Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild joins the ranks of the 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival with an eclectic mix of tales and tellers with a new rendition of A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups. This event is free to the public and will be broadcast virtually on the following dates and times. Registration is required.
Friday, September 25 @ 7 PM
Saturday, September 26 @ 7 PM
Sunday, September 27 @ 7 PM
Friday, October 2 @ 7 PM
Saturday, October 3 @ 7 PM
Sunday, October 4 @ 2 PM & 7 PM
According to Denise McCormack, president of Patchwork,
“Storytellers traditionally tell to live and intimate audiences, but we’re delighted to be able to bring our stories, with all of their integrity and charm, right into people’s homes. It’s thrilling to see that this age-old art form has found a place on such a broad, accessible, and diverse platform, and we’re eager to use it.
The stories are incredible and run the gamut from folk and fairy tales to personal memoir, each one as unique as the teller who tells it.
This really promises to be a great show, and the audience can sit back and relax and just enjoy the experience of imagining those once-upon-a-times that capture our fancies and our hearts, right from their own living rooms.”
This program is sure to delight storylovers everywhere, and we encourage everyone to spread the word!
This event will be broadcast on our site. Register now for details.
Denise McCormack has been telling professionally for more than a decade, presenting programs throughout the tri-state area--to listeners of all ages and in a multitude of venues-- and is deeply committed to sharing the benefits of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications from education and community to business, health, and well-being.
Among her many roles in storytelling, McCormack is president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling plays an integral role.
Michele Belluomini has been telling stories to children and adults for the last 15 years.
She has performed in schools, libraries, and museums, as well as at universities in the Philadelphia area.
Michele presented solo performances on the "Fringe" stage at the 2006 National Storytelling Conference in Pittsburgh and at the 2012 National Storytelling Conference in Cincinnati. She has also performed in a host of Patchwork Tellebration festivals, the New Jersey Storytelling festival, and the Lehigh Valley's Story Fusion.
Ingrid entertains people in story and song and has been active in theater productions for over 30 years.
She is an Interactive Theater and Storytelling artist who shares traditional folktales, fairy tales, and literary stories from all over the world and brings to life multifaceted characters whose unique personalities aid in the cultural understanding.
Ingrid encourages role playing and audience participation and is a proud member of the Lehigh Valley and Patchwork Storytelling Guilds.
Barbara Cohen-Kligerman studied storytelling with Brooklyn-based author and scholar Yitzhak Buxbaum. She has told stories in several locations in New York and the Delaware Valley, including the internally televised Story Time at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Vernyce Dannells is a performance teller, poet, and singer.
During her years in Hawaii, she was the one who opened Honolulu's famed Talk Story Festival.
She's delighted that her move to Philadelphia has meant participation in Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild. You may have encountered her during Chestnut Hill's Ghost Walk - she's the one who makes the babies cry and the adults jump!
Judy England-McCarthy has been creating & telling stories all of her life. As a member of Patchwork, along with several other Storytelling Guilds and the National Storytelling Network, Judy can be found performing at various events including libraries, schools and festivals throughout the Tri-State region.
With a strong theatrical background, her stories are filled with elements of humor and wisdom.
Storyteller and teaching artist Oni Lasana offers unforgettable and unique experiences to audiences of all ages everywhere.
Oni has presented programs for theaters, museums, schools, universities, libraries, historical organizations, senior centers, family reunions, festivals, corporate and community events.
Karen Maurer has the experience that only being a retired library youth services coordinator, writer, and blogger of children's literature can bring. Karen tells tales to all ages, coaches and runs Storytelling Workshops for children and teens, and writes songs for Chiles' Play, a children's musical duo with her brother, Dan.
Maurer has engaged audiences for more than two decades, and her specialties and services include professional storyteller, workshop developer and leader, program coordinator, and book reviewer. .
Wendy Mages, an Associate Professor at Mercy College, is a storyteller, scholar, and educator.
Wendy tells stories at storytelling events in the US and abroad. She has told stories
for organizations such as The Moth, The Mouth Off, Speak Up, Stories from the Beat Lounge,
Story Barn, Tell Me Another, This Much Is True, and the New Jersey Storytelling Festival.
Dennis Strain has been telling stories for over twenty years. His storytelling journey started in Harrisburg where he told with two storytelling groups: Tapestry of Tales and Susquehanna Tellers. Retirement brought him to Philadelphia in 2005. He joined Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild that year, and told frequently at Tellabration In Philadelphia and at the N.J. Storytelling Festival.
Dennis currently resides in Elizabethtown and teaches a four session course entitled Storytelling For Beginners. Dennis tells traditional tales, with an emphasis on Irish folklore.
Patchwork Storytelling Guild is a member-supported 501c3 non-profit organization serving the needs of the Philadelphia Metro area, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Delaware Valley.
Its mission is to provide a forum for storytellers and to promote the art of storytelling through community outreach related to the practice, performance, and value of storytelling. Patchwork offers: monthly story swaps, coaching sessions, performance opportunities... and more.