Crooked Door Storytelling's goal is to create and deliver highly-customized, paid programs that help students, educators, community-based organizations and working professionals learn, share and benefit from the elements and activity of skilled Oral Storytelling. Follow these links to experience what I do.

Crooked Door Storytelling's YouTube Video Channel

"Rounding the Delicate Spiral": This two-minute digital storytelling project was created at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, CA in June 2014. Thank you to the folks at the Center for production guidance and assistance. This project also was made possible in part by an Individual Artists program grant from the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

"Crooked Door Storytelling: An Introduction": A two-minute summary of the mini-documentary.

"The Tale of Crooked Door Storytelling": This 16-minute mini-documentary offers a glimpse of how I share and teach the art and tradition of storytelling with children and adults to help them in their lives and in their work.

"The Woodcutter and the Mermaid: an Aesop's fable": My version of an ages-old tale with a strong moral.

"The Three Magic Charms: a kamishibai tale": Artistic expression plays an additional and key role in kamishibai, the "paper theater" oral storytelling form popular in Japan during the late 20th century. Stage, cards and hyoshigi from Kamishibai for Kids in NYC.

"Old Time Tales for the Young at Heart,"  Pivot Arts Festival, celebrating the arts of Chicago's Uptown and Edgewater communities, June 8, 2013.

"Kamishibai Tales," told and illustrated by The Otters (1st and 2nd graders) as part of Old Town School of Folk Music, Summer Program Show, August 16, 2013.

Audio (no longer available):

 The Friendship Field an adaptation of a traditional Kazakh tale, told at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington as part of a celeberation of community, September 8, 2013.

Professional Work and Appearances: Storyteller and Teaching artist at Northside Catholic Academy, Chicago (gr. preK-8) 2011- ; Member of Old Town School of Folk Music Artists Referral Program (appearances at various Chicago public schools, the Field Museum, community centers, churches) 2013- ; Presenter at Morgan Park Academy annual student Global Explorers week 2012-  (gr. K-3); Presenter at Children of the Heart Family Reading Night 2011-2013; Instructor at Old Town School of Folk Music 2013 Summer Program; Presenter at Pivot Arts Summer 2013 Festival; Instructor at JCYS Big City Day Camp Summer 2013; Presenter at the 2013 Sheboygan (WI) Children's Book Festival; Developer and Presenter of "Beyond the Buzz: Storytelling in the Workplace" for professionals, Winter 2014- ; Presenter, Northside Catholic Academy National Blue Ribbon School Award Celebration, December 2013; St. Philip Lutheran School Winterim program, January 2014; Field Museum, January 2014; Latin School of Chicago “Community Day” in Uptown, September 2014; “Storytelling in the Snug” night at the Celtic Knot Pub, October 2014; North Shore Country Day School “Morning Ex” January, 2015; Latin School of Chicago "Immigration Stories" consultant, Fall 2014-Spring 2015; Whittier Elementary School, Otis Elementary School, June 2015; Olivia's Garden Fall Festival, October 2015- ;  Happy English Club Early Childhood Education Program in Nagoya (JPN), February 2016; Skinner West Elementary School, May 2016 Approved provider, Chicago Public Schools In-School Arts Education programs (with CPS Vendor Number), 2013-; “Kamishibai Fables” Workshop, CPS Regional Arts Day at Schurz High School, January, 2015

Partners, Participation and Workshops: Story Consultant, Canobie Films Documentary Filmmakers, Tiburon, CA, February 2016-; Teaching Artist Development Studio 2015 at Columbia College Chicago Special Project: Writing Community, December 2015- August 2016; Teaching Artist Development Studio 2015 at Columbia College Chicago, February-May 2015; Communities in Schools Arts Education workshop participant, February 2015-; Ingenuity Institute workshops and panelist (including curriculum and assessments), December 2013-; DCASE grant recipient/attendee at Center for Digital Storytelling’s “Ipad for Educators” Workshop, Berkeley, CA June 2014; Fellow with “The Art of Science Learning” STEM Initiative Pilot Program (one of three in the nation) at the Museum of Science and Industry, Jan.-June 2014; Founder of Crooked Door Storytelling, LLC, August 2011; Participant in Adventure Stage Theatre/CPS “Storytelling in the Classroom” workshop, 2010-2011; Ingenuity Inc. Institutes and Chicago Arts Educator Forums, 2012-

Professional affiliationsMember: Illinois Storytelling Network; Northlands Storytelling Network; National Storytelling Network; Youth, Educators and Storytellers (YES!) Alliance and Storytelling in Organizations (SIO); Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP)


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