storytelling

Adventures in Storytelling: Why Flexibility is Essential

In my work as a storyteller, I have performed in many different settings and conditions. In fact, if you would like to undertake this work, flexibility and a willingness to roll with the punches will serve you well. I have performed on state-of-the art stages, in cozy library children’s rooms, and in cavernous school cafeterias…. Read more »

Ascribing Value to Diverse Cultures through Storytelling

As I discussed in my previous post, telling multicultural tales to the people to whom those tales “belong” can be a humbling experience. However, I have also found it to be deeply gratifying. In fact, some of my favorite moments as a storyteller have happened on such occasions.   A few years ago I have… Read more »

Telling Multicultural Stories to Multicultural Audiences

One of the most humbling experiences that I have as a storyteller is telling stories from diverse cultural backgrounds to people from the culture to which the story belongs. Amongst storytellers and folklorists, there is a wide array of opinions as to whether or not people who are not of the culture should even attempt… Read more »

Eyes of Wonder: Storytelling for Older Adults (including Grandma!)

Today I had the opportunity to perform at a local facility which provides adult day care services. My own ninety-five year old grandmother spends three days out of the week there, playing Bingo, taking field trips and learning how to do Wii bowling among other fun activities. My grandmother enjoys it so much that she… Read more »