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02 - 03 Sep 2015

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference 2015

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Timpanogos Storytelling Conference 2015

 

Interested in storytelling? Come and learn about the traditional art of oral storytelling from some of the most accomplished storytellers in the world.

The 2015 Timpanogos Storytelling Conference will be held the same week as the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, allowing attendees to participate in the Conference on Wednesday and Thursday and then enjoy the Festival on Friday and Saturday.  Conference goers have opportunity to learn about storytelling from Donald Davis, Eth-Noh-Tec, Bill Harley, Antonio Sacre, and many more. Click on the tabs above to find more information about our presenters and a detailed schedule of events.

Attendees who purchase full event conference tickets are also invited to attend “Look Who’s Talking!,” the Festival’s kickoff event at Mt. Timpanogos Park on September 3 at 7:00 pm.  Discounted combo tickets to both events are also available.

Lunches are available for purchase to those attending the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and must be purchased before Monday August 31, 2015. Please look for Wednesday and Thursday lunch options under tickets. Lunches provided by the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference are optional and come from Cafe’ Zupas. You may instead choose to bring your own lunch or visit other restaurant choices within a short walking or driving distance from the library.

 

EVENT LOCATION

Orem City Center

58 N State Street

Orem, Utah 84057

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  • Sep 02 2015
  • Sep 03 2015
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  • 7:00-8:00 AM
  • 8:00-9:00 AM
  • 9:00-10:00 AM
  • 10:00-11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
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  • 4:00-5:00 PM
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  • 6:00-7:00 PM
  • 7:00-8:00 PM
  • 8:00-9:00 PM
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
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  • Orem Public Library
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  • Donald Davis
  • Bill Harley
  • Carol Birch
  • Laurie Harrop-Purser
  • Jan C. Smith
  • Pat and Kathie Debenham
  • Antonio Sacre
  • Judy Sima
  • Carmen Deedy
  • Anthony Burcher
  • Jim May
  • Lynn Ruehlmann
  • Darci Tucker
  • Eth-Noh-Tec
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  • Storytelling
  • Music
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WednesdaySep02

Keynote

Orem Public Library

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Why Stories Must Keep Changing—Donald Davis (Beginner to Intermediate)
The stories we tell say as much about who we are as they do about what is happening in the narrative. Why the Story Must Keep Changing explores what a story can do and what a story is unable to do. We, as people, are constantly growing and changing, authenticity demands that our stories do too.

Morning Breakout Option 1

Orem Public Library

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Charting the Emotional Lives of Children
(aka how to think like a child)—Bill Harley (Beginner to Intermediate)
Are adults and children from the same species? Sometimes it seems they have nothing in common, but with a little effort, adults can find a way to reach kids just where they are.

Morning Breakout Option 2

Orem Public Library

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

The Whole Story: Using Imagery To Extend The Story Experience part I—Carol Birch (Beginner to Intermediate)
This presentation, which helps storytellers bring character and setting into sharper focus, is easily adapted to meet the storytelling experience of the audience.

Morning Breakout Option 3

Orem Public Library

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

How to Be Heard: Now That You Have Something to Say—Lauri Harrop-Purser (Beginner to Intermediate)
This is a Voice and Diction class. We will work on basic vocal techniques of support, articulation, and breath control. We will also work on having a clear and authentic sound. We will spend a short time on Operative Word Stress--Stressing the right words for communication.

Performance

Orem Public Library

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Canoodlin’ & Doodlin’—Pat & Kathie Debenhams
When two have spent a lifetime reading and responding to each other’s rhythms and patterns, daily living becomes a dance and ordinary movement, choreography. Marriage is the dance that can go on forever, whether anyone is watching or not.


The House Spoke—Jan Smith
Forced with the daunting task of clearing out the family home, Jan unearths unexpected treasures as the generations speak. Out of chaos, comes clarity, in this testament to family connection.

Afternoon Breakout Option 1

Orem Public Library

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How & How Not to Get Your Children’s Book Published—Antonio Sacre (Beginner to Intermediate)
We will delve into specific writing exercises, a query writing workshop, and helping participants create an action plan to put them on the path to getting their work published.

Afternoon Breakout Option 2

Orem Public Library

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Whole Story: Using Imagery To Extend The Story Experience part II—Carol Birch (Beginner to Intermediate)
The real art of storytelling is restoring the primacy of the imagination in tellers and audiences alike. This presentation, which helps storytellers bring character and setting into sharper focus, is easily adapted to meet the storytelling experience of the audience.

Afternoon Breakout Option 3

Orem Public Library

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Capturing the “Story” Behind the Facts—Judy Sima (Intermediate)
Do you want to tell stories of your ancestors but don’t know how to begin? Learn how to transform “facts” into memorable stories that bring history to life in the classroom or on the stage.

ThursdaySep03

Keynote

Orem Public Library

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Telling Your Core Story—Carmen Deedy (Beginner to Intermediate)
How telling the core stories that define you help you to find your voice as a writer, storyteller, and human being.

Morning Breakout Option 1

Orem Public Library

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Personal Narrative, Culture, and Myth—Jim May (Beginner to Intermediate)
When we look at our individual and family experiences through the lens of culture and mythology, a profound sense of integration, understanding and meaning can emerge. Stories retrieved and crafted through this process can have an originality and power that represents the very best of artistic expression.

Morning Breakout Option 2

Orem Public Library

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Recreation Re-Creation: Using Games to Discover Forgotten Personal Stories—Anthony Burcher (Beginner)
This is a fun and exciting process of using games and recreation to discover tales and trouble from your past that your memory may have surrendered to time. Journey back to past stories too good to be forgotten.

Morning Breakout Option 3

Orem Public Library

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Leap Into Storytelling—Lynn Ruehlmann (Beginner)
This workshop is a gentle introduction to the pleasure of storytelling and speaking in public. Participants hear folktales and exchange story fragments with partners. Finally, in a small, receptive group they experience the joy of using an easy-to-learn technique for sharing story with others.

Performance

Orem Public Library

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Revolutionary Women—Darci Tucker
Patriot? Loyalist? Undecided? Which would you have been? Meet and interview three women who lived through the American Revolution, and see how moving storytelling can be when presented in character.

Afternoon Breakout Option 1

Orem Public Library

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Telling with Movement and More—Eth-Noh-Tec (Beginner to Intermediate)
Have you ever wondered what to do with your hands, where you should look how to change your voice for your characters as you tell your story onstage? This highly participatory workshop, will teach movement, staging, gesture, voice, character delineation and dynamics to enhance your storytelling.


Afternoon Breakout Option 2

Orem Public Library

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Stepping Into the Story Through Character Interpretation—Darci Tucker (Beginner)
Learn how to portray the people whose stories you tell, and watch your audiences become involved as they never have before! Character interpretation is one of the most powerful teaching tools to have in your arsenal.

Afternoon Breakout Option 3

Orem Public Library

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Location, Location, Location: Finding Your Way Home—Jan Smith (Beginner)
Your realtor gave you this sage advice when you purchased your home—location, location, location - it trumps everything - So it is with storytelling, find your location - the scene - the setting - and you will find your stories. Tour your own life, guided by modeling, prompts and video.

Carol Birch

Known for a compelling blend of energy, warmth, vulnerability, and directness, Carol restores orality and spontaneity to the fixed silence of stories found in print, but as a third-grader in North Carolina pointed out: "She knows that story 'cause she was there!" Thirty years of experience have earned her a respected place in the forefront of the revival of platform storytelling: teaching at Southern Connecticut State University; lecturing at forty-one universities across the nation, as well as professional and corporate organizations; producing nine audio-anthologies for the National Storytelling Association; and producing three award-winning audio-cassettes of her own stories.

Full Profile
Anthony Burcher

Born and raised in Virginia, Champion Liar and Author Anthony Burcher spent most of his young life hearing himself described as "He Ain't Right..." Using laughter and 30 years of recreation experience, Anthony teaches storytelling through play for all ages.

Full Profile
Donald Davis

If Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll and Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, storytelling’s reigning monarch would have to be Donald Davis. As a master of the personal story, Donald Davis invites you into the stories of his life to discover the stories of your own. A Sequoia in the forest of tellers, Donald’s North Carolina cadences transport you into a miraculous place where, by listening to his stories, you find yourself. Though laced together with wit and laughter, Donald’s narratives always glow with wisdom and humanity. Truly, he is an essential part of the very foundation of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Full Profile
Pat and Kathie Debenham

Pat and Kathie Debenham, celebrated Utah dance artists/scholars/educators/certified movement analysts, have enjoyed many years of artistic collaboration with family-making at the heart of their dance making.

Full Profile
Carmen Deedy

No one plays with an audience like Carmen Deedy. Regardless of the number of people in the venue, Carmen shares every story from her heart to your heart, individually and personally. She possesses the unique gift of not only speaking to all people, but to each person, simultaneously. She once said, “Great story is the art of letting go.” But even as she ‘lets go,’ Carmen will hold your heart in the palm of her hand. She has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institute, TED, the National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center, but her favorite audience is her grandchildren, for whom she also loves to cook—a true abuela cubana.

Full Profile
Eth-Noh-Tec

Founded in 1982 by Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Eth-Noh-Tec produces and performs contemporary presentations of traditional folktales from the many countries and cultures of Asia through storytelling, theater, dance, and music. Presenting six workshops and six storytelling programs 200-300 times nationwide yearly, Eth-Noh-Tec reaches over 250,000 cross-generational and cross-cultural audience members yearly. Eth-Noh-Tec also creates original plays and events, including “Takashi’s Dream,” “Salon! You’re On!,” “Orcas StoryFest,” “Slam Bam Story Jam,” and “Nu Wa Rising.” Eth-Noh-Tec has performed at venues including at the Smithsonian; Kennedy Center; National Storytelling Festival; and at President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration. Eth-Noh-Tec has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Fund, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation among others. Eth-Noh-Tec’s awards include the 2008 Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Full Profile
Bill Harley

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist who used song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling, and family life. Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist, and keynote speaker. he is a longtime commentator for National Public Radio and a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities "for his use of music, song, and story in building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring, and growing.

Full Profile
Jim May

Jim was born in Spring Grove, Illinois where his ancestors first settled in the 1840's. Raised in this small German-Catholic farming community, his stories resonate with the rural voices of the Illinois prairie. His relatives spent time "visiting" and telling stories as an integral part of daily life--a means of weaving the social fabric of the community. As an Emmy award-winning storyteller and author, Jim seeks to reestablish live storytelling as an art form, ideal not only for entertainment and education, but also for the grounding and healing that is needed in complex, modern times.

Full Profile
Laurie Harrop-Purser

Laurie graduated with a BA in Theater from Brigham Young University and with an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory in Denver. She taught acting for 14 years at Brigham Young University in the Theatre and Media Arts Department. She does commercial and voice over work in the area. She has directed locally and in California, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. She has written 3 musicals that have been produced in Utah, Wyoming, and California. Her most current role was the Nurse Utah Valley Universities Film production of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently teaching at Utah Valley University.

Full Profile
Lynn Ruehlmann

Lynn Ruehlmann loves delicious stories about people from history, myths, and her own life. Her CDs, "Spy! The Story of Civil War Spy Elizabeth Van Lew," "It Happened in the White House,” and “Mischief!” have won four national awards.

Full Profile
Antonio Sacre

Antonio Sacre, an international storyteller, author, and solo performance artist, has been a featured storyteller at the Kennedy Center, the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, and at museums, schools, and festivals worldwide. His extensive repertoire includes folk tales, myths, and legends, focusing on Spanish-speaking countries. His recordings have won numerous awards, including the Parent’s Choice Gold Award. He has three award-winning picture books: The Barking Mouse, La Noche Buena – A Christmas Story, and A Mango in the Hand.

Full Profile
Judy Sima

Award winning storyteller, author, and teaching artist, Judy Sima is considered a leading authority on youth storytelling. A retired middle school librarian, Judy has been featured at conferences and festivals, schools and libraries throughout Michigan and across the country.

Full Profile
Jan C. Smith

Listen for laughter as Jan tells stories with humor and flair. She has been applauded as a dynamic teller and an insightful workshop presenter. Jan believes, "A story doesn't preach or chide or correct - it connects."

Full Profile
Darci Tucker

Darci Tucker has been teaching through stories, both in and out of character, for more than 25 years. She trains teachers and museum professionals to teach through storytelling and historical character portrayals, and performs in schools nationwide.

Full Profile

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Event Locations and Parking Options

The Timpanogos Storytelling Conference is held in Orem, Utah—about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. Events are held at the Orem Public Library and Orem City Center Campus (see map below).

The Orem Public Library and Orem City Center Campus—58 N State Street, Orem
Events—Timpanogos Storytelling Conference.

 

Additional Locations:

The Manor at Riverwoods—4801 N. University Ave. Provo
Events—Location of the Business Track of the Conference.

The Shops at Riverwoods Gazebo—4801 N. University Ave. Provo
Events—Wednesday’s kickoff concert. (No Ticket is Required)

More Information

Conference Workshop Handouts

Workshop: Telling with Movement and More—Eth-Noh-Tec
Have you ever wondered what to do with your hands, where you should look, or how to change your voice for your characters as you tell your story on stage? This highly participatory workshop will teach movement, staging, gesture, voice, character delineation, and dynamics to enhance your storytelling.   ethnotec.org

Download the handout for this workshop here.

 

Workshop: Stepping Into the Story Through Character Interpretation—Darci Tucker
Learn how to use character interpretation to portray the people whose stories you tell, and watch your audiences become involved as they never have been before! (And perhaps meet people they’ve never met before!)   americanlives.net

Download the handout for this workshop here.

 

Airport Transportation

It is approximately a one-hour drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the Orem/Provo area. For shuttle service, contact Xpress shuttle at (800) 397-0773 or visit their website at xpressshuttleutah.com.

 

Hotel Accommodations 

Please visit the websites of these lodging facilities for more information, and mention the Festival to learn about special promotions.

 

Hampton Inn & Suites

801.426.8500 | 800.426.7866

851 West 1250 South, Orem, UT 84058

Website  (Book by August 12 to secure discount.)

 

Towneplace Suites by Marriott
801.225.4477

873 N. 1200 W., Orem, UT 84057

1-801-225-4477

 

RV parking is available at Nunn’s Park in Provo Canyon. For a full listing of accommodations, visit the Utah Valley website.

 

 

BYU Credit

Attend the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival or Conference and earn one credit hour in Elementary or Secondary Education 589R for licensure purposes (equal to 18 points per the Utah State Department of Education) to those who complete the course requirements and pay a $37 fee.

Click here for a class description and for more information.

Click here to purchase BYU Credit.

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