Storytelling

Contact:  anita@onewhoplantsseeds.net

717.201.5477

Age Group for Residencies:  pre-K, elementary, middle, secondary, young adult, adult, senior

Special Groups:  LGBQIA+, transgender and non-binary, autism, mental health needs, eating disorders, chronic illness, different ability, family violence, trauma, US newcomers, parents, families

Special Project: Everything I need to know about sex, I (should) have learned in kindergarten. This sexuality education writing project is for older teens, young adults, adults, and seniors.

Artist’s Statement

My teaching follows a community arts model within a social justice framework. What does that mean?   I tailor-design workshops to meet specific needs and explore social issues including sexuality, gender, human relationships, trauma, anger management, eating disorders, body image, human diversity and culture, and mental health using the expressive arts. This all began more than 25 years ago when I worked with a small group of teens who lived hard lives in rural Pennsylvania. We made group poems, listened to and interpreted music, played expressive games, shared dreams, and told stories. Since then, the bulk of my work has been in urban Lancaster, PA.

In my programs, students feel heard and valued. Students begin to figure out who they can trust, how their experiences and their individual personality shape their lives, and what their strengths are. I utilize community resources and experiential modalities in ways that help learners gain new skills, identify sustainable strategies, and achieve general well-being.   I draw from cognitive, systems, social learning and empowerment theories in the teaching/learning process. This is applied with children, teens and adults of all ages in schools and community spaces.

My long and closely-held tenet in every expressive endeavor is that of seed planting. It’s all about the ideas and how those ideas flow within and between people; and how the energy of ideas connects and synergizes small groups and larger communities. I believe that we all have capabilities in art, to be creative in our own unique ways. I believe this is true of people with varying physical and emotional capacities and people holding diverse frames of reference.

Fogel
Contact: michelledgregoire@gmail.com

Age Group for Residencies:  Grades 2-5

Artist’s Statement: I am a trained teaching artist in the Neighborhood Bridges critical literacy program, developed by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. This nationally recognized program allows students to become the storytellers of their own lives by analyzing and interrogating myth, fairy tales, and folk tales from around the world. Students then write their own stories and produce short performances and play’s based on their creative work. Recognized by the federal government’s Department of Education as an effective model for arts education, CTC was awarded a grant to disseminate the program nationally. Our program has shown improved outcomes in ELA and creative and critical thinking for students in our local public schools.

Crocamo
Contact:
tonychris1971@gmail.com

Age Group for Residencies:  K-12, adults, senior citizens

Artist’s Statement: Clear and effective communications increase our chances of success in our educational efforts our careers and in our personal relationships. The ability to tell stories is essential to clear and effective communications. Stories build rapport, establish bonds, and make us and our messages memorable.

We all have stories. But not all of us know where to find them or how to craft a story to establish connections and build trust between us and our audience. Successful people use stories to inspire, to share their vision of a better, future, and to help us realize the path to get there.

My storytelling workshops explore sources of stories available to everyone and give each participant the skills needed to organize stories for maximum effect. Attendees learn the importance of storytelling as a communications and leadership tool. Participants leave the seminar understanding how and why stories create bonds and build trust. During workshops  each attendee creates a story and pics up the knowledge and skills needed to find, craft, and tell additional stories to effectively communicate ideas, concepts, and vision I enjoy helping others to harness the power of storytelling to improve their communication skills, build trust, and forge a bond with listeners.

Clarke
Contact:
(301) 524-7116
is julie@themopic.com

Age Group for Residencies:  early childhood, elementary, senior citizens

Artist’s Statement: Growing up in Philadelphia PA, Rita developed a fascination with different cultures and a love for the spoken word. After working several years in the school districts of Philadelphia and Lititz, PA, she combined her passion for history, culture, teaching and entertaining and turned it into a career in storytelling.  With a repertoire of classic and original stories, Underground Railroad story presentations, and workshops on the art of storytelling, Rita was an inaugural performer at the annual Lititz Storytelling Festival in Lititz, PA and has been blessed to be an artist in residence at the Lititz Elementary School, in her hometown of Lititz PA. Rita has shared at schools, universities, festivals, churches, community and private events in and around Lancaster County, PA.  Rita has also added acting to her repertoire. She has performed in productions for the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Theater for Transformation, Creative Works of Lancaster and most recently, Denman-Turner Entertainment Group.

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Genre: Performance, acting
Contact:
kelliecturner@gmail.com

646-271-1907


Artist’s Statement:
As an artist, I am skilled in acting, singing, movement, writing, and playing the keyboard. I believe that I would be able to integrate my various art forms in the classroom through creative role-playing,  playwriting, composing and storytelling. Through these avenues, and by working with the lead teacher’s curriculum, I bring to the classroom creative ways in which to embrace learning.  I am drawn to the residency program because I believe that it’s important to introduce the arts to young persons as part of their early formation as a way of developing life long social and personal skills. I am current as an artist by continuing to write for the stage, as well as by continuing to audition and perform professionally, and have worked on Broadway and national tours over the course of my career.