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Watching McCormack tell her stories was an absolutely magical experience, and her passion for her craft shined through in her performance.
~ Southsider Magazine
Everyone was talking about her tales long after [Denise] left. She was absolutely spellbinding!
~ S. Kuder
I love Halloween, and [Denise's] scary stories, and the telling of them, really heightened the season for me... [She has] a gift....
~ Dom B.
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.
We connect. We communicate. We understand through story.
Imagine: No one is too young or too old to experience the wonder, magic, and benefits of storytelling.
Stories are my pro-active means to make a difference.
McCormack loves to share stories and songs.
Stories, even and especially the simple folk and fable, shine a light on little things that have far reaching implications, including the power to draw us together in community.
Among McCormack's favorites are tales of aged heroes and strong, wise women; creation tales, myths, and epics that speak of values and perseverance; and both prose and poetry that bring to the life the magic of our glorious world.
McCormack has been a featured teller and workshop presenter at local and regional fringes and festivals, including the National Storytellers Network conferences and Philadelphia stages, and educator conferences. She has also developed and facilitated local story slams and swaps.
Workshops and small group or one-to-one coaching sessions on the practice and craft of storytelling and public speaking are lively and insightful.
Among her affiliated roles are: NJ state liaison for the National Storytelling Network, recent past chair and board member of the NJ Jersey Storytelling Festival, president of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia, member of the board of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, and editor of National Storytelling League's publication "Story Art." She is also a member of other various and related cultural, educational, and artists organizations.
McCormack holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in TESOL: Language, Learning, and Literacy, besides several certifications and related awards. She is a dedicated lifelong learner with interests in neuroscience, linguistics, history, communications, and marketing, besides mindfulness and general health.
Most recently, her pursuits have reached into the worlds of online and print marketing, as well as audio production and editing--both of which rely on creative content and concise communications.
McCormack earned a 2014 Women's Achievement award by the National Association of Professional Women, was editor of NSL's Story Art magazine and chairman and facilitator of the AMK Short Story contest for many years, author of "Don't Let the Best Man Ruin Your Wedding: A Bride's Best Guide for the Best Man's Speech" and several articles related to the art of storytelling, for which Bride magazine noted her as an expert in the field, and has presented various workshops on the importance and application of storytelling for communication, healing, and connection.
McCormack’s mantra: There is a story for every time and purpose under heaven.
I like to do both and everything in between.
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.
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.
That's what I love about story.