One of the great gifts of storytelling is its flexible immediacy as well as its ability
to address difficult topics indirectly through metaphor. Sometimes the story
unfolding in the wider world impacts the story needing to be told at the moment.
As storytellers, our ability to respond to what is happening, both in the world and
in the listeners who have gathered to hear story, presents us with the opportunity
to ease minds and hearts, strengthen individuals and create community.
What kinds of stories, what themes, what images can we bring when asked to
show up for our listeners when the world is falling down?
For this workshop, I will both tell stories and lead activities and discussion on
creating or shifting program content to address difficult situations, for storytelling
on the moment.
Regina Ress, award winning storyteller, has been performing and teaching for
over 40 years from Broadway to Brazil in a wide variety of settings from grade
schools to senior centers, from homeless shelters and prisons to Lincoln Center
and the White House.She has told stories in English and Spanish across the US,
Latin America, and Europe. As witness to the 9/11 attack in NYC, she tells a
program of stories entitled: Compassion, Generosity and Grace: Stories from
9/11. Regina teaches storytelling for NYU’s Educational Theatre and Multilingual/
Multicultural Studies Programs and produces the long running storytelling series
at the Provincetown Playhouse. Her CD of New York stories won a Storytelling
World Honor award and she is recipient of two National Storytelling Network’s
Oracle Awards. www.reginaress.com.
About The NJ Storytelling Guild
The New Jersey Storytelling Guild meets once a month, September through June, at the Vincent Building, to the right of the Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave., Upper Montclair NJ. Guild membership is $30.00 a year for five workshops. For non-members, workshops are $10.00. Swaps are free to the public. For information and details, please call: 201-836-8209