Storytelling Center Events

Storytelling Center & African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.
Love Story Salon

Thelma R. Thomas Salon
365 West 28th Street (#2E), New York City
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Admission: $10.00 donation
Contact: 1–212–807–1570

Community Events
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Five Boro Story Project
People’s State of the Union
Five Boro Story Circles

Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab
1303 Louis Niñé Boulevard, South Bronx, New York
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at 165th Street, Washington Heights), New York City
Thursday, January 29th, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

What if the annual State of the Union was not a speech spoken by one, but a poem created by many?

The Five Boro Story Project, in partnership with the people–powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, invites you to take part in the creation of the 2015 People’s State of the Union. From January 24th to January 29th, we are organizing Story Circles throughout the five boroughs. Attend a story circle in your borough and join neighbors in supplementing the President’s State of the Union with your own stories.

These story circles are an invitation to reflect on your neighborhoods’ past and present, and plan for the future. Share your neighborhood memories, tell a story about a moment you felt true belonging — or the opposite — in your community, describe an experience that showed you something new or important about the state of our union, or share about a time you stood together with people in your community.

Stories will be shared online, and provide inspiration for a collective “People’s State of the Union Address” delivered in the form of a poem on Feb 1st at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Volunteer “scribes” are needed for each of these Circles. At each event there will need to be two “scribes” with swift fingers, and a laptop or tablet, to take notes on everyone’s three–minute stories as they are told. Please contact if you can volunteer your time and transcribing skills.


Terri Mateer
A Kind Shot

Davenport Theatre
354 West 45th Street, New York City
Friday and Saturday, January 30th–31st;
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 6th–8th, 2015,
all shows at 7:00 p.m.

One of the major attractions at The FringeNYC 2014, performing artist Terri Mateer brings her one–woman show about being 6’11”, playing professional basketball in France, and much more to the Davenport. For mature audiences only due to adult language.

Admission: $18.00
Order tickets online via SmartTix (use the code AKS13 at checkout to save $5.00 on admission)

Five Boro Story Project
Mapping Brooklyn

BRIC House
647 Fulton Street (at Rockwell Place), Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, March 14th, 2015, time to be announced

As part of BRIC’s Saturday House Party, the Five Boro Story Project will present true stories inspired by the exhibition Mapping Brooklyn and a participatory open forum for sharing neighborhood stories. Details to be announced.

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street, New York City
(between West 3rd Street & Washington Square)
Closest MTA subway trains:
A,B,C,D,E,F (West 4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Bleecker Street).
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Astounding adventures in exotic lands and extraordinary deeds by Heroines and Heroes, Demi–Gods and Goddesses: Our Winter–Spring season brings ancient epics, some of the world’s oldest and best stories, told by three great storytellers. Anita Ratnam, David Novak and Regina Ress will transport us to India, Mesopotamia and  into the rainforest of Borneo with captivating performances of classic tales. Don’t miss this epic season!

“We need the old stories. They speak to universal and eternal  themes. They help to root us in our common humanity which underpins cultural trappings and particulars. At this time of such polarization, such demonization of the ‘Other,’ it is not just important, it is also healing and refreshing to our spirits to remember our connections to others in time and space. Please come. Please tell your friends.” — Regina Ress

Friday, February 13th, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.:

Regina Ress
Adi, Song of Agan
An ancient love story from Borneo

“Who is that person coming down the river? He is all one can desire!                            
How white and shiny and big are the tiger teeth he wears in his ears!”

For an unusual Valentine’s treat, Regina Ress invites us to join epic hero Agan Tadun Ngagtang Balang who is called forth by a flying silver message stick to seek a wife. As we adventure with him through the rainforest, over mountains and down the river, we meet the magical Ngae Bird, two pairs of lovers and a scheming comic witch who lusts after our hero and wants him for herself. She doesn’t get him!

Regina leads us into the world of the Dayak tribes of Borneo as she tells Adi Song of Agan, an extraordinary example of oral literature, one of the few pieces from the indigenous peoples of Borneo to be collected and translated into English. Agan was collected in 1972 by American Carol Rubenstein when the “singer” of this old story came to chant it for two nights in the longhouse — and into Rubenstein’s tape recorder. Because of the disruption of the traditional life of this culture due to the massive logging of the forest along with a ban on singing imposed from outside religious authorities, it is unlikely that this piece, or much of the other oral literature of the region, is being learned and “sung” in Sarawak.  As far as is known, Agan is no longer told in Borneo.
Regina has been telling this story beginning with its American premier at the New York Open Center in 1992. She has told parts of it in Central Park, for a Festival of Epic Poetry at Marboro College in Vermont, for the Sunflower Arts Storytelling Festival,  at the National Storytelling Conference and at Rara Avis Ecological Center the rain forest of Costa Rica with its appropriate surround sound of birdsong, insects&ndsh;chatter and howler– monkey shrieks. While Carol Rubenstein saved it from disappearing altogether by its collection, translation and publication in a monograph published by the Museum of Sarawak,  Regina Ress brings the story, its hero, and its culture off the page and back to life each time she tells it.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015:
David Novak

For 2,500 years it was the greatest story ever told. For another 2,500 years it was completely forgotten. The epic of Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia, returns to its roots as a spoken–word performance in an extraordinary rendering by renowned storyteller David Novak. “This story has something for everyone,” Mr. Novak says, “steamy seduction, monster–slaying, heavenly battles, and a grief–stricken hero’s quest. Although it is our oldest written epic, for thousands of years Gilgamesh was a great telling experience.”   Appropriate for adults and children over 12 years. 

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015:
Anita Ratnam
A MIllion Sitas

Through the lens of Sita, timeless icon of womanhood, Anita Ratnam, refracts and re–weaves the many strands of the majestic and sweeping Hindu epic The Ramayana. Five women are sketched: Manthara, Surpanakha, Mandodari, Ahalya and the eternal Sita, who holds them all together. One of India’s most celebrated dance–actors, Ms. Ratnam brings storytelling, theatre and dance to her rendering of  Sita, who stands at the epicenter of this story of love, honour, courage, treachery and sacrifice. 

David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre (NYU Steinhardt)
Regina Ress, Producer

Admission: Free (the box office will open one hour in advance of each performance)
Contact: 1–212–998–5867

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.
Folks Telling Tales

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street, New York City)
Select Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015:
(program to be announced)

Admission: $10.00
Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645
or Thelma Ruffin Thomas at 1–212–807–1570

Storytelling with the
Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York City
(four blocks south of Grand Central Station)
Select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

Saturday, February 7th, 2015:
LuAnn Adams and Navida Stein
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
and Other Nimble Nordic Tales

Come here LuAnn and Navida tell tales of terrible trolls, a feisty fox and a bullying bear, a Norwegian take on Cinderella, Katie Woodencloak, and a certain Emperor who may (not) be wearing new clothes…

Please watch this space for the balance of the Winter/Spring 2015 schedule to be determined and announced.

Free (and suitable for children five and up)
Contact: 1–212–879–9779 or

Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

Spectrum NYC Studio
121 Ludlow Street (2nd Floor), New York City
(between Delancey and Rivington)
Select Thursdays from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise scheduled)

Please watch this space for the next Out by Ten event to be announced.

REVEAL: A Storytelling Event

The Monro Pub
481 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“I have found a home to tell stories in twice a month and I'd like to invite you to join me. Sometimes there will be themes, sometimes I will encourage you to come out and just tell your best story. Our home is located at a bar in Park Slope called the Monro Pub. We will meet there every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 9 p.m. We will drink, tell stories and connect with each other. I encourage writers, comedians or just anyone who has a story to tell.” — Desirée Taranto, Organizer / Host

Visit the REVEAL page on Meetup (Meetup registration required)