(Podcast) West Valley Arts Council Storytelling Concert

four storytellers from this eventThe West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) in Surprise, Arizona sponsored and evening of live storytelling for adults in their intimate and unique arts gallery they call the ArtsHQ. People from all over the valley gathered to listen to a fine mix of personal tales and folktales. Part of the WVAC’s “First Friday” event, an audience gathered from all over the greater Phoenix area came to enjoy some light snacks, drinks and storytelling presented by internationally experienced tellers in a project called StoryRise. Recorded in March 2015.

We’ve presented the entire event in two parts below, in mp3 audio. We’ve also included a few “just the stories” recordings for a bit of shorter listening.

We hope you enjoy this latest Storyteller.net Amphitheater presentation of this storytelling podcast.

In Part 1, Sean Buvala introduces the night and tells a short story. Sandy Oglesby tells the personal tale of “The Phone Call,” Mark Compton tells his personal tale of “Cat People,” Elly Reidy offers her own personal tale of “The Pennies” and Sean tells the Irish folktale of “The Spirit Horse.”

In Part 2, it’s all in the style of folktales. Sandy tells “A Bargain is a Bargain,” Mark tells “The Hunter,” Elly tells “The Scholar and the Bird and Sean concludes the evening with the Grimm tale of “The Girl Without Hands.”

In the remaining parts, we’ve posted just some of the stories individually.

Part 3: “The Phone Call” (Sandy)

Part 4: “Cat People” (Mark)

Part 5: “The Pennies” (Elly)

Part 6: “The Girl With No Hands” (Sean)

This presentation is ©2015 by Storyteller.net and the individual artists.

Christmas Quilt

By: Chester Carl Ambrose

Snow had come in time to make it a white Christmas in the small village of Barrington, Vermont. In fact, it had snowed on and off for the last three days prior to Christmas Eve. Snow was deep. It was blown into snowdrifts four to five feet high. The village looked like a picture postcard of an idyll Christmas scene. But there was a problem, the heavy snow on the roads to come to a stop. Children of the village were worried. How could Mr. Nathan Jackson, the storyteller, make it to the village’s Christmas Eve celebration?

It was a grand night, full of traditions. The village Christmas tree was selected from the ample pine forest that covered the hillsides surrounding this picturesque village. The tradition was that the sixth grade pupils would be the ones who selected the tree. Their families would set up the tree on the stage in the large community hall. The tree was decorated each year with special ornaments. These ornaments had special meaning to the villages because they demonstrated stories told by Mr. Nathan Jackson.

Christmas Eve the community hall was full. Grown –ups had gathered to the rear of the hall, while the children took up their customary positions in front of the stage. Many of them on the floor with pillows, blankets or just heavy jackets to soften their seats on the hardwood floor.

The children were all hopeful that Mr. Jackson would make it to the Christmas Eve celebration. He hadn’t missed a year since he started story telling in 1969.

Children and adults all had the storyteller on their minds. Conversations through out the great hall centered on stories that were told in past years. Everyone had a favorite. When groups of people agreed on a particular story they would share their remembrances by saying, “ Do you remember when he told the story about…yes, it was 1969 when he first told the special story about the Christmas tree­he called it the ‘tree of life’.”

“…And do you remember how he told the story about the star window in our church. The star was just an ordinary clear glass but it turned magically into a gold star on the Christmas Eve in 1987.”…..

“…Oh yes, my favorite story was the one about the train that overcame many problems to bring us Christmas gifts from distant relatives. That was the year story of 1974 or ’75…whatever…it was a good story…and don’t forget the funny one that us how Santa Claus’ beard had grown so long.”

The telephone on the wall of the community center rang. All talking stopped so that Mrs. Anderson could answer it. “Oh no!” said Mrs. Anderson. “That is too bad,” she continued. “You did! They’re on their way? All right…our best to Mr. Jackson. Thank you.” She hung up the phone.

“What was that all about?” asked the town mayor. Mrs. Anderson said the call was Mrs. Jackson, Nathan’s wife. She said he was too ill to make the trip. However, she said that she made something for us. It will be a story gift for the year.

“What is it?” asked the mayor.

“She didn’t say.” Answered Mrs. Anderson. “ She said their son and nephew are bringing it..”

One of the children spoke up. “How will they get here? The roads are all covered with snow!”

Mrs. Anderson turned to the questioning child and said, “Christopher, they will be coming by a horse drawn sled and they are already on their way.” Suddenly sleigh bells were heard outside! It sounds like they were here! The son and the nephew walked to the front of the hall, up the steps to the stage. They unfolded the quilt. The son pointed out the tree of life… the church’s golden star…. Santa’s’ long beard.

The son then spoke. “I don’t think that my father will be telling any more stories. But he did want my mother to include other patches in the Christmas quilt— of untold stories: so that in the future years the quilt can be hung for all to see. Old remembered stories could be retold. Imagination could be used to tell new stories. Mrs. Anderson… could you tell me the story about your favorite cookie jar. Mr. Johnson, how about your wood shop and the rocking horse you made for your granddaughter and grandson. And your Mr. Mayor…about the year we had no Christmas snow. You made snowmen out of straw and bed sheets.”

Turning to the crowd the son continued. “Do you see your story in my mother’s Christmas quilt? Close your eyes and think about it!”

To this day the stories in Barrington, Vermont have a special meaning to all who hear them. I now charge you parents to gather your family on Christmas Eve…share your traditions…your love…but also His love—- who came to us as an ordinary baby so many years ago. And that is the end of my story.

Chester Ambrose was affectionately known as “The Storyteller of Rancho Bernardo” in California. This story first appeared in 2006.

Quotes About Storytelling

Quotes about Story and Storytelling
By: Patti J. Christensen

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Sean Buvala tells a story.

The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in. —Harold Goddard
If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life. —Siberian Elder

Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all. —Hans Christian Andersen

There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. —Ursula K. LeGuin

If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
—Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel

Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. —Salman Rushdie

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God made man because he loves stories. —Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlev (as quoted by Steve Sanfield)

If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life. —Jean Houston

Australian Aborigines say that the big stories—the stories worth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life—are forever stalking the right teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in the bush. —Robert Moss, Dreamgates

Stories live in your blood and bones, follow the seasons and light candles on the darkest night-every storyteller knows she or he is also a teacher… —Patti Davis

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. — Robert McKee

Because there is a natural storytelling urge and ability in all human beings, even just a little nurturing of this impulse can bring about astonishing and delightful results. —Nancy Mellon, The Art of Storytelling

Stories are how we learn. The progenitors of the world’s religions understood this, handing down our great myths and legends from generation to generation. —Bill Mooney and David Holt, The Storyteller’s Guide

History is nothing but a series of stories, whether it be world history or family history. —Bill Mooney and David Holt, The Storyteller’s Guide

A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in it first. —Louis L’Amour

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by … religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need. —Harvey Cox, The Seduction of the Spirit

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. —Robert McKee

The universe is made of stories, not atoms. —Muriel Rukeyser

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity —Gilda Radner

Those times of depression tell you that it’s either time to get out of the story you’re in and move into a new story, or that you’re in the right story but there’s some piece of it you are not living out. — Carol S. Pearson

It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story. —Native American saying

I will tell you something about stories, (he said) They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, All we have to fight off illness and death —Leslie Marmon Silko

Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. —John Barth

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story. —Walter Cronkite

When you do enough research, the story almost writes itself. Lines of development spring loose and you’ll have choices galore. —Robert McKee

If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story. —Barbara Greene

Don’t say the old lady screamed-bring her on and let her scream. — Mark Twain

When Stories nestle in the body, soul comes forth. —Deena Metzger

It’s no coincidence that just at this point in our insight into our mysteriousness as human beings struggling towards compassion, we are also moving into an awakened interest in the language of myth and fairy tale. The language of logical arguments, of proofs, is the language of the limited self we know and can manipulate. But the language of parable and poetry, of storytelling, moves from the imprisoned language of the provable into the freed language of what I must, for lack of another word, continue to call faith. —Madeleine L’Engle

Story is far older than the art of science and psychology, and will always be the elder in the equation no matter how much time passes. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I am a storyteller. The type that went from place to place, gathered people in the square and transported them, inspired them, woke them up, shook their insides around so that they could resettle in a new pattern, a new way of being. It is a tradition that believes that the story speaks to the soul, not the ego… to the heart, not the head. In today’s world, we yearn so to ’understand’, to conquer with our mind, but it is not in the mind that a mythic story dwells. —Donna Jacobs Sife

A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make nations sick. Without stories we would go mad. Life would lose it’s moorings or orientation….Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart larger. —Ben Okri

One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow? —Mathew Fox

Life will go on as long as there is someone to sing, to dance, to tell stories and to listen —Oren Lyons

Storytelling is a vaccine against war…. —Annette Simmons

It is your obligation to speak things that have truth, because this is your life’s work. —Judith Black

We can tell people abstract rules of thumb which we have derived from prior experiences, but it is very difficult for other people to learn from these. We have difficulty remembering such abstractions, but we can more easily remember a good story. Stories give life to past experience. Stories make the events in memory memorable to others and to ourselves. This is one of the reasons why people like to tell stories. —Roger C. Shank, from Tell Me A Story

Oddly enough, we come to rely upon our own stories so much that it seems that all we can tell ourselves are stories as well. … —Roger C. Shank, from Tell Me A Story

In the end all we have…are stories and methods of finding and using those stories. —Roger C. Shank, from Tell Me A Story

Is forty-two a story? Of course it is, and it isn’t. It doesn’t sound like a story; it’s more the name of a story, so to speak. In some sense, every story is simply the name of a longer story. No one tells all the details of any story, so each story is shortened. How much shortening has to take place until there is no story left? A story shortened so that it ceases to be understood is no longer a story, but what is understandable to one person may not be understandable to another, so it is clear that story is a relative term. In any case, as long as it is understood, it remains a story. For this reason, there are some very short stories. —Roger C. Shank, from Tell Me A Story

The language of the culture also reflects the stories of the culture. One word or simple phrasal labels often describe the story adequately enough in what we have termed culturally common stories. To some extent, the stories of a culture are observable by inspecting the vocabulary of that culture. Often entire stories are embodied in one very culture-specific word. The story words unique to a culture reveal cultural differences. —Roger C. Shank, from Tell Me A Story

Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them. —William Carlos Williams

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We are the first generation bombarded with so many stories from so many authorities, none of which are our own. The parable of the postmodern mind is the person surrounded by a media center: three television screens in front of them giving three sets of stories; fax machines bringing in other stories; newspapers providing still more stories. In a sense, we are saturated with stories; we’re saturated with points of view. But the effect of being bombarded with all of these points of view is that we don’t have a point of view and we don’t have a story. We lose the continuity of our experiences; we become people who are written on from the outside. —Sam Keen

Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the incidents of everyday life: the phrase in the newspaper, the endearing or infuriating game of a toddler, the misunderstanding at the office. Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories. —Mary Catherine Bateson

Many people don’t realize the extent to which stories influence our behavior and even shape our culture. Think about how Bible stories teach the fundamentals of religion and rules of conduct. Think of the fables and parables that molded your values. Think of how stories about your national, cultural or family history have shaped your attitudes about yourself and others. —Lawrence Shapiro, in How to Raise a Child With a High EQ: A Parents’ Guide to Emotional Intelligence

Storytelling is relating a tale to one or more listeners through voice and gesture. It is not the same as reading a story aloud or reciting a piece from memory or acting out a drama-though it shares common characteristics with these arts. The storyteller looks into the eyes of the audience and together they compose the tale. The storyteller begins to see and re-create, through voice and gesture, a series of mental images; the audience, from the first moment of listening, squints, stares, smiles, leans forward or falls asleep, letting the teller know whether to slow down, speed up, elaborate, or just finish. Each listener, as well as each teller, actually composes a unique set of story images derived from meanings associated with words, gestures, and sounds. The experience can be profound, exercising the thinking and touching emotions of both teller and listener. —The National Council of Teachers of English in support of storytelling in the academic classroom

To be a person is to have a story to tell. —Isak Dinesen

We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say-and to feel- ‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’ You’re not as alone as you thought. —John Steinbeck

The answer is always in the entire story, not a piece of it. —Jim Harrison

Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Consequently, stories often pack more punch than sermons. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story. Jesus did it. He called his stories ‘parables’. — Janet Litherland

The master gave his teaching in parables and stories, which his disciples listened to with pleasure-and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper.

The master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story’. —Anthony de Mello

The Storyteller’s Creed I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge, That myth is more potent than history, That dreams are more powerful than facts, That hope always triumphs over experience, That laughter is the only cure for grief, And I believe that love is stronger than death. —Robert Fulghum

Sacred stories are those of transformation, they are stories that draw us closer to what I call the Lord Within The Heart, and they help us to see our connection to all things. There’s a saying in the Jewish tradition that the shortest distance between [a hu]man and God is through a story. So if storytelling is a journey, sacred storytelling is a pilgrimage—a pilgrimage to a place called Hope. —Andy Fraenkel

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. —Maya Angelou

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. —Susan Griffin

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. —Robert McKee

It’s not the college degree that makes a writer. The great thing is to have a story to tell. —Polly Adler

A song ain’t nothin’ in the world but a story just wrote with music to it. —Hank Williams, Sr.

Stories set the inner life into motion, and this is particularly important where the inner life is frightened, wedged, or cornered. Story greases the hoists and pulleys, it causes adrenaline to surge, shows us the way out, down, or up, and for our trouble, cuts for us fine wide doors in previously blank walls, openings that lead to the dreamland, that lead to love and learning, that lead us back to our own real lives as knowing wildish women. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes

It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear. —Italo Calvino

I come from a long line of tellers: mesemondok, old Hungarian women who tell while sitting on wooden chairs with their plastic pocketbooks on their laps, their knees apart, their skirts touching the ground… and cuentistas, old Latina women who stand, robust of breast, hips wide, and cry out the story ranchera style. Both clans storytell in the plain voice of women who have lived blood and babies, bread and bones. For them, story is a medicine which strengthens and arights the individual and the community. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes

People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end anymore. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. —Steven Spielberg

The story is always better than your ability to write it. My belief about this is that if you ever get to the point that you think you’ve done a story justice, you’re in the wrong business. —Robin McKinley

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Rule one of reading other people’s stories is that whenever you say ‘well that’s not convincing’ the author tells you that’s the bit that wasn’t made up. This is because real life is under no obligation to be convincing. —Neil Gaiman

Why was Solomon recognized as the wisest man in the world? Because he knew more stories (proverbs) than anyone else. Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we’re all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories. —Alan Kay, vice president at Walt Disney

We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax. —Samuel Goldwyn

People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another. —Studs Terkel

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer’s own life. —Eudora Welty

Increasingly, I realized that I could not merely tell his story. Rather, I would have to tell my story about him. —Ronald Steel

The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one. —Sid Caesar

Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal. —Howard Gardner, Harvard University

The story was the bushman’s most sacred possession. These people knew what we do not; that without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization. Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own. —Laurens Van der Post

People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs. —Albert Bates Lord

Compiled by: Patti J. Christensen
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Judy Sima

judy sima headshot storyteller storytelling“JUDY SIMA is considered the Pied Piper of storytelling in the Metropolitan Detroit area. More than any other single storyteller, Judy has helped to foster and cultivate the next generation of storytellers. Judy’s love of story is infectious and she has willingly shared her talents, her resources and her enthusiasm throughout the North Central region and beyond.” National Storytelling Network North Central Service and Leadership Oracle Award recipient www.JudySima.com.

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One of Michigan’s premier storytellers, JUDY SIMA has been delighting audiences since 1983, Judy Sima’s warm, engaging performances bubble over with humor, song, and loads of audience participation. Judy has been featured at conferences and festivals, schools and libraries throughout across the country. Using modeling, active involvement, and comprehensive handouts, JUDY is nationally recognized for her inspiring workshops for educators, librarians, students, and families. She is frequently featured at the National Storytelling Conference, American Association of School Librarians, International Reading Conference.

As a School Librarian for over 35 years, JUDY introduced many young people to the art of storytelling. Her book, Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes, (Libraries Unlimited) considered a “must have” for anyone working with young people. JUDY’s story “The Boy Who Drew Cats” appears in the August House Book of Scary Stories. She is featured in Story Watchers Club DVD: Good Character, Creative Child Magazine’s DVD of the Year Award. JUDY’s nationally published articles on storytelling have inspired others to share their stories whether in the classroom or around the kitchen table. Her articles are featured in: Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling, Pathways to Literacy, Telling Stories to Children, Tales as Tools, The Storytelling Classroom, Book Links, Media Spectrum, Storytelling Magazine, Teaching Tolerance, Oasis Magazine, Library Talk.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan

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Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff

jennifer storytellingJennifer Rudick Zunikoff is a storyteller, poet, educator, facilitator, and coach. She is the founder and director of The Golden Door: Storytelling for Social Justice, and organization that brings storytellers and facilitators to schools to coach teachers, educate students, and build safe,encouraging classroom communities. Jennifer was named a 2016 Baltimore Social Innovator by the Warnock Foundation.

For the past five years, Jennifer directed the Storyteller Teaching Training project at Krieger Schechter Day School, empowering teachers to use storytelling to teach their curriculum and to build leadership skills in their students Jennifer co-taught the Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors course at Goucher College from 2004-2013. She individually coached more than 100 students throughout the 10 years of the course.

She performs and teaches at schools, camps, synagogues, and for Jewish organizations. Her CD, The Growing Season, comprised of her original stories, was commissioned by the Macks Center for Jewish Education. In 2014, Jennifer’s original story, Binah and the Broken Pieces, was published in New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family, edited by Goldie Milgram. In 2012, Jennifer’s original story, Rina and the Exodus, was published in Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration, edited by Goldie Milgram. Mitzvah Stories was named a finalist in the “Education and Identity” category of the National Jewish Book Award. Jennifer’s poetry has appeared on the Baltimore Jewish Times, Jewish Women’s Archive blog, the Women of the Wall website, and the Philadelphia Jewish Voice blog. Four of her Torah commentaries were published in the Baltimore Jewish Times in the spring and summer of 2013.

From 2009-2012, she facilitated the Student Immigrant Stories project at Patterson High School. In the SIS project, sponsored by the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Jennifer taught ESOL students how to tell stories about their immigration experience. Jennifer’s SIS students have performed at the Visionary Arts Museum, the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, St. Mark’s on the Hill Church, and for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Committee’s national conference. Jennifer’s performance and workshop venues include: Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, NJ, Temple Judea in Ft. Myers, Florida, Beth Shalom in Raleigh, N.C., Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford, CT, Congregation Beth Shalom in Wilmington, DE, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Goucher College, LimmudFest, Gilman School, Garrison Forest School, University of Maryland Alumni Association, Beth Israel Congregation, B’nai Israel Congregation, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, the Darrel Friedman Institute, the University of Baltimore School of Law, and Krieger Schechter Day School in Maryland; the Center for Jewish History, the Jewish Education Project, and Stern College in New York City; NewCAJE Jewish Education conferences in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Boston; Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D. C.; Mainline Reform Temple, Camp Ramah and Capital Camps in Pennsylvania, Camp TEKO in Minneapolis, Camp Butwin in St. Paul Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, MN; and Temple Sinai and B’nai Zion in El Paso, Texas.

Jennifer coaches students, teachers, school principals, and librarians, teaching them to use their intuition to turn their mental images into powerful stories. She uses her training as a certified InterPlay teacher to help her students trust in the story they are meant to tell. InterPlay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body. InterPlay is a creative process for personal and community transformation. Through powerful, practical ideas and a system of practices rooted in storytelling, movement, song, and stillness, participants gain access to their own “body wisdom” – what gives them purpose and makes them fully alive. Jennifer leads InterPlay training sessions for teachers, camp staff members, and community leaders. Jennifer began using storytelling to help students learn and perform stories of Holocaust survivors back in 2002 when she participated in the first “Compassionate Listening for Jewish-German Reconciliation” project, traveling to Germany with 14 other Jewish Americans to share stories with German participants.

Since her return from Germany, Jennifer has shared “And We Listened,” the story of her experience, with adult and teen audiences. During the 2007 Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Jennifer received excellent reviews for her performance of Dorothy, the lead role in Almost Vermilion, a play about life in rural West Virginia in the 1950s. Later in 2007, Jennifer also performed this part and two others roles at the Kennedy Center’s “Page to Stage” Festival. After September 11, 2001, Jennifer interviewed Muslim-American children, college students, professors, and imams about their experiences in America before and after the terrorist attacks.

She has performed her program Isaac and Ishmael, Jews and Muslims: Are We Our Brother’s Keeper? for synagogues, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. In May 2003, Jennifer served as the keynote speaker as she performed another original piece, Remembering our Dance, for the annual meeting of the Women’s Department of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. The following summer Jennifer presented her workshop, Teachers Telling Tales at the National Storytelling Network’s conference in Chicago.

In May 2004, Jennifer performed original family stories as the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul’s Women’s Division. Jennifer served as a keynote speaker at the Baltimore Girl’s Project annual conference in December 2000. She created and performed Emily, a dramatic performance for pre-teens and parents about a teenage girl struggling with body image, popularity, and self-esteem. The Answer is in Your Hands program is another of Jennifer’s programs that deal with the issues of peer pressure and rejection in a Jewish context. Jennifer loves to bring to life the women of Torah through her first-person stories of Sarah, Rachel, Miriam, Ruth, Esther, and others. She also tells family stories and stories about her experiences in Israel, as well as Jewish folktales.

From the fall of 1998 through the spring of 1999, Jennifer toured the western United States, telling stories in Jewish communities in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. A Baltimore native, Jennifer began her storytelling career in 1994 while living in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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48 Glyndon Gate Way
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

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