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A Grammy-nominated recording artist; an internationally known, Oracle-award-winning storyteller; a published poet and writer, and a sought-after storytelling coach and teaching artist, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word!

Called “one of the most important voices in the storytelling revival,” she has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival seven times since 1984 and received a “Storytelling Oscar,” the Circle of Excellence Award, from the National Storytelling Network in 1999. She has been featured at storytelling, spoken word and theatre festivals in 36 states and in fifteen European cities. Most recently she was a featured teller at the Festival at the Edge in Shropshire, England in July of 2012.

She is known for the versatility of her repertoire from folktales to fantasy, fiction and fairy tales to personal stories, one-woman shows and original monologues, and for her consummate skill in coaching novice and seasoned storytellers. Her virtuosity extends beyond creating and directing solo performance.

Her ensemble-driven play, Holding Up the Sky, produced at the University of Missouri in the fall of 2009, was a Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival regional finalist in the winter of 2010. She appeared in, and assistant-directed a production of John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God in the Corner Playhouse of the University of Missouri in 2008. And her CD, Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories for a Wounded World, received a 2007 GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken World Album for Children.

Having received her PhD in the Department of Theatre at the University of Missouri, she is a scholar of solo performance and storytelling studies. She was the performance review editor of the academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society from 2009-2012. While at the University of Missouri, she created and taught classes in “American Storytelling in the 21st Century” and “Auto/Biographical Performance Writing and the Body.”

In addition, Milbre has served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at California State University-Los Angles, Northwestern University, the University of San Diego and Central Methodist University. She has published articles, book reviews and performance reviews in Storytelling, Self, Society, Theatre Journal, Ecumenica and Storytelling Magazine, and she was a contributor to The Storytelling Classroom – Applications across the Curriculum, edited by Jane Stenson, Sherry Norfolk and Diane Williams, for Libraries Unlimited in 2006.

Milbre spearheaded a collaborative production entitled Justice Served, three short plays about women confronting violence, and coordinated numerous interdisciplinary outreach symposia events related to the performance on the campus of the University of Missouri in March 2012. The entire production grew out of dramaturgical research she had done in 2010 on Pulitzer-Prize- winning playwright Susan Glaspell’s 1916 one-act play, Trifles, and resulted in her writing and performing in Sometimes I Sing, an original monodrama written in the voice of Glaspell’s unseen protagonist, Minnie Wright. The Justice Served symposia events included lectures, classroom visits and post-show talkback sessions led by Hurston scholar Valerie Boyd and Glaspell scholar Patricia L. Bryan, as well as scholars from the fields of law, journalism, women’s and gender studies, social work, black studies, English and theatre.

Besides many plenary and workshop presentations at the National Storytelling Conference, Milbre has presented papers and performances at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Kean University’s International Conference on American Drama, the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Conference, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Central States Communications Conference. In the summer of 2012, she both presented papers and performed at The Romance of Theater (the IV International Conference on American Drama and Theater) in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, and at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Washington, DC.

Since 2007, Milbre and her staff at Kind Crone Productions have produced several multi-disciplinary residencies featuring nationally known writers, storytellers, performance artists and auto-ethnographers. Through her fundraising and programming efforts, Ishmael Beah, Laura Simms, Holly Hughes, E. Patrick Johnson and Jane Yolen have appeared on the campuses of Stephens College, Columbia College, the University of Missouri, and in the community.

Milbre premiered Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity, exploring the wealth and persistence of gender-bending images in folk tales and folk practice around the world, in June, 2010 at Columbia College. Since then it has toured to Atlanta, Austin and Nashville, Dixon Place in New York City and to SUNY-Binghamton and SUNY-Plattsburgh, and to the Women and Theatre Pre-Conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.

She has been an artist-in-residence since l978, working for local and state councils in Utah, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, California, Kansas and Missouri. Her students have been mainstream Pre-K to 12th graders as well as gifted, ESL, hearing impaired and developmentally disabled children of all ages; at-risk teens; well elders; mentally challenged adults; minimum and maximum security prison inmates; college students, conference attendees, fellow tellers, family business owners, therapists, ministers, rabbis and lay-people, and countless teachers earning CEU’s. She has taught or toured with the Lincoln Center Institute in New York and the Music Center on Tour, the Performing Tree and the University of Phoenix in CA, and was a teaching artist for the National Conversations Project of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In the late nineties, Milbre designed and implemented a storytelling residency for the Walden School in Pasadena, CA, which ran for ten years, and has presented workshops on the creation of that residency model at educational conferences from coast to coast, and at the Betty Weeks Storytelling Conference for Educators at National-Louis University in Evanston, IL. More recently, she conducted a Missouri Arts Council-funded residency for the Triple E Program (Gifted Program) of the Columbia Public Schools, and subsequently presented on that residency at both the Gifted Association of Missouri and the National Conference for Gifted Children. In June of 2012, she taught a workshop on storytelling in the classroom for Storytellers of Ireland in Dublin.

Milbre has released fifteen audio-recordings, fourteen on her own single-artist spoken word label. Besides her GRAMMY nomination, these have garnereda Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, the Storytelling World Award as well as its Honors designation, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, a Parents’ Choice Approved Award and two Parents’ Choice Classic Awards, NAPPA Gold Award, NAPPA Honors, and two INDIE Award nominations.Her poems, short stories and retellings of folktales have appeared in magazines and print anthologies since the late eighties. Milbre’s short story “Sop Doll” was included in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection in 2002.

Milbre lives with her family, two cats named after the Weasley Brothers, and a Border Terrier named Zoe under the huge blue sky of Columbia, Missouri.

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MILBRE BURCH
MILBRE@KINDCRONE.COM WWW.KINDCRONE.COM 573.356.9270

POSITIONS HELD

Present – Adjunct Instructor, International Teaching Assistants Program,
University of MO
2012-2014 – Doctoral Candidate, Department of Theatre, University of
Missouri
2009-2012 – Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Theatre, University
of Missouri
1981-2014 – Sole Proprietor, Kind Crone Productions
2009-2014 – Voice Talent, Missouri Review Online
2009-2013 – Member, MU Interactive Theatre Troupe
1997-2000 – Associate Director, Storytelling Project, Cotsen Children’s
Library
1996-1999 – Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, Cal-State,
LA
1978-2014 – Freelance Performing, Touring and Teaching Artist
1975-1978 – Freelance Audio-visual Producer and Independent Filmmaker

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Theatre. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. May 2014.
MA Theatre. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. May 2009.
BA Political Science. Duke University, Durham, NC. Cum laude. May 1975.

UNIVERSITY TEACHING & CONSULTING

Instructor: Intermediate International Teaching Assistant Program, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Aug 2014 to present.

Instructor: Advanced Adaptation of Literature – Curriculum Development and Teaching: “Autobiographical Performance Writing and the Body,” Department of Theatre, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Jan 2011 to May 2012.

Instructor: Intermediate Performance of Literature – Curriculum Development and Teaching: “Performance of Literature: American Storytelling in the 21st Century,” Department of Theatre, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Sep 2009 to Dec 2011.

Instructor: “Children’s Speech Arts: Creative Drama, Storytelling and Folklore.” Communication Studies Department, California State University – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Sep 1996 to May 1999.

Language and Literature Consultant: The Walden School, Pasadena, CA. Sep 1998 to May 1999.

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Performance Review Editor, Storytelling, Self, Society. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press) 2009-2012.

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

CURRENT PROJECTS

In Her Own Words: Connie Regan-Blake, the Foremother Of The Festival-Based American Storytelling Revival. Dissertation, 2014.

Wolf Chapel, a novella re-envisioning “Little Red Riding Hood.” Unpublished book manuscript.

Spilt Milk: Folktales of Mothers and Motherhood. Eds. Milbre Burch and Gay Ducey. Unpublished book manuscript.

PEER REVIEW PUBLICATIONS

BOOK CHAPTERS

(Forthcoming) Sometimes I Sing, an original monodrama with an introductory essay, “Sometimes I Sing: Finding the Voice of Minnie Foster Wright in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles” has been accepted for publication in an as yet unnamed Trifles Centennial Anthology, honoring the work of Susan Glaspell. Martha Carpentier and Emeline Jouve, editors. (Publication date: 2016.)
ESSAYS & ARTICLES

“Learning to Listen to an All-Day Talker: First-, Second- and Third- Hand Hearing of an Oral Performance by Ray Hicks.” Storytelling, Self, Society 9:1, Spring 2013.

“Trail of Blood: Celebration and Capitulation in Eve Ensler’s The
Good Body and Elizabeth Ellis’s One Size Fits Some.” Storytelling, Self, Society 6:2, May-Aug 2010.

BOOK REVIEWS

American Women Theatre Critics – Biographies and Selected Writings of
Twelve Reviewers, 1753-1919. Alma J. Bennett. Reviewed for Theatre Journal 64.2 (May 2012):313-314.

Performing Loss – Rebuilding Community through Theatre and Writing.
Kanter, Jodi. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007. Reviewed for Ecumenica, A Journal of Theatre and Performance 2.1 (2009): 101-102.

Autobiography and Performance. Deidre Heddon. New York: Palgrave,2008. Reviewed for Storytelling, Self, Society 4.3 (2008): 245-258.

ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS

“Susan Glaspell Chronology” for The Literary Encyclopedia, 2013.
http://www.litencyc.com/php/newlifeline.php?id_author_0=1767&Add=Add&rank=4

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PUBLICATIONS

BOOK CHAPTERS

“Making Sand Tray Stories.” The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum. Eds. Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, and Diane Williams. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.44-47.

ESSAYS & ARTICLES

(Forthcoming) Guest Editor, Special Section on “Dramaturgy in
Storytelling Performance.” Storytelling Magazine (January/February/March 2015).

“Weaving the Stuff of Stories.” Storytelling Magazine 24:1.
January/February/March 2012.
“Changing Skins, Changing Minds.” Storytelling Magazine 23:3.
July/August 2011.
“A Storytelling Artist at Work.” Storytelling World 10 (Summer, Fall
1996): 17-21.
“Finding and Learning Stories,” Storytelling Magazine (May, 1994).
FOLKTALES

“Pine Trees for Sale.” More Ready-to-Tell Tales. Eds. David Holt and Bill
Mooney. Little Rock: August House, 2004. 178-182.

“Little Burnt Face.” Ready-to-Tell Tales. Eds. David Holt and Bill
Mooney. Little Rock: August House, 1994. 175-178.

“Morgan and the Pot O’Brains.” Best-Loved Stories Told at the National
StorytellingFestival. National Association for the Preservation and
Perpetuation of Storytelling. Jonesborough, TN: National
Storytelling Press, 1991. 153-157.

POETRY

“L’historie du Chasseur.” (French translation of “The Huntsman’s Story”) Fées Divers No. 3 Nourriture & Boisson (Spring 2009): 84-86. Anne Blaitel, translator.

“Moving to the Third Age.” The Ecozoic Reader 5. 1, 2007: 14.

“Tribute to Ruth and Blue.” A Tribute to Brother Blue and Ruth Edmonds Hill. League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling. Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press, 2003. 54.

“Rapunzel.” Storytelling Magazine 12. 3, May, June, 2000: 15.

“After Push Comes to Shove.” Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears. Eds. Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow. New York: William Morrow, 1995. 222-224.

“The Huntsman’s Story.” Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears. Eds. Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow. New York: William Morrow, 1995. 219-221.

FICTION

“Sop Doll.” The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection. Eds. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002. 200-205.

“Sop Doll.” Realms of Fantasy Magazine 7. 4, April, 2001:56-59.

“Metamorphosis.” Xanadu 2, Ed. Jane Yolen, New York: Tor Books, 1994. 118-134.

“Wilbern’s Story.” The Providence Journal Magazine 23 Jul 1989:18-21.

“Abe Zaccheus.” The Providence Journal Magazine 22 Jan 1989:16-19.

“Meeting Martin.” The Providence Journal Magazine 6 Nov 1988:14-17.
BOOK REVIEWS

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy
Tales. Ed., Kate Bernheimer. New York: Anchor Books, 2002.
Reviewed for Independent Weekly (30 October 2002).

PRODUCED PLAYS, READINGS & SOLO SHOWS

The Bamboo Princess. Commissioned One-Act Play for Bunraku-style puppets. SUNY-Plattsburgh Department of Theatre, Plattsburgh, NY (Spring 2015).

Washing Up. Ten-minute Play. 2012-present.

Susan Glaspell’s Jury of Her Peers. Short story adapted for solo performance. 2012-present.

Sometimes I Sing. One-Act Monodrama. 2011-present.

Changing Skins. 90-minute One-Woman Show. 2010- present.

Holding Up the Sky. 90-minute Play. 2009-2010.

Scout’s Honor. 30-minute One-Woman Show. 2009.

Becoming Betsey Burch. 60-minute One-Woman Show. 2009.

Hear and (K)now. 30-minute One-Woman Show. 2008.

Haunted Moon. 90-minute One-Woman Show. 1999.

Making the Heart Whole Again. 60-minute One-Woman Show. 2007.

Mom’s the Word – A Journey in Meter and Centimeters. 120-minute One-Woman Show. 1997.

The Ready Heart. 90-minute One-Woman Show. 1995.

The World Is the Storyteller’s Village. 90-minute One-Woman Show. 1994.

The Mary Stories. 60-minute One-Woman Show. 1993.

Saints and Other Sinners. 120-minute One-Woman Show. 1993.

In the Family Way – Generations of Stories. 90-minute One-Woman Show. 1991.

PRODUCTION AND NEW PLAY DRAMATURGY

Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare directed by Cheryl Black.
Production Dramaturg, University of Missouri, Feb 2014.

Polonius by David Carlyon. New Play Dramaturgy, Playwriting Symposium,
Mid-America Theatre Conference. St. Louis, MO, Mar 2013.

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort. Production Dramaturgy,
Columbia Entertainment Company, Jan 2013.

Trifles by Susan Glaspell, directed by Cheryl Black. Production Dramaturgy, University of Missouri, Mar 2012.

Scars by Greg Abbott. New Play Dramaturgy, Playwriting Symposium,
Mid-American Theatre Conference. Chicago, IL. Mar 2012.

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort. Unrealized Production
Dramaturgy for Classical Theory and Criticism Seminar with
Kevin Brown, University of Missouri, Aug 2011.

Triple X Package Deal by Cheryl Piha, directed by Charles Willis. New Play
and Production Dramaturgy, Comedies in Concert, University of Missouri, Jun 2011.

Trifles by Susan Glaspell. Unrealized Production Dramaturgy for Dramaturgy
Seminar with Cheryl Black, University of Missouri, May 2010.

Tiny Soldier by Christina Ham. New Play Dramaturgy for Director as
Collaborator Seminar with Haley Finn, University of Missouri, Apr 2010.

DIRECTING IN ACADEMIC AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort. Columbia Entertainment
Company, Columbia, MO. Jan 2013.
Queer Monologues by Various. Co-Artistic Director with Bryan
Vandevender. 22 Tate Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia,
MO. Apr 2102.
Queer Monologues by Various. Co-Director with Bryan Vandevender.
Allen Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Apr 2011.
Information by Frank Lasik. 23:59 Festival. Director. Allen Auditorium,
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Sep 2010.
Agnes of God by John Pielmeier. Assistant Director (and Unscripted Role:
Virgin/Mother). University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Dec 2008.

ACTING IN ACADEMIC AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS

The Environmentalists by Marla Dean. Role: Louise. Staged reading,
Mid-America Theatre Conference, Cleveland, OH. Mar 2014.

Edna St. Vincent Millay Swims in the Fire by Justin Maxwell. Role: The Verso Puppet. Staged reading, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Cleveland, OH, Mar. 2014.

Living with Demons by Abby Jones. Role: B. Staged reading,
Mid-America Theatre Conference, St. Louis, MO. Mar 2013.

Time Out by M. Heather Carver. Role: Clara Coffield. Warrenton, MO,
Mar 2013.

8 by Dustin Lance Black. Role: Kristin Perry. Staged reading, Independent
Actors Theatre, Mid-Missouri Pridefest, Aug 2012.

Sometimes I Sing. Role: Minnie Wright, fully staged as part of Justice Served, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Mar 2012.

Electra and Iphigenia Go to Court Ordered Therapy by Lisa Hall Hagen.
Role: Doctor/Orestes/Clytemnestra/Agamemnon. Staged reading,
MidAmerica Theatre Conference, Chicago, IL. Mar 2012.

Patience on the Way to Daylight by Justin Maxwell. Role: Actor B. Staged
reading, MidAmerica Theatre Conference, Chicago, IL. Mar 2012.

Diagnosis by M. Heather Carver. Role: Donna Morgan. Susan Komen for the
Cure Interactive Theatre Project. Staged in various locations, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. 2012-2013.

Tea and Crumpets by M. Heather Carver. Role: Dr. Sawyer. Susan Komen for the Cure Interactive Theatre Project. Staged in various locations, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. 2012-2013.

The Burgundy Slippers by Andy Pierce. Role: Actor 3. Staged reading,
Comedies in Concert, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Jul 2010.

Parabolis by David and Jules Crespy. Role: Kakie View. New Play Festival,
Staged reading, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Apr 2010.

Queer Monologues. Role: Various. Allen Auditorium, University of
Missouri, Columbia, MO. Apr 2010.

Time is the Fire by Ron Zank. Role: Caroline. 23:59 Festival. Allen Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Nov 2009.

A Knock at the Door by Suzanne Burgoyne and Clyde Ruffin. Role: Josephine.
NSF Interactive Theatre Project. Staged in various locations, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. 2007-2010.

CONFERENCE FORUMS, PANELS AND PERFORMANCES

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, (Nov 2014):
• Panel participant: “Storytelling at the Crossroads of Community and Commodity.” Paper Title: “The Wind is Listening: Conversations with Geri Keams and Pansy Frank.”

Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE), Prescott, AZ, Jul 2014:
• Convened panel: “Embodied Dramaturgy as Compassionate Action in The Women of Lockerbie, Eclipsed and The Lonely Soldier Monologues,” sponsored by the Dramaturgy Focus Group. Paper title: “The Women of Lockerbie: Embodied Dramaturgy and Compassionate Action in Performance and Community.”
• Performed “Changing Skins: Transgender Folktales as Performed Inquiry and Advocacy about the Fluidity of Gender” with respondent Holly Hughes, sponsored by LGBTQ Focus Group.
• Respondent: “The Personal is Political: Indicting Immigration Policies through Theatre,” sponsored by Theatre and Social Change Focus Group.

American Literature Association Conference, Washington, DC, May 2014:
• Paper Title: “Sometimes I Sing: Finding Minnie Wright’s Voice in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles.”
• Performed Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers” and Sometimes I Sing.

Mid-America Theatre Conference, Cleveland, OH, Mar 2014:
• Performed Sometimes I Sing on Performance Panel with Emily Rollie and Bill Doan.

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, Oct 2013:
Convened Forum: “The Spellbinders’ Reunion: A Revival Storytelling Community Remembered.”

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct 2012:
Convened Forum: “Transformation on the Tongue: From Oral Tradition to Contemporary American Storytelling.”

ATHE, Washington, DC, Aug 2012:
• Convened panel: “Monuments and Moving Targets: Civic Engagement by Female Performance Artists in the 21st Century,” sponsored by the Women and Theatre Program at the Association. Paper title: “Grooming the ‘Dog and Pony Show’: Holly Hughes’ Portrait of the Artist at Midlife.”
• Convened roundtable: “Pioneering a New Civic Engagement: Women Solo Performers in American Theatre and Popular Entertainment,” sponsored by the American Theatre and Drama Society. Paper title: “Still Uncommon Eloquence: Recovering the Work of Dance-Mime Angna Enters.”
• Panel participant: “Performing LBGTQA Advocacy sponsored by the Theatre and Social Change special interest group. Paper title: “Changing Skins, Changing Minds – Performance as Advocacy for Social Change.”
The Romance of Theatre – American Drama and Its Stories, Seville, Andalusia, Spain, May 2012.
• Panel participant. Paper Title: “Authenticity, Imagination, and Audacity: How Ruth Draper Performed the Stories of America’s Cultural ‘Others’.”
• Writer/Performer, Sometimes I Sing.
University of Missouri Extension Service Healthy Communities Summit,
Columbia, MO. Apr 12, 2012.
Invited Workshop Leader/Presenter as part of the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative. Presentation title: “Using the Art of Storytelling to Advocate for Change in your Community.”
American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Bloomington, IN.
Oct 15, 2011.
Panelist: “Proverb Communities and the Search for Healing Strategies: Re-Examining Proverbs in Context” Paper title: “Janie’s Re-Envisioning: Proverbs in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. ”

Mid-America Theatre Conference. Minneapolis, MN, Mar 3, 2011.
Acting and Directing Symposium Panel Participant. Paper Title: “Holding Up the Sky Production Notebook.”

International Conference on American Drama at Kean University, Union, NJ. Oct 30, 2010.
Panel participant: “The Significance of Susan Glaspell to American Drama and Performance.” Paper title: “Sometimes I Sing: Searching for Minnie Wright’s Voice in Susan Glaspell’s Play, Trifles”.

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, Oct 14, 2010.
Panelist/Performer: “The National Veterans Oral History Project in Missouri”
• “Captain Mary Burch Nirmaier: In Her Own Words”
• “Reading His Writing: A Father’s Wartime Letters”
Dan Crowley Memorial Concert Performer: Changing Skins – Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity.

American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Boise, ID. Oct 2009.
Storytelling Section Forum participant: “Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Performing Community Stories.” Paper title: “Scout’s Honor.”

National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Conference, New Orleans, LA. Apr 11, 2009.
Fairy Tale Area panelist. Paper Title: “Fat Pig: Neil LaBute’s re-envisioning of ‘Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady.’”

Central States Communication Association Annual Conference,
St. Louis, MO, Apr 2, 2009.
Panelist: “Murmurs and Memoir: at the Heart of Performing Selves.” Performance title: “Too Much Information: Becoming Betsey Burch.”

The Body Project Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia MO,
April 12, 2008. Panel performance: “Hear and (k)Now – A Woman’s Health Care Narrative.”

KEYNOTES/PLENARY SESSION PRESENTATIONS

Pre-conference Presenter, Healing Stories Alliance of the National Storytelling Network, Kansas City, MO, (Jul 2015).
Keynote: “About Stories,” Sierra Story Winds Retreat, Murphys, CA, Oct 2014.

Keynote: “Walking through Fire to Get to the Light: the Dramaturgy of Diversity,” National Storytelling Network Conference. Hilton Phoenix/Mesa, Mesa, AZ, Jul 2014.

Keynote: “Telling the Embodied Tale: Storytelling as a Living Pathway Between Self and Other,” Tejas Storytelling Association Summer Conference. St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, Aug 2010.

Graduate Plenary Speaker: Changing Skins – Transgender Folktales from around the World. The Body Project Graduate Conference, University of Missouri-Columbia, Apr 2010.

Keynote: Changing Skins – Transgender Folktales from around the World. Women’s and Gender Studies Department Graduate Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Feb 2010.

General Session Convener/Moderator: “Excellence in Storytelling: Art and Advocacy, Purpose and Practice,” National Storytelling Conference, Westport, MO, Jul 2007.

Pre-conference Presenter: Healing Stories Alliance of the National Storytelling Network, Westport, MO, Jul 2007.

Keynote Performance: “The Mary Stories,” Broadway Christian Church Women’s Retreat, Rickman Center, Jefferson City, MO, Feb 2007.

General Session Performance Panel: “Same Story, Different Voices,”
National Storytelling Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, Jul 2005.

Featured Speaker: “Voices Without and Within: Listening for Ourselves in Story,” Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, Apr 2004.

Keynote Performance, Women’s History Month Celebration, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC, Mar 2002.

Keynote, “Circle of Women” Retreat for Saginaw Diocese, Saginaw, MI, Jan 2001.

General Session with Berkley Hudson: “In Their Own Words: the Storytelling Project of the Cotsen Children’s Library,” National Storytelling Conference, Kingsport, TN, Jul 2000.

Keynote with Dr. Carol Per Lee: “What Happens When You Really Listen,” Betty Weeks Education Conference, National Louis University, Evanston, IL, Feb 2000.

Keynote, Utah’s Story Swap and Festival, Orem, UT, Mar 1998.
General Session Panel: “Censorship: Defending Traditional Tales in Your Community,” National Storytelling Conference, San Antonio, TX, Jul 1992.

Keynote Performance: The Mary Stories, United Church of Christ Women’s Network, Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA, Oct 1990.

Keynote: “A-Way with Stories,” Greater San Diego Reading Association Winter Conference, Bay Marina Village, San Diego, Jan 1989.

CONFERENCE COORDINATION/EVENT PRODUCTION

Outreach Producer, The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort at Columbia Entertainment Company, Jan 2013. The run featured a Four-Day Residency with Helen Engelhardt, author and activist widow of a Pan Am 103 bombing victim. Outreach events included radio appearances, public reading and book signing, two post-show talkbacks, a personal story performance, and three class visits by Engelhardt as well as talkbacks with cast, crew and assorted interdisciplinary scholars from MU and the community.

Outreach Producer, Justice Served – three short plays about women confronting violence, and two outreach symposia during its run at University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Mar 2012. Two One-Day Residencies featuring class visits, lectures and post-show talkback sessions by Zora Neale Hurston scholar Valerie Boyd, and Susan Glaspell scholar Patricia L. Bryan.

Fundraiser and Organizer, Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales compiled and performed by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson, University of Missouri Columbia, MO, Apr 2011. The Two-Day Residency by this Artist-Scholar who is also Chair of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Department included “In Search of Countess Vivian: Queerness and the Making of Southern History,” his keynote lecture for Campus Pride Month at the University of Missouri.

Fundraiser and Organizer, The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) written and performed by Holly Hughes at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO Feb 2010. The Two-Day Residency by an internationally known Performance Artist who is also a University of Michigan Professor of Art and Design included a workshop on autobiographical performance.

Fundraiser and Organizer, “Telling Stories, Changing Lives” with best-selling Author Ishmael Beah, and his American mother, internationally known Storyteller Laura Simms in Columbia, MO, Feb 2009. The Four-Day Community Residency included lectures, workshops, interviews, performances, an exhibit of images by photojournalist Gina Bramucci, a film screening and talkback, and an interdisciplinary panel on “Narrative as a Pathway to Reconciliation.”

Fundraiser, Organizer, “Touch Magic…Pass It On! Explorations in Folklore, Fairytales and Fantasy with Jane Yolen.” The Three-Day Residency featured “America’s Hans Christian Andersen” in linked literary, performing and visual arts events throughout Columbia, and in Canton, MO in Nov-Dec 2007.

Legacy Project Chair and Fundraiser: community service project benefit for St. Louis public school teachers in conjunction with Interchange (a Ford Foundation project of the Center of Creative Arts) and the National Storytelling Network, National Storytelling Conference, Westport, MO. Jul 2007.

Steering Committee Member, National Storytelling Conference, Providence, RI, July 2001.

Co-Producer with The Performing Tree, “Artists in America: An Endangered Species?” Weekend Intensive for Artists, Idyllwild, CA, Feb 1991.

Co-Producer, Presenter with Doghouse Productions, Brooklyn, NY, Mar 2006. “The Better to Eat You With, My Dear,” Two-Day Storytelling Intensive.

Co-Producer, Presenter with Doghouse Productions, Brooklyn, NY, Feb 2005. “The Better to Eat You With, My Dear,” One-Day Storytelling Intensive.
Steering Committee Member, National Storytelling Conference,
Providence, RI, July 2001.

Co-Producer, Performer, With Our Words Storytelling Series for Adults. Beverly Hills Library, Los Angeles, CA, 1994 to 1999.

Co-Producer, Presenter. West Los Angeles, CA, Aug 1995 & Aug 1994. “Myth and Movement: Exploring the Nonverbal Side of Storytelling,” Weekend Intensive with Kathleen Zundell.

Producer, Presenter, By Word of Mouth Storytelling Series for Adults. Pasadena, CA, 1989 to 1994.

Co-producer, Performer. “Marrying the Monster.” Centennial Place, Pasadena, CA, Jun 1994. One-day Intensive with Dan Cazares, MFCC.

Co-producer with Elizabeth Peacock: The Wilden Workshop, Cedar Mountain, NC, Jul/Aug 1991-1993. Weeklong Storytelling Intensive.

Concert Producer, Performer (with others), “Telling Our Stories: Narrative and the Moral Imagination” at Babel and Beyond – Ethics, Opportunity and Power in a Multicultural Society, Starkoff Institute of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems, Hebrew Union College, Pacific Ballroom, Lost Angeles Hilton and Towers, Los Angeles, CA, Oct 1991.

Co-Producer, Presenter. “Astride the Broomstick,” Women’s Weekend Storytelling Intensive with Susan Klein. Wellspring Renewal Center. Philo, CA, Nov 1988.

Co-Producer. “Astride the Broomstick,” Women’s Weekend Storytelling Intensive with Susan Klein. Essex Conference Center. Essex, MA, Nov 1987.

Producer. “Finding and Telling Your Story,” Four to Eight-Week Session Workshops, Pasadena, CA, annually 1988 to 1999.

Producer. “Finding and Telling Your Story.” Four to Eight-Week Session Workshops, Providence, RI, annually 1981 to 1988.

Co-Producer, Presenter, Performer. Spellbinders’ Storytelling Series. Providence, RI, 1983 to 1988.

SPOKEN WORD RECORDINGS

SOLO (AND DUET)

Trephine and Tremeur. Kind Crone Productions (KCP), 2011.

Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeter. KCP, 1999 (Studio recording.) Rereleased 2009 (Live recording.)

Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories for a Wounded World. KCP, 2007.

Mama Gone and Other Stories to Trouble Your Sleep. KCP, 1997.
Rereleased 2007.

Metamorphosis and Dragonfield. KCP, 1987. Rereleased 2007.

The Ready Heart – More Jane Yolen Stories. KCP, 1994. Rereleased 2007.

Touch Magic…Pass It On! Jane Yolen Stories. KCP, 1994. Rereleased 2007.

Because I Said So: Stories About Mothers and Kids. With Gay Ducey, August
House, 2005.

If the Shoe Fits…Cinderella Stories From Around the World. KCP, 2005.

Saints and Other Sinners. KCP, 1991. Rereleased 2005.

The Mary Stories. KCP, 1991. Rereleased 2005.

Sop Doll and Other Tales of Mystery and Mayhem. KCP, 2002.

Treasure on the Tongue. KCP, 1999.

The World is the Storyteller’s Village. KCP, 1994.

In the Family Way. KCP, 1993.

AUDIO ANTHOLOGIES

“Tom Tit Tot.” Selected Shorts from the 2008 Storytelling Festival. Colonial Williamsburg Productions, 2008.

“What the Queen Saw.” Live and Thriving at the 30th National Storytelling Festival. National Storytelling Press, 2003.

“Meeting Martin.” A Storytelling Treasury: Live from the 20th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival. National Storytelling Press, 1993.

FILM, PRINT AND AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTION

Meli. 16 mm Documentary Film. Co-Producer, Cinematographer, Editor with Fran Burst-Terranella and Cheryl Gosa.

Lila. 16 mm Documentary Film. Co-Producer, Sound Recordist with Fran Burst-Terranella and Cheryl Gosa.

Haiti –100 Minutes from Home. Film Script Writer.

White Cross, Sign of Good Faith. Filmstrip Writer, Producer.

The Other Face of Hunger. Slide Show Writer, Producer.

Witnessing Together Around the Caribbean. Pamphlet Writer.

Last Tentacle in Paris. 16 mm, French Horror Movie Short. Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Actor, Editor for Freewater Film Society at Duke University, Durham, NC.

HONORS AND AWARDS AND PROJECT GRANTS

ACADEMIC HONORS, AWARDS AND PROJECT GRANTS

2014 Superior Graduate Student Award. Graduate Student Association, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

2013 Honor Society Inductee, Rollins Society. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 45 (KCACTF). Finalist in National Ten-minute Play Festival. Play title: Washing Up. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

2013 Honoree, MU Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women “Tribute to MU Women.” University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

2013 Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.
• Special Commendation for Achievement in Playwriting for Sometimes I Sing, an original monodrama in Justice Served: Three Short Plays About Women Confronting Violence.
• Honorable Mention in Dramaturgy for Justice Served: Three Short Plays About Women Confronting Violence.
• Concert Reading of Washing Up in Regional Ten-Minute Play Competition.
• Staged Reading of MacNolia, in Regional One-Act Play Competition.

2013 Mizzou Advantage Travel Award for Region V KCACTF.

2013 Project Grants for Helen Engelhardt Community Residency. Sponsors:
o Commerce Bank
o Columbia Entertainment Company (CEC)
o The MU Office of International Programs
o The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative
o The MU Department of Theatre
o The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia
o Mo-Express
o Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation

2012 John Bies International Travel Award, University of Missouri for
The Romance of Theatre: American Drama and its Stories. Seville, Andalusia, Spain.

2012 Dan Crowley Student Essay Contest Winner. The Storytelling Section of the American Folklore Society.

2012 Graduate Student Paper Award. Theory and Criticism Focus Group,
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

2012 Dramaturgy Debut Panel. Dramaturgy Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

2012 Project Grants for Outreach by Visiting Lecturers Dr. Patricia Bryan and Valerie Boyd for “Justice Served” Production. Sponsors:
o The Missouri School of Journalism
o The MU Law School
o The MU Departments of English, Theatre, Women’s and Gender Studies
o The Graduate Theatre Organization (GTO)
o The MU Black History Month Committee
o The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative
o The Graduate and Professional Council

2011 Catalyst Award. The LGBTQ Resource Center, University of Missouri.

2011 Project Grants for Dr. E. Patrick Johnson Residency. Sponsors:
o The Graduate Theatre Organization (GTO)
o The MU Departments of Theatre, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies
o The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative
o The LGBTQ Resource Center
o The Graduate and Professional Council
2011 Research/Travel Award. Graduate Theatre Organization, University of
Missouri.

2010 Project Grants for Holly Hughes Residency. Sponsors:
o The MU Women’s Center
o The Graduate Theatre Organization
o The MU Department of Theatre

2010 Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Invited Production (Playwright). Full-length Play Title: Holding Up the Sky. Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS.

2009 Project Grants for Laura Simms & Ishmael Beah Residency. Sponsors:
o Columbia College
o Ragtag Cinema
o The National Storytelling Network
o Mizzou Alumni Association
o MU United Nations Association
o The City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs
o The City of Columbia Human Rights Commission

2009-2012 Conference Travel Grants from the Graduate and Professional Council
(GPC), the Organization Resource Group (ORG) and the Graduate Student Association, University of Missouri.

2007 Project Grants for Jane Yolen Residency. Sponsors:
o Stephens College
o City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs
o Missouri Arts Council
o Boone County National Bank
o MIZZOU Alumni Association
o Daniel Boone Regional Library

PROFESSIONAL HONORS, AWARDS & PROJECT GRANTS

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

2009 Huebner Award from the National Storytelling Network, Jonesborough, TN. The award provided seed money to develop the performance Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity, exploring the wealth and persistence of transgender folktales and folk practices around the world. The show premiered at the Columbia College in Jun 2010, and has toured to multiple venues across the country from 2010 to present.

2007 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Children (Recording Artist). Album Title: Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories for a Wounded World. The Recording Academy.

2006 Children’s Resources Honors Award for Spoken Word Album, If the Shoe Fits…Cinderella Stories from around the World. National Parenting Publications Awards.

2004 Winner for Spoken Word Album, Sop Doll and Other Tales of Mystery and Mayhem. Storytelling World Awards.

2003 Award of Excellence for Spoken Word Album, Sop Doll and Other Tales of Mystery and Mayhem. Film Advisory Board, Inc.

2003 The Durham Arts Council grant, underwriting for a “month of Mondays” three-week run of Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters at PSI Theatre in Durham, NC.

2002 Parents’ Choice Classic Award for Spoken Word Album, The World is the Storyteller’s Village. Parents’ Choice Foundation.

2000 Parents’ Choice Classic Award for Spoken Word Album, Touch Magic…Pass It On! Jane Yolen Stories. Parents’ Choice Foundation.

2000 Children’s Resources Gold Award for Spoken Word Album, Treasure on the Tongue. National Parenting Publications Awards.

2000 Parents’ Choice Approved Honor for Spoken Word Album, Treasure on the Tongue. Parents’ Choice Foundation.

2000 Indie Award Honorable Mention in Children’s Storytelling for Spoken Word Album, Treasure on the Tongue. Association for Independent Music.

2000 Honor Award for Spoken Word Album, Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters. Storytelling World Awards.

1999 Circle of Excellence Oracle Award. National Storytelling Network, Jonesborough, TN.

1995 Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Spoken Word Album, The Ready Heart: More Jane Yolen Stories. Parents’ Choice Foundation.

1994 “Metamorphosis,” fantasy fiction in Xanadu 2, long-listed for the James Tiptree Jr. Award.

1991 Indie Award Nomination for Spoken Word Album, Saints and Other Sinners, Association for Independent Music.

1991 Individual Artist Fellowship, City of Pasadena Arts Division, Pasadena, CA.

1989 City of Pasadena Arts Division’s Creative Project Grant to create two one-woman shows, The Woven Word (for adults) and Three Apples Fell… (for children), featuring folk tales from the Asian, Armenian, Hispanic and African-American traditions represented in Pasadena neighborhoods, and to tour them to the Pasadena Public Library Branches, Pasadena, CA.

COLLABORATIVE AWARDS

2008 Honors for Spoken Word Album, Because I Said So with Gay Ducey. Storytelling World Awards.

2007 The Catalyst Series hosted a two- week run of Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters directed and produced by David Novak at the North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville, NC.

1997-2000 Commission for archival Storytelling Project of the Cotsen Children’s Library affiliated with Princeton University Associate Director with Berkley Hudson: 180 hours of digital video recordings of interviews and performances by 75 storytellers from cultures across the United States – from Hawaii to the Navajo Reservation to the Georgia’s Sea Islands. Cotsen Family Foundation.

1999 Brimstone Fund Award for developing a storytelling-in-education teaching model with Dr. Carol Per Lee, Pasadena, CA.

RESIDENT OR VISITING ARTIST

2006 Teller in Residence. Weeklong residency at the International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN.

2005 Resident Artist, “The Dragon Breathes Both Fire and Ice,” Missouri Arts Council, two-week-long residency: Center for Gifted Education, 3rd to 5th Grades, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO.

2004 Teller in Residence. Weeklong residency at the International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN.

2001-2004 Resident Artist, “Talk Story, Sand Trays to Stories…Tableaux to Tales,” Durham Arts Council (DAC), one/two-week-long residencies: Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, NC.

2003 Resident Artist, “The Dragon Breathes Both Fire and Ice,” DAC, one- or two-week-long residencies:
• Morehead Montessori Elementary School, 5th grades, Durham, NC.
• Holt Elementary School, 2nd grades, Durham, NC.
• Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, 3rd grades, Efland, NC.

2002 Resident Artist, “The Dragon Breathes Both Fire and Ice,” DAC, two-
week-long residencies:
• Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, 3rd grades, Efland, NC.
• Carolina Friends School, 3rd to 5th grades, Durham, NC.
• Githens Middle School, 8th grade, Durham, NC.

1999 Visiting Artist, California Arts Council, California Rehabilitation Center at Norco State Prison, Norco, CA.

1995-1998 Resident Artist, Three, nine-month-long residencies, California Arts Council (CAC), Pre-Kindergarten to 5th Grades, Walden School, Pasadena, CA.

1995 Visiting Artist, Workshop on Autobiography for Teens, National Conversations Project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Occidental University, Los Angeles, CA.

1994 Visiting Artist, CAC, Wasco State Prison, Wasco, CA.

1994 Lead Artist, CAC, “Building Cultural Bridges,” Three Multi- Residencies, Community Arts Program for Elders and Teens, City of Pasadena Arts Division, Pasadena, CA.

1991 Touring/Teaching Artist with David Novak, “Trickster Tales” for Lincoln Center Institute, Lincoln Center, New York City, NY.

1986 Resident Artist, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), month-long residency, Edgewood-Highland Elementary School, Cranston, RI.

1985 Resident Artist, RISCA, month-long residency, Hathaway Elementary School, Portsmouth, RI.

1984 Resident Artist, RISCA, month-long residency, Middleton Elementary School, Middleton, RI.

1984 Resident Artist, Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), Nine-week residency with mentally challenged adults, at Annandale Village, Suwanee, GA.

1983 Resident Artist, RISCA, month-long residency, Elmhurst Elementary School, Portsmouth, RI.

1983 Resident Artist, GCA, three-month-long residency, Kindergarten to 4th Grades, Lee County Elementary School. Leesburg, GA.

1982 Resident Artist, RISCA, month-long residency, Isaac Paine Elementary School, Foster, RI.

1982 Resident Artist, Professional Practices in the Arts (CETA Program), nine-month-long residency with students at alternative high school, School One, Providence, RI.

1981 Resident Artist, RISCA, month-long residency with Heart of Gold Vaudeville Company, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

1981 Resident Artist, RISCA, month-long residency with Heart of Gold Vaudeville Company, Upward Bound Program for Teens, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

1978-80 Resident Artist, South Carolina Arts Commission, Arts In Motion (HEW/Emergency School Aid Act): Two nine-month-long residencies, Kindergarten to 12th grades, Beaufort County School District, Beaufort, SC.

SOLO PERFORMANCES: COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Featured Performer: A Jury of Her Peers/Sometimes I Sing. Department of Theatre, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, Oct 2012.

Featured Performer: Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity. Department of Theatre, SUNY-Plattsburgh, NY, Mar 2012.

Featured Performer: Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity. New York Folklore Society Graduate Conference, SUNY-Binghamton, NY. Nov 2011.

Featured Performer: A Haunting Good Night, Central Methodist University, Department of Theatre Arts, Fayette, MO, Oct 2010.

Featured Performer: Dan Crowley Memorial Concert: Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity. Storytelling Section, American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, Oct 2010.

Featured Performer: Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity (premiere). Independent Actor’s Theatre/Columbia College, Columbia, MO, Jun 2010.

Featured Performer: The Mary Stories in Triptych: Faces of the Virgin, Art and Archaeology Museum, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Oct 2009.

Featured Performer: Hear and (k)Now, a Woman’s Health Care Narrative about HPV, The Annual Woman’s Health Update for Advance Practice Nurses, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia. Jun 2009.

Featured Performer: The Ready Heart with Jane Yolen, Columbia College, Columbia, MO, Nov 2007.

Featured Performer: The Ready Heart with Jane Yolen, funded by the Missouri Arts Council, Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO, Nov 2007.

Featured Performer with Gay Ducey: Spilt Milk: Stories of Mothers Both Fair and Foul, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, Apr 2003.

Featured Performer: The World Is the Storyteller’s Village, Appalachian State College, Boone, NC, Jul 2001.

Featured Performer: Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters, National-Louis University, Evanston, IL, Feb 2000.

Featured Performer: Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, May 1999.

Featured Performer: In the Family Way – Generations of Stories, Dixie State College of Utah, St. George, UT, Mar 1998.

Featured Performer: The Ready Heart and The World is the Storyteller’s Village, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, Feb 1996.

Featured Performer: The Ready Heart, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Sep 1995.

Featured Performer: In the Family Way – Generations of Stories, Kennesaw State College Family Business Seminar, St. Simons Island, GA, Aug 1995.

Featured Performer: The World Is the Storyteller’s Village, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Jul 1994.

Featured Performer: In the Family Way – Generations of Stories, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Apr 1991.

Featured Performer: Saints and Other Sinners, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Feb 1991.

Featured Performer with Karen Golden: There’s No Place like Home, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA, Aug1991.

Featured Performer with David Novak: Voices at the Water’s Edge – Tales from the Pacific Rim, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, Sep 1990.

Featured Performer: Saints and Other Sinners, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Jun 1990.

Featured Performer with Karen Golden: An Evening of Jewish Stories, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA, Jul 1990.

Featured Performer with David Novak: The Truth Is, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Jan 1989.

SOLO PERFORMANCES: THEATRES & MUSEUMS

Caldwell Theatre, Boca Raton, FL. Jan 2012.

Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL. With Suzanne Behar. Jan. 2012.

Dixon Place Theater, NYC, NY. Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender,
Identity and Humanity, sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council. Jul 2011.

Spurlock Museum, Urbana, IL. Tales from the Other Side, Oct 2007.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA. Like Meat Loves Salt: Stories from the World’s Table with Hungry Planet Photo Exhibition, Sep 2007.

Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO. Like Meat Loves Salt: Stories from the World’s Table with Hungry Planet Photo Exhibition, Mar 2007.

Storytellers Theatre, Stories, Inc., Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN. A Haunting Good Night, Apr 2007.

Provincetown Playhouse, New York University, NYC, NC. Transformations: Tales from Fantasy and Faery, Apr 2007.

Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley, CA. Winter Light: Seasonal Stories from Around the World, Nov 2005.

Point Reyes Dance Theatre, Pt. Reyes, CA. Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters, Apr 2003.

Open Hand Theatre, Syracuse, NY. Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters, Jan 2003.

Carrboro Arts Centre Carrboro, NC. Winter Light: Seasonal Stories from Around the World, Dec 2001.

Chappaqua Library, Chappaqua, NY. Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters, and Treasure on the Tongue, May 2001.

High Point Theatre Cabaret, High Point, NC. In the Family Way –Generations of Stories, Apr 2001.

Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Saints and Other Sinners, Apr 2001.

Café Patachou Storyteller’s Theater, Stories Inc., Indianapolis Art Center
in Broadripple, Indianapolis, IN. Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeters, Jan 2001.

24th Street Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, A Tap of the Toe and a Wag of the Tongue, Mar 1999.

Skeptics Society Conference, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Story Telling as Myth Making, May 1998.

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, Tales of Djuha, Sephardic Festival, Jul 1997.

Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, Draw Me A Story, May 1997 and Jun 1995.

Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness, Del Norte, CA. The Woven Word, Nov 1996.

House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA. Speakeasy (With Our Words Collective), Jan 1996.

Washington Storyteller’s Theatre, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC. In the Family Way – Generations of Stories, Jan 1996.

Tell Me A Story Storyteller’s Theatre, Stories, Inc., Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. In the Family Way – Generations of Stories, Mar 1995.

Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA. Hallow’s Harvest with David Novak,
Oct 1994.

A Night in Vienna, 22nd Annual Long Beach Mozart Festival, Long Beach, CA. Tales from Vienna, Jan 1994.

Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA. Transformations, Sep 1988.

Theatre of Fantasy, Portland, ME, Odilia and Aldaric, Jul 1985.

STORYTELLING & SOLO PERFORMANCE FESTIVALS

INTERNATIONAL

2012 Festival at the Edge, Shropshire, ENGLAND.

1996 Graz Ehrzahlt! Festival, Graz, AUSTRIA.

1993 Die Lange Nacht der Marchenehrzaler Touring Festival: Venues in Bregenz, Innsbruck, Vienna, St. Polten, Klagenfurt, Linz, Leogang, Salzburg, Stainach, Oslip, Graz, Maribor, AUSTRIA and SLOVENIA.

UNITED STATES

(2015) Stortyelling Celebration, Kansas City, MO
2014 Sierra Storytelling Festival, Nevada City, CA
2013 Stories Connect Us All Online Festival
National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, DC
St. Louis Storytelling Festival, St. Louis, MO
2011 Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, Waukegan, IL
Indian Summer Storytelling Festival, Vernal, UT
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem, UT
Sierra Storytelling Festival, Nevada City, CA
Mariposa Storytelling Festival, Mariposa, CA
2010 Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival, Wilmington, DE
2009 Sierra Storytelling Festival, Nevada City, CA
2008 Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Festival, Williamsburg, VA
Mariposa Storytelling Festival, Mariposa, CA
2007 Storytelling Festival by the Sea, Trinidad CA
Winter Storytelling Festival, Kennesaw State University, GA
2006 Starburst Storytellers’ Festival, Anderson, SC
Mesa Storytelling Festival, Mesa, AZ
Taos Storytelling Festival, Taos, NM
Jack Tales Festival, Blowing Rock, NC
Akron Storytelling Festival, Akron, OH
Texas Storytelling Festival, Denton, TX
2005 Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, CA
The Ark Storytelling Festival, Ark Coffeehouse, Ann Arbor, MI
National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem, UT
Michigan Storytelling Festival, Flint, MI
Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival, Rock Hill, SC
2004 Bay Area Storytelling Festival, El Sobrante, CA
Mid-Missouri Storytelling Festival, Jefferson City, MO
A Tiger’s Tale, Houston, TX
Storytelling at the Prairie Center, Schaumburg, IL
Azalea Storytelling Festival, LaGrange, GA
2003 Illinois Storytelling Festival, Spring Grove, IL
Stories by the Millstream Festival, Salisbury, NC
The Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina, KS
Jackson Storyfest, Jackson, MI
2002 Weber State University Storytelling Festival, Ogden, UT
National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
2001 Possum Town Storytelling Festival, Columbia, MS
2000 Detroit Story League Storytelling Festival, Detroit, MI
Wake County Storytelling Festival, Wake County, NC
Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Woodruff, SC
Story Fest, Savannah, GA
Winter Tales Storytelling Festival, Oklahoma City, OK
1999 National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
Tell It In The Mountains Storytelling Festival, Asheville, NC
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem, UT
St. Louis Storytelling Festival, St. Louis, MO
Azalea Storytelling Festival, LaGrange, GA
1998 National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
Johnny Cake Storytelling Festival, Peace Dale, RI
Elko Storytelling Festival, Elko NV
Utah’s Story Swap Fest, Orem, UT
Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Flying Leap Storytelling Festival, Solvang, CA
1997 National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
Harvest Moon Festival, Palmdale Playhouse, Palmdale, CA
Missouri River Storytelling Festival, ST. Charles, MO
Corn Island Storytelling Festival, Louisville, KY
1995 Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Solo Visions Festival, Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San
Diego, CA
1994 Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Stories, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Tell It In the Mountains Storytelling Festival, Asheville, NC
1993 Cherokee Rose Storytelling Festival, Carrollton, GA
Mariposa Storytelling Festival, Mariposa, CA
1992 National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
Sierra Storytelling Festival, Nevada City, CA
1990 Los Angeles Festival/Open Festival, LA, CA
Clayville Music and Storytelling Festival, Clayville, IL
Connecticut Storytelling Festival, New London, CT
1989 Johnny Cake Storytelling Festival, Peace Dale, RI
Illinois Storytelling Festival, Spring Grove City Park, Spring
Grove, IL
Martha’s Vineyard Storytelling Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Busch Gardens Storytelling Festival, Williamsburg, VA
Bay Area Storytelling Festival, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Texas Storytelling Festival, Denton, TX
Monterey Storytelling Festival, Monterey, CA
Mariposa Storytelling Festival, Mariposa, CA
1988 Storytelling Weekend Festival, The Ark Coffeehouse, Ann Arbor, MI
1987 StoryFest ’87, The Gathering Place, Norwich, NY
Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival, Tampa, FL
1986 The Long Island Summer Storytelling Festival, Huntington, NY
St. Louis Storytelling Festival, ST. Louis, MO
1985 Alabama Tale-Tellin’ Festival, Lions Fair Park, Selma, AL
Tarheel Association Storytelling Festival, Winton-Salem, NC
1984 National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
Olde Christmas Storytelling Festival, Atlanta, GA,
1983 Fall Festival of Tales, Charlottesville, VA

COMMUNITY SERVICE

SERVICE ON BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COUNCILS AND FOR BENEFITS

2012-2014 Junior Convener, Storytelling Section, American Folklore
Society.

2012-2014 Science Communication Committee, Life Science Center, University of Missouri.

2012-2014 Digital Storytelling Interdisciplinary Degree Development Committee, University of Missouri.

2009-2012 Graduate Professional Council Member (GPC), representing
The Graduate Theatre Organization, University of Missouri.
• 2009-2012 Member, GPC Finance Committee.
• 2009-2011 GPC Representative to Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women.
• 2009-2010 Member, GPC Family Friendly Task Force.

1998-1999 About Productions, Board Member, Los Angeles, CA

1988-1994 National Storytelling Network, National Board Member,
Jonesborough, TN

1975-1978 Atlanta Chapter, Women in Film, Newsletter Editor, Atlanta, GA

BENEFIT PERFORMANCES AND RESIDENCIES

Feb 2008 “One, My Darling, Come to Mama,” True/False Film Festival,
Columbia, MO.

Oct 2007 “The Dragon Breathes Both Fire and Ice,” Week-long
Residency, 6th grade Columbia Independent School, Columbia, MO.

Sep 2006 “The Dragon Breathes Both Fire and Ice,” Week-long
Residency, 6th grade Columbia Independent School,
Columbia, MO.

Feb 2006 “Tales of Tribal Peoples,” Week-long Residency, 5th to 7th
Grades, Morningside Community School, Columbia, MO.

Apr 2006 “Talking Story,” Week-long Residency, 4th grade,
Columbia Independent School, Columbia, MO.

Feb 2005 Story Tsunami Benefit Concert with MOST storytelling group
and students of Columbia Independent School, Stephens College, Columbia, MO.

Feb 2005 Story Tsunami Benefit Concert with Laura Simms,
Heather Forest, Diane Wolkstein and others, Provincetown Playhouse, New York University, NYC, NY.

Dec 1999 Stories under the Stars, Benefit with group for
Morehead Planetarium, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, NC.

Jun 1995 In the Family Way – Generations of Stories,
Benefit for Hospice Volunteer and Counseling Service of Pasadena,
The Forum, All Saint’s Church, Pasadena, CA.

Feb 1993 In the Family Way – Generations of Stories,
Benefit for Triangle Hospice, 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, GA.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/PROJECT RESEARCH

Digital Storytelling Center Webinar: The Role of Narrative in Public
Health. 2014. Online.
Digital Storytelling Workshop with Joe Lambert, director of Digital
Storytelling Center, 2014. Berkeley, CA.
Digital Storytelling Workshop with Jason Ohler, Woodneath Library Center,
2014. Kansas City, MO.
CV Docs Workshop Participant with Dr. Julija Sukys, University of
Missouri, 2013.
Academic Portfolio Workshop Participant Dr. Mary Grigsby, University of
Missouri, 2013.
Textual Dramaturgy for adaptation of “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan
Glaspell. With Emily A. Rollie. Columbia, MO, 2013.
Textual Dramaturgy for Sometimes I Sing with Emily A. Rollie.
Columbia, MO, 2012.
Textual Dramaturgy for Changing Skins with Emily A. Rollie.
Columbia, MO 2010.
Solo Performance Workshop Participant with Holly Hughes,
Department of Theatre, University of Missouri, 2010.
Creative Writing Workshop Participant with Jane Yolen.
Stephens College, Columbia, MO, 2007.
Textual Dramaturgy for Mom’s the Word with David Novak.
Asheville, NC, 2007.
Personal Narrative for the Stage and Page Workshop Participant with
Susan Klein, Guemes Island, WA, 2005.
Textual Dramaturgy for Mom’s the Word with Byron Woods.
Durham, NC, 2003.
Mime Dramaturgy for Mom’s the Word with Tony Montanaro.
Casco Studio, Casco, ME, 2001.
Storytelling Workshop with Doug Lipman, Pasadena, CA, 1989.
Creative Writing Workshop Participant with Ann Turner,
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1988.
Storytelling Workshop Participant with Laura Simms.
Wellspring Renewal Center, Philo, CA, 1986 and 1987.
Acting with Skip Foster, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 1984.
Mime and Improvisation Workshop Participant with Tony Montanaro.
Celebration Barn, South Paris, ME, 1979 to 1984.
Mime Student and Company Member with Meli Davis Kaye,
Company Kaye Dance/Mime, Atlanta, GA, 1974 to 1980.
Academy Theatre for Youth, Atlanta, GA 1968-1971.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2012-present Association for Theatre in Higher Education
2012-present Literary Managers and Dramaturgs
2012-present The Playwrights’ Center
2011-present International Susan Glaspell Society
2011-present Dramatists Guild
2009-present American Folklore Society
1983-present National Storytelling Network