Storytelling Workshops

Storytelling, One Bite at a Time

Beginning storytelling workshop
Do you want to tell stories but don’t know where to start? We will learn to listen and retell and create our own stories.  We will start with some simple stories, find the ones you love and start telling them to each other.
Workshop time:  60 minutes to 3 hours
3rd  grade to Adult (will customize)

Building Characters

Fleshing out the story
Stories are full of characters and we want them to come alive.  We will take familiar stories and flesh out the characters.  In this workshop we start with a puppet.  We give it a name and a life and a voice.  It becomes a character.  Now we are ready to use it in a story.
Workshop time: 60-90 minutes
Elementary through adult

A Head Full of Stories

Picture the Story Then Tell It
We remember stories in very many different ways.  Sometimes a smell will trigger a story.  Sometimes it will be a song that awakens our imagination.  No matter what the source an image emerges in our brains.  In this workshop we will use a variety of visual techniques to remember our stories. We will then put the story together with storyboards, story maps, drawings and cartoons.
Workshop time: 90-180 minutes
All age groups

Truth or Lies

Every Family has a Story
It is always easier to tell the truth than a lie.  In the Truth or Lie game we find the beginnings of personal stories.  With the help of a little rhyme we encourage the telling of both truths and imaginative tales.  Each of the participants decides which of the stories is worth developing.  This workshop helps the individual uncover their family stories and learn to tell them.
Workshop time:  60-90 minutes
Age 10 through Adult

Heirlooms, Look Ahead, Look Behind

The Family Historians
In many countries the elders were the ones to tell the stories.  Stories shared history, gossip and tradition.  They also served to entertain.  Somehow we lost track of the importance of those stories. Our histories are made richer by these retellings.  In this program stories of life are told and shared with the encouragement of the workshop leader and some very specific images.
Workshop time: 60-90 minutes-Adults
With the addition of children asking the questions, this becomes an intergenerational program.  To learn the stories and the history they hear they will learn to retell the stories in their own words.
4th – 6th grade and Adults

Storybuddies

This is a mentoring program designed for High School students who are also parents. With the use of personal storytelling, mentors and students become friends and gain insights into the joys and challenges of parenting.
Residency time:  3 weeks
High School

Theatre Workshops

Voice Production, Story Theatre, Stage Presence, Curtains Up!
Potluck Productions
Joyce is an actress.  She is one of the co-founders of Potluck Productions, a theatre company dedicated to promoting and producing the works of women playwrights.

Art Workshop

Artistic Beginnings for children, 5-14