About Denise McCormack

"Everyone was talking about her tales long after [Denise] left. She was absolutely spellbinding!"

                                                 ~ S. Kuder


Artist Statement

My mission is to connect with listeners, to bring enlightenment through story, to forge understanding and empathy, and-- sometimes-- to offer a sheer diversion and good belly laugh for life's trials.  I believe that we are our stories and that stories are our saving grace.


Artist Bio


Denise McCormack is a professional storyteller, educator, workshop presenter, and coach whose story selections and tenets resonate with listeners to foster empathy, understanding, and self-reflection. 

While her performances have earned high praise throughout the region, McCormack also serves the needs of those seeking workshops, residencies, and coaching for specific purposes and is passionate about the role of story in examining issues related to education, social justice, and business, as well as the neurological and physical impulses that connect us. 

Among her roles and affiliations, McCormack is NJ state liaison for the National Storytelling Network, co-chair of the NJ Jersey Storytelling Festival, president of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia, and a board member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild.

McCormack’s mantra: There is a story for every time and purpose under heaven.

Her passion is further invested bridging language  gaps.  For more information, go to: https://magicwords101.com/the-project

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

I like to do both and everything in between.

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.