STF 2017 Performances

Friday Night Performance

March 24

7:30 – 9:00 pm


Friday Night Performance

We are excited to announce that our four tellers for the Friday night performance will be Sue O’Halloran, Onawumi Jean Moss, Doug Lipman, and Geraldine Buckley.  The event will be hosted by Brendyn Schneider.

Sue O’Halloran


Sue shares the misconceptions she was given about other religions as she was growing up and a September 11th story you probably didn’t hear: a time, right after 9/11, when Chicago communities  supported their Muslim neighbors.


Bio: Sue’s life’s work has focused on social justice, particularly in the areas of diversity, race relations, and community-building.  On these matters she has written books, consulted to Fortune 500 companies, designed curricula and trained hundreds of teachers and teaching artists, appeared on national television and radio, produced the JustStories and Stories Connect Us All Festivals, and created resources including the RaceBridges Studio.

Onawumi Jean Moss


 This is a humorous cautionary tale about superficial and thoughtful pursuits of  fascinating challenges.



Bio: Onawumi is a 2005 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Storytelling Award, the highest award given by the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS).  Her story programs inspire imagination, inquiry, reflection and expression.  She has performed her content-rich, thought-provoking and entertaining presentations before inter-generational audiences across the U.S. and in the Netherlands. Her solo performances, workshops and keynotes are a seamless blend of story and a cappella singing.

Doug Lipman

Doug Lipman at STF 2017


This is the story of my Christian mother’s tacky electric menorah—and its hidden power.


Bio: Having a Jewish father and a Christian mother, Doug Lipman saw how stories can mold loving relationships—and how every story can be told from more than one point of view. No wonder Doug became an internationally known storyteller and pioneering storytelling coach! 

Geraldine Buckley


Geraldine Buckley at STF 2017


A convent-raised English woman 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.



Bio:  Specializing in true stories that make people laugh and think, Geraldine has performed and taught on five continents and has appeared as a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival.  She is frequently heard on Sirius radio, and has received two Gold Awards from Storytelling World. She is grateful to have inherited her mother’s Irish sense of humor.  Learn more at

And your host for the evening …

Brendyn Schneider

Professional storyspinner, published writer, performance instructor, host, and TedX Coach, Brendyn Schneider has been a featured storyteller at Emerson College, Coolidge Corner Theater, ImprovBoston and otheraction packed venues across New England.  Making frequent appearances with Massmouth and the Moth, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing up and the everyday slog.  For more, please venture to


Saturday Night Olio

March 25

7:15 – 9:00 pm

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In this performance for adult audiences, six amazing tellers sharing their best stories.



Jackson Gillman

Jackson has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival four times, and at regional festivals throughout the country. Also Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center three times.   Jackson had his Off-Broadway debut with The Magic of Rudyard Kipling: “Just So” as part of the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival.

Diane Macklin

Diane captivates with her dancing hands, lyrical voice, and high energy. She is a nationally performing storyteller telling in the African “griotic” tradition.  She is also an actress, educator, historian, workshop leader, and Conflict Resolution and Multicultural Mediator.

Carolyn Stearns

Carolyn is a talented teller and workshop presenter.  She is the producer of the Campus Slammer inter-collegiate story slams in CT, VoiceMail open mic for storytelling and more. She loves to share her gifts with children while incorporating STEAM skills.

Susan McPhee

Sue is an actress, storyteller, comedic entertainer and  spoken word artist.  She has directed and coached as well as performed in stage and theater productions, improvisation, television, radio, and film. Her repertoire includes original stories that touch the heart, the mind, the spirit.

Glenn Harper

Glenn works with audiences of all ages telling  original stories, personal stories, Appalachian and Affrilachian tales, folk tales from around the world, ghost stories, fairy tales, legends, nautical tales, and humorous stories. His original stories are often hilarious tales of misadventure set in small rural communities.

Carol Birch

Carol is an award winning storyteller, author, and recording artist.  Her appearances include hundreds of festivals – seven at the National Storytelling Festival (TN) – with lectures at fifty universities nationwide. She’s traveled to Australia, Canada, Europe and Singapore on invitational tours and led storytelling tours in England, Ireland and Scotland.

Sunday Afternoon Performance

March 26

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Sunday Afternoon Performance

Gifted Haitian storyteller, poet, and painter, Charlot Lucien, will be the final concert performer at Sharing the Fire 2017. We are thrilled that so many storytellers and story-lovers will have the chance to experience his work!


Charlot Lucien – gifted Haitian storyteller, poet, and painter – will be the final concert performer at Sharing the Fire 2017. We are thrilled that so many storytellers and story-lovers will have the chance to experience his work!

Charlot is known for his rich tellings of both traditional and personal stories inspired by his native land of Haiti.  His warm baritone voice draws the listener in.  His sense of timing, humor, and knack for creating authentic character voices have made him one of the top Haitian tellers in the Northeast.  His program at Sharing the Fire will weave together art (his own paintings and those of other Haitian artists), folktales, and tales of his own experiences.

The Haitian Roundtable has just named Charlot to the 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers and Ones to Watch, a list that annually recognizes 30 Haitian-Americans who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession, have been proven forces for change, and have helped to create a better understanding of Haiti and the Haitian community.  We are honored to have Charlot as the featured final performer at our conference on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017.

Sharing the Fire: The Northeast Storytelling Conference will take place at Hotel 1620 in Plymouth, MA, from March 24-26, 2017.

For more information about Charlot, please visit his website at