Studium Generale welcomes the Storypeople of Clallam County once again, to kick-off the Forest Storytelling Festival, an international conference of stories, held on the Peninsula College campus each year. Tellers will entertain the audience with the ancient and enduring art of live storytelling in the College’s Little Theater on Thursday, October 18, at 12:30 pm.
Carried effortlessly by the teller's art, audience members can create the scenery, manage the casting and act as director as the story unfolds in their imaginations. In a few short minutes listeners can be transported to another time and place, and even into their own heart and soul. The stories that will be told are appropriate for children and elders alike.
Dennis Duncan has been telling stories in schools for more than 20 years. Thousands of kids have heard his stories. Dennis started telling stories to his own children and is still fascinated by the power of stories. It is still a delight to watch a group of kids listen to a story. Dorothy, Dennis’ wife, encouraged him to join the Storypeople of Clallam County. He has been a member for many years. Duncan asserts: "STORIES ARE POWERFUL! KIDS NEED STORIES!"
Born in Washington D.C., James the Obscure moved to Seattle when he was five. Thank goodness! He grew-up during WWII, which was all-kinds-of-exciting for a kid, and managed to retire from a Seattle teaching position. Somewhere along the way he took a storytelling class at the University of Washington. Many of James’ stories come from ancient Norse and Celtic tales.
Ken Dubuc was born on a commune in northern California. His parents encouraged him to explore all sorts of career opportunities. After failing miserably marketing his “Barbed Wire Dreamcatcher Kits for Kids,” he decided to go the lazy route and took several online courses in thoracic surgery. Excellent time management skills enabled Ken to juggle a packed surgery schedule with part-time NASA shuttle flights. Over the course of several months, Ken managed to amass a small fortune – a fortune he quickly lost investing in marshmallow futures. He now supports himself as a freelance life coach and professor of ethics. Ken is married to the very patient Teresa, and they share their life with two dogs and a ninja attack kitten.
Don Bailey came to storytelling through Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to improving speaking, communication and leadership skills. After several years and many long minutes speaking to co-workers at Honeywell, Don joined the Tale Weavers, a club that mixed Toastmasters and Storytelling. Don moved to Port Angeles upon his retirement from Honeywell. In PA, Don found a very strong storytelling community. Don was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. He worked as a software engineer for Honeywell for 41.5 years and retired at the end of 2014. Don’s hobbies include science fiction literature, board games and card games. He lives with his wife and four cats.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at firstname.lastname@example.org .