Starting with her first Theatre of the Spoken Word production in 1991, Milbre has worked tirelessly to move storytelling beyond the festival tent or church basement and onto the proscenium stage. Conceived as fully realized mainstage performances with sets, props and staging, her Theatre of the Spoken Word performances transform folk art into fine art.
Besides her fully staged shows, Milbre presents a myriad of spoken word “chamber concerts” for adult and family audiences, professional, school and community groups. With just Milbre, a microphone and an audience, you’re ready to go. Blending gesture and language in stories from literature, legend and lore, she demonstrates that “once upon a time” is “now.”
Festival Appearances and Conference Performances
Since 1983, Milbre has been featured at storytelling, spoken word and theatre festivals in 36 states and sixteen European cities. In May 2012 she performed her original monologue, Sometimes I Sing at The Romance of Theatre (IV International Conference on American Drama) in Seville, Andalusia, Spain. In June 2012, she taught a workshop on storytelling in the classroom for Storytellers of Ireland in Dublin. In July 2012, she was a featured teller at the Festival at the Edge in the town of Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England. In August 2012 she performed excerpts of Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity at the Women in Theatre Program pre-conference at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in Washington, DC.
Her festival appearances and conference performances can include commissions of new work, keynote performances on a conference theme, ghost stories (for adults or for families), spoken word artist interviews, workshops for conference and festival goers, themed solo sets (or tandem sets with other tellers), material from her signature one-woman shows excerpted or in their entirety, and more.
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