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

September 2018
Players' Ring, Portsmouth, NH. The Pavement Artist, Lynne's full-length play about love, war, and the power of art, opened the 2018-19 Season.

October 2017-2019
"Walk Among the Shadows". Historic ghosts come alive in the Eastern Cemetery. Writer of script, hiring and directing actors, working with Spirits Alive to produce this annual fundraising event, which runs for two weekends in October, in the historic Eastern Cemetery, Portland, ME. www.spiritsalive.org

2015.Co-wrote (with Michael Levine) the script for "Walk Among the Shadows: The Bombardment of Falmouth-1775" for the annual Eastern Cemetery performance in Portland, Maine. www.acorn-productions.org

2012-2014. Acted in Walk Among the Shadows event, playing various historical characters who are buried in the Eastern Cemetery. Actors wrote their own parts.

October 2018
'Irish Tales of the Supernatural' in Portland's historical landmark, Victoria Mansion: Performed Irish folktales in the cellar with musical accompaniment from Kurt Kish on ukulele and myself on concertina.

October 2007-2012
'Tales of Terror' in 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, 'The Family of the Vourdalak' by Aleksei Tolstoy, 'Louella Miller' by Anne E. Wilkins Freeman, and more.

2013-2015 - Portland Fringe Festival
Wrote/adapted/directed and performed in 3 Portfringe festivals (with an original score written and played by Kurt Kish on electric guitar): "The Adventures of Thor and Loki", "The King and the Corpse", and "The Shapeshifters' Party: Transgender Folktales from Around the World".

March 2004-2017
Acorn Productions Maine Playwrights' Festival, Portland, Maine. Several short plays selected for production in this annual festival of new works.

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

May 2011
Short play, 'Late, Lamented' chosen for production as part of the Boston 24-hour Theatre Marathon. Published in their collection of short plays for that year.

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.

2004-2007
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'.

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

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

February 2006
Told 'Tales from the Melting Pot' at Stories from the Wharf Club, Yorkshire, England. Presented 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
'Tales of Byzantium' and 'Feast of Fools' tales at the Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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

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

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

2002 - 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.


Training

2009-2010. The Ben Haggarty School of Performance Storytelling, 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
(www.crickcrackclub.com/)

2007. Celebration Barn, South Paris, Maine. Storytelling/movement weeklong workshop with Antonio Rocha and Milbre Burch.

2006-2018. Noel Hill Irish Concertina School. Ireland and East Durham, NY. A weeklong, intensive workshop taught by the premier Irish concertina player in Ireland. www.noelhill.com

2014-2017. African dance workshop run by Marita Kennedy Castro of Embody the Rhythm. embodytherhythm.com

2004 and 2006. Standup comedy (writing/performing) at Portland's Comedy Connection with comedy writer Tim Farrell.

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

Member of Northeast Storytelling, www.nestorytelling.org
MOOSE (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts) www.facebook.com/MooseTellers/

 

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