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN

 

I am thrilled to be one of the tellers selected to participate in this year's "Storytelling Live!" the International Storytelling Center's prestigious Teller-In-Residence program.  Every week, May through October, nationally-known tellers are invited to come to Jonesbrough to do a daily (Tuesday through Saturday) matinee performance at the Center.  They also undertake other storytelling commitments such as school visits workshops or evening concerts.

Its going to be such fun!   For more information on the 2013 lineup (available after Feb. 1st) please click here.  

 

Thursday October 3rd to Sunday October 6th 2013, New Voice Featured Teller, National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN

 

Be still my beating heart! I have been invited to be a "New Voice" Featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival. It is an incredible honor and I am thrilled! For more information on the festival an the tellers please click here.

 

Thursday October 10th, Wednesday October 16th and Monday November 4th Friends of Guest House Storytelling Workshops, Alexandria, VA

This is a project that excites me!  I have been asked to do a series of three storytelling workshops for ex female offenders who are transitioning into a productive life in the community. To find out more about Friends of Guest House - which is a wonderful residential home that also prepares occupants for life on the outside - please click here.

 

Sunday October 20th to Thursday October 24th 2013, Teller-In-Residence, Starburst Storytelling Festival, Anderson, SC

 

I have been invited to be a Teller-In-Residence at The Starburst Storytelling Festival in Anderson, South Carolina.  I will be telling to children bussed in to Anderson University during the weekdays, and I'll be doing other gigs including a storytelling concert on Wednesday October 23rd!  Such fun!  Other tellers at the festival, telling at schools and with their own concerts include Megan Hicks and Adam Booth.  More details later.

 

November 9, 2013, Private House Concert, Buckeystown Maryland.

 

Saturday October 16, 2013, Private House Concert, Alexandria, VA

 

Thursday December 5, 2013, Private Booking

 

Wednesday August 21st 2013, Speakeasy DC's Atonement Show, Washington DC

 

8pm - 9.30 - I will be part of the lineup for the SpeakeasyDC show "Atonement: Stories About Confession, Redemption and Making Amends" that will be held at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036. 

Tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.  To buy tickets or for more information please click here.

 

Thursday August 29th to Saturday August 31 2013 Timpanagos Storytelling Festival, Orem, Utah

 

Wonderful news!  I have been invited to tell at the Timpanagos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah.  This is a truly magnificent festival - I have heard amazing things about it and I am delighted to be part of the line up.  The list of tellers has not been released for 2013 yet - but I'll post it as soon as it does.  In the meantime if you want more information about the festival please click here. 

 

Thursday August 1st to Sunday August 4th National Storytelling Conference, Richmond VA.

I will be telling a story as part of the Regional Showcase on Saturday August 3rd starting at 10.45.  I will also emcee the final concert on Sunday afternoon.

There is a glorious assortment of workshops, fringe shows, showcases, slams, storyswaps and storytellers having a rollickly good time at the conference.  There is something for the newbie and the seasoned pro.  To find out more click here!  Hope to see you there!

 

Friday June 21 to Saturday June 22nd 2013 Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival, Lower Brandywine, Delaware.

 

The 7th Annual Lower Brandywine storytelling festival has been moved from November to June - and I am delighted to have been invited once again to be one of the tellers.  It is always a fabulous event - do come and join us for a weekend of storytelling magic!  For more information click here.

Wednesday June 5th to Friday June 7th June Oakdale Middle School, Ijamsville MD.

I will be doing a storytelling concert followed by a story residency for eighth graders.  Yea!

 

May 2013 - New Zealand

I am honored and thrilled to have been invited to tell at the Invercargill Arts Festival from May 7th to May 14th together with Bill Harley (who has won two grammies.) Invercargill is at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island

I leave on May 1st and I will be travelling and telling in New Zealand until May 31st.  (My birthday is May 9th and I get to spend it in New Zealand.  How exciting!)  I'll post more details of my tour as they become finalized.

 

 

Saturday April 6th - Monday April 8th 2013, Do Tell Storyfest, Hendersonville, NC

 

I am so pleased to have been asked to headline at the Do Tell storytelling festival. All performances take place at the Downtown Flat Rock Playhouse, 125 Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 27789. The other tellers names will be revealed shortly. For more information click here.

 

Friday April 19th to Saturday April 20th, 2013 Sounds of the Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival, Camp Bethel, Fincastle, VA.

 

I am absolutely thrilled to have been invited to be a featured teller at Sounds of the Mountains Festival at Camp Bethel in Fincastle VA. I will be joining Storytellers Donald Davis, Kevin Kling and Doug Elliot- the musicians haven't been anounced yet. It really is a wonderful, friendly festival set in stunning countryside - and it is small enough so that you can hear all the tellers and musicians. If you love stories and mountain music this is one festival not to be missed! For more information click here.

 

Wednesday April 24 to Thursday April 25th, State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, NY

 

I have been invited to tell my prison stories at classes during the day, and perform "Tea In The Slammer" in the evening, for the Criminal Justice Program at SUNY, Fredonia. I am so excited about this - particuarly the evening concert as there will students studying corrections (many who already work in the field), other students studying criminal law, chaplains from the local prisons, volunteers who go into prisons and wardens and other prison professionals. The performance will be followed by a Q & A - I forsee fascinating discussions ahead!

 

Friday March 22nd 2013, Fort Detrick Chapel Ministry, Frederick, Maryland

 

6.30pm I have been booked to do a storytelling concert at an Army Chaplaincy dinner at Dutch's Daughter restaurant.

 

Thursday February 28th to Sunday March 3rd 2013, Florida Story Camp, Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora, Florida

 

On behalf of the Florida Storytelling Association, MyLinda Butterworth has asked me to be one of the featured tellers at the Florida Story Camp in 2013. I was thrilled to accept! The other featured tellers are Donna Washington, Andy Offut Irwin, Bob Patterson, Emily Harris and David Claunch. The weekend is packed with workshops, performances, story swaps, story slams and other fabulous events. Do come and join us for an amazing long weekend! For more information please click here.

 

Saturday February 16th, 2013, Story Surge Fundraiser, Arlington, VA

 

Island Park, NY Public Library lost over 20,000 books in Hurricane Sandy. I am part of the lineup for a storytelling fundraiser to help restore the stacks. It will be at:

7.00pm at One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland Street #101, Arlington, VA 22213.

Sugested donation $10-25

It is a great lineup! Noa Baum, Margaret Chatham, Tim Livengood, Lauren Martino, Miriam Nadel, Merrilleee Pallansch and myself with Gary Lloyd as emcee. For more information contact Miriam Nadel, mhnadel@alum.mit.edu, 703 225 1210

 

Wednesday- Friday,February 20th - 22nd February 2013, Heather Ridge Middle School, Frederick, MD

 

I will be doing an assemble and residency for Heather Ridge Middle School. We will have great fun together!

 

Saturday February 2nd, 2013, Folklore Society of Great Washington Mid Winter Festival, Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park, MD

 

4.00 - 4.30pm I will be telling folk tales at this fun festival that will be held on Groundhog Day - but we have been assured that no matter the weather the festival will occur once and will not be repeated! For more information please click here.

 

Saturday February 9th, 2013 Reston Fundraiser and Storytelling Night, Reston, VA

 

I am part of the line up for a Better Said Than Done storytelling event to benefit the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA. There are two shows.

7.00pm show/Doors open at 6.30pm

9.00pm show/Doors open at 8.30.

The tickets are $15. For information about the event and how to purchase advance tickets (they will also be available at the door) please click here.

 

Wednesday January 18th 2013, Friendship Heights Village Center, Chevy Chase, Md

 

7.30pm As part of Ellouise Schoettler's monthly storytelling series I will be presenting my new storytelling show "Tea In The Slammer" at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 Park Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. 301 656 2797. Free Entrance. For more information contact Ellouise at ellouise9112@aol.com

 

Saturday November 17th, 2012, "Nature and the Spirit: A Storytelling Concert to benefit the Friends Wilderness Center."

 

7.00pm - I will be part of the line up with storytellers from Voices in the Glen - a fine storytelling organization. It will be held at Langley Hill Friends Meeting House, 6410 Georgetown Pike, McClean VA 22101. For more information please contact Chuck at gochaski@verizon.net

 

Wednesday December 5th 2013, St. Augustine's Church, Washington DC

 

7.00 I shall be doing the first performance of my new storyelling work-in-progress "Tea In The Slammer" at St. Augustine's Church, 600 M Street SW, Washington DC as part of their Art and Spirit monthly cafe program. The church is across the road from Center Stage Theater.

This is the hilarious true story of a convent-raised woman (me!) who discovers a surprising use for her tea-making skills while working behind the razor wire as a chaplain at the largest men's prison in Maryland. There will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a Q&A. If you've ever wanted to know what really goes on behind prison walls this is a good time to find out!

For more information please contact Bruce Crane rbcrane1@netscape.net

 

Saturday September 15th, Storytelling Concert "The Other F Words: Friendship, Fidelity and Foolishness."

This is going to be a wonderful concert! Three storytelling organizations, VASA, Voices in the Glen, and Telling Moments have joined forces and have selected Noa Baum, Ralph Chatham, Janet Curtis Greene, Ellouise Schoettler, Ann Sheldon and myself to be featured tellers.

It will be held at 7.30pm at the Writers Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815. For further information and to reserve tickets please email www.telmoment@verizon.net or phone 301 838 9614.

 

Thursday September 6th to Saturday September 8th 2012 Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival in Chillicothe, Ohio.

I'm delighted to be returning to the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival as a teller - the lineup is amazing! Donald Davis, Bil Lep, Carmen Deedy and Sheila Arnold. We are all going to have such fun - don't miss this one! For more information click here.

 

 

Friday August 10th, Concert at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesterfield, VA

 

7.00 Storyteller and author Linda Goodman (who has been invited to tell on the coveted Exchange Place Stage at the Jonesborough Festival in Tennessee in October) has very kindly invited me to be a special guest at her storytelling concert which will also feature the Trinity United Methodist Church's Men's Chorus performing songs both secular and sacred. There will also be home-made deserts!

The concert is free but donations will be gratefully accepted. A nursery will be provided. For more information please email Linda at happytales@aol.com. The church's web site is www.trinity-umc.com.

 

Sunday July 22nd - The Recording of My New CD! Frederick Cultural Arts Center, Frederick, Maryland

 

The new CD will be called "Devils on Horseback and other Odd Adventures" and the tag line is "Hilarious, true, inadvertent adventures."

It will be recorded at the Frederick Cultural Arts Center. The show is free. The show will be preceded by a drinks and finger food reception - all purchases will go to benefit the Cultural Arts Center.

1.00pm Reception

2.00pm Devils on Horseback and Other Odd Journeys. (As this is a recording no one will be allowed in after the show starts.)

 

Do come and join us! Please be prepared to laugh and applaud loud and long - and I will be eternally grateful!

The Frederick Cultural Arts Center is at 15W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21703. Box office 301 662 4190

 

Wednesday July 4th to Thursday July 5th Christian Youth Fellowship Conference, Craig Springs Camp and Retreat Center, Whitecastle, VA

 

I will be doing a performance and a workshop the following day for a great group of young adults.

 

Saturday June 2nd to Sunday June 3rd 2012 Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD

 

I will be telling stories and revelling in the fabulous atmosphere!

5.30pm Sunday I'll be telling on the Storytelling Stage

 

Saturday June 2nd, 2012, Joint Show with Andy Offutt Irwin in Frederick, MD

 

7.00pm National Storyteller and troubadour Andy Offutt Irwin and I will be doing a show called "Drunk Nuns, Sober Spirits and other Storytelling Misadventures" at the Frederick Arts Council, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701. Besides being a good friend Andy is hilariously funny and is an excellent storyteller and musician. The Virginia Gazette based in Williamsburg Virginia said of him; "Andy Offutt irwin is one of the funniest storytellers in the nation." - I am delighted to be sharing a stage with him. This evening will be great fun! Tickets are $15- to purchase please phone the box office at 301 662 4190.

For more information please click here.

 

Saturday May 19th 2012, Better Said Than Done show in Fairfax, VA

 

7.00pm I will be telling a story as part of Jessica Piscatelli's "Better Said Than Done" troupe at the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA. The theme of the evening is "First Encounters: meetings, dates and the totally alien." I can't wait to here some of those stories! I'd love to see you there. For more information click here.

 

Saturday May 12th, House Concert, Montgomery Village, MD

 

5.30 pm. I will be doing a house concert at the home of Jeanne and Jyak Dillon. If you would like to attend please email Jeanne at jeannedillon@poeticpathways.com.

 

Friday May 11th 2012, Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) Convention, Westin Hotel, Annapolis, MD.

 

I am delighted to be doing a performance for a convention filled with British-born women. I shall feel right at home!

 

Friday May 4th to Saturday May 5th 2012 Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling (OOPS) Conference

 

I will be presenting my workshop "Rocking the Flock With Stories" on Saturday afternoon. Elizabeth Ellis is the main featured storyteller. It will be a wonderful weekend! For more information click here.

 

Saturday April 28th, 2012 Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, Jefferson Patterson Park, Colvert County, MD

 

This is the oldest Celtic festival in Maryland and I'll be there rain or shine telling stories and celebrating my Irish Heritage. I would love to see you there! For more information click here.

 

Friday April 13th to Saturday April 14th 2012 Sounds Of The Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival

 

 

6-7pm I am delighted to have been asked to to tell stories with Anthony Burcher as part of the "VASA Voices" section of the festival on Saturday afternoon.

Sounds of the Mountains is a wonderful festival! This year it features Bobby Norfolk, Michael Reno Harrel, Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, Wayne Henderson and the Wright Kids. I went for the first time last year and absolutely loved it - I do hope you can join us - you're sure to have a delightful time! For more information click here.

 

Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st March 2012,Storytelling Festival of Carolina, Laurinburg, NC.

 

I am delighted to be included as a regional tellertogether with Sheila Arnoldin the lineup for this fabulous festival! We will be telling with Donald Davis, Doug Elliot, Eth-Noh-Tec and Gene Tagaban. For more details on the tellers click here. For more information about the Storytelling Festival of Carolina click here. I have heard the most marvellous things about this festival and I'm looking forward to finding them all to be true first hand! Come and join in the storytelling festivities - I'd love to see you there!

 

March 16th - March 18th 2012, LANES' Sharing The Fire Conference at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Albany, NY.

 

I am thrilled to have been invited to present my workshop "From The Pen To Performance" at the prestigious League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES) Sharing The Fire Conference. Apparently close to 60 workshop proposals were receieved - which makes being accepted even sweeter!

I am doubly thrilled! A few days after writing the post above I learned that I have also been selected to tell a story in the evening concert (olio.) What wonderful news!

It is going to be an amazing weekend, filled with fabulous stories, seminars, swaps, workshops and meeting old and new storytelling friends. Do come and join in the learning and laughter!

(Breaking news: The site of the conference has just been changed to the Ramada Plaza, 3 Watervliet Ave. Ext, Albany, NY 12205 as the previous hotel - The Sovereign - had not been given full clearance after a bout of Legionnaire's disease.)

 

Friday March 2nd, Read Across America at Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, MD.

 

As part of the school's extensive celebration of "Read Across America," I have been asked to do two hour-long storytelling performances. This will be great fun!

 

Thursdays February 16th and 23rd Intensive Storytelling Workshop at Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, MD.

 

I am thrilled to have been invited to do a hands-on interactive extended workshop with a talented group of high schoolers. A small group of students will take their own story from the page to performance and those stories will be televised on the in-house system and also be part of the school's "Read Across America" celebration on March 2nd. I am really looking forward to this project!

 

Friday and Saturday Febuary 10th and 11th 2012, Speakeasy DC's Valentine's Show "Sucker For Love" at The Dance Place Theater in Washington DC

 

8.00pm Friday February 10th, 7.00pmSaturday February 11th - I will be part of the SpeakeasyDC "Sucker For Love" Valentine Storytelling show at the Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, Washington DC 20017. It is being directed by the amazing Stephanie Garibaldi and Meredith Maslich - it is going to be a great evening. For more information (SpeakeasyDC's website will be updated shortly to include this program) click here.

 

Saturday January 21st 2012, House Concert with Adam Booth at Laura Hagmann's House, Silver Spring, MD

 

Adam Boothand I were bookends on the Exchange Place stage at this year's Jonesborough Festival. He was first on the bill and I was last. Many people who had been coming to the National Storytelling Festival for years said that this was the best Exchange Place lineup ever - so I am delighted to be sharing the stage with him again. This time it will be at a house concert at Laura Hagmann's home in Silver Spring, MD. She has hosted such emminent storytellers such as Andy Offutt Irwin, Kim Weitkamp, Jon Spelman and Suzi Whaples and so it will be a delight to follow in their footsteps.

Admission is $20 and includes wine and nibbles. Doors open at 7.00pm and the concert starts at 8.00pm. If you would like to attend please contact Laura at laura@hagmann.net

 

Thursday January 19th, Storytelling at Whittier Elementary School, Frederick, Maryland

 

10.00am. I will be telling stories for the entire 4th grade and one class of the 1st grade. This storytelling time is part of a victory celebration because these students were the ones who gathered the most for a December food drive for the Frederick Food Bank. Well done Whittier students!

 

Friday January 13th 2012, Better Said Than Done Ensemble Show at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

 

7pm Jessica Piscatelli's Better Said Than Done Storytelling troupe is presenting its first show of the New Year. It is called "All In The Family: Stories about everybody's favorite uncle, "quality" family time and what we love about shared blood." It is always a great line up - and I am delighted to be part of the show. For more information please click here. If you are in the DC Metro Area that night do come and join us!

 

Thursday December 22nd, Two Assemblies at Key Middle School, Springfield, VA

 

9.15am and 10.00am I will be telling stories at two assemblies each with 120 8th graders at Key Middle School in Springfield, Virginia. It is the culmination of a reading rally and the last day before their Christmas break - so I'm sure there will be much rejoicing in the air. We will have a great time together!

 

Saturday December 3rd 2011 House Concert in Virginia Beach, VA

 

7.00pm This evening will be great fun! I will be joining Storyteller Linda Goodman at Norris Spencer's home in Virginia Beach to do a house concert. Please email Norris at tellspence@cox.net if you will be in the Virginia Beach area to see if there is still space available

 

Saturday 19th November Tellabration at Kensington Row Bookshop, Kensington, MD

 

Nov 19th each year is known as Tellabration and storytelling groups and guilds all over the world tell stories on that day linking arms with the power of words. I will be telling with Laura J. Bobrow, Margaret Chatham, Jane Dorfman and Merrillee Pallansch - all performing members at Voices In The Glen - at the delightful Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895 at 7.30pm The phone no. is 301 949 9416. Entry price is a donation of canned goods for the local food bank. For more on the history of Tellebration click here.

Do come and join us and be part of a globe spanning, peace promoting storytelling event!

 

Friday 4th to Saturday 5th November 2011, Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival, Lower Brandywine, Deleware.

 

Wonderful news! The Brandywine Storytelling festival is going ahead this year. It is a fabulous line up. I will be telling with Bil Lepp, Willy Claflin, Bill Harley, Kim Weitkamp, Andy offut Irwin, Takira, Olivia Merryman, Bruce Fite and ByHeart! And it is only $35 for an adult for the whole weekend - including workshops. Be still my heart! This is a festival not to be missed. (Dress warmly and bring a couple of blankets - the beautiful outside tent can get a little chilly at night - but your heart will be warmed by the stories!) For more information on the festival and the tellers, click here.

 

Sunday 23nd October 2011, Franklin Park Performing Arts Center, Purcellville, VA

 

4pm I will be telling a story as part of Jessica Piscatelli's new storytelling troupe "Better Said Than Done." We will be doing a fundraiser at the Franklin Park Performing Arts Center on the theme of "What's Up Doc? - Stories about feeling bad, getting better and everything in between." It is a great lineup of tellers and it is sure to be an excellent afternoon. For more information click here.

 

Saturday 22nd October 2011, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA

 

1.00-2.30pm I will be doing my workshop "From The Pen To Performance." This is one of several workshops that will be given that day as a part of a storytelling collaboration between the Virginia Storytelling Alliance (VASA) and the Workhouse Arts Center. Workshop leaders are Margaret Chatham, Paul Conco, Megan Hicksand Denise Burnett.

7.00pmThe day will be rounded off with a storytelling concert. I will be telling with Judith Onesty, Les Schaffer and Kim Weitkamp.

It is going to be a wonderful storytelling day. If you are anywhere near we would love to see you there!

For more information about the day please click here.

 

Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th October 2011, Fredonia NY.

 

7.30pm I will be doing an evening of storytelling at the Fredonia Opera House in Fredonia, NY which was built in 1891 and looks beautiful! For more information please click here.

 

9.00am I will be doing a storytelling workshop entitled From the Pen To Performance at the Opera House. For more information please click here.

If you are anywhere in the area for either of these events to come and laugh and learn with us!

 

Fundraising House Concert, Monday 10th October 2011, Greeneville, TN.

 

I am doing another house concert with Bob Tryanski, this time to raise money for his and his wife Hanna's fabulous project in South Africa called Ivory Park where, among other things, they are building a library and running a feeding program for children who really need our help.

For more information see their web site. Please click here.

The concert is being held in a private house in Greenville, TN - 30 minutes away from Jonesborough.

If you are in the area and would like to attend please email Bob at btryanski@mac.com.

 

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October 2011, Jonesborough , TN.

 

I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that I will be performing a story on the Exchange Stage at this year's Jonesborough Festival. This is an incredible honor as only six people from around the nation are chosen each year. I will be joined by my friend Adam Booth who is also part of the lineup.

The featured tellers at the festival are always spectacular - and this year is no exception. You can see the lineup here.

I first went to the Jonesborough festival last year - and I was entranced. You can read my reaction here.

If you are a lover of storytelling and music drop everything and come and join us. This will be a weekend that will leave pictures in your mind and joy in your heart. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Sunday October 3rd 2011, Workshop and House Concert in Manassas, VA

 

I am delighted to be doing a storytelling day at the home of story and theatre lovers, Dan and Kathy Sobrio.

3.00pm I will be conducting my storytelling workshop "From The Pen To Performance."

7.00pm I'll be performing my storytelling show "Destination? Slammer!"

Seating for both the workshop and the evening show is limited. If you would like to attend please email Kathy Sobrio at dksobrio@comcast.net.

 

Saturday September 3rd 2011, House Concert in Lincoln University, PA

 

7.00pm Together with fabulous Speaker and Storyteller Bob Tryanski I will be doing a house concert at his cousin's house in Lincoln University, PA. His cousin isPatti Bogle Lyonswho happens to be the number one Sarah Palin impersonator in the country - beloved by audiences on all sides of the political spectrum. I love the delicious quirks that life throws out - I feel that this might be a story in the making! There is a limited amount of seating, but if you would like to join us please email Bob for details at btryanski@mac.com

 

 

 

Capital Fringe Festival 2011

 

I did the show "Destination? Slammer!" in the Capital Fringe Festival and received excellent reviews.

To read a review from the The Washington City Paper please click here.

To read a review from the DC Theatre Scene please click here.

To read a review from the Maryland Theatre guide please click here.

 

Virginia Storytelling Alliance (VASA)

 

I am delighted to be able to tell you that I was elected on to the board of VASA in March. My first meeting as a board member will be Friday October 21st. I look forward to serving this wonderful organization for the next three years.

 

The Teaching Artist Institute

 

Since the beginning of 2011 I have graduated from The Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) phases 1 and 2, and was invited to become a "TAI Fellow" over the summer. These wonderful programs show Teaching Artists how to understand teachers' priorities and adapt the work they are already doing to create and teach school residencies that incorporate Academic Standards and 21st Century Skills. In TAI 2, after attending the week long Anne Arundel County 21st Century Learning Institute, teaching artists created a residency with a teacher from a different background (in my case a school music teacher) which we then taught over the summer in two different Middle School Summer Camps. It was an incredible learning experience both for the teaching artists, the teachers and the students.