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Christopher Agostino

Christopher Agostino has enjoyed a 30-year adventure in theater, storytelling, facepainting and bodypainting as chronicled in his book Transformations! The Story Behind the Painted Faces. He combines these arts in a unique performance style called StoryFaces. This piece is a synthesis of lessons learned through his explorations of world cultures and the art of transformation. Before Cave Walls…the story on our skin is a full-length educational presentation on the history and cultural significance of masks and body art. Samantha Desom, medical student, models for the story.

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Email: info@agostinoarts.com

Website: http://agostinoarts.com/StoryFaces

Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston is a storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kimmel Center, the Women of the Word Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, a refugee camp in northern Senegal plus prisons, detention centers and major festivals, museums, universities and concert halls.

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Email: griotwoman@aol.com

Website: http://www.CharlotteBlakeAlston.com

Karin Amano

Originally from Japan, Karin Amano was trained in Japanese traditional song, dance, and theater. After performing in numerous Japanese theaters and on TV, she moved to New York City and performed in off-off Broadway productions including Shakespeare plays, one-woman shows, storytelling, and musicals. From 1997 to 2000, she also emceed the Enjoy Japan Festival at Carnegie Hall. She was hired as an actor by Walt Disney World in Florida in 1999 and performed as a full-time actor/storyteller
at Epcot till 2010. She still performs there as a storyteller for Holidays Around the World every year. Recently she has been telling Japanese Folktales at cultural festivals, Young Authors Conference, Asian American Storytelling Summit, schools and libraries in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Orlando.

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Email: JapaneseStoryteller@gmail.com

Website: http://www.JapaneseStoryteller.com

Brenda Wong Aoki

Brenda Wong Aoki is a writer, performer and recording artist. Weaving together Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater, dance and everyday life experience her plays have been produced in the U.S. Japan, China, Singapore, Australia and Austria. She has been awarded National Endowment Theater Fellowships, Drama-logue Awards, INDIE awards for Best Spoken Word recordings, a Critics’ Circle Award, and continued ASCAP Innovation Awards for new libretto. She is the first nationally recognized Asian Pacific Storyteller in the nation (NSN Circle of Excellence Award 2014). She is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University and continues to teach and perform internationally.

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Email: wongaoki@firstvoice.org

Website: http://www.brendawongaoki.com

Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong

Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong, an African Native American, is a bilingual storyteller, voiceover artist and percussionist of the Drum Divas. She travels the world, weaving songs into stories in Yoruba, Twi, Sanskrit, English, Cherokee, Sign Language and Spanish. She seamlessly blends Spanish and English into tailor-made interactive performances for students and adults. She was awarded a National Storytelling Network Grant and a RaceBridges Fellowship for her residency “What About the Children?”
encouraging refugee children to tell their own stories. Mama Edie’s personal, historical and folk tales encourage self-knowledge and empowerment, learning to see the light in everyone, and daring all to make a difference.

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Email: MamaEdie4@aol.com

Website: http://www.storytelling.org/MamaEdie

Sheila Arnold

Sheila Arnold has been gifted by God with performance skills and has been using this talent since she was eight years old. Since 2003 she has been a full-time Storyteller traveling through the United States and sharing a variety of stories – “whatever tells good in her mouth”, as well as doing Historic Character Presentations and Christian Monologues.

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Email: sheilaarnold39@aol.com

Website: http://www.mssheila.org

Carrie Sue Ayvar

Carrie Sue Ayvar, an award winning, Arabic surnamed, Eastern European Jewish woman from Pittsburgh, PA tells stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English. As a storyteller, speaker, Teaching Artist and Chautauqua Scholar, she loves to connect people, languages and cultures via shared stories. Believing, as her grandfather taught her, that “If you don’t know the trees, you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories, you may be lost in life”, she guides her listeners through cross-cultural experiences in her performances at venues large and small throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

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Email: csayvar@gmail.com

Website: http://www.carriesueayvar.com

Robin Bady

Award winning storyteller/playwright Robin Bady is based in Brooklyn, and performs and teaches across the United States and Europe. Her repertoire includes world tales, Jewish stories, social satire, oral histories, literature, ghost experiences and personal stories.

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Email: robbady@gmail.com

Website: http://www.RobinBady.com

Zahra Glenda Baker

Zahra Glenda Baker is a vocalist, storyteller and teaching artist. She has worked in collaboration with musicians, poets and storytellers for the past 30 years. She loves to research and to connect personal experiences with historical events and political action. She has long-term partnerships with Emily Hooper Lansana as a partner in their Performance duo: In the Spirit. She also enjoys a musical and storytelling partnership with Shanta Nurullah as ShaZah.

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Email: inthespiritstories@yahoo.com

Website: http://aseblackstorytellers.org/member/14

Noa Baum

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa Baum trained in theatre at Te-Aviv University, studied acting with Uta Hagen and received and MA in Educational Theater from NYU. Since 1982, she’s performed and led workshops internationally and crated award-winning CDs. Her one woman show and new memoir A Land Twice Promised-An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace-recounts her journey from girlhood in post-Holocaust Israel to her adult encounter with “the other.” She’s a recipient of
multiple Individual Artist Awards from The Maryland State Arts Council and The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

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Email: storytelling@noabaum.com

Website: http://www.NoaBaum.com

Carol Birch

Carol Birch is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, author, workshop leader, lecturer, recording artist, and director of storytelling recordings who has been a featured storyteller six times at the National storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Her concerts for adults include the story of Lou Gehrig and works by John Steinbeck and Ray Bradbury, while others celebrate immigrants, women, and love.