Storytelling Center Events

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Community Events
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The Great Story Salon Series
Story into Spring

814 Broadway (#3), New York City
(seating is limited for all events and is held inside a private residence with two cats)

Sunday, March 29th, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.:
Laura Simms and special guests
Sudden Storytelling

A special evening devoted to the Girls Write Haiti project, featuring a reading of poetry and stories related to the project.

The history of Girls Write Haiti is a courageous story of girls living in a camp who defied misery and horrendous conditions by writing poetry, sharing their stories, and dancing.  Their story continues.

This evening will also be a fundraiser on behalf of the GWH project (this includes raising immediate funds for an upcoming trip to Haiti). In addition, the girls are in need of blank journals, pens, plain white paper, file folders, digital cameras and / or mobile devices you are no longer using and are willing to donate.

Admission: $20.00 ($15.00 for storytellers and students), with all proceeds going to the Girls
(Donations may be made with PayPal at Laura’s website)

Sunday, April 19th, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Marsha Gildin
In the Witness of One Hundred Hearts
Auschwitz — Place as teacher and the voices that remain

An evening of extraordinary storytelling and memory, honoring the Holocaust Memorial Celebration. A reception will follow the performance.

Admission: $20.00
RSVP: 1–212–674–3479

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Steve Gorn
Late Night Raga: A Luminous Story without Words

Enjoy a luminous performance by master musician Steve Gorn on Bansuri flute with tabla accompaniment (tabla artist to be announced). The evening will also include a singing lesson for everyone.

Admission: $20.00
Proceeds will benefit Wiley Basho Gorn and the Taksu Theatre’s upcoming production of The Tempest
(additional donations may be made with PayPal at Indiegogo until April 4th, 2015)


Terri Mateer
A Kind Shot

Terri Mateer

Davenport Black Box Theatre
354 West 45th Street, New York City
Fridays, April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, and May 1st and 8th, 2015
Saturdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, and May 2nd and 9th, 2015
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
All shows starting at 7:00 p.m.

One of the Top 10 Standout Shows at the Fringe NYC 2014, Terri Mateer’s one–woman show — about the twists and turns in her life that begin with her height and her capacity to play basketball like a pro (strong enough to actually play pro in Paris, in fact) — is back for a limited run at the Davenport.

Caution: This show features adult language, and is meant for mature audiences only.

Admission: $18.00
Reservations: Order tickets online via SmartTix (use code AKS13 for $5.00 off; AKS241 to buy two tickets for the price of one)

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

Astounding adventures in exotic lands and extraordinary deeds by Heroines and Heroes, Demi–Gods and Goddesses: Our Winter–Spring season brings ancient epics, some of the world’s oldest and best stories, told by three great storytellers. Anita Ratnam, David Novak and Regina Ress will transport us to India, Mesopotamia and  into the rainforest of Borneo with captivating performances of classic tales. Don’t miss this epic season!

“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, April 19th, 2015:
David Novak

David Novak

For 2,500 years, it was the greatest story ever told. Then for another 2,500 years it was completely forgotten. 

The epic of Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia,  returns to its roots as a spoken–word performance in an extraordinary rendering by renowned American storyteller David Novak.  This story has something  for everyone: steamy seduction, monster&ndashlslaying,  heavenly battles, and a grief–stricken hero’s quest. 
Our oldest written epic, for thousands of years,  Gilgamesh was — and is —  a great telling experience. 

David Novak , one of America’s best known storytellers (and who recently returned from a tour of international schools in Mainland China), has performed at numerous theatres and festivals including the Czech Children’s Theatre Festival, the CSC Repertory, the Cincinnati Playhouse, Woodstock Theatre Company, Timpanogos, Tejas Festival, Oklahoma City's Winter Tales, Hawaiian Talking Island, and the Northern Appalachian and Sierra Storytelling Festivals. In 2013, he was featured at the National Storytelling Festival where he gave a tour–de–force performance as R. Buckminster Fuller. Mr. Novak is an instructor for the United States’ only post–graduate degree in storytelling at East Tennessee State University.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015:

Anita Ratnam
A Million Sitas

Anita Ratna, photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann --
Photo by and © Cylla Von Tiedemann.

Through the lens of Sita, timeless icon of womanhood, Anita Ratnam, refracts and  re-weaves the many strands of the majestic  and sweeping Hindu epic The Ramayana. Five women are sketched: Manthara, Surpanakha, Mandodari, Ahalya and the eternal Sita, who holds them all together.
One of India’ most celebrated dance–actors, Mme. Ratnam brings storytelling, theatre and dance to her rendering of Sita, who stands at the epicenter of this story of love, honour, courage, treachery and sacrifice.

Dr. Anita Ratnam , one of India’s most renowned performers, describes herself as a “contemporary classicist” whose solo work re–imagines notions of what is sacred and what is secular from within the framework of her life and experience. Her ability to connect through storytelling, musical theatre, and gesture to a wide variety of audiences has led to international engagements in diverse venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (UK), Korzo Theatre at the Hague, Substation (Singapore), the Newark Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum in the United States.

Please note: A full house is expected for this performance; please contact if you wish to attend.

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

Admission: Free (the box office will open one hour in advance of each performance)
Contact: 1–212–998–5867

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, April 7th, 2015:
Fools and Liars
(guest artist 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

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.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015:  
Melissa Heckler and Therese Folkes Plaire
The Sea Nymph and other Water Tales

An hour of water stories from Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. From the rivers to the seas, there is magic in the Earth’s waters.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015: 
Linda Humes and Robin Bady
The Hop Giant and other Tales of the North

Robin and Linda tell funny and fantastic tales of giants, trolls, elves and the other strange folk — large and small — from Scandinavian folklore.

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

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.

REVEAL: A Storytelling Event

The Monro Pub
481 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“I have found a home to tell stories in twice a month and I'd like to invite you to join me. Sometimes there will be themes, sometimes I will encourage you to come out and just tell your best story. Our home is located at a bar in Park Slope called the Monro Pub. We will meet there every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 9 p.m. We will drink, tell stories and connect with each other. I encourage writers, comedians or just anyone who has a story to tell.” — Desirée Taranto, Organizer / Host

Visit the REVEAL page on Meetup (Meetup registration required)