Storytelling as a Performance Art

There is a difference between telling stories for pure entertainment and telling stories to hit a nerve.

I like to do both.

I love the idea of story.

Stories are everything. They are powerful. They give meaning to life.

Even the composition of story, its elements, gives us a road map to live by.  Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Vladimir Propp, and others have illuminated our role of hero in our own stories, but more than that, they have laid out our optional roles in the lives and stories of others.

Stories are our human marker.  They enable us to experience empathy, to connect, to understand.  

Every story is carefully chosen, crafted, and born in its performance, for its audience.

A storytelling performance has the power to hit a nerve, to inspire people to imagine, remember, feel, and connect.

Imagine a tale that recalls an experience. 

Your mind lights up.  You want to hear more.  You want to ask questions.  You want to tell your story.  You do tell it.  Others listen; they really listen. They recognize their own stories, too, and want to share their own versions of the tale.  

You listen.  

You remember.  

You feel.  

You connect.

That's what I love about story.

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About Me

My Art; My Business.

I am an entrepreneur, a consumate professional.  I dot my i's and cross my t's.

I am a service provider, a storyteller.  

But what does that mean and how did I get here?

After going down a rocky road and finding myself a single mother with four sons--now quite grown--I decided that the best course for me was to finish my education, and not being afforded the luxury to major in Science and English together, as students are today,  I chose the English route. 

During my time at TCNJ, I  was introduced to the work of Joseph Campbell. (Campbell coined the phrase "hero's journey" and plotted its  universal path while extolling the tenet that we are each the hero of our own journey.)  That course and simple mantra changed my life.  Encountering and overcoming obstacles, no matter how big or small,  just proved my hero status. I love that!  It emboldens me to  take risks toward fulfilling my dreams.

A  professor suggested that I continue with my studies and earn an M.Ed.  In the interim of finding a job, I did.

I also became certified to teach all ages, everywhere.

But the most interesting discovery is that stories are the singular best practice for  every arena of personal development and community.  We learn through them, are inspired by them, and we remember what we learn because of  them.  

We are physically and psychologically wired for storytelling.  Storytelling is a brain exercise that can enhance our mental prowess and sense of well-being at every age.  

Stories give us courage and hope; they enable us to be understood and to understand.  

In the world of academics, storytelling is the basis of pre-literacy which is the pre-requisite for literacy and which has a direct bearing on academic and social outcomes.  

Stories are  the preeminent source of lessons learned--and character-building role models.

Today, I will tell stories to all ages.  Sometimes, I'll play my guitar and sing for or with audiences.  Fun things.  Sad things. Touching things.

But, my very favorite stories are those that hit a nerve or bring an issue to life and light. Women's stories. People stories.

I promote and practice the art of storytelling.  It's my mission.

As NJ state liaison for the National Storytelling Network.  I connect.

As president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, I connect.

As co-chair of the NJ Storytelling Festival, I connect.

 I offer workshops on storytelling, cultivating stories, and business practices related to storytelling.  

Stories give us just what we need.