STF 2017 Workshops

Workshops & Intensives Schedule

(detailed workshop descriptions and Stories Galore descriptions follow below chart)

INTENSIVES

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Friday Pre-conference Intensives

(1:00-5:00pm)

Crossing Borders of Race and Time: Black Lives Matter

Presenter: Valerie Tutson

Immigratitude: Crossing Borders, Collages of Connection

Presenter: Eth-Noh-Tec

Story-Rhythm-Drums & Sound

Presenter: Rivka Willick

Jump Start Refining the Art Voices Across Borders Branching Out Stories Galore
 WORKSHOPS
SATURDAY A

(10:30am – Noon)

Traditional Material to Inspire New Stories

Presenter: Diane Macklin

Telling the Story, Capturing the Drama

Presenter: Christine Carlton

Creating Bridges: How to Bring a Stranger In
Presenter: Geraldine Buckley
You’re a Detourist

Presenter: Amy Oestreicher

Fringe Show: Memories in Motion: Shifting Lenses of Daughters and Fathers

Presenters: Cindy Rivka Marshall, Lani Peterson

SATURDAY B

(1:30-3:00pm)

Family Historical Stories

Presenter: Carolyn Stearns

Fun with Aesop’s Fables

Presenter: Diane Edgecomb

Connection Lens

Presenter: Doug Lipman

Time Management

Presenter: Pamela Kristan

Theatre on the Borderlands
Presenter: Devika RanjanTales from Children at the WellPresenters: Marni Gillard, Khalafalla Osman
SATURDAY C

(3:30-5:00pm)

Voice of the Storyteller

Presenter: Cris Riedel

Leaping the Language Barrier

Presenter: Fran Stallings

 

Sharing Stories with Other Cultures

Presenters: Mike Lockett and Leeny Del Seamonds

Storytelling with Poverty in Mind
Presenter: Karen Pillsworth
Life, Living and Passages: The Place of Story in Wampanoag/ Native Culture

Presenter: Linda Coombs

SUNDAY D

(11:00am-12:30pm)

Propping Your Story

Presenter: Vicky Dworkin

Energy Dynamics

Presenters: Eth-Noh-Tec

Understanding the Other in Us

Presenter: Cindy Rivka Marshall

Moving Our Visions Forward: A follow-up workshop from the Sunday Panel

Moderator: Susan O’Halloran

Fringe Show:

An Evening with Grandpa Abe and Uncle Ahmet

Presenter: Bob Reiser

 

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Workshop Descriptions

 

Creating Bridges: How to Bring a Stranger In

Whether you are the stranger to the group, or the group is a stranger to you, through shared wisdom, storytelling games, and creating and telling stories, this interactive workshop will enable you to go beyond your comfort zone and tell to an audience beyond your current experience.

Suitable for counselors; ministers; prison volunteers; grandparents with teenage grandchildren; and all who seek to create bonds of unity through story.

Although we will concentrate on personal stories we will also explore the power of folk tales to create understanding..

Presenter: Geraldine Buckley

Geraldine Buckley at STF 2017For five years I was involved in the prison system in Maryland, first as a volunteer in both women’s and men’s prisons, and then as the state appointed Protestant chaplain at the largest men’s prison in Maryland.  I have also done workshops in a Patuxent, a maximum security correctional mental health prison, and at Rimutaka, the largest men’s prison in New Zealand.  I am an ordained Protestant minister with an MA in Communications – Television, Film, and Christian Ministry.  I am now a professional storyteller presenting storytelling programs and workshops throughout the country.  I have been a professional communicator for the last thirty years working in several nations.  www.geraldinebuckley.com

 

Telling the Story, Capturing the Drama

A practical, interactive workshop to develop and extend skills to give confidence in classroom and public contexts where stories embody learning and transformation. Working in groups and individually, participants will engage in various story and drama techniques to use with students to capture the drama of stories to be told. Participants can expect to develop their own creativity and spontaneity as storytellers whilst exploring one fictional story as a stimulus for generating newly created tales and personal stories.

Presenter: Christine Carlton

Christine Carlton at STF 2017

Christine Carlton, Australian Storyteller and Education Consultant travels throughout Australia and internationally. She offers workshops for teachers, children, adult storytellers, tertiary students, community groups and organisations to enable them to tap into their creativity and give voice to their stories whether they be true, tall or traditional tales. www.storytellersnsw.org.au

 

 

Propping Your Story: Releasing the Magic of Story from the Page to the Air

Are you interested in bridging the gap between reading aloud and storytelling? Do you want to become more comfortable working with very young children or facing a range of ages? Telling stories with puppets and props can make it easy – and fun – to make the leap into storytelling. Flannel or Velcro board, puppets, and more can give you the confidence you need to tell without memorizing.  Props give children visual cues to focus on and increase the “ahhh” factor.  Learn to play with stories and make your telling interactive.  Even a single simple object can add magic to your words.

Presenter: Vicky Dworkin

Vicky Dworkin at STF 2017

Vicky Dworkin recently relocated to New Hampshire after almost thirty years in Hawaii as a librarian and storyteller, where she founded the Moonlight Storytellers swap group, and helped run a biennial children’s literature conference. She plans to do freelance storytelling in New Hampshire and hopes to be active in LANES.

 

 

 

Fun with Aesop’s Fables

Zany Animal Characters, Witty Plots and Human Foibles, Aesop’s Fables are just plain FUN to work with! These tales provide clever commentary on human failings by using timeless themes, characters and situations. Learn how to send-up contemporary situations that abound in greed, lies, excessive pride, excessive speed or an amusing lack of focus by improvising with these classic short tales. We’ll work with rhyme, word-play, exaggerated characters and absurd new situations to open up the fables to contemporary commentary. You’ll leave with a little gem to add to your repertoire while learning engaging techniques for working with “value” able tales.

Presenter: Diane Edgecomb

Diane Edgecomb at STF 2017

A featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and on NPR and winner of the National ORACLE award for storytelling excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales. Publisher’s Weekly called her “…a virtuoso of the spoken word…an entire cast rolled into one!”  www.livingmyth.com

 

 

 

Energy Dynamics in Storytelling

From the moment the storyteller or performers steps before an audience, whether a classroom or a stage, the presenter is “ON!”.  The use of energy dynamics, focus and concentration can make or break the performance spell cast upon the crowd.  Transitions are EVERYTHING: whether between scenes of a story or shifting emotional moods of your characters.  But how do we maintain the focus and inertia of the story’s arc?  All elements (sight, sound, body placement, gestures) play into the dynamism of a story’s landscape.  Eth-Noh-Tec will offer a variety of focus, vocal and body techniques to sharpen ones storytelling skills.

Presenter: Eth-Noh-Tec

Eth-Noh-Tec at STF 2017

Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo  and Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec have performed and taught storytelling workshops for 35 years. Prior to this both presenters were teaching artists teaching in public and private schools (K-12) throughout the US and abroad.  Robert has received Teaching Artist of the Year by National Chapters of Young Audiences. www.ethnohtec.org

 

 

 

Time Management

Storytellers are time-jugglers of the highest order — balancing creative work, marketing, administration, and just plain keeping the show on the road. In this lively hands-on session you’ll learn techniques for managing Attention where time management begins, for containing your tasks with firm yet flexible Boundaries, and for making Choices that you can stand behind. As you practice the skills and discover the insights of the ABCs, you’ll bring ease and effectiveness to your life. You can operate cheerfully even (and especially) when it’s impossible to do it all.

Presenter: Pamela Kristan

Pamela Kristan at STF 2017

Pam Kristan, author of Awakening In Time, has helped thousands improve their lives through workshops and consultations. As a recognized expert, she moderated speak-outs for National Take Back Your Time Day. She was a regular, and often a feature, at Brother Blue’s Tuesday storytelling for over 20 years. www.pamelakristan.com

 

 

 

 

Connections Lens

Our society views the world through the us-versus-them lens of conflict. This lens is so pervasive that we even accept “characters in conflict” as an essential part of story structure. But what happens if we view our stories through the expansive lens of connection?

In this workshop, I’ll help you examine an unshaped story through both lenses, so that you’ll be able to choose the most helpful view for any given story.

We’ll end by zooming out to our effect on society: how can shaping our stories around connection help transcend the barriers caused by the conflict mindset?

Presenter: Doug Lipman

Doug Lipman at STF 2017

In 1970, Doug Lipman was a struggling teacher of troubled adolescents. He had given up connecting with them when one day, by accident, he found himself telling them a story. They responded! Doug has been helping others (around the US and abroad) achieve similar effects through storytelling, ever since: www.FreeStorytellingNewsletters.com and www.StoryDynamics.com

 

 

 

Building Bridges Through Storytelling – Sharing Stories With Other Cultures

Sharing stories with listeners from cultures other than your own can be illuminating and rewarding and make you more employable at schools.  Explore and craft simple stories that can effectively bridge cultural barriers.  Add new tools to your storytelling tool chest through implementing techniques in vocal variety, gestures, facial expressions and body language to enhance your telling to audiences in other cultures/countries. Ideas for incorporating props, puppets, and other tangible aids into stories will be shared. Methods of delivering stories through the use of interpreters will be demonstrated.   Follow-up activities to enhance retention of your stories will be explored.

Presenters: Mike Lockett and Leeny Del Seamonds

Mike LockettMichael L. Lockett was a highly recognized teacher and a winner of the Administrator of the Year Award in the State of Illinois.  He is an international storyteller and a children’s author.  Mike has a BS in Elementary Education, MS in Educational Administration and an EDD in Curriculum and Instruction.  He has 33 years’ experience in public school education and over four decades of storytelling experience (30+ part-time and 11 as a professional storyteller.  He has given well over 4000 programs across 30 states and in 15 countries.  He is teaching many of the pieces from this workshop in educational workshops to teachers in Taiwan and China during October and November, 2016 in a 48 day paid tour of the two countries.  www.MikeLockett.com

Leeny Del Seamonds, Master Story Performer™, is an internationally known actor, director and performer of Hispanic/Latino, multicultural and original tales spiced with mime, vocal variety and a cornucopia of characters.  A magna cum laude graduate from Rowan University (with a BA in Theatre/Performing Arts and a minor in Stage Direction), I have taught numerous courses in acting, master coaching, mime, voice and storytelling in schools, community theaters, conferences, festivals and privately. I am delighted to say I’m a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award. www.LeenyDelSeamonds.com

 

 Traditional Material to Inspire New Stories

Tellers will discover a technique for using traditional material (i.e. fables, proverbs, or tongue twisters) as kernels to produce a story using personal experiences and the personality of each participant. In collaborative, small groups, tellers will germinate narratives based on parts of an existing story or its bare essentials. As a result, each story will take on the uniqueness of the tellers and a new story is grown!

Presenter: Diane Macklin

Diane Macklin at STF 2017

I have been an educator for over 18 years and a full-time performer plus teaching artist for 14 years. I have led workshops for adults through Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the Arts program and other organizations conducting trainings for educators; a variety of museums for their docents; a few storytelling conferences/festivals (including National Storytelling Network); and various organizations for parents and families. In all cases, I aimed to meet the needs of the participants, as well as the goals and objectives of the host organization. Flexibility and adaptability have been helpful companions to this work. However, a joyful presence and respect for those participating are my best assets as a presenter… At least, that is what others have said, and I gratefully agree. www.dianemacklin.com

 

 

Understanding the “Other” in Us

We begin by exploring our own experiences of being seen as “other,” feeling excluded, or times when stereotypes led to false assumptions about us.  Working with prompts and structured response, Cindy will facilitate personal story sharing to build empathy across differences. This will lead into discussion about how we can use our skills as tellers and listeners to heal divisions in our communities.

Presenter: Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall at STF 2017

Cindy Rivka Marshall aims to “reach, teach and change with stories.” She consults, coaches and trains in the use of story modalities, addressing the needs of congregations, schools, organizations and individuals. An award-winning storyteller, Cindy has been an invited presenter across the US and in the UK. www.cindymarshall.com

 

 

 

You’re a Detourist

Has life gone differently than you had expected?  Has that unplanned detour shaped who you are today?

If this sounds familiar, you’re a Detourist! Detours can seem like obstacles, until storytelling turns them into opportunities.  Through creative expression, Detourists uncover “flowers” on the unexpected path, gaining adaptability and a positive, empowered attitude toward obstacles, transforming life’s “detours” into everyday blessings.

This “Detourist” workshop combines visual art, theatre, movement and expressive writing to reframe our view of “detours” as a new direction for life.  Discover how multimedia storytelling can turn our “detours” into meaningful paths, which transform communities through a unifying metaphor.

Presenter: Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher at STF 2017

PTSD specialist, artist, author, RAINN and TEDx speaker, Huffington Post contributor, award-winning health advocate, actress, playwright, creator of her one-woman musical autobiography/mental health program, Gutless & Grateful and founder of #LoveMyDetour.  She’s contributed to over 50 publications and her story has appeared on NBC, CBS, Cosmopolitan. www.amyoes.com

 

 

 

 

Telling Stories with Poverty in Mind

The one thing we all have in common is our “Story”. Our story is our “Voice” and when we find a way to reach across the divide, our story is there to ground us and help us find our way. This workshop looks at ways we can help children and adults, use story to reach across the barriers that divide us, especially the barrier of poverty. Year of working in homeless shelters and Title One schools has given me the opportunity to see this work in real life. Stories empower all of us; let me show you how.

Presenter: Karen Pillsworth

Karen Sangaline Pillsworth has been sharing her stories for 30 years in schools, camps, historic sites, libraries, and festivals. As a National Arts Education Fellow, and Storyteller Laureate for the city of Kingston, NY, Karen believes “We ARE our stories and we have the power to change them if we choose.”

Voice of the Storyteller

Voice, in its many-hued variations, is a fundamental instrument of storytellers.  Come, meet your voice! Learn how to use your voice effectively in the creation of character and story.  Through games of imagination and exercises in technique you will discover how your personal, unique voice functions.  Use that one-of-a-kind voice of yours to put stories across most expressively. Take away exercises and activities to use on your own!

Presenter: Cris Riedel

Cris Riedel at STF 2017

Cris has been telling professionally for twenty-two years.  She has received grants supporting her summer performances ten years running from New York Council on the Arts/Livingston Arts.  With an MFA/acting, she spent ten years in theater. She holds an MLS (18 years with kids in libraries, now happily retired). www.storiesconnect.com

 

 

 

Leaping the Language Barrier with Stories and Games

Folktales told with props and puppets, songs and games provide painless exposure to a foreign language and culture. Learn how these stories and games, adaptable to any second language, introduce new vocabulary and concepts memorably, in a playful but meaningful context. The same techniques help English language learners follow your telling when you travel overseas. Come play your way across the language barrier!

Presenter: Fran Stallings

Fran Stallings at STF 2017

Interpreting for traditional Japanese folkteller Hiroko Fujita since 1995, Fran Stallings saw how Americans in 22 states “didn’t understand a word, but understood the story!” They taught tellers and educators in US and Japan to use these techniques, and Fran has taken them nationwide as well as to Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore.  www.FranStallings.com

 

 

 

 

My Roots Are Showing: Collecting and Telling Historical Family Stories

Every family has stories, let me help you unearth one. An old photo, Grandma’s Secret Recipe, military service stories, growing up stories, each has a place in a repertoire of family stories. Develop a family story from a short synopsis to a tellable tale. This is an interactive workshop for those seeking help to breathe life into that family story from the past. No experience required!

Presenter: Carolyn Stearns

Carolyn Stearns at STF 2017

Carolyn loves sharing historical stories, a favorite genre, but tells all varieties. She was the 2014 recipient of the CT. Storytelling Barbara Reed Award, and the National Storytelling Network Oracle Award for the Northeast in Service and Leadership to storytelling.  Carolyn has a reputation as a motivational – organizational whirlwind. www.carolynstearnsstoryteller.com

 

 

 

Moving Our Visions Forward: A follow-up workshop from the Sunday Panel

Sue O’Halloran will lead a workshop that focuses on topics related to the Sunday Panel discussion.  Learn more about the Sunday Panel here.

 

 

 

 

Stories Galore

Saturday Performances

Memories in Motion: Shifting Lenses of Daughters and Fathers

Performed by Cindy Rivka Marshall and Lani Peterson

Two tellers portray through myriad lenses the residue of disconnect, love and longing that continues to fuel their life stories long after each of their fathers is gone.

Audience: Adult

Cindy Rivka Marshall at STF 2017

 

Cindy Rivka Marshall aims to “reach, teach and change with stories.” She consults, coaches and trains in the use of story modalities, addressing the needs of congregations, schools, organizations and individuals. An award-winning storyteller, Cindy has been an invited presenter across the US and in the UK. www.cindymarshall.com

Lani Peterson is a psychologist, storyteller and coach who specializes in story as a healing art and powerful medium for personal growth, connection and change. Through her work as director of City Mission’s Public Voice, Lani has twenty years’ experience coaching people to transform their understanding of themselves and others through sharing stories. www.LaniPeterson.com

 

Theatre on the Borderlands

Theatre is physical storytelling. It is a particularly useful tool when words fall short– in situations of extreme emotion, contradiction, and chaos. It is on these borderlands, where language is most conflicting, that I set the stage. From Israel-Palestine to India-Pakistan, I will share stories and interactive theatre games that explore the interactions between storytelling and violence.

Presenter: Devika Ranjan

Devika Ranjan is a senior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service studying Culture and Politics. She is a Marshall Scholar and is interested in the intersection between refugee advocacy and theatre performance.

Tales from Children at the Well

Khalafalla Osman and Marni Gillard will offer story-glimpes of our 10 years as a community of interfaith youth storytellers.

Presenters: Khalafalla Osman and Marni Gillard

Emcee: Director Paula Weiss

Khalafalla Osman is a native Albany, New York Muslim who loves to express himself through storytelling, public speaking, poetry and hip hop. He serves his local community in various ways: interfaith outreach, youth empowerment, and community organizing.  He has been involved in the Children At The Well (CATW) Storytelling group for ten years now, and loves to share the American Muslim narrative through story.

Marni Gillard, one of the founding coaches for Children at the Well  (www.childrenatthewell.org), has watched storytelling dissolve cultural barriers and encourage interfaith understandings since 2006. Her book Storyteller, Storyteacher (Stenhouse, 1996) describes how storytelling brought confidence and community to her middle school classroom. Her life tales on Without a Splash, a double CD, show the trials and triumphs of a Catholic girlhood. Find her at www.marnigillard.com

Life, Living and Passages: the Place of Story in Wampanoag/Native Culture

Stories, storytelling and their place and purpose in Wampanoag culture will be presented: who tells stories, when they are told and the protocol surrounding them.  The relevance and timelessness of traditional stories in today’s world will also be discussed with examples of both traditional and modern stories.

Presenter: Linda Coombs

Linda is the director of the Aquinnah Cultural Center in Aquinnah, MA.

Stories Galore

Sunday Fringe Performance

 

An Evening with Grandpa Abe and Uncle Ahmet

Performed by Bob Reiser

Can stories mend a broken world? In long-ago Baghdad, the 2 greatest storytellers of the land duel to become the Royal tale-spinner. One is Muslim; one is Jewish. As their tales ricochet back and forth their city suddenly faces its greatest danger, and only they can save it.

Audience : Family              Fine for children 8 and over…

Bob Reiser

Bob is an expansive and joyous storyteller , teacher, and an award-winning author of books for children and adults. Accompanying himself with flute and drum, Bob brings warmth and wit to traditional and original stories.

 

 

 

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