Storytelling Center Events

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

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

(Youth tellers will be part of each program during the month)

June 4th:
60th Anniversary Opening Celebration
Therese Plair (w/guest guitarist TBA):
“The Princess and the Pea” (H.C. Andersen)
Rolf Stang: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (H.C. Andersen)
Guests: A.D. Riggelsen (Danish Consulate General) and A. Forbes (bagpipes)

June 11th:
Bill Gordh: “The Magical Cow” (Iceland)
Navida Stein: “The Well of Truth” (Egypt)

June 18th:
Jeannine Lavery: “The Seven Ravens” (J. & W. Grimm)
Jack McKeon: “Wiley and the Hairy Man” (United States)

June 25th:
Megan Wells: “The Myth of the Midnight Sun”(Scandinavia)
Robin Bady: “The Beetle’s Journey” (H.C. Andersen)
Mary Ann Smith: “The Storm Child” (East Brightwood)


July 2nd:
Independence Day Celebration
w/Laura Simms, Lise Marie Nedergard
and Lynn Andersen
in a program of Appalachean, Caribbean, and Danish tales

July 9th:
Anne Shimojima: “The Wave” (Japan)
Megan Hicks: “Master of All Masters” (United Kingdom)

July 16th:
Julie Della Torre: “The Swineherd” (H.C. Andersen)
Julie Pasqual: “Juan Bobo and the Pig” (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)

July 23rd:
Rita Auerbach: “The Tinderbox” (H.C. Andersen)
Joy Kelly: “Horse & Toad” (Haiti, adapt.: D. Wolkstein)

July 30th:
Heather Forest: “Three Strong Women” (Japan, adapt.: H. Forest)
LuAnn Adams: “The Magic Fish” (South Africa)


August 6th:
Regina Ress: “The Most Incredible Thing” (H.C. Andersen)
Ron Sopyla: “Sun Moon, Brother Sister” (South Korea)

August 13th:
Gerald Fierst: “The Nightingale” (H.C. Andersen)
Arif Chaudery: (An Arabic tale TBA)

August 20th:
April Armstrong: “The Teapot” (H.C. Andersen)
Laura Bobrow: “A True Life Story” (L. Bobrow)

August 27th:
Peninnah Schram: “The Snow Queen” (H.C. Andersen)
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
(and guests TBA)

September 17th:
Donna Jacobs Sife: “Samson & 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
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Peninnah Schram & Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
A Book Talk on Love Stories

Bernard Museum of Judaica
Temple Emanu–el / Skirball Center (2nd floor)
1 East 65th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenue), New York City
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Come hear Storyteller / author Peninnah Schram and co–author Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso talk about their recently-published book, Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folktales, Legends and Letters. This event is connected to the Museum’s current exhibition Boi Kalah: Here Comes the Bride — Wedding Gowns Embroidering the Story of the Jewish People, recently brought over from Beit Hatfutsot, the Israeli Museum.

Admission: Free


BadyHouse Storytelling Concert #29
with Elizabeth Ellis, Jeff Simmermon,
Andy Christie & Leslie Goshko

85 Chester Avenue, Brooklyn (Kensington), New York
(MTA subway: F train to Church Avenue)
Sunday, June 5th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

House concerts are a great way to see your soon to be favorite performers! They take place in a in a living room, a dining room or any space big enough to accommodate a small crowd — ours is in our row house in the neighborhood of Kensington, Brooklyn.

What can you expect? Sitting on chairs, couches, eating cookies and drinking tea and coffee. Making new friends. Hearing great stories by great performers. Bring your own beer or wine if you want. It is an intimate setting, and the stories and storytellers are right there for you and with you. It's lots of fun!

Look for the row house with the big "85" on the door. Walk in and get ready to have a fabulous time amongst friends old and new.

Admission: $15.00 + suggested donation (includes homemade cookies, coffee and tea)
Contact: or 1–718–633–6651

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.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016:
(Program and guests 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

Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

John Strasberg Studios
555 8th Avenue (Suite 2310) New York City
(between 38th and 39th Streets)
Second Fridays from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise scheduled)

Friday, June 10th, 2016:
Love, Pain, and All That Jazz
with Sandi Marx, Jim O’Grady and Danny Artese
plus music by KJ Denhert

Admission: $25.00 ($20.00 in advance online), seating limited

RSVP: Order tickets online (A $1.69 service charge applies)


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.

Story Circle

Richmond Hill Block Association
110-08 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Share your stories and memories about Richmond Hill, and engage in discussion
about our neighborhood’s past, present, and future. 
This story circle workshop will be
an intimate and fun way to connect with neighbors through shared stories and snacks. 

You are invited to bring any Queens photographs and memorabilia, and the Queens Memory team will be on hand to digitize them for inclusion in the Archives at Queens Library’s collections, and save them to a USB flash drive that you can take home.

Writing Workshop

Indo–Caribbean Alliance
131–12 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York
July 2016, 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!

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.

Clinton Street Festival

Clinton Street (between Rivington & Delancey Streets), New York City
Friday, June 24th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Highlighting small, long­time businesses on Clinton Street in the Lower East Side, the Clinton Street Festival will include a walking tour, 
artistic interventions in empty
storefronts, and a community story–­sharing workshop.  More details to come!


Battery Park City Parks
Stories for All Ages

Teardrop Park
North End Avenue (between Warren and Murray Streets)
Battery Park City, New York City
Select Saturdays as noted below, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

July 16th, 2016:
April Armstrong
Stories from Africa

Will Tortoise remember the name of the tree? Can the Guinea Fowl fool the tricky Anancy? How can
Tunji defeat the Giant with a song? Find out the answers in a hour of African folk tales for the young
and the young at heart.

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

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.

The 2015–2016 Scandinavia House season is ended. 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

The Spring 2016 season has ended. Please watch this page for the Fall 2016 schedule when it is 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