Storytelling Center Events

Memorial for Roslyn Bresnick–Perry

Manhattan Plaza (Duke Ellington Room)
43rd Street at 9th Avenue, New York City
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of stories and poetry celebrating the life and legacy of Roslyn Bresnick–Perry, led by Peninnah Schram, Steve Zeitlan, Dan Rouse and Gerald Fierst.

Community Events
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Out by Ten

Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

John Strasberg Studio
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, October 8th, 2015:
Secret Messages to Lovers, Mothers and Others
with Ophira Eisenberg, Adam Wade, and Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D
and music by Warren Malone

The Out by Ten series returns for a new season with a new location: the famed John Strasberg Studios, famed for its instruction in the art of method acting (and with a more central location, easily reached by the MTA’s A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3 trains).

The October 8th event welcomes stand–up comic / Moth SLAM host / NPR presenter Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), 20–time MOTH StorySLAM champion Adam Wade (also featured on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer), and New York University professor / Moth Grand SLAM participant Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D. Stay for the music of the UK’s own Warren Malone (whose latest album is the dark folk oeuvre And the Ants Ate the Bee, which will be available for sale).

Admission: $20.00 ($18.00 in advance), includes beverages
Purchase tickets online

Laura Simms
The Stories We Tell (Workshop)

New York Public Library (Main Branch — 2nd Floor)
455 Fifth Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York City
Thursdays, October 8th, 15th and 22nd, 2015. from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Finding our story is a mythic and rich process of recollection, image exploration and conversation. How we tell our stories makes a difference.  This is a writing, speaking, listening, storytelling workshop.  Each evening we open a different door, and uncover a new tales to share. Revelatory for beginners, writers, business people, speakers, storytellers or those who want to find their own true stories. 

Free (you may register for one workshop or all three)
Register online at the NYPL website

Bady House Storytelling Concert #22
True Ghosts!
with Susanna Holstein, Tommy O’Malley,
Maria Aponte and Andrew Linderman

85 Chester Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
(MTA F subway train to Church Avenue)
Sunday, October 25th, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

It’s the 2nd Annual Hallowe’en Edition: weird, wacky and real. Get ready to be scared!

Admission: $15.00 (includes homemade cookies, s’mores, and coffee)
Contact: or 1–718–633–6651

Umoja to Imani, beginning Saturday October 3rd

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. & The Black LGBT Kwanzaa Community of NYC
Umoja to Imani
The ABC’s of Storytelling in the African Tradition

365 West 28th Street (Apartment 2E), New York City
Saturdays from October 3rd to December 26th, 2015,
each session from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Children ages 6 to 12 (which must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) are invited to participate in this series of storytelling workshops intended as a Rite of Passage. It’s an opportunity for youngsters to learn their African heritage — and to express themselves through spoken word, drums, theatre, painting, song… and so much moire.

Impotant: Both the children and their parents will be asked to commit to the entire series of workshops, beginning on Saturday October 3rd and leading right up to and including Kwanzaa (December 26th).

RSVP or questions: Thelma Ruffin Thomas at 1–212–807–1570
or Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1–212–568–1645

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, 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, October 6th, 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