AGO! Storytelling Festival Saturday April 27th

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Joseph Goldin Doing It All Thanks to ADHD

Ever want to know more about our classmate, Joseph? Here is a story about him and his life seen through my eyes.

-Kayla Burson

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have a hard time remembering your story? check this out!


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Page to Stage Storytelling Playhouse

What thoughts do you have about the workshop with Onawumi Jean Moss? What did you take from the workshop?

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Group 5

Our topic is the relationship between a storyteller and an audience; we are exploring how that relationship can be played upon, depended upon, removed, manipulated, stretched, or made unclear. What separates the audience from the listener? How can a storyteller make use of and learn to exist in that unique space?

This week, Joseph and Megan are exploring uniting the audience through vocal and physical engagement. Amara is focusing on the ways that an audience can affect story content by either rejecting or accepting the invitation of the storyteller. Finally, Tasya will be exploring different ways for an audience and a storyteller to create and be in a physical space together. We propose that the relationship between the storyteller and the audience is more fluid than Lipman’s article – or, for that matter, any given audience – might suggest. 


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Storytelling, for me, is unique in that everyone involved with it must be present in ways that many other mediums do not demand. In an art with as much potential for intimacy as storytelling, one must always be aware of where one stands in every possible respect. The question becomes not only “how am I standing – how does my physical body reflect the space around it?” but also “what is my spatial relation to the audience?” or “what is my position on this matter?”

How do the people in the room with you affect the space you all exist in? 

Art imitates life – successful storytelling is enormously conscious of the ways that it interacts with other people. “Expert storytellers can increase an audience’s involvement in a story through various techniques that will cause them to identify, or sympathize, with the characters.”

This is something called aesthetic distance, which, when maintained, becomes the determiner of success. Does one keep the audience at arm’s length, shut them out completely, invite them to join in the telling? All of these can be effective if they fit with the aesthetic of the story.

“In many ways, the storyteller’s relationship with his/her audience parallels the storyteller/character relationship.” – [Source]

One relates a story to another because a story is something to be related because doing so creates a relationship between a teller and a listener/watcher/experiencer. There’s no getting around that. One becomes an object in space that cannot help but be intrinsically, sometimes inextricably tied to others.

Whether that bond continues to exist beyond the end of the story is partly up to you.



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Keepers of the Word

Our event is a storytelling performance happening at Amherst College in late April. People from across the country will be coming in to tell their stories, including Onawumi Moss, the presenter who is coming in to class next week.

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