Do you remember a time when the world was a gentler place, when pleasures were simpler, and a really good time did not have to be experienced in short bytes with accompanying cacophony?
Noted for elegant phrasing and an intelligent, forthright presentation of classic and original tales, Laura J. Bobrowgently awakens the imagination of her audiences with her humor and profundity. Well known and never-before-heard stories are interspersed with bits of verse, all cobbled together from a repertoire of more than 500 stories, poems and anecdotes to make each performance memorable.
Laura is a prize-winning poet, once dubbed “the American Milne” by Louis Untermeyer. She is a songwriter/lyricist member of ASCAP, a member of the National League of American Pen Women, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Poetry Society of Virginia.
Her work has been recognized by cultural organizations such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York City Opera, who have included her performances in their fund-raising auction catalogues.
She is a raconteur and bard, low key and charismatic with an abundant wealth of knowledge and a dry wit. In addition to her well-acclaimed storytelling performances, Laura has been active in the storytelling world as the originator of storytelling series and festivals. Laura introduced storytelling to the prestigious International Platform Association in 1993 and served on its Board of Directors for many years. Most recently she was the founder of LAUGHS, Loudoun’s Annual Unforgettable Gigantic Hilarious Storyfest! held annually in Sterling VA. In May 2002 Laura was named Artist of the Month by the Loudoun (VA) Arts Council.
Choose from the following topics, or let Laura know what you have in mind. Her repertoire allows her to craft unique programs of forty-five minutes to one hour on any subject for any group, ages five to adult. Three week’s advance notice is recommended. Writing and storytelling residencies and workshops are also available. Fees are negotiable for non-profits.
- Truth to Tell.
- Storytellers say that all stories are true. They may not be factual.
- What Time is it Anyway ?
- How long did Rip Van Winkle sleep? Ancient stories about other dimensions.
- Cats, and then Cats
- A whimsical look at the cat in history and legend. (And perhaps a dog story or two.)
- Smart Women, Strong Women
- Stories in which the female rather than femininity triumphs.
- The Power of Words
- Stories which illustrate the evocative effect of the words we use.
- POETRY AND STORIES
- As in olden days, stories told in rhyme.
Stories especially prepared for your program needs.
- Hans Christian Andersen Statue, New York , NY
- Fieldston Lower School, Riverdale, NY
- West Virginia Public Schools
- Annmarie Garden, Solomon, MD
- Columbia Festival Orchestra, Hudson, NY
- SoundWaters, Stamford, NY
- Mott’s Storytime Theatre, Trumbull , CT
- Pace University, New York , NY
- Iona College , New Rochelle , NY
- Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT
- Darien Historical Society, Darien, CT
- Pace University, Modern Languages Dept., White Plains, NY
- First Night, Hartford, CT
- Pen and Brush, New York , NY
- The House of the Seven Gables, Salem , MA
- Marymount Manhattan College Writing Center, New York, NY
- Westchester Campus, LIU, White Plains , NY
- First Night, Leesburg, VA
- The Schoolhouse Gallery, Croton Falls, NY
- Clever Gretchen Conference, Syracuse, NY
- Connecticut Storytelling Conference, New London, CT
- International Platform Association, Washington, DC
- Simmons College, LANES
- Sharing the Fire, Boston , MA
- NY Association for the Education of Young Children, Syracuse, NY
- Women’s City Club, New York, NY
- Hudson Valley Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY
…and many more.
“Meaty” “Makes you think” “Let’s have her again!”
– Newsletter, Storytelling Center of New York
“A mesmerizing speaker.”
– Newsletter, Women’s National Book Association
– The Washington Post, Washington DC
“Storyteller Laura Bobrow has modernized the Aesopian tradition in epigrammatic tales of house cats and other animals in an urban setting.”
– Boria Sax in Storytelling Magazine
“You may have detected a hint of the excitement you engendered, but you should have seen the buzz that swept throught the suite after you left! The expressions of appreciation and pleasure that I have heard from our listeners today were overwhelming!”
– Eve Nadel, NY Chapter of Hadassah
“I was impressed with your ability to hold enthralled a seven-year-old and a seventy-five- year-old. Their eyes were fixed on you, and your words, gestures and voice held them. Your choices of stories –compact, visual and delivering a message that made you think – was just right for your audience.”
– Joel Wold, The Free Synagogue of Westchester, Mount Vernon NY
‘”You are a polished teller and have such a rich array of material. I love the repetition. I loved hearing the ones I’ve heard before.”
– Peg O’Sullivan, Connecticut Storytelling Festival, New London CT
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for sharing Laura J. Bobrow with us. We loved her and even persuaded her to tell us more. “
– Suzanne Offut, South Jefferson Elementary School, Charles Town, WV
“You entranced and entertained an audience of diverse ages and everyone had a terrific time! You kept a room full of boys mesmerized. That’s quite a feat! “
– John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak, NY
“Her pleasure and animation in the telling of the story rippled through the room as people were caught up in the delight. That, in and of itself, is a considerable gift to our community. “
– Sharon Lloyd O’Conner, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, Leesburg VA
“You have the mind of a poet and philosopher, the wit of a comedian, the voice and diction of an orator — a great combination.”
– Neva Winter, Rye Free Reading Room, Rye NY
“The storytelling community has been given a great gift through your work.”
– Dr. Marc Salkin, Universalist Unitarian Church, Fort Collins, CO.
and these commendations from Fifth Graders in Southport , CT (spelling unchanged):
…Thank you for coming to our class to tell your wonderful stories.
…I loved how you told it. I could picture it in my mind exactly.
…from your previous visit I liked the twelve princesses. I really like old time stories.
…I’m hoping I can remember all the stories or at least two.
…I think it taught you a lesson. You have things you didn’t know you had.
…I liked the way it seemed so magical but real.
…I like the way when you described something it was like I was looking at a picture.
…I am amased.
…your stories are absolutely spectacular.
…I liked the part about when …
…I really liked how the cloud went …
…Your stories were great. I especially liked the one when …
…Keep up the good work.
…I really enjoyed listening to the interesting details that just popped out in the middle. It taught me a lesson.
…Thanks from the fish.
…Yo relly bring out imagination and every story has a morale.
…You really give lots of details. I will always love to hear your storys again, again, and again.
…I personally liked all your stories …
…You and Garison Kiellor should be partners.
…I am sure that all my classmates liked it too, but definitely not as much as I did.
…How do you remember all those stories.
…funny and mysterious.
…Thank you SO MUCH.