Edie Baran – Featured Storyteller for May 31st.

May 21, 2009 by  
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We’re thrilled to have Edie with us for the 31st.  She’s been very helpful in helping Stateline Storytelling get off the ground. So come on out. You’re in for a treat!

Edie Baran has an extensive background in theatre as an instructor, actor, storyteller, director, and producer. She holds a degree in Theatre and Education from UW-Madison and has taught creative dramatics, acting, movement, scriptwriting, and storytelling to people of all ages and abilities in the Rock County and Madison area since 1990. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Janesville, where she founded SpotLight On Kids (SOK) in 1990. She was SOK’s Artistic and Education Director until Nov. 2006. Edie has directed and produced over 50 plays and musicals with casts ranging in age from 7 – 60+

She is on VSA Arts of Wisconsin roster of artists. Through VSA Arts, Edie has used the art of storytelling to reach seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and adults with developmental disablities, as well as Head Start children.

While director of SOK, Edie created and directed the Rotary Gardens Halloween Walk from 1992 – 2005. The Halloween Walk was a unique storytelling event with adults and young people as the storytellers.

Edie uses stories as the basis for most of her creative work, with people of all ages. She was recently the Project Director for Working: Celebrate the American Worker, a multi-faceted storytelling and musical event based on stories by Studs Terkel and stories of local workers, for the Rock County Historical Society.

You may reach her through email: ediebaran@gmail.com or by calling 608-931-5705.

Sunday May 3rd. Our Next Evening of Open Mic Storytelling

April 24, 2009 by  
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Erica Rodenbeck, a student at Beloit College told the tale of The Lorax in impressive fashion at our debut evening of open mic storytelling. We’ve asked her to come back and share another story and she’s graciously agreed.

Erica will be our MC and featured storyteller for our second night of storytelling on May 3rd.

NEW THIS MONTH: Enjoy a glass of wine or beer and enjoy a few good stories. In keeping with the “May Day” theme bushel & peck’s will be featuring Olifant Grove’s Pinotage, a very popular Fair Trade wine from the South Africa.

  • Sign up to tell begins at 6:00
  • Storytelling begins at 6:30
  • We’ll be at bushel & peck’s (328 State St.)
  • The theme for May 3rd will be “May Day”

With May Day being identified with various spring time festivals, do you have a story of spring time? May Day is also the international workers day. Have you a story to relate from the trials and tribulations of work? First job, worst job, dream job. Or recalling cries for assistance… Mayday! Mayday! Tell us a story of a close call, daring acts of bravery or the like. Think about it and join us. Share a story.

Reid Miller – Featured teller for April

March 27, 2009 by  
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Theme for April stories: Time


Reid enthralls audiences with original stories, folktales, folkmusic and puppet plays for all ages. He believes storytelling helps people guide, heal, ground and grow themselves. In his stories, the weak gain strength, the bold gain humility, the shy gain courage and the meek gain love. His upbeat, lighthearted approach creates playful fun for everyone. His motto is “Let It Shine!”