• From Martha’s Vineyard, Susan Klein’s vast storytelling repertoire includes folklore and myth, literary stories, rites of passage, and love stories for adults of all ages. Her autobiographical material encompasses growing up on Martha’s Vineyard in the ‘50s, waitressing and teaching school in the ‘70s, and her work as an itinerant storyteller in the Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo Villages in the ‘80s. Susan returns to the Festival. Susan has brought to the Festival a lifetime treasury of experience and laughter.

    Susan Klein is noted for a variety of presentations involving Story. She tours her one woman shows internationally in theaters, at conferences, and at special events. Her highly acclaimed storytelling and memoir writing workshops are held annually on Martha's Vineyard and around the nation and in Europe.

    Susan's substantial repertoire includes selections from the world body of folklore and myth, literary stories, rites of passage and love stories for adults of all ages. Her autobiographical material encompasses growing up on Martha's Vineyard in the 50s, waitressing and teaching school in the 70s, her work as an itinerant storyteller in Alaskan Yup'ik Eskimo villages in the Kuskokwim Delta and the native peoples of the Alaskan panhandle in the 80s. Her recent commissioned story, "FLOOD — Bound Brook, NJ, 1999, A Confluence of River and Rain," has been hailed a masterpiece that has a "searing effect on the soul."


    The Spice of Life-Organizing Memoirs

    Personal Narrative for the Page and Stage

    Once Upon a Time-Conceiving, Crafting & Creating a Children's Picture Book

    Crafting Myth, Folk and Fairy Tale

    Storytelling from the Inside Out

    The Next Voice You Hear-Creating a High-Quality Storytelling Recording

    And Now, Would You Please Welcome...

    Making Meaning

    Sowing the Seed

    Words Wonderful

    Imagination! The Heartbeat of the Intellect

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury

    Effective Public Speaking and Microphone Use

    In Education, Susan is highly sought after for teacher training in the Uses of Storytelling in the Curriculum. She authored a 20,000 word booklet on the courtesies and ethics of the storytelling profession, a guide to emceeing storytelling events, and a book about growing up on Martha's Vineyard.

    While she directs the spoken-word audio projects of other storytellers, her own audio tapes and CDs have won awards including the Publisher's Weekly Listen Up Award, NAPPA, STORYTELLING WORLD GOLD, and Parents' Guide Award. ABC NEWS NIGHTLINE produced and aired a 30 minute special on the Festival of Storytelling on Martha's Vineyard that Susan founded in 1988 and she was Guest Host and Storyteller for Minnesota Public Radio's "Good Evening" Show for NPR. Susan has been a featured performer at more than 120 storytelling festivals including the National Storytelling Festival and has taught students and teachers in the DODDS system in Europe since 1991.

    In 2001, Susan received a Circle of Excellence Award presented by the National Storytelling Network. Susan received the 2007 Creative Living Award given annually by the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard.

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  • Jun 2019

      Sep 2019