Storytelling Center Events

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African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

Storytelling Workshop for Beginners (four sessions)
with Dr. Joyce C. Duncan & Thelma Ruffin Thomas

244 West 139th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), New York City
Saturdays, April 1st, 8th and 15th and May 13th, 2017, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration: $30.00 for AFHC Membership plus $10.00 for each session
(Money orders to be made payable to African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.)

Payments must be received by Friday, March 31st and should be sent to:
Thelma Thomas
365 West 28th Street, Apt. 2E
New York, New York 10001

Contact: Thelma Thomas at or 1.212.807.1570

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, April 4th, 2017:
Crystal Kilgore
Fools & Liars

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017:
Kenneth Wyrtch, actor and vocalist

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
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

John Strasberg Studios
555 Eighth Avenue, New York City

(between 37th and 38th Streets)

Friday, April 14th, 2017:

‘Nuff with the Snow! Ready for Spring?
with Sandi Marx, Colin Dempsey and Renata Hinrichs
Music by Cassandra Kubinsky (w/Tom Waites & Tony Daniels)

Admission: $25.00 ($20.00 if purchased online), includes complimentary beverages
Order tickets online


Laura Simms
The Cow That Feeds the World
A Mini Storytelling Residency

(Private location in New York City)
Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, April 28–30 2017, time TBA

How does a storyteller become the voice of compassion and change in difficult times? This mini–residency will feature a group harvesting of a single tale, building strong skills to provide a profound experience for listeners.

Registration: $250.00 (with a $50.00 discount for returning students)
N.B.: This residency is limited to 14 participants.
Reservations: 1.212.674.3479

Battery Park City Parks
Perry Ground
Earth Day Stories for All Ages

6 River Terrace, Battery Park City, New York
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day in Battery Park City! Perry Ground — a traditional storyteller from the Onondaga, Turtle Clan — will be telling a program of Stories of the Earth: Native American stories that connect us to the world we live in.

Admission: Registration required

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.

Saturday, April 8th, 2017:
Heroes, Heroines and Tricksters
Ellen Shapiro and Jean Hale recount stories of young folks from Norway who outwit the greed, the ferocious, and the cunning. Join in the rollicking fun of these folk tales!

Saturday, May 13th, 2017:
Butterball, Trolls and Tomte 
Join Ron Sopyla and Luann Adams as they share a spirited collection of Scandinavian stories. Meet a boy who loves butter, a tiny tomte, two–toothed trolls, and a witch who carries her head in her armpit!

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,M (West 4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Astor Place); and N,R (8th Street).
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Friday, April 14th, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.:
Regina Ress
Ecstatic States in Exotic Lands

From Durga’s fiery Temple dances in Bali to Tutu Pele’s volcanic eruptions in Hawai’i, Regina Ress (who recently traveled to India) will weave tales of her own storied journeys through ancient myth, exotic lands, and the ecstasy experienced when we step out of our own comfort zones into non–ordinary reality. The Goddess shows up, as do some wise old men, lovers young and old, some gorgeous landscapes, and a deeper understanding of the human heart’s immerse capacity for love. This evening is suitable for adults and youth 14 years and older.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.:
Joseph Sobol
Jack and the Least Gal:
A Fantasia of Appalachian Folk Tales

Journey into the phantasmagorical world of Jack, the Appalachian wonder tale hero, and his female counterpart, the Youngest Daughter, or ‘Lost Gal,’ in Joseph Sobol’s virtuoso contemporary retelling of the Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey. Weaving traditional and original songs with stories and his distinctive finger style cittern playing, Joseph Sobol will tease the ancient tales to bring out the overtones of power and helplessness, sexuality and violence, and witchcraft and wisdom in a performance that will be at times humorous, sinister, and revelatory. This performance is suitable for adults and youth 12 years and older.

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

Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

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

Please watch this space for the Summer 2017 line–up to be announced.

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.