Storytelling for Changing Times - Afternoon Workshops & Concerts
Saturday, September 15, 1:00-5:30
Normandale Community College
All afternoon events are FREE!
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Earning Your Audience's Trust: Why You Need It and How to Get It (for high school speech competitors).
Focusing on performative techniques for high school speech competitors, this workshop will help storytellers learn the key elements of narrative performance to win over the audience and to feel the story is authentic and "trustworthy."
Lindsey White began her public speaking career competing for her high school speech team, where she earned a state championship and two national titles. In college, she competed for Western Kentucky University forensics, where she earned two national titles and an international title. As a graduate assistant coach for WKU she helped many students earn competitive success, while earning a MA in Organizational Comm. She is currently acting as assistant speech coach at Chanhassen High School and is excited to participate in more broad-range storytelling activities.
Performing the Story: Movement and Story.
Storytelling is more than the story, and more than the vocal delivery. It involves your entire self as you relate to the audience. Through simple creative movement, this workshop offers fun and interactive exercises to help raise awareness of your body and actions as part of storytelling.
· Learn simple warm up movements to gain awareness of creating storytelling “space.”
· Practice individual and inter-active exercises to build awareness of gesture.
· Work on building short phrases of storytelling with movement.
Cia Sautter, Ph.D. has taught numerous classes and workshops on dance, yoga, and storytelling. Her work includes teaching on the relationship between movement and story for The Graduate Theological Union, UC Berkeley, and United Seminary. But she has also worked with K-12 students for creative movement and storytelling classes. Her training ranges from workshops with Cynthia Winton Henry and Phil Porter, Dance Therapy classes, and sessions at the Globe Theatre in London. Cia is the founder and main performer for Cialuna’s Storydance Theatre.
Kids Concert: Family Friendly Stories for the Youthful and Young at Heart. Host: Pam Schweitzer
Journey Stories Concert. Host: Chelley McLear
Make Five Minutes Matter: Crafting the Slam-Length Story.
This energizing, hands-on intensive will take you through the short-form personal story development process from beginning to end, giving you tools to feel confident instead of intimidated by the anvils of monthly story slams and open mikes swinging over your head. We’ll discuss the vital ingredients that define a story (as opposed to an anecdote, essay, or comedy routine); how to identify the “storyworthy” material in your own life; and the essential building blocks of plot and structure. We’ll then work with three techniques that’ll bump your stories up a notch in vibrance, authenticity, depth and connective power. Bring a five-minute story in progress, one you've done before, or nothing but a notebook and pen.
Actor/writer/teaching artist Amy Salloway is a big fan of the Venn Diagram spot where live theatre, social activism and human connection overlap. Her autobiographical solo plays -- Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?, So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!, and Circumference -- have toured to Fringe Festivals, solo festivals, colleges, conferences and communities across the US and Canada, earning her reviews like “raw and fearless,” “achingly honest and hysterically funny,” and “the voice for all of us who were picked last for kickball.” Amy’s performed on just about every story-inclusive stage in the Twin Cities; she’s currently the producer of Story Club Minneapolis, happening monthly at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. She’s contributed personal narrative to radio programs on MPR and CBC, and the national podcast RISK!, and she teaches classes in creative writing, memoir, humor, original solo performance and storytelling through Minneapolis Community Ed and The Story Studio. For more info, visit Amy’s woefully stagnant webpage www.amysalloway.com, or the much more responsibly-managed www.facebook.com/awkwardmomentonstage.
Bedtime Stories. Presenter: Sara Logan.
Traditional Story Swap. Hosted by Sue Searing
What's a story swap? It's when people get together to trade stories. What's a traditional story? It's any folk tale, fairy tale, legend, myth, tall tale, ghost story, etc. that is part of our cultural heritage. If you have a favorite story to pass along, please come to this informal session. No experience necessary! (You're also welcome to simply listen.)
Youth Storytellers Showcase. Hosted by Jennifer Isaac.
Storytelling to Nurture Kindness, Caring and Compassion in Young Children: Toddlers, Preschoolers and Grades K to 2.
Abusive and aggressive behavior is learned (bullying). Children often don’t know alternatives that are respectful and effective. We need to educate young children before behavior patterns become habitual. Carol will share entertaining stories, songs, and finger plays for young children. Participants will get to practice learning them and take home some copies they can use immediately.
- Recognize the difference between normal peer conflict and bullying, the importance of avoiding discounting bullying as teasing rather than tormenting or as a necessary part of growing up rather than predatory aggression, and that bullying takes many forms.
- Learn some fun stories, songs, and finger plays to prevent bullying.
Carol McCormick used her B.S. in Elementary Education to teach 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grades. As a Professional Storyteller for over 30 years she has presented programs to many preschool children in Day Care and K-G 2 in schools. She has presented this workshop as a staff training for Lexington Care for Kids in St. Paul; as well as at the MN Social Services Association Conference, and the MN Valley Association of Early Childhood Educators Annual Meeting.
Collecting Oral History Stories and Preserving Culture.
Presenters: Beverly Cottman and Nothando Zulu
Slam-Styled Stories Concert. Hosted by Leif Wallin.
Competitive storytelling? You bet! Tellers will perform short, first-person, true stories. The best ones win! (Some story content may be inappropriate for young listeners.)
Peace Stories Concert. Hosted by Larry Johnson.
Storytelling for Changing Times: Closing Concert. Hosted by Ward Rubrecht.
Content is appropriate for 16 years and up.