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Paulette Friday, Storyteller
Connecting People Through Story
As a storyteller I practice the ancient art of oral storytelling. Whether you want to be entertained, enchanted, informed, or inspired, the versatility of story will take you there – a journey into your own imagination.
Genres: I tell literary, historical, folk, and personal stories. My particular favorite is historical fiction. I also love working in concert with local musicians on story and song productions. I am a writer and write many of the stories I tell in performance.
Recent Work: My most recent work includes three story and song ensembles that I wrote, directed and produced:
“The Recent Unpleasantness – Stories & Songs of the Civil War” - 2015
“In Pursuit of a Dream – Stories & Songs of 19th Century Immigration” - 2016
“Stormy Weather – Stories & Songs of the 1930s” - 2017
All of these productions received high acclaim from area audiences, and I was fortunate to receive a Lakes Region Arts Council grant to produce the immigration show, and a grant from the Viking Library System to produce the 1930s show. These recent productions involve working with local musicians who perform the musical selections.
Background: I am a graduate of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, AZ, and have over 10 years of experience telling stories in public venues. I also have over 40 years of corporate experience – 30 of which were in the Human Resources management field where I used and taught storytelling as an effective management tool. My directing and producing experience includes the above-mentioned story and song ensembles.
Volunteer Work: I volunteer my services as a storyteller to local senior care centers, service clubs, and museums; and I facilitate a monthly storytelling circle for those interested in honing their storytelling skills.