2017 Teller In Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center

The 2017 Teller in Residence program for the International Storytelling Center features a different storyteller each week, May through October. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2017. Programs are held in the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall in Jonesborough, TN. Each year TIR offers a talented line-up of storytellers representing the finest entertainment available in the world of storytelling. Choose from matinees, special evening concerts, children’s performances, and workshops. For more information:   http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/tir-schedule/

Loren Niemi will be in the area March 26-30, 2017

Noa Baum says, “A wonderful opportunity to hone your craft and grow your storytelling art.
I’ve learned so much from working with him over the years.
He’s a great and very generous coach.”
Loren say of his coaching sessions,
“I can provide coaching in three areas (pick one or some combo thereof) – 1) coaching on what is the story? Moving from a first notion or notes, to the what do you want to tell frame for a story. 2) shaping the story. Whether it be plot or emotional arc or making the meaning and why it matters clear. and 3) performing – how does the story fit for time or venue? What do you need or want to do to fully inhabit the story?  Priced at $50 an hour or portion of.”
Contact Loren at niemistory@aol.com

VITG Monthly Story Swap at the Home of Rob Rovinsky, October 15, 2016

We met at Rob and Renana Rovinsky’s lovely home in NW DC.

Miriam Nadel started the evening of storytelling with a humorous personal tale about Women of Valor, loosely based on her life experiences with relatives who tried to shape her life. It included an aunt who, when Miriam asked for a chemistry set gave her a kit to make perfume instead.

A new-to-Voices teller, Dominique, told a story about  the resolution of conflict between mother- and son-in-law from Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales called The Snake Chief.

Margaret Chatham followed with a story from Men from the Village Deep in the Mountains and Other Japanese Folktales compiled by Molly Bang. The story she chose is called Patches, but Margaret used the Japanese word (which I may be misspelling) “Toyuki” instead.

Eve Burton told Good Enough to Eat, adapted from the picture book of that name by Brock  Cole.

Tim Livengood let us vote for a story about Vampires or one about. . . .something else. We voted for the Vampires, who, among other things, devoured college students. Yumm!

Rob Rovinsky, our host for the evening, had to have his arm twisted a little to tell a story, but then he gave us two delightful tales: one about How he Graduated from U Penn, which required passing a PE class; the other  about How to Talk to a Taxi Driver in Jerusalem.

Besides the six tellers, we had a half dozen listeners.

Stories were followed by tasty treats:  pumpkin pie, Tim’s fruity bread, pumpkin gingerbread with cranberries, raisins and walnuts, and assorted cookies, veggie chips, and cupcakes. Really yummm!

If you weren’t there, you really missed out! Hope to see you at swap next time.

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Summer Institutes and a Master’s Degree program for Storytellers at ETSU

East Tennessee State University offers a Master of Arts in Professional Communication (PCOM) with Concentration in Storytelling/Theatre. This is one of a select few fully accredited graduate programs in Professional and Applied Storytelling in the United States.

The ETSU Storytelling Institutes are short intensive master classes on particular topics within the field of contemporary storytelling. Established in 1992, ETSU Institute instructors have included many of the best-loved performers and teachers in the storytelling world. ETSU Summer Institutes are a great way for interested students to get a taste of the spirit and energy of the ETSU Storytelling Program.

These popular four day workshops may be attended by anyone–either for university credit or on a non-credit basis. Generally one graduate credit hour is available per institute. In-state tuition is available to those who enroll–no matter the residence of the enrollee; however you must go through the National Storytelling Network Instructional Credit Agreement to receive this special rate.

August 1st -3rd, 2016, Andy Offut Irwin will be instructing a course “Telling stories with Wit” ~ great opportunity to learn from one of the best Andy is one of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States. Andy has been a featured teller at the International Storytelling Festival for 6 years and has received many awards for his work.

September 30th – October 2nd. Clare Muireann Murphy will teach you how to navigate a “Journey through the Landscape of Story” ~ this young woman is bright and creative in her multifaceted works and skills. Clare is a world renowned storyteller who is currently touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company and working internationally as a consultant and an artistic associate with the National Theatre.

For more information: http://www.etsu.edu/cas/comm_perform/storytelling/

Or contact: Charis Hickson,Graduate Assistant, ETSU Storytelling Program, 423.439.7606