Storytelling Center Events

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Festival Events (out of state)

4th Annual Lititz Storytelling Festival
with Noa Baum, Philip Gulley, Dovie Thomason and Ed Stivender

Warwick Middle School (Auditorium)
401 Maple Street, Lititz, Pennsylvania (get directions)
Friday & Saturday, September 11th & 12th, 2015

The Lititz Storytelling Festival offers a variety of storytelling styles and story genre. You'll hear home town tales brought by humorist Philip Gulley. Experience the powerful stories of first nations, told by master storyteller Dovie Thomason.  Be entertained by the imaginative Ed Stivender and his banjo. And find common ground in the world stories told by Noa Baum.

Weekend Pass admission: $45.00 for adults, $20.00 for students
(includes three concerts and one workshop, other rates available)
Order tickets online via Eventbrite
Contact: or 1–717–626–7263

2015 New Jersey Storytelling Festival

Grounds for Scuplture
80 Scupltors Way, Hamilton, New Jersey (view directions)
Sunday September 20th, 2015, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Feast your ears and eyes! Come enjoy stories of fantasy, heartbreak, wisdom, and whimsy in a fabulous sculpture park setting at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival! This year’s tellers — Vicki Lynn Bryan, Shirley Johnson, Bernie Libster, Julie Sibbald and Veona Thomas — will regale listeners with tales for all ages at indoor and outdoor sites throughout the Grounds.

A story slam with the theme “Lessons Learned the Hard Way” will begin the fun at noon; contestants will be chosen at random to recount their story in five minutes or less. The event’s signature close, the Lightening Round, will polish off the afternoon with 10 tellers who perform two–minute tales in rapid succession.

Prior to the festival, workshops will be offered from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., for educators and others interested in storytelling techniques. “Books Alive!” with Carol Simon Levin will demonstrate ways to use storytelling skills with picture books, while “Recitation: Breathing New Life into an Old Storytelling Form” with Mike Agranoff will offer techniques for committing long pieces to memory. The workshop fee of $50 includes park admission, as well as three professional development credits. School purchase orders are accepted.

Admission: Free w/GFS admission
Contact the New Jersey Storytelling Network for more information

Community Events
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Statue of Hans Christian Andersen at Central Park
Image ©2012 Philip David Morgan.

Stories at the Statue
of Hans Christian Andersen

Central Park — Conservatory Water
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue, New York City
Saturday mornings until the end of September, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Come join us in Central Park for an annual Summer tradition, now in its 59th season! Every week a different teller (or two, or more…) will be telling folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more &madsh; besides the fairy tales of Mr. Andersen, of course — come light rain or shine! The stories are suitable for children of five years and up.

Monitors: Laura Simms and Regina Ress

August 29th: Luann Adams — “Blue Faience Hippopotamus” (Egyptian)
Judith Heineman — “Momotaro” (Japanese)

Monitor: Jean Hale

September 5th: Heather Forest — “Red and Blue Coat” (Congolese)
Peninnah Schram — “Wisdom for Sale” (Jewish)

September 12th: A celebration of Diane Wolkstein [1942–2013]
with Rachel Zucker and friends (guests to be announced)
September 19th: Jim May — “Owl” (Haitian)
Peter Stevenson — “The Ointment” (Welsh)

September 26th: The Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party with Rolf Stang (as H.C. Andersen)
Laura Simms — “The Ugly Duckling” (H.C. Andersen)
Jean Hale — “Goose and Duck” (Tad Hills)
(refreshments will be served following the performance)


Parents and guardians are requested to sit with their children during the story hour.

Laura Simms, artistic director

Sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc.
in cooperation with the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy.

Please support the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center with your donations via PayPal

Tammy Hall
The Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour

Imagination Playground
Ocean Avenue (between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue), Brooklyn, New York
(MTA subway: B, Q, and S trains to Prospect Park Station)
Saturdays in August at 2:00 p.m.

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–718–789–2822 

Tammy Hall
Summer Songs and Stories

Lefferts Historic House (Prospect Park)
452 Flatbush Avenue (near Empire Boulevard), Brooklyn, New York
(MTA buses: B16 to Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard, B43 to Lincoln Road,
B41 to Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard)
Sundays in August at 3:00 p.m.

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–718–789–2822 

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

“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

Sunday, September 27th, 2015:

Peter Stevenson
The Lost Fairytales of West Wales

An encounter with the dark Otherworld of west Wales, from lazy harpers to light&Ndash;footed fiddlers, from the Lady of the millpond to the Llanina mermaid, from Siani Pob Man to Dylan the poet. Fairytales collected by Myra Evans of New Quay around west Wales over a hundred years ago, pieced together by Welsh storyteller Peter Stevenson as he wandered the old Welsh Tramping Road in search of ivy covered ruins and misty memories of people long gone. For older children, adults and lovers of dark fairy tales.
Sunday, October 25th, 2015:
Therese Folkes–Plair and Joy Kelly Smith
Haints, Haunts and Whazzits
A Hallowe’en Celebration

Growing up, most people are told there are no such things as ghosts and haunts. Not so for Therese Folkes–Plair, originally from South Carolina (Gullah) and Virginia, and Joy Kelly Smith, Mississippi and Tennessee–reared.  The two women reach into their Southern U.S. and African roots to bring us face to face with the terrifying, the sad and the merely curious from the natural and supernatural worlds in that mysterious interface where a good story — true, mebbe true, and down–right "lie" — is born.  These two women know “haints," have passed through a few "haunts," and are terrific storytellers.

Sunday, November 8th, 2015:
Leeny Del Seamonds
“¡Ay, caramba!”
Bilingual Stories and Songs

Bilingual storyteller Leeny Del Seamonds offers a colorful piñata of Latino folk and original tales and tunes decorated with Spanish/English translations, a pinch of audience participation, and bursting with Leeny’s Cuban–American sense of humor and love of performing.  Meet “Renaldo,” a vain and egotistical rascal from Argentina. Hear heart–warming, humorous stories about Leeny’s Cuban familia and their sage advice.  Travel to South America where the birds create a coat of feathers for a friend in need, and delight in the story of “Rosa María,” Leeny’s sassy cousin.  And that’s just the tip of the piñata!

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

Contact: 1–212–998–5867

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.

October 3rd, 2015:
Therese Folkes–Plair and Melissa Heckler
The Invisible Child

Melissa and Therese open the storytelling season with a funny tale from Tove Jansson's Moomins series plus some Sea Nymph stories.

November 7th, 2015:
Leeny Del Seamonds and Regina Ress
Trolls and Trickery
Stories for the Whole Family

Regina and Leeny have some good fun and great stories of tromping trolls and other odd creatures for our November Storytelling.

December 5th, 2015:
Julie Della Torre and Rolf Stang
Santa’s Toy Maker
and Other Scandinavian Tales of Christmas

Julie and Rolf bring their delightful basket of delicious seasonal stories. A joyous start to December’s holidays.

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

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Stories for All Ages

Teardrop Park
Northend Avenue and Warren Street
Battery City Park, New York City
Select Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, 2015:
Rita Auerbach
Hallowe’en Stories

Admission: Free
Contact: 1–212–267–9700

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, September 8th, 2015:

(program to be announced)

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

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.