Called “one of the most important voices in the storytelling revival,” Milbre has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival seven times since 1984 and received a “Storytelling Oscar,” the Circle of Excellence Award, from the National Storytelling Network in 1999. She has been featured at storytelling, spoken word and theatre festivals in 36 states and in fifteen European cities. Most recently she was a featured teller at the Festival at the Edge in Shropshire, England in July of 2012.
Kala is a folklorist, self-styled musician, storyteller and touring artist. Kala Jojo brings a lifetime of training and experience to every community event and school residency he encounters. Kala is extremely proficient at connecting his story-art format with school curricula. Kala holds a Bachelors of Arts degree and has taken graduate courses in early childhood development/education. Currently he is a music teacher at the Harambee Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. His background includes, community work, New African drumming classes, Cultural productions, Rites of Passage programs for boys 6 to 14 years old, Storytelling workshops and on going collaborations with educators and artist.
As an entertainer, CJ has done just about everything, from performing a Tony Award winning play on National Tour, to directing Deaf kids from high school to kindergarten in their own productions. He has acted in TV, written several one-man shows that have toured the US and internationally, and gives motivational speeches to colleges and companies. In short, CJ is CEO, producer, director, writer, actor, comedian, and musician.
A native Mainer of French-Canadian descent, Michael has performed as a storyteller and singer, in both English and French, throughout the United States, and beyond, since 1977. He has been featured at many events, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and international events in France, England, Ireland, Poland, and New Zealand. In addition to his performances for a wide range of audiences, including schools, libraries, theaters, and festivals, Michael also leads storytelling, story writing, and performance workshops.
Noted Tlingit storyteller and actor, Gene shares his wisdom and talent via dance, native flute and storytelling. He is an accomplished and gifted storyteller, actor, dancer, musician, trainer and speaker. His heritage is Cherokee, Tlingit and Filipino. Raised in Alaska, Gene's Native American name Gaay Yaaw loosely translates as "Salmon Home Coming." He is of the Tak`deintaan Raven Freshwater Sockeye clan of Hoonah, Alaska, and the Child of a Wooshkeetaan Eagle Thunderbird clan of Juneau, Alaska.
He has fifteen years experience as a trainer, counselor, motivator and speaker. Gene has uniquely integrated his interpersonal skills, Native American heritage and performance artistry with traditional training and counseling techniques to develop inspirational and results-oriented performances; presentations and personal growth work with youth, adolescents and adults. He has worked with schools, universities, reservations, corporations, government and mainstream organizations.
UMSL, Touhill Performing Arts Center
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