My story (so far)

I am a performance artist, storyteller, puppeteer and educator at schools, libraries, conferences, churches, festivals, corporate and special events. Degrees in education and a small town upbringing in the Catskill Mountains open a gateway to a long list of presentations. No matter the genre, whether folktales, fairytales, puppets, or personal stories, I love bringing excitement and insight to stage and classroom.

Besides telling stories, I love to garden, recycle and re-purpose pretty much anything, antiques (there is a story held in those old items, if you listen hard enough), and books. I tat (an old needle work where you make lace out of string), and sew. I design and make many of my puppets. From time to time I run a puppet hospital. I have 3 children, all now adults and all have careers in the arts. My husband, Steven, and I have been married for nearly 35 years and we just fit together. (Seems like it is gonna work out.)


EDUCATION

State University of New York, Oswego
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Elementary Education and Teaching

State University of New York,  Cobleskill
Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS)
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

LEADERSHIP

Blumenthal Theater Education Institute, Charlotte NC
Teaching Artist, 2007–2016

The Heart of North Carolina Storytelling Festival
Chairperson, Sep 2014–Dec 2015

North Carolina Storytelling Guild
President, Jul 2012–Jul 2013
Southern Piedmont Representative, 2009–2012

Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers
Conference Director, 2009–2010