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Who am I?
I am a professional storyteller with over fifteen years of teaching and performing before audiences small and large. In addition, I have significant experience performing in recorded and live broadcast media. I am a Moth StorySlam winner. I have been featured on NPR and CBC Radio, Now Magazine, MacLean’s Magazine, and the Toronto Star.
I perform for audiences of all ages all over the world, most recently in India, Newfoundland, and Boston: true stories, thirty to sixty-minute solo shows, traditional folktales and interactive improvised fairy tales. I use my body and voice as tools to engage my audience.
How did I start telling stories?
Like this: I’m sixteen and on a road trip with my uncle Doug and his family. Doug is the kind of guy who walks into a party and everyone runs over to hear his latest stories. It’s dark, we’ve been driving for hours, and I’ve been telling a story about what happened at school for approximately the entire trip, and suddenly Doug says from the driver’s seat, “If I hear one more word of this story I will actually die of boredom and the car will crash and we will all die.”
And I have two options: I can jump out of the car and end my worthless life, or I can say in a tiny sulky voice, “Well… YOU tell it better, then.”
And Doug tells me my own story. And it’s suddenly fascinating, full of twists and turns that really happened, but that I was burying under irrelevant facts. And I get it: storytelling isn’t a talent you’re born with. It’s an art.
Today, I’m a storyteller. I draw from a rich well of experience – including living in a tent for two years, my lesbian schizophrenic mother, almost killing people with my evil mind control (NO REALLY) – to draw my audience in and enthrall them with true stories.
My audiences step into my odd life for fifteen minutes at a time, and sometimes their stomachs hurt from laughing. And sometimes they have to go re-do their makeup because they were crying so hard. They forget they’re in a public place. It’s just me and you. And the story.
What's my voice like?
My voice - soaring from a child to mom to scary hag - has been described as approachable, conversational, wide ranged, warm, and sincere. My dynamic range means I can play an evil dictator and then turn on a dime to play an engaging and friendly mom.
I love creating images in people's heads with my voice more than anything else in the world.
I am a professional storyteller with ten years experience. My stories have been featured on NPR, PRX, and CBC radio. I am a Moth StorySLAM winner. I have told stories all over the world, including Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, and most recently in India, Newfoundland, and Boston. I have taught The Art of Storytelling at Second City Toronto, Seneca College, and in schools and corporations.
Performed true stories, traditional folk tales, interactive improvised fairy tales and thirty to sixty-minute solo shows at various venues worldwide. Audiences ranged from pre-school age to seniors at the following venues.
* MyBoTree (India)
* Stories By The Lake (India)
* Saksham – Center For Child Education and Women Empowerment (India)
* StoryLab (Chicago, USA)
* Moth StorySlam (Vermont, USA)
* Confabulation (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
* St. John’s Storytelling Festival (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada)
* Stories From The Stage (Boston, USA)
* Toronto Storytelling Festival – Main Stage and Storyfire
* Solo show, sold out 5 show run
* True Stories (Told Live) Toronto
* Raw Storytelling
* Fireside Tales
* Ottawa Speak Out
* High Stakes Storytelling
* Soulo Festival
* Ontario Street Theatre
* The Making Box
* Confabulation (Toronto)
* Laugh in the Face of Fear
* 1001 Nights of Storytelling
* Templeton Manor
* SING! Festival
* Folktales in the Library
* Stories About Small Girls
* Stories About Women
* One Five Oh Stories
* Not On Our Watch
* Wonder Women
* L3 Corporate Christmas Party
* Canadian Horror Story
* Hope and Justice Festival
* Crow Theatre Mosaic Festival
* Canada’s Next Top Blank – Chicago Musical Improv Festival
* Wychwood Tigers Daycare
* Boo! At the Barns
* Dare: Stories We Thought We’d Never Tell
* Stories of Ours
* Tales from the Black
* Shedot Festival
* What Are You Doing Up There
* Toronto Fool Festival
* Stories You Have Never Heard
* Toronto Star
* Now Magazine
* NPR Radio
* CBC Radio
* MacLean’s Magazine
Created and delivered a customer-specific workshop for effectively using storytelling in a business context for the following businesses.
* Healthcare Human Factors
* Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
* Vivacious Leaders
* Diane Franklin Co-Op
* Toronto Writer’s Collective
* The Stop
* 36Inc Business Storytelling Workshop (India)
* Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
* Parkdale Project Read
* Village of Storytellers
* Toronto Storycamp
Created age specific curricula for pre-teens, teenagers, and adults to help build storytelling and build public speaking skills and confidence. Worked with hosting schools and organizations to provide an experience that meets the goals of the following organizations.
* Ursula Franklin Academy
* Cardinal Carter Academy
* Centre Dufferin District High School
* University of Toronto
* David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
* York University
* McMurrich Jr Primary School
* Story Planet
* Toronto Catholic District School Board
Performance Storytelling: one to two day workshops
Delivered a custom workshop targeted to people wishing to perform in front of an audience. This has included teaching the Armando improv format, a format which uses true stories to inspire improv. I worked with the following.
* Making Box Theatre
* The Assembly
* Improv Comedy Bangalore (India)
* Independent Storytelling Intensive with Sage Tyrtle
Performance Storytelling: 7 to 14 week courses
Prepared and delivered seven to fourteen-week original classes of four hours each. Classes focused on story choice, structure, editing and delivery.
Second City Toronto
Independent Storytelling Workshop with Sage Tyrtle – beginner
Independent Storytelling Workshop with Sage Tyrtle – advanced
I have ten years of improv experience, and my improv troupe has been invited to perform at the Chicago Musical Improv Festival and the Big City Improv Festival.
I regularly perform my solo shows and true stories on stages throughout the world.
Workshop: Casting Director Jessie Thomson (Franklin and Friends)
Workshop: Video Game Voice Actor Ellen Dubin (Skyrim)
Improv Workshops: Long Form Improv, Musical Improv, Characterization
Bad Dog Theatre
Second City Toronto
Gravy For The Brain
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