storytelling

The “Ram” Visits Early Childhood Resource Center

I started off the month of September with a half-hour version of the Mexican folktale “The Ram in the Chile Patch” for the Early Childhood Resource Center in Canton. Their theme for the month was “ants,” and since the hero of this particular folktale is una hormiga (the Spanish word for ant), I thought it… Read more »

Storytelling at the Hospital

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to perform at Metro Health Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. This was one of my first experiences performing in a hospital setting, and it was for a children’s outpatient clinic. The clinic was having a back to school party and looking for a new form of entertainment. They happened… Read more »

Storytelling: No Stage Required

You may recall that over the past few months I have made a few posts about how teens still love (and need!) stories. So I couldn’t resist sharing two other little instances where this point was driven home for me again. During my time in New York teaching at the TAM Conservatory, we made a… Read more »

Stories To Fight Prejudice

Earlier this month I told the story of Frog and Snake for the first time. This folktale of the Ekoi people from the Cameroon and Nigeria deals with the concept of taught prejudice, making it as relevant today as when it was first told. In the story, a young frog and snake meet and become… Read more »

Collect Cans, Help Kids!

Last November I attended a storytelling workshop in Illinois where I happened to meet a young pastor, Chance, who was preparing to move to Africa with his family. As the African continent holds a special allure for me, I was immediately interested; but my ears really perked up when I heard him say that he… Read more »