History

 

Below is a partial performance history. In addition to the events listed, I have performed frequently at Seanachie Nights, as host, storyteller, singer, and musician. For audio and visual examples of my storytelling, please check the samples on my Programs and Workshops webpage

April 2013
Told a story about Fionn mac Cumhaill (with original music supplied by Kurt Kish) at the annual Sharing the Fire Northeast Storytelling Conference put on by LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling; www.lanes.org).

October 2012
One of eight performers in 'Walk Among the Spirits,' a Halloween tour of the historic Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Maine. Portrayed the ghost of Rhoda Drinkwater, mother and wife of two heroes from the War of 1812.

October 2007-2012
Annually perform 'Tales of Terror' in Portland's historical landmark, Victoria Mansion: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' by E.A. Poe; 'The Judge's House,' by Bram Stoker; 'The Telltale Heart,' by E.A. Poe; 'Green Tea,' by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, and more. In 2012, told 'The Family of the Vourdalak' by Aleksei Tolstoy, and 'Louella Miller' by Anne E. Wilkins Freeman.

May 2012
Featured storyteller at the Granite State Story Swap in Rye, New Hampshire.

April 2012
Presented a workshop in England, 'The Comedy Equation,' at The Gathering: the annual storytelling conference of the Society for Storytelling (www.sfs.org.uk).

April 2012
Acorn Playwrights' Festival: wrote 'The Coffin Maker' for the 24-Hour Theater Project. All plays were performed on-book. My full-length play, 'Memorial Day', received a staged reading at Acorn Studio.

September 2012
'Memorial Day' chosen to open the Generic Theater Reading Series at Portland Players. In 2011, my one-act play, 'Frank's Hat' opened the reading series.

May 2011
Short play, 'Late, Lamented' chosen for production as part of the Boston 24-hour Theatre Marathon.

April 2011
Original play, 'Perfect Joe,' chosen for production in Acorn Productions' Maine Playwrights' Festival.

April 2010
Participated in the 24-hour Theatre Festival component of Acorn Productions' Maine Playwrights' Festival, with 'Beyond the Sea'.

March 2010
Presented a workshop at the Sharing the Fire Northeast Storytelling Conference in Providence, RI - 'Mind Movies: The Visual Language of Storytelling'.

March 2010
Told stories of the Abenaki folk hero 'Gluscap' at Yarmouth Elementary School, Maine.

2009
Awarded Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant to finish full length play, 'The Amazing Life and Mysterious End of Ragana: Mistress of Illusion.' This play received a reading at Acorn studio in September, 2010.

December 2009
Told folktales at Yarmouth Memorial Library, Maine, as part of their children's program.

April 2009
Original play, 'Invisible Men,' chosen for production in Acorn Productions' Maine Playwrights' Festival.

2008
Featured at three New England Storytelling Clubs: StoryHome (New Hampshire), Outspoken Word (Massachusetts), and Solo (Geno's, Maine).

November 2008
Co-produced, and performed at, the 8th MOOSE 'Tellabration!™', an annual, worldwide storytelling event.

September 2008
Told Biddy Early and Other Tales of Irish Witches as Seanachie Nights feature in Portland, Maine.

May 2008
Featured performer at Granite State Story Swap, North Conway, New Hampshire.

April 2008
Featured performer at the Comic Arts Festival, Belfast, Maine.

December 2007
Told 'Winter Tales' at Symonds Elementary School, Keene, New Hampshire.

July 2007
Featured performer at Celtic Celebration, Belfast, Maine.

March/April 2007
Original play, 'Jesus and the Sewing Circle,' chosen for production in The Maine Short Play Festival. Workshop presenter at the Society for Storytelling's annual conference 'The Gathering', England: 'A Guy Walks into a Bar: Making People Laugh'.

April 2007
Original play, 'Jesus and the Sewing Circle,' chosen for production in Acorn's Maine Short Play Festival.

April 2007
Workshop presenter at the Society for Storytelling's annual conference The Gathering, England: 'A Guy Walks into a Bar: Making People Laugh'.

February 2007
Told 'Winter Tales' at the Warren Memorial Library, Westbrook, Maine. A LANES/Warren Library co-production to promote storytelling.

May 2006
Created Seanachie Nights, a monthly evening of Celtic/British stories and music at Bull Feeney's Restaurant, Portland, Maine.

March 2006
Original play, 'Heaven', chosen for production in Acorn's Maine Short Play Festival at the Saint Lawrence Performing Arts Center, Portland, Maine.

February 2006
Told 'Tales from the Melting Pot' at Stories from the Wharf Club, Yorkshire, England. Gave children's workshops at the Otley Courthouse Arts Center, Yorkshire, England.

2006
Performed standup comedy (original material) at Comedy Connection, Portland, Maine.

November 2005
Children's storyteller at the CND Peace Fair, Yorkshire, England.

September and November 2005
Told 'Tales of Byzantium' and 'Feast of Fools' tales at the Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire.

July 2005
Presented 'Fish Tales,' and children's workshops at Jessop's Primary School, Dudley, England.

June 2005
Featured performer at Tir Na Nog Storytelling Club and Otley Walking Festival Story Walk, Otley, England.

2004-2007
Participated in the Cassandra Project: Festival of Women Performers, Portland, Maine. Wrote and performed original works especially for the Festival: Hopeful Monsters (Absurd and Comic Tales of Life among the Naked Apes), Here Be Dragons (Bellyflopping into the Unknown),
In a Pig's Eye (Our Strange Relationship with the Animal Kingdom),
The Amazing Life and Mysterious End of Ragana: Mistress of Illusion).

November 2004
Told 'Winter Tales' at the L.L. Bean's Winter Festival, Freeport, Maine.

March 2004
Original play, 'Endymion,' chosen for production in the Maine Short Play Festival at PSC in Portland, Maine.

July/August 2003
Children's storyteller at ReadBoston, Boston, Massachusetts.

August 2003 and 2004
Featured storyteller at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, Maine.

2002 and 2003
Performed at the Arisia Fantasy/Science Fiction Convention, Boston, Massachusetts.

1999-2001
England: Awarded a Yorkshire Arts Grant for skills development. Member of Tir NA Nog Storytellers' Club, Otley. Featured teller at an Amnesty International benefit.

 

Experience and Training

Editor and Designer of the LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling) quarterly newsletter, The Museletter.

Member of LANES, MOOSE (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts), NSN (National Storytelling Network), and the British Society for Storytelling.

2009-2010
Attended The Ben Haggarty School of Performance Storytelling, (www.crickcrackclub.com/) in Hertfordshire, England: two intensive, residential, week-long workshops focusing exclusively on the telling of traditional tales (folk tales, fairytales, epics and myths). Week 1 focused on content and repertoire, Week 2 on movement and controlling the space.

2007-2010
Studied Irish-style concertina with Noel Hill in Ballyvaughan, Ireland and Durham, NY.

2006
South Paris, Maine - Weeklong storytelling writing, movement and performance workshop with Antonia Rochas and Milbre Burch at the Celebration Barn (founded by mime artist Tony Montanaro).

2004-2006
Member of Maine Playwrights' Lab, an intensive, collegial workshop for playwrights, taught by dramaturge, director, and actor Suze Allen.

2004 and 2006
Two seven-week standup comedy (writing/performing) workshops at Portland's Comedy Connection with comedy writer Tim Farrell.

2004
AMMA School of Acting, Portland, Maine.

2001
Shropshire, England - 'Voice of the Storyteller' weeklong residential workshop sponsored by the Festival at the Edge. Presenters: Shonaleigh Cumbers (voice) and Mary Medlicott.

 

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