Storytelling

Darci tells in schools across the country and shares festival stages with some of the best-known storytellers in the nation.  She has told at:

    • the “Spinning Stories, Spanning Time” festival in Williamsburg, VA in 2006 and 2007 and was an emcee in 2008.
    • the 1st and 3rd Annual Tucker-Arnold Storytelling Concerts in Williamsburg, VA in 2010 and 2012.
    • the Tejas Storytelling Festival in 2011 and 2013.  CLICK HERE to see a story from 2011.
    • the National Storytelling Network Conference in 2013
    • She is a regular teller in the “Stories That Make a Difference” benefit concert series produced by the Weavers of the Word Storytelling Collaborative, and co-producer of an annual concert and workshop with a national teller in Williamsburg, VA.

Storytelling

“From your wonderful storytelling I learned something about myself, too. I need to be more open to girls doing boy things. Thanks.”    Zack, Los Angeles 5th Grader

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Darci trains teachers and museum professionals to teach through storytelling, and offers the following workshops:

Stepping Into the Story Through Character Interpretation:  Learn how to portray the people whose stories you tell, and watch your audiences become involved as they never have before!  Character interpretation gives audiences the illusion of meeting people they never really will, and demonstrates the human impact of natural and man-made events.  You don’t need an acting background; you just need a creative imagination.  This workshop is aimed at teachers, museum professionals and historical re-enactors.  It can also be a residency for students. 

Details, Details…Descriptive Language Makes it Real:  Descriptive language can take a story from good to unforgettable.  By being specific in your descriptions, you introduce a whole new pallette of color to your stories, giving them depth, vibrancy and immediacy; you help your audience picture the story you’re telling, and make the characters more real to them.  Bring a story to work on.  Unlock your imagination, and watch that story bloom!  This workshop is appropriate for all ages. 

Storytelling Basics:  Learn the nuts and bolts of storytelling: outlining, word choice, performance skills, interactive techniques.   This workshop is appropriate for all ages. 

Storytelling in Museums:  Museums tell stories.  Whether the stories are about people, ideas or inventions, your visitors will enjoy their visits more if the information is presented in story form.  Learn how to turn dry facts into memorable narratives that will bring your visitors back.

Everyone who attended your [Storytelling in Museums] sessions is still raving – you provided guidance, creative ideas, and “things to ponder” – who could ask for more?  Nancy Hayward, Director of Programs, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

 

American Lives: History Brought to Life™
P.O. Box 1857
Williamsburg, VA 23187
757-719-0523
darci@americanlives.net

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