Storytelling Organizations
   Storytellers  

Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area
Contact: Gert Johnson
452 Wallace Rd.
Schenectady, N.Y. 12304 374-0637
Email:
Website: www.timesunion.com/communities/interfaithstory

A storytelling group for people of all faiths. Persons who minister to others within their faith tradition, shape character and instill values, counsel or simply wish to have their spirit uplifted by story are welcome. Come to tell and/or listen, share resources and methods and make contact with others who are drawn to the spiritual and moral power of storytelling. This is a "come when you can" opportunity. Books, resources and handouts on storytelling will be available. Feel free to bring a friend. Hope to see you from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (7:00-7:30 sharing/telling by facilitator on monthly topic, 7:30-9:00 time for open telling). Site changes; contact us for information or visit our website.

Hudson Valley Storytelling Alliance
Contact: Kate Dudding
Phone: 518-383-4620.
Email:
Website: www.hvstoryall.org

Our mission: to bring to the public eye the storytelling festivals, storytelling series and other storytelling organizations in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. Currently 3 storytelling festivals, 2 storytelling open mics, 4 storytelling series and 4 storytelling organizations are listed on our web site.

Riverway Storytelling Festival
Contact: Kate Dudding
Phone:
518-383-4620
Email:
Website: www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org

A week of over 20 FREE storytelling performances plus other events in and round the libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties. Family storytelling concerts, a ghost story concert, stories for adults, workshops, a showcase, story swaps, and lots more.

The Story Circle of the Capital District
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road,
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: 518-786-1271
Email:
Website: www.story-circle.org

The Story Circle of the Capital District was established to provide members an opportunity to tell before a live audience; to hear stories told; to give the community a roster of active storytellers; and to encourage beginning storytellers. Members tell tales to all ages in parks, museums, libraries, nursing homes, coffee houses and classrooms, at festivals, for professional and civic groups and at religious events. We meet alternately from 7-9 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of odd numbered months at the Colonie Town Library and from 6-9 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of even numbered months at the Guilderland Public Library.

Story Circle at Proctors
Contact: Kate Dudding
Phone: 518-383-4620.
Email:
Website: www.StoryCircleAtProctors.org

Our Fourth Season: 2010-2011. At every Story Circle show, superb performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories about being human. You will find that these shows are shared experiences between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a one-person play with the intimacy of a one-on-one conversation. Over 1,200 people have enjoyed our shows at Proctors. You can too.


Storytellers

Bells & Motley Olden Music & Storytelling
Contact: Sondra Bromka, John Bromka
2 North St.
Marcellus, NY 13108
Phone: (315) 673-2995
E-mail:
Website: www.bellsandmotley.com

Multi-faceted storytellers Bells & Motley's have held a powerful artistic vision over their 20 year partnership. They lead audiences of all ages into the experience of distant historical eras and cultures, appealing to all the senses through the beauty and sound of their authentic musical instruments, costume, language, tales, and interactive storytelling techniques. The artists' favorite story themes include "long ago and far away," Medieval and Renaissance tales, Early American and Erie Canal stories, and myths and legends of other cultures (Chinese, Irish, Breton, French...) The authenticity and impact of each tale is underscored by music on the artists' richly varied historic instrumentarium. Historic holiday tales and pageants, including those in which the community participates, are a specialty. The artists enjoy presenting for schools, communities, historic sites, and special needs audiences across their home state of New York, and have also engaged in specialty projects and multicultural exchanges all over the US, in Canada, Europe, and even Istanbul!

Connolly, Carol
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 786-1271
Email:
Website: www.talesntunes.net

A professional storyteller for over 15 years, Carol performs for both children and adults at schools, libraries, museums, colleges, cafes, nature preserves, festivals and conferences, and for professional and civic organizations in New York, New England and North Carolina. Her constantly expanding repertoire includes myths, folk and fairy tales, literary tales, and modern "real-life" tales. In addition to her solo performances, Carol is a member of the highly acclaimed storytelling quartet, Four Stories High and the musical storytelling duo, Tales `n Tunes.

The Dawnland Singers
Contact: Joe Bruchac
PO Box 308
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Phone: (518) 583-1440
Fax:(518)583-9741
E-mail:
Website: www.ndakinna.com

Traditional and Contemporary Native American music and storytelling. Our focus is on the history and culture of the Abenaki and English. Storyteller Joe Bruchac, linguist and drummer Jesse Bruchac, singer and historian Margaret Bruchac and singer and percussionist James Bruchac make up the group.

Dudding, Kate
8 Sandalwood Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700
518-383-4620
E-mail:
Website: www.katedudding.com

With entertaining, heart-warming and memorable stories, Kate Dudding has become an award-winning author and storyteller. For example, she won the Story Slam at the 2010 National Storytelling Conference in Los Angeles and each of her two CDs have received national acclaim. She enjoys telling many kinds of stories to all ages. A particular interest of hers is giving a voice to people from the past who have made a difference. She has told stories at many venues in the Northeastern USA, including The New-York Historical Society (New York City, NY), The Clearwater Festival (Croton-on-Hudson, NY), First Night Saratoga (Saratoga Springs, NY), and The Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA).

Four Stories High, A Storytelling Quartet
Contact: Carol Connolly
Address: 1100 Niskayuna Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: 518-786-1271
Email:
Website: www.albany.net/~hello/four.htm

Four Stories High is a storytelling quartet which brings both traditional and modern tales to adult and family audiences. Composed of Jane Ainslie, Carol Connolly, Barbara Palumbo, and Mary Murphy, the group has been called "the perfect picture of what storytelling is all about." Four Stories High has appeared at Albany's First Night, Troy's Victorian Stroll, The Norman Rockwell Museum, NYS Imagination Celebration, Caffe Lena, and Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, Boston, MA., as well as in school, library, and college settings.

Gillard, Marni
833 Parkside Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12309
518-381-9474
E-mail:
Website: www.marnigillard.com

After twenty years of teaching Marni Gillard now works as a storyteller-in-the-schools or literacy consultant, performing,working with teachers, and helping children sing and tell tales. Of Marni’s CD of life stories "Without a Splash - Diving into Childhood Memories," harpist Lucy McCaffery says,"These tales are so honest, so real, so touching. I couldn't stop listening!" Teachers rave Marni help students of all ages and abilities claim their voices, and the classroom community becomes more cohesive. Marni’s books, Storyteller Storyteacher: Discovering the Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living (Stenhouse, 1996) and Give a Listen: Stories of Storytelling in School (edited for NCTE, 1994), offer educators tips on working with children as young language artists. Gillard has served on the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and offers programs for adult groups wanting to share stories or elicit them from elders.

Holder, Chris
Storysinger Productions

14663 West Lake Road
Hammondsport, NY  14840
Bus/Fax: (607) 868-7249
E-mail:
Website: www.storysinger.com

Acoustic folk music, stories, performances and concerts for children, adults and families. Fee range: $450 - $750 daily. Since 1977 Chris Holder has been a performer of music, storytelling and folk culture for children and adults across the country - at colleges, festivals, libraries, prisons, retirement centers and schools. He's appeared on Garrison Keilor's PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, led scores of community and school residencies and has 3 cassette albums of family songs and stories. Write for a free brochure.

Shaw, Christopher
PO Box 609
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-8282
Fax: (518) 674-2259
E-Mail:
Website: www.chrisandbridget.com

Christopher Shaw is a singer/songwriter/storyteller who specializes in the songs and tales of his native Adirondack Mountains. He has 9 albums to his credit, including two holiday titles with his wife, Bridget Ball. Chris is also a highly respected artist educator who presents concerts, workshops, and residencies for thousands of school children every year.

The Storycrafters
Contact: Barry Marshall or Jeri Burns
PO Box 353
Philmont, NY 12565
Phone: (518) 672-7664
E-Mail:
Website: www.storycrafters.com

Tandem storytellers and award-winning radio hosts, The Storycrafters creatively integrate ethnic and classical instruments into their stories. With programs for all ages, they work in schools, libraries and festivals in the Northeast and UK. They host WAMC's monthly "Storytelling Festival", and the award-winning family show "Just Imagine."

Tales 'n Tunes
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 786-1271
Email:
Website: www.talesntunes.net

Storyteller Carol Connolly and musician Don Darmer bring tales and tunes from around the world to audiences of all ages. This musical storytelling duo performs original songs and creatively blends songs into their stories to engage children and have them singing and clapping along. Adult listeners are also enchanted by their musical stories. Their lively performances provide for plenty of participation.

Let the Stories Begin!
Carol Connolly & Don Darmer
Tales 'n Tunes--Musical Storytelling Duo
Recordings: Travelin' Down the Road: Sing Along Stories from Around the World
   2004 iParenting Media Award
   2004 NAPPA Honors Award
   Rave review in School Library Journal December 2004