Open Mic Story Share and Reflection: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM
Heather Forest is a modern-day bard and an organic farmer on Long Island, NY. A pioneer in the American Storytelling Renaissance, her repertoire of world tales told in a fusion of poetry, prose, original folk music and the sung and spoken word has been featured in theatres, schools, conferences and major storytelling festivals throughout the United States and abroad. She is an author of seventeen award winning folktale books and storytelling recordings and holds a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award presented by the National Storytelling Network and is Executive Director of Story Arts, a Long Island, NY based not-for- profit organization dedicated to the art of storytelling and its educational applications.
Dan Yashinsky is a storyteller and writer living in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of Suddenly They Heard Foosteps – Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century, and Swimming with Chaucer – A Storyteller’s Logbook. In l999 he received the Jane Jacobs Prize for his work with storytelling in the community. He was the storyteller-in-residence at Baycrest Health Sciences from 2014-2018, and continues to lead on-line groups for Baycrest@Home. With social worker Melissa Tafler, he created the “storycare” approach to using storytelling in healthcare: www.storycare.ca.
Sangitaa Sehgall is a Performative Storyteller, Behavioral Coach, Writer, Artist and Energy Healer. As a Corporate Trainer she conducts workshops for target clients using Storytelling and Drama Techniques. She is the Founder and Master Trainer at The Launch Pad/ Kathavriksha, a decade old training company based out of Visakhapatnam, India, and has been teaching English Language and Communicative Skills at Schools/Colleges/Universities/Corporate/Organizations since 2009.
Community tellers: Yvonne Bauer and The Rev June Cooper