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.

I also believe that the personal is the political.  Stories are my pro-active means to make a difference.


Artist Bio


Denise McCormack tells for a purpose.

Recently committed to telling it like it is and was - with true stories about growing up a Polish, white girl in NJ, about being a grown-up woman of the "me, too" camp, countless times over, and with revisiting folk, fairy, and literary works - she offers vantages  of the multi-faceted historical and familial contexts that surround and shape them-- and strikes a nerve. 

McCormack will be among the featured artists in the 2019 National Storytelling Network Summit Performers Showcase, and is the  annual facilitator of the traditional NJ Festival Story Slam.

Among her affiliations are: NJ state liaison for the National Storytelling Network, co-chair of the NJ Jersey Storytelling Festival, and president of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild, as well as member of the board of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, and member of other various and related organizations. 

You’ll see more of her work this summer on the fringe circuit at various New Jersey and Pennsylvania venues.  Check out the events page.

For more information, go to www.denisemccormack.live

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

Her passion is further invested in her work of The Story Algorithm, MYOB: Mind Your Own Body, and bridging language gaps.

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.