November 8, 2012
I have worked with a wide array of people, people of different ages and cultural backgrounds, English-speakers and non-English-speakers. I've worked with students in public and private schools, urban and suburban communities, from preschoolers to college students. I’ve told to Boy Scouts gathered by a flickering campfire and to families cuddled on blankets on a beach. I am also committed to bringing storytelling to adult listeners; I perform for adult audiences in senior centers, service clubs, churches and synagogues, libraries, retirement communities, local theaters and public performance spaces. An experienced classroom teacher with degrees from Yale and Bank Street, I offer workshops for tellers at every level of experience. In my work as an artist-in-residence, I design programs that tie in with on-going classroom studies of science, social studies, and language arts. A fourth grade teacher writes, "I like that Sara gives every child a try. She gets everyone into the act."
Until recently, I relied solely on word-of-mouth ways to get jobs. My children are older, money is tighter, and I'm trying out more formal venues for networking. I am now participating in Linked-in, including a Farmington Valley group which is planning a meeting in person. I go to the JETS Schmoozers group, a networking group run by the Jewish Family Services but open to people of all backgrounds. I have always used the storytelling events I attend as a way of getting caught up with other storytellers.
I would like to find more storytelling work in schools, senior citizen facilities, and other venues. I can use help brain-storming how to reach these venues, suggestions of particular names to contact, and courage to make follow-up phone calls once I've sent out an email informing people of what I have to offer.
I love Indian pudding and Maple ice cream. Sometimes I am not so much in the mood for sweets, and other times a cannoli, a chocolate mousse cake, or a slice of New York style cheese cake (PLAIN) looks too tempting to resist.
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I present programs of multicultural myths, legends, and folktales to audiences of all ages. Audiences discover the richness of each individual culture while also appreciating the universality of human experiences.
Lots of fun; chance to meet dynamic women.