Theatre of the Spoken Word
| Performances |
Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity
An exploration of the wealth and persistence of gender-bending folktales and folk practices around the world.
In the Family Way: Generations of Stories
A mosaic of folk, literary and personal tales about family relationships
Mom’s the Word: A Journey in Meter and Centimeter
A tale of late-breaking motherhood, written and performed by Milbre Burch
Saints and Other Sinners
From humor to high drama; stories and monologues of faith, struggle, endurance, and the miracle of small human kindnesses.
The Mary Stories
Contemporary and timeless. Four original stories based on the life of a woman known as the mother of a Messiah.
The Ready Heart
A collection of stories and poems by Jane Yolen, America’s own Hans Christian Andersen, performed by Milbre Burch
The World Is the Storyteller’s Village
A family-oriented concert of tales from European, Asian, African, Afro-Caribbean, Latin and Native American cultures.
The genesis of Milbre Burch’s Theatre of the Spoken Word
Since 1980 Milbre Burch has produced, presented and performed in traditional storytelling venues — schools; libraries; community, residential and correctional settings; coffee houses; castles; art museums; black box theatres; churches; synagogues; hospitals; senior centers; folk music, storytelling, spoken word, and theatre festivals. Through her work with storytelling collectives on two coasts, and her efforts as a producer and presenter, Milbre has actively championed the cause of “good storytelling as good theatre” for adult and family audiences.
In the course of three decades she has worked to move storytelling out of the school cafetorium, the church basement, the festival tent, and onto the proscenium stage. To complement her storytelling “chamber concert” work in low-tech educational and community settings, she created the Theatre of the Spoken Word in 1991. Her Theatre of the Spoken Word productions are developed as fully realized solo theatrical performances with sets, props and staging, geared for the mainstage.
Her one-woman shows have been excerpted or presented in their entirety by Caltech Public Events; Cafe Patachou in Indianapolis; the Hollywood Literary Retreat; the Hiddenite Center in North Carolina; the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival; National-Louis University in Evanston, IL; adult storytelling series at the Beverly Hills Library and the Monterey Public Library, as well as By Word of Mouth in Pasadena, and Tales by the Sea in Malibu.
Also the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta; the High Point Theatre Cabaret in North Carolina; the Mark Taper Forum of the Los Angeles Public Library; Appalachian State University in Boone, NC; the Indianapolis Art Museum; the University of San Diego; California Plaza Presents; the Family Business Seminar of Kennesaw College in Georgia; the Solo Visions Festival at Sushi Performance and Visual Art in San Diego; Occidental College in Los Angeles; the Washington (DC) Storytellers’ Theatre; the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness; the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill; the PSI Theatre in Durham, NC; the North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville, NC; Columbia College in Columbia, MO; Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO; the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum; the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL; the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia; the National Storytelling Festival and festivals in Utah, Nevada, California and Mississippi; and at Folke Tegetthoff’s Die Lange Nacht Der Marchenerzahler in Austria among others.
And now, she’d like to bring her Theatre of the Spoken Word mainstage productions to a theatre near you!
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