Programs and Workshops
Are you a school, library or museum
who needs a performer? Do do you have an event for which you need
a storyteller? Would you like some training to improve your writing
or storytelling performances? Then I can provide a wide variety
of programs or workshops for you. The following are examples of
what I can offer (and check the audio and visuals samples of my
storytelling on this page). I can also tailor an event for your
specific needs - just let me know what you would like!
Feast of Fools - Mediaeval
and Midwinter tales and ballads, plus some unusual historical facts
about Yuletides past. A jolly good time!
Tales of Byzantium
- Lynne recreates the 1000-year history of the Byzantine
Empire (327-1453) in just 50 minutes!
Hopeful Monsters: Absurd and
Comic Tales of Life Among the Naked Apes - In this extended
'stand-up comedy' style collection of stories, you will meet: a
real-life Lois Lane; two cat burglars (one feline, one human); a
junk food goddess; and more!
- A collection of unusual folktales about fateful meetings with
Here Be Dragons: Bellyflopping
into the Unknown - Stories about what happens when people
break the thin membrane that separates this world from
In A Pig's Eye: Our Strange
Relationship with the Animal Kingdom - A collection of stories
about our divided relationship with non-human animals; how we distance
ourselves from animals even as we yearn to connect with them. An
exploration of our tendency to pamper, torture, worship, kill, love
and hate those not of our species.
The Voyage of Saint Brendan:
An Irish Epic - A dramatic retelling of Saint Brendan's
legendary voyage upon the Atlantic Ocean with several of his fellow
monks. Taken from the 8th-century written account, the story encompasses
Christian allegory, Homer's Odyssey, and plenty of devils and monsters!
The Shapeshifters' Party: Transgender
Folktales from Around the World - It begins in 1980 on the
backpackers' trail in Dublin. In an out-of-the-way art gallery,
a mysterious artist called Tiresias takes you on a journey through
folktales and myths of sexual transformation, from a frisky tree
spirit in the jungles of Burma to the cross-gender tricks of the
Norse god, Loki, to a shy Irishman who stumbles into Old Magic.
Performed by Lynne Cullen, with an eclectic musical score arranged
and played by guitarist Kurt Kish.
The King and The Corpse
- A Journey of Adventure, Horror, and Enlightenment.
Lynne Cullen tells a mysterious, darkly humorous, 1,000-year-old
folktale from India, with a Bollywood-inspired musical score arranged
and played on electric guitar by Kurt Kish.
of Thor & Loki!
From the annals of Norse mythology
come these exciting, hilarious stories about the original Odd Couple!
The forging of Mjolnir
- As a practical joke, Loki cuts off the golden hair of Sif, Thor's
wife. But when Thor threatens to pound Loki into paste unless he
makes amends, Loki must use his considerable powers of persuasion
to gain magical treasures from the Dwarves.
The theft of Mjolnir
- Thor and Loki in drag! When an ambitious Giant holds Thor's hammer
for ransom, Thor and Loki must travel to Jotunheim for a wedding:
Thor's! And he's the bride!
Thor's journey to Utgard
- One midsummer day, Thor and Loki set out from Asgard to kick some
Frost Giant butt in Utgard. But will Thor's strength and Loki's
guile be enough to best the slippery Chief of Utgard?
Performed by Lynne Cullen, with
an eclectic musical score arranged and played by guitarist Kurt
A Guy Walks into A Bar: Making
Bring comedy into your stories and improve the writing and performance
of comic tales. In this workshop, Lynne will teach participants
about the fundamentals of comedy: the bringback, the reversal, timing,
tone, and more. Participants are asked to bring a story, an idea,
or an anecdote (it doesn't have to be humorous) - not more than
5 minutes long - to work on. By the end of the workshop, participants
will come away having learned how to enrich their telling using
classic standup comedy techniques.
Telling with Words and Pictures
In this hands-on workshop, Lynne teaches how to retain the
major elements of an oral story through exercises derived from the
disciplines of graphic arts (visual memory) and drama to stimulate
memory and creativity. Activities include storyboarding (breaking
down the crucial elements of a story in 'comic book' panel form),
acting exercises ('hitchhiker', story rounds, movement), and creative
word games. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able
to remember a story told to them, and tell it in their own way.
This workshop can be crafted to suit children or adults.
The Amazing Life and Mysterious
End of Ragana, Mistress of Illusion!
In 2007, I wrote and performed this
one-act play as part of the Cassandra Project (Portland's
festival of women performers) about the search for a mysterious
female magician who shone brightly during the Roaring Twenties.
In 2010, I was awarded a Maine
Arts Commission Good Idea Grant to rewrite this play, and
transform it into a full-length show! I am working hard on the new
"Ragana", which will receive a staged, dramatic
reading by Acorn Productions (www.acorn-productions.org)
in September, 2010. Stay tuned!
Frank's Hat: A Drama in One
Act and Three Bars
Frank O'Connor's father has been dead for two months; all Frank
has left are an empty house and his pop's hat. When the hat is stolen,
Frank must travel to the worst part of town to get it back. In the
course of a wild pub crawl, Frank contends with the city's nightcrawlers,
barflies - and ghosts. Before the night is over, Frank will find
a lot more than he bargained for.