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Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi Jim Hawkins
Jackson Gillman Gail Herman
Carol Glynn Sara Ingram
Liz Gruber Les Julian
Bill Harley Steve Long
Glenn Harper Sharon Lynch

Lorraine Hartin-GelardiLorraine Hartin-Gelardi

64 Lincoln Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508
Email: lhartin@aol.com
Website: www.Lorrainetells.com

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi believes in the power of the spoken word to enlighten, educate and delight all who listen! For 23 years, she has shared the gift of story through performance, workshops, writing and story event production. A versatile performer and emcee, her stories of wit, wonder and wisdom captivate audiences of all ages whether she is standing in the classroom or on a concert stage.

"Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi is a storyteller’s storyteller! Each time she steps center stage to tell a story, be it personal, traditional, or a world folktale, she demonstrates how a master storyteller helps people grow whole as human beings by enabling them to see with their mind’s eye." – Barbara Aliprantis

Her workshop “The Art & Significance of Telling a Good Story” was chosen as part of Special Studies at Chautauqua Institution during the summer of 2015. Participant Diane Kreger had this to say: "I wanted to learn something I didn't already know and add it to what I do know. Well -- I learned a great deal - about myself and the power of just telling a story!”

In 2011, Lorraine won an NSN Member Grant for Reach for the Stars to develop a culture of storytelling with early childhood educators. She partnered with Dutchess Community College Louis Greenspan Day Care Center and mentored teachers and administrators for 18 months, helping them to incorporate storytelling into the curriculum and use stories as a way to share family experiences.

Lorraine is co-founder with Gail Burger, Kusum Gupta and Muriel Horowitz, of the Dutchess Interfaith Story Circle that celebrated its 10th anniversary in October 2014. The circle meets in a different house of worship every month to share stories from a variety of faith traditions and holds an annual Peace Concert: An Afternoon of Sharing Stories.

Lorraine is also co-founder with Karen Pillsworth of Tall Tale/Short Story Productions which recently produced “It Happened One Night…True and Not So True Real-Life Misadventures” at Arts Society of Kingston in Kingston, NY.

Her book Wisdom in the Telling Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold was the winner of the 2008 Storytelling World Resource Award for Special Storytelling Resources.

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi - Storyteller
Wisdom in the Telling: Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold
Winner of the 2008 Storytelling World Resource Award for Special Storytelling Resources

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Jackson GillmanJackson Gillman

"Stand-Up Chameleon"
P.O. Box 41
Onset, MA 02558
Phone (h & w): 508-295-0886
In CT: (203) 281-1063
Email: jxsong@comcast.net
Website: www.jacksongillman.com

Sparkling with energy, wit and whimsy, the "Stand-Up Chameleon" engages and delights audiences of all ages. Song, dance, mime and/or sign language might be incorporated into his performance, or a simple, quiet delivery - whatever works best to bring a story to life.

Dozens of shows to choose from, including many interactive, educational nature programs. Speaking to their educational value, Hartford Performs has a very rigorous vetting process which ensures program quality and alignment with Common Core Learning Standards. Seven of his presentations have been accepted which is the most that any individual has with them.

Jackson had his Off-Broadway debut with his Kipling program at the United Solo Theatre Festival in 2014. Of the 130 shows from around the world, it received the Best Educational award.

Featured at festivals across the country including four times at the National. Unique workshops are described on his website’s workshop page. 35+ years experience. Easy-going and flexible. References galore. Listed with SCLC, NEST. (Frequents New Haven area.)

"A masterly storyteller. Compelling..." – Christian Science Monitor

“…one could never err in selecting Jackson. He’s incredible!” – Missouri River Storytelling Festival

http://www.jacksongillman.com has a schedule page and an "Earning My Bronx Cheer" story on http://www.jacksongillman.com/astory.html

My 12th annual Springboards for Stories will likely be held on Feb 2-5, 2018 at Kipling's historic Brattleboro, VT home. The workshop is designed to help individuals develop their own personal stories and is open to all, regardless of experience. After the workshop weekend, there will be a separate retreat for veteran performers of all kinds. Details and testimonials are on http://jacksongillman.com/workshops.html

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Carol GlynnCarol Glynn - Storyteller/Actress

103 Flanders Road
Niantic, CT 06357-1528
Phone: (860) 334-3470
Email: cglynnarts@gmail.com

Enter Carol Glynn! Lively, entertaining, energetic and heartfelt, she leaps into your heart with complex characterizations, thoughtful storylines and humor that inspires rip-roaring laughter. Audiences participate in every show. Elementary and family topics include: Bullies, Connecticut Legends, Regions of the US, the Constitution, and detail to writing Fractured Tales. Also an author, speaker and teaching artist.

"Carol should be on every school's list for presenters.
She is an outstanding professional.
" – Olga Manos, Program Director, Regional Vacation Academy (S.E.CT).

Fees: Start at $450 per Connecticut show

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Liz GruberLiz Gruber

Storyteller, Educator, Facilitator
29 Tremont Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: (860)680-2899
Email: lizziegruber@yahoo.com

Whether sharing stories with children or adults, whether folk tale, myth, personal story or contemporary literary tale, Liz is a passionate conduit for story. Her storytelling makes connections across time, experiential, ethnic and national boundaries drawing her audience into a shared experience and dissolving the differences that often separate people.

Liz has shared her love of story in libraries, schools and colleges, intimate gatherings to festivals. In schools, she supports the curriculum with stories and activities while specifically expanding vocabulary, writing, listening and speaking skills and imaginations often addressing issues such as self-esteem, community and bullying.

She also works with teachers and college students preparing for teaching so they can bring the art of story into their classrooms.

Kamishibai Storytelling
Kamishibai (literally “paper theater”) is a form of storytelling popular in Japan after WWII in which the storyteller uses a “theater” frame and pictures while telling the story. This storytelling form was the subject of the picture book, The Kamishibai Man, by Alan Say. The form adds an extra element to the tale. Liz adds this form to her performances eliciting enthusiastic reception. She often uses the opportunity to share something of Japanese culture with her audience beyond the actual storytelling.

Liz also offers two Kamishibai workshops. In one workshop, the children hear a story, then illustrate it and, as a group, retell the story. In the second workshop, children create their own story, then illustrate and perform it. The latter workshop was a popular offering for the Summer Place camp at the University of Hartford. Both workshops can be adapted to fit specific groups and situations.
Liz holds a Master’s Degree in Oral Traditions.

Fee: upon request.

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Bill HarleyBill Harley

301 Jacob Street
Seekonk, MA 02771
Phone: 508-336-9703
Email: info@billharley.com Website: www.billharley.com

Author, singer, storyteller, educator, Bill Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Bill’s performances are an upbeat and participatory combination of story and song that are geared specifically for the grade levels he’s performing for. With original and folk-based material, written and adapted over the years, Bill knows how to reach both students and teachers.

Recipient of the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities “for his use of music, song, and story in building community; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing”, Bill is available to visit your community as an author, performing artist, workshop leader or keynote speaker. Block-bookings available for author visits and family concerts.

Harley Book Series

Bill's newest books, a series (Charlie Bumpers vs.) about a fourth grader are A Junior Library Guild selection. The first book won The Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award and is part of the One School One Book program - http://bit.ly/OneSchoolReadCharlie   The series has received rave reviews!

"Charlie’s dry and dramatic narrative voice clearly reveals the inner life of a 9-year-old... Harley magically weaves the simple lesson that people, even teachers, can surprise you..." – KIRKUS

Educators and Parents: to view Bill's TEDx talk, Stories Out Loud, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6NCF391SX0

Fees: Vary, according to work booked, negotiable for block-bookings.

"There are three things you need to be a great children's storyteller - great stories, a powerful sense of what it's like to be a kid and terrific delivery. Bill Harley has all this and more." – LA Parent

“...Bill Harley is a national treasure; his voice is the confluence of humor, grace, magic and insight. His stories are ear candy for listeners 3 to 83...” – Out With the Kids

“...a champion yarn-spinner and tunesmith with a sense of wonder, whimsy and mischief...” – Washington Post

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Glenn HarperGlenn Harper

Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 203-559-9349
Email: glennharperstoryteller@gmail.com
Website: www.glennharperweb.com

Featured teller at the Connecticut State Storytelling Festival and at LANES (now NEST) New England Storytelling Festival.  Featured teller at various regional Tellabrations including multiple performances at Rowayton (The Grandaddy of them all!).

While also an accomplished teller of folktales and stories from around the world Glenn is known for writing and telling original stories, be they modern fairly tales, new ghost stories or his particular specialty, hilarious tales of misadventure, often set in small rural communities.  He blends humor, lively characters, and often singing into his tales which have delighted audiences around the region.

Glenn is available for performances for all ages, 3 to 103.

Also available as a tandem teller with his wife Amy Lilien-Harper.

Fees: Negotiable

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Jim HawkinsJim Hawkins

2500 Parkview Place
Baldwin, NY 11510
Home Phone: 516-868-9346
Cell: 516-695-6718
Email: irsihhawkins@verizon.net
Website: http://jimhawkinsirishstory.com

Jim has been telling stories and singing songs for over 30 years. From his training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to the Stella Adler Studio, to his work with the Irish Arts Center in New York City and his ongoing concerts of traditional Irish music, ballads and storytelling with him partner Greg Ryan, Jim has honed his skills as a teller and singer.

Jim does a variety of programs, many of which come from his Irish background and culture:

"Humorous Irish Stories and Songs" Many of the stories come from Jim's Irish background and the songs are from the rich Irish ballad tradition of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, the Dubliners and Christy Moore. During his performances, Jim teaches Irish history, culture and traditions related to the stories and songs and he encourages his audiences to discuss their own Irish connections.

"A Traditional Irish Christmas" A performance of stories, songs/hymns, poetry and customs related to an Irish Christmas. Along with the telling, singing and reciting, Jim explains the customs of Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day (December 26th) and Little Christmas (January 6th).

"Stories By A Turf Fire" A tandem performance with storyteller Kate Danaher of the life and stories of one of Ireland’s greatest storytellers, Eamon Kelly. Kate and Jim narrate the stages of Eamon’s life, including many of his stories of the real Kerry and its magical past, the heartbreak of immigration, the figure of the parish priest and the courting and the dancing.

"Pivotal Moments in Irish History and Their Importance" A performance composed of story, song, poetry and narration citing major events and people and their importance in Irish history: St. Patrick, Brian Boru, the English invasion, the Penal Laws, the Famine, the Rebellion of 1798, the Uprising of 1916, Bloody Sunday in Derry, Bobby Sands and the Hunger Strikers and the Good Friday Agreement.

"A History of the Irish Storytelling Tradition" A discussion and performance of the variety of story types (religious, myth, legend) as they relate to the Irish storytelling tradition, their origins and development.

"Driving Across American with Billy Zuckerman" A one-hour performance based on Jim’s trip across the United States in 1970 with his friend Billy. It is filled with humorous stories, songs from this time period and the joy of experiencing this wonderful country of ours.

"Astoria" The story of Jim’s returning to Astoria, New York, at the age of ten, having spent his childhood in Ireland. In it he tells of the difficulties of adjusting to his new life, his battles with the kids in his neighborhood, the street games that were played, his eventual coming to love Astoria, his falling in love with the game of baseball and his hero Mickie Mantle, as well as his comic book heroes: Superman, Batman, Roy Rogers, Hop-Along Cassidy and the "greatest of them all," the Lone Ranger.

"Jim is man standing between two cultures and his immense storytelling talents serve as a bridge between the kalidiscope of Irish culture today and the rural Ireland of our forefathers." – Gerry Reagan, Wild Geese Heritage Foundation.

"No two persons could have been more authentic with their singing, telling and laughter. They brought Eamon Kelly’s stories to the festival…a welcome addition to the storytelling world." – Peg O’Sullivan, Director of the Connecticut Storytelling Festival.

"The energy and nourishment from Jim’s stories will sustain us for a long time as we continue on our storytelling journeys." – Barbara Aliprantis, American Center for Theater and Storytelling.

"Jim Hawkins’ ‘Astoria’ evokes an era of growing up in New York in the 1950s and 60s…Bringing to mind wonderful memories and images of street games, Mickie Mantle, the Lone Ranger and a joyful and caring community. Jim tells with great passion and sincerity." – Robin Bady, New York Storytelling Center.

Fees: Negotiable

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GailHermanGail Herman –
Storytelling Performances and Workshops

11 Russell Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Phone: 413-203-5247
Email: gail@gailherman.net

Gail has been performing and teaching storytelling for over 35 years.  Her degrees include one in education, one in speech & theater, and one in curriculum with an emphasis on talent development, creativity and the arts.  She is the author of Tales of Mischievous Martha; Storytelling: A Triad in the Arts; and Kinetic Kaleidoscope: Exploring Movement and Energy in Visual Arts; as well as many articles and stories in anthologies.


Family Stories: Tales of Mischievous Martha (Herman, 2015)
 (Boarding School/Orphanage Stories)
 (Stories from 1910-1925 in NYC)

Folktales: Creatures of Our Minds’ Eye. “The Turtle and the Shell,” “The Freedom Bird,” (a story from Asia adapted from Bill Harley and David Holt about freedom of speech), “The Four Wise People” (a story from Africa and India about thinking ahead for consequences), “The Twin Cities” (a story from China about brinkmanship), “How Owls Got Their Feathers” and “Juan Bobo and Sisi” (stories from Puerto Rico).

Stories of Kindness and Concern: “The Talent Show”, “Angie the Different Ant”, Sylvester and the Grumps or How to Dump the Grumps” (1986, 1996), “The Owl and the Squirrels,” “The Turtle and Spider.”

Tall Tales!  “The Bull” and “The Canoe” (Tall Tale Liars’ Festival, 1997 audio)
‘True’ stories from Garrett County in the mountains of Maryland where I directed the adult Tall Tales Liars’ Contest and the Students’ Tall Tale Festival for years and years at the Annual Autumn Glory Festival.

A Talk About Art and Folktales Around the World:  Gail discusses 12 Visual Images in order to show how stories are embodied in art and crafts worldwide.  The arts serve as mnemonics to recall stories in many cultures.

Stories for Special Times: Halloween, Ghosts, and the time for Leprechauns, Tricksters or other cultural topics you choose.

Hearing Between the Lines™:  Teachers participate in engaging students’ musical intelligence to create sound effects to augment the meanings of literature through storytelling or story reading sessions.

Audiences are guided to create tall tales about their pets and other local events.
Family Stories.  Adults, Teachers, or Families with Children are guided to create family stories after hearing Gail tell coal mining stories and stories from a Cynthia Rylant book.

This is a very easy, smooth brainstorming session where participants jot down ideas and volunteer to tell about the topics they brainstormed on paper.  Lots of chance for sharing, creativity, poetic phrases, and communal praise. Writing stories is an option AFTER the sharing.  “Amazing what I came up with”, writes one participant. “I never thought I’d have anything to tell.”

HOW TO TELL:  Participants are taught specific skills to use in story-sharing or storytelling performances: for example, skills in voice, gesture, focus, postures, beginnings and endings.  Writing stories is an alternative, AFTER the sharing.

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Sara IngramSara Ingram

117 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417
Phone: 860-526-2599
Email: ingramsj@yahoo.com

Sara offers workshops and performances that feature poetry, storytelling, creative writing and sign language.

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE! Use your imagination and storytelling powers to create a booklet based on pictures and prompts. The specific instructions can accommodate different curricula needs. This is a favorite creative writing or autobiographic writing activity as it adapts to the different abilities of a heterogeneous classroom. It is appropriate for grades 3 to adult out-of-school settings. “Can we do this again next year?” the students ask. And if they do, they will create another lively tale! All art supplies are provided.

BEGINNING SIGN LANGUAGE: Learn the alphabet, salutations, animals, simple sentences, songs. Grades 2 thru 5. Five sessions.

POETRY FOR PUBLICATION: Workshops leading to submission for publication in A CELEBRATION OF POETS OF THE NORTHEAST. Grades 4-6. Two sessions.

POEMS AND STORIES: Using mime and movement, Sara shares the stories and motivations behind the poems in her book, Sounds of House and Wood (Antrim House). Grade 6 to adult.

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES: Selections from Dylan Thomas’s classic done in mime and movement complete with holiday trimmings.

Sara has been involved with literature and arts-related pursuits for years. A former editor of the Globe Pequot Press, she attended Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and The Frost Place. Sara received grants for her work in dance and education at the American School for the Deaf. A certified teacher, she has been an enrichment and gifted teacher in Connecicut public schools for the past twenty-five years. She is a member of the Connecticut River Poets and does frequent poetry presentations for adults.

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Les JulianLes Julian

360 Fountain St., Unit 2
New Haven, CT 06515
Cell: 203-444-4238
Email: les@lesjulian.com
Website: www.lesjulian.com

This multi-National Award-winning artist's songwriting and performing was recently featured on the GRAMMY WINNING CD, All About Bullies Big and Small.

LJ performs songs that foster connection and participation and inspired The NY Times to write of one of his performances – "LJ writes songs to make you laugh and think. His audience laughed...heads bobbed...it was like magic!"

In LJ’s show DREAMING ALOUD! students hear songs about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things! Stories set to music that are inspiring, uplifting, upbeat and fun and presented with the books that inspired their being written! (CT Core Standards are met.)

A song-creating workshop for creatively fostering literacy and communication. A fun, imaginative, unique way of approaching any curriculum-related subject. Students help create a song then rehearse, perform, and record it in a creative hour-long session which focuses on respectful creative process. Each classroom receives a CD of the songs created. (CT Core Standards are met.)

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Steve LongSteve Long

1322 Boulevard
West Hartford, CT 06119-1607
Email: sjlbenriya@earthlink.net

Language defines the world and different languages define the world differently. Steve, who has lived in Japan for over ten years, has combined English and Japanese. Using his well-received "champon" style, Steve hopes to pass on an appreciation of the Japanese language and how Japanese writers for families view the world.

Steve also does presentations on Japan for elementary schools.

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Sharon LynchSharon Lynch

77 Knollwood Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Phone (w): (860) 675-2364 (h) (860) 673-2487
Email: sharonmlynch@hotmail.com

Sharon Lynch draws on her background in education and creative movement to bring grace, drama and humor to her storytelling.

She invites audiences to see, through story, the gifts of nature; to hear inspirational tales from folk and fairy tales, saints' lives, and the Bible; and to feel the joy or sorrow or peace while actively listening.

School, library, organization and church programs for families and adults.

Fee negotiable.

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