Friday Preconference Intensives



Friday, March 24 • 1:00–5:00pm


Story-Rhythm-Drums & Sound


This is a very interactive intensive.  We begin with an exploration of rhythm within ourselves, our stories, and our characters. Each of us has a set of unique rhythms that live within us. We take them for granted and are usually unaware of our own personal set of beats and movements.  Starting with our own breathing, we will observe and compare individual rhythms.  After looking at our own natural rhythms, we will look at the rhythms of stories in speech, movement, story structure and word patterns.  What happens when we change these rhythms?

The second half of the intensive will begin with a traditional drum circle and then explore ways to tell stories using drums (these techniques can be applied to other instruments and art forms). Participants will learn basic hand drum techniques and rhythms.  In a drum circle, we will try out two or three stories using drums (chant and drum, drum story, drum story with narration). We will finish by learning how to use different sound techniques to enhance stories and performances with an emphasis on engaging rhythms with both sound, pauses, and movements.

Designed with beginners in mind, no previous drumming experience necessary, this workshop is great for anyone looking to add that extra special something to their storytelling.   Wear comfortable clothes.   Drums are provided.


Presenter: Rivka Willick

Rivka Willick is a professional storyteller, story-coach, drum circle facilitator and writer. She orally composes and tells healing, personal, historical, Jewish, and fantasy tales to Adult, Teen, and Family, and young audiences.  She coaches people around the world in a wide range of applications in the art of the story.




Immigratitude: Crossing Borders, Collages of Connection

Eth-Noh-Tec at STF 2017

Immigration is a hot topic! It is at the very root of our nation’s narrative. Through storytelling, visual art making of “mix media” collage and community dialogue we will creatively honor our immigrant and ethnic connections.  Our ancestors origins, our family photo memoirs, a swatch of lace, a poem – combined with art supplies, glue guns, and colored paints and pens will fuel the stories of our immigrant and migration journeys.  Together we will share a tapestry of artistic and linguistic heritage with this FUN, interactive, and collective workshop.

Please note that participants will be asked to bring some of their own supplies along with family photos that they will use to construct their collages.  For this reason, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this intensive.



Preparing for the Workshop:

Find out who was the first in your family to immigrate to America, from where and why.  Think about what you gained from this immigration and what your family or you have contributed to society as a result.

Materials to Bring:

Personal artifacts (photos, memorabilia, cloth, pictures from old magazines, calendars, etc) that represent your first generation or the country of origin.  These will form the basis of your collage.

You will be provided with other art supplies including: old magazines, paint, paint brushes, glue sticks, glue guns, colored pencils, crayons, card board placards and scissors.

Presenter: Eth-Noh-Tec

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.




Crossing Borders of Race and Time: Black Lives Matter

Valerie Tutson at STFThe current racial challenges facing our country and the world are not new.  In this intensive workshop participants will learn about the contemporary Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) and how it fits in present-day and historical context. They will begin to find/create/develop stories they can share in their authentic voices to the communities with which they identify. Participants will examine what they know now, and hear stories of current BLM founders and iconic leaders from the past. Inspired by the information shared, they will have time to craft and share stories, and receive feedback for further development. This process, while grounded in BLM, is one that can be replicated in other “hotbed” areas where storytelling is a potent tool for crossing borders.

Presenter: Valerie Tutson

Valerie Tutson designed her own major, “Storytelling as a Communications Art.” She travels the world using stories to connect with people across cultures, space and time. She tells stories from around the world with an emphasis on black traditions and uses history and workhsops as a way to build bridges.