Storytelling Center Events

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Mr. Andersen welcomes you this Sumer.
Image ©2010 Philip David Morgan.

Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen 2016
The 60th Anniversary

Central Park (Conservatory Water)
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue entrance, New York City
Saturdays from June through September, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon


August 27th:
Peninnah Schram: (A Jewish folk tale TBA)
Judith Heineman: “The Seven Brothers” (H.C. Andersen)


September 3rd:
Leeny Del Seamonds: “Renaldo” (Argentina)
Laura Simms: “The Mud Sisters” (L. Simms)

September 10th:
A Celebration of Diane Wolkstein (1942–2013)
with Rachel Zucker
(guests and program TBA)

September 17th:
Donna Jacobs Sife: “Samson and Deliah” (Bible/Old Testament, book of Judges)
Susan Stone: “Hänsel and Gretel” (J. & W. Grimm)

September 24th:
The Ugly Duckling’s Birthday Party
w/Rolf Stang as Hans Christian Andersen
Laura Simms:
“The Heart of the Giant” (Norway)
Peter Stevenson: “Duck Fairytale” (United Kingdom / Wales)
(cookies will be served courtesy of the American Scandinavian Foundation)

Laura Simms, artistic director

Monitors: Mark Horn and Jean Hale (June), Julie Della Torre (July), and others to be determined for the months of August and September

Storytelling will be held come light rain or shine. The stories will be appropriate for children of six years and up.
Parents and / or adult guardians are asked to sit with their children.

Admission: Free

Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center website and make a donation with PayPal to support the Center’s activities

This series is sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc., and is produced with the participation of the Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Community Events
If you have a storytelling program that you'd like to announce on this website, please contact Daniel Meyer at


Five Boro Story Project

 Richmond Hill Love Letter

Richmond Hill Love Letter

The Five Boro Story Project’s most comprehensive program to date, Richmond Hill Love Letter aims to increase neighborhood pride, transform strangers into neighbors, and galvanize residents to act on changes they wish to see in their neighborhood.

This program is the brainchild of the FBSP’s creator Bridget Bartolini, a Richmond Hill native who knows firsthand how a lack of community programming leads to disconnected residents, and how the act of sharing personal stories has an incredible power to create meaningful connections between people. Local stories provide a connection to the past and a platform for planning the future, helping neighbors move forward with a shared understanding of the neighborhood.

In addition to storytelling, art–making, and writing workshops, Richmond Hill Love Letter will include facilitated discussions that explore neighborhood history and assets, examining positive and negative attributes of the greater Richmond Hill area, and envision the changes Richmond Hill residents hope to see.

This will happen in two stages:

Now through October 2016: Community activities, including story circles, community discussions, and art–making and writing workshops in local libraries, community centers, and parks, will deeply engage participants with our neighborhood and neighbors.

November 2016: A culminating event will showcase performances by community members of true life stories, poems and other art inspired by Richmond Hill. It will be an ode to the neighborhood like has never been seen!

The Five Boro Story Project has partnered with Queens Memory, an archive run by Queens Library and Queens College that combines historical and contemporary photography, maps, news clippings, and other documents with oral history interviews of current residents. At select workshops, Queens Memory staff will digitize participants’ memorabilia and record their stories for inclusion in the Archives at Queens Library’s collections.

Writing Workshop

Indo–Caribbean Alliance
131–12 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York
Date and time to be announced

What are the details that make up your Richmond Hill? Join our writing workshop and write about your experiences in the neighborhood.  Your writing may be featured in the Richmond Hill Love Letter culminating event in November!

This event was originally to be held on Saturday July 16th; it will be rescheduled for a future date.

Watch this space for additional dates in the Love Letter series.

These events are made possible with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities.

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City of Stories: Jackson Heights

Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle
83rd Street (between Baxter and Roosevelt Avenue),
Jackson Heights, New York
Sundays, September 4th and 18th, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Five Boro Story Project and Priscilla Stadler will be collaborating with artist Ro Garrido’s A Living Room on Roosevelt to present City of Stories: Jackson Heights in which we will invite passersby to write down memories, stories, and wishes for Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, and hang their stories to create a colorful city out of paper buildings.

A Living Room on Roosevelt (Una sala en la Roosevelt) brings an interactive living room into the commercial corridor of Roosevelt Avenue with the purpose of creating an intentional space for community members to have conversations, and share knowledge and history related to issues of community safety in Jackson Heights. In partnership with Queens Neighborhoods United (QNU), a local grassroots group that works directly on issues of gentrification and displacement, conversations are tied to current issues in the form of open dialogues on the street or facilitated group conversations. The living room also serves as a growing visual memory archive of personal and collective immigrant narratives in Jackson Heights.

City of Stories is a participatory installation that creates contemplative, interactive spaces where community members and passerby can write memories, stories, and wishes for their neighborhood. Developing from the intersection of Bridget Bartolini’s Five Boro Story Project (a neighborhood storytelling program), and Priscilla Stadler’s Fragile City (an installation series of cheesecloth buildings), City of Stories invites the public to collaboratively create their own art intervention. Participants write down their stories on paper buildings, mirroring the Fragile City buildings, hang them for the installation, and read the stories of others. As the paper buildings amass, they transform public spaces into a colorful city, made up of stories that provide a powerful sense of community members’ experiences, concerns, and visions.


Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

Brad Lawrence, Neil Genzlinger,
Katie Greathead & Cassandra Kubinski Trio

John Strasberg Studios
555 Eighth Avenue, New York City

(between 37th and 38th Streets)
Friday, September 9th, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.
(open mic to follow mainliners)

Admission: $25.00 ($20.00 if ordered online), including beverages

Order tickets online


African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

Folks Tellin’ 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.

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

Admission: $10.00

Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at 1–212–862–3680

Beyond our region
Events listed here are out of the New York metropolitan area but may be of some interest to you.

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5th Annual Lititz Storytelling Festival

Warwick Middle School Auditorium
Lititz, Pennsylvania
Friday & Saturday, September 9th & 10th, 2016

Experience the joy of storytelling wit, wisdom and wonder!

The 2016 Festival features family story from western North Carolina by Donald Davis; hilarious tall tales by Bil Lepp; heartfelt personal story by Carmen Agra Deedy; authentic Jewish folk tales and world story by Noa Baum; and mesmerizing legends and ancient tales by Daniel Morden.

The 5th Annual Lititz Storytelling Festival will be held at the Warwick Middle School Auditorium.  This new theater offers comfortable seats, a state–of–the–art sound system, and accessible parking. All seats are general admission. 

Admission breaks down as follows:

Weekend Pass: $45.00 for adults, $20.00 for students (includes three concerts and one workshop) 
Student  $20. Includes three concerts and one workshop 
Friday and Saturday Evening Storytelling Concert (7:00 p.m. start each night): 
$15.00 for adults, $5.00 for students

Saturday Workshops (from 10:00 to ­11:30 a.m.): 
$10 for adults, $5.00 for students

Saturday StorySwap (from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.): free admission 

Saturday Storytelling Concert for Families (from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.):
This shorter length concert (1 1/2 hours) is designed for family enjoyment, especially for children age 7 and older. Featured
storytellers will perform shorter length stories.
$15.00 for adults, free for students and children 

Purchase tickets online via Eventbrite

Contact: or 1–717–508–4060

Seasonal series

Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers
at Scandinavia House

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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.

Please watch the Calendar for the 2016–2017 dates to be announced in the Fall.

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

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

Please watch the Calendar for the Fall 2016 schedule to be announced.

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

Admission: Free (seating is limited, and the box office opens one hour before each performance).
Contact: 1–212–998–5867