CALENDAR

Aug
10
Mon
Superheroes Around The World @ Topsfield Town Library, Topsfield MA
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Diane returns to the Topsfield Town Library, in Topsfield MA to perform Superheroes Around The World for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up.

Superheroes Around The World

What do China, the Middle East, Europe and South America all have in common? The people there tell folktales about young superheroes with amazing powers! Sometimes the heroes fly or have the power to make everyone laugh and sometimes they just use their wits to defeat a strong giant. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multicultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

This event is free and open to the public.

Everyday Heroes @ Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane returns to the Memorial Hall Library in Andover, MA to perform Everyday Heroes; for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up.

Everyday Heroes!

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Celebrate the hero in every child with these fun-loving tales and songs. Through these interactive and entertaining pieces we learn about all the important ways young people make a difference in our world. What does it take to be a hero? Good qualities that everyone can embody. Small acts of kindness DO COUNT! Start and end your day as an EVERYDAY HERO inspired by this charming summer reading entertainment.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact the Children’s Room at 978-623-8401 x39 to see if sign-up is required.

Aug
12
Wed
Superheroes Around The World @ Porter Memorial Library, Blandford, MA
Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane returns to the Porter Memorial Library in Blandford, MA to perform Superheroes Around The World for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up.

Superheroes Around The World

What do China, the Middle East, Europe and South America all have in common? The people there tell folktales about young superheroes with amazing powers! Sometimes the heroes fly or have the power to make everyone laugh and sometimes they just use their wits to defeat a strong giant. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

Event is free and open to the public.

Lcc logoThis event is funded in full by the Blandford Local Cultural Council, a local agency administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Superheroes Around The World @ Hamilton-Wenham Public Library in South Hamilton, MA
Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Diane returns to the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library in South Hamilton, MA to perform Superheroes Around The World for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up. This event is free and open to the public.

Superheroes Around The World!

What do China, Europe, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Before Spiderman there was Anansi the cunning Spider from Africa. Watch him weave a web to the sky, tricking Nyame the sky god into setting all the stories free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing turtle from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Princess See-it-all from Hungary had X-ray vision just like Superman and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

Aug
13
Thu
Superheroes Around The World @ The Worthington Library - Worthington, MA
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane returns to the Worthington Library in Worthington, MA to perform Superheroes Around The World for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up. This event is free and open to the public.

Superheroes Around The World

What do China, the Middle East, Europe and South America all have in common? The people there tell folktales about young superheroes with amazing powers! Sometimes the heroes fly or have the power to make everyone laugh and sometimes they just use their wits to defeat a strong giant. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

Aug
14
Fri
Superheroes Around The World @ Education Connection - Litchfield, CT
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Diane visits the Litchfield Intermediate School in Litchfield, CT to perform Superheroes Around the World! These multicultural tales will be featured as part of “Folktale Fiesta,” hosted at the school by Education Connection. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

Superheroes Around The World

What do China, Europe, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Before Spiderman there was Anansi the cunning Spider from Africa. Watch him weave a web to the sky, tricking Nyame the sky god into setting all the stories free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing turtle from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Princess See-it-all from Hungary had X-ray vision just like Superman, and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

Aug
26
Wed
One Thousand Doorways @ Brownell Public Library, Little Compton, RI
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane returns to Brownell Public Library on August 26th, 2015 to perform One Thousand Doorways for an adult audience. The library is located at 44 Commons in the center of Little Compton, RI. This event is free and open to the public! Parking is on the road in front of the library.

One Thousand Doorways

IMG_1263A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.

 

Sep
26
Sat
The Imaginative Voice ~ a One-Day Master Class in Vocal Technique @ South Acton Congregational Church, South Acton, MA
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

THE IMAGINATIVE VOICE

A ONE-DAY MASTER CLASS IN VOCAL TECHNIQUE

with Award-Winning Storyteller and Theatre Artist
DIANE EDGECOMB

Saturday, September 26th from 10am-4pm.

The Imaginative Voice

Whenever we communicate a story, an idea or an image we rely on our voices to create a living world for our listeners. To do this we need a voice that is both expressive and authentic. Diane’s unique vocal and physical exercises help us to strengthen and explore the connection between the imagination and the voice increasing its flexibility, authenticity, expressiveness, range and resonance. Special emphasis is placed on finding your natural and true voice. Come prepared to engage your body, your imagination and the expressive powers of your own unique voice!

Registration $100, $75 if purchased by July 25th.

Location: South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School Street, South Acton, MA

Winner of the Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for her evocative narratives, unique characterizations and for the passion and depth of her work, whether myth, fairytale or personal story. Featured at the National Storytelling Festival and on NPR, Diane has been called “…a virtuoso of the spoken word.” by Publisher’s Weekly. Her extensive training in the voice and its potential has encompassed over twenty-five years and includes the ground-breaking approach of the Polish Laboratory Theatre. She draws from this thorough training in her workshops as well as from her innovative work as a professional storyteller and spoken word artist.

This workshop is for all those who wish to increase the expressive abilities and strength of their voice.

As a storyteller who uses her voice daily but has always been more focused on the content than the tool I was using to deliver it, I never gave much thought to my voice.  When I took Diane’s workshop, a whole new world opened to me. My understanding and ability to use my voice expanded as I grew an awareness of the depth and complexity of the tools I might now have available to me. I watched in amazement as my characters and story emerged from a deeper place of awareness and intentionality, all through a new integration of voice, posture and body.  Diane is a consummate professional. Her deep understanding of voice, character, and story comes together as she focuses on each individual’s personal needs while guiding a room of participants to deeper understanding. With Diane’s guidance, I met my stories from a new perspective and traveled with them a long way in a very short time!
Lani Peterson

Diane’s process was powerful, creative, and fun!  I learned new ways to explore the expressiveness of voice. I gained a lot in a very short time.
Jo Radner

A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word.
Publisher’s Weekly

Oct
19
Mon
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Oct 19-Nov 16 @ Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 16 @ 9:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good story? Diane Edgecomb at NSF 2013With the popularity of The Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. If you’re a teacher, theatre artist, wannabe storyteller, writer, parent, or none of the above, join us—we want to hear your story. You’ll develop expressive language skills, and gain confidence speaking in front of others. First you’ll learn how to re-tell a classic folktale in your own words, employing exercises to help you use your voice and body to convey what’s in your imagination. We’ll discuss basic storytelling techniques; then you’ll learn to craft a tale from your own life. Through take-home and in-class written and oral exercises, we’ll explore what events have good story potential. Then, through four easy steps, you’ll develop your story into a tale worth telling.

This workshop is presented by Newton Community Education. To register, call 617-559-6999 or visit the Course Description Page. Registration will be open by the end of summer.

Oct
26
Mon
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Oct 19-Nov 16 @ Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good story? Diane Edgecomb at NSF 2013With the popularity of The Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. If you’re a teacher, theatre artist, wannabe storyteller, writer, parent, or none of the above, join us—we want to hear your story. You’ll develop expressive language skills, and gain confidence speaking in front of others. First you’ll learn how to re-tell a classic folktale in your own words, employing exercises to help you use your voice and body to convey what’s in your imagination. We’ll discuss basic storytelling techniques; then you’ll learn to craft a tale from your own life. Through take-home and in-class written and oral exercises, we’ll explore what events have good story potential. Then, through four easy steps, you’ll develop your story into a tale worth telling.

This workshop is presented by Newton Community Education. To register, call 617-559-6999 or visit the Course Description Page. Registration will be open by the end of summer.

Nov
2
Mon
The Language of Flowers @ Hingham Public Library - Hingham, MA
Nov 2 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Diane, along with Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, will perform The Language of Flowers for the Perennial Gardeners at the Hingham Public Library in Hingham, MA. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

The Language of Flowers

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found in them. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated in this story and music event, including Native American myths and the mysterious “language of flowers” that was celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance has music throughout and features story melodies, songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program and answers the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

Nov
9
Mon
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Oct 19-Nov 16 @ Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 7 @ 9:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good story? Diane Edgecomb at NSF 2013With the popularity of The Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. If you’re a teacher, theatre artist, wannabe storyteller, writer, parent, or none of the above, join us—we want to hear your story. You’ll develop expressive language skills, and gain confidence speaking in front of others. First you’ll learn how to re-tell a classic folktale in your own words, employing exercises to help you use your voice and body to convey what’s in your imagination. We’ll discuss basic storytelling techniques; then you’ll learn to craft a tale from your own life. Through take-home and in-class written and oral exercises, we’ll explore what events have good story potential. Then, through four easy steps, you’ll develop your story into a tale worth telling.

This workshop is presented by Newton Community Education. To register, call 617-559-6999 or visit the Course Description Page. Registration will be open by the end of summer.

Nov
16
Mon
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Oct 19-Nov 16 @ Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 14 @ 9:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good story? Diane Edgecomb at NSF 2013With the popularity of The Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. If you’re a teacher, theatre artist, wannabe storyteller, writer, parent, or none of the above, join us—we want to hear your story. You’ll develop expressive language skills, and gain confidence speaking in front of others. First you’ll learn how to re-tell a classic folktale in your own words, employing exercises to help you use your voice and body to convey what’s in your imagination. We’ll discuss basic storytelling techniques; then you’ll learn to craft a tale from your own life. Through take-home and in-class written and oral exercises, we’ll explore what events have good story potential. Then, through four easy steps, you’ll develop your story into a tale worth telling.

This workshop is presented by Newton Community Education. To register, call 617-559-6999 or visit the Course Description Page. Registration will be open by the end of summer.

Nov
21
Sat
Native American Nature Tales @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Nov 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Diane shares Native American Nature Tales as part of Member Family Days at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, an event for 4-12 year-old visitors and their caregivers. Her performance is designed to complement the MFA’s collection of Native American art and artifacts. in addition, the museum will have specific art-based activities, one of which will be creating a Raven print with ink and styrofoam based on Raven Steals the Moon, pictured below.

NATIVE AMERICAN NATURE TALES

Raven Steals the Moon

Raven Steals the Moon, part of the MFA’s Native Art collection, will be featured in Diane’s storytelling.

Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

Native American Nature Tales @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Diane shares Native American Nature Tales as part of Member Family Days at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, an event for 4-12 year-old visitors and their caregivers. Her performance is designed to complement the MFA’s collection of Native American art and artifacts. in addition, the museum will have specific art-based activities, one of which will be creating a Raven print with ink and styrofoam based on Raven Steals the Moon, pictured below.

NATIVE AMERICAN NATURE TALES

Raven Steals the Moon

Raven Steals the Moon, part of the MFA’s Native Art collection, will be featured in Diane’s storytelling.

Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

Dec
7
Mon
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Lincoln Garden Club at John H. Pierce House
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Diane performs Winter Solstice in Legend and Song at the John H. Pierce House in Lincoln, MA for the Lincoln Garden Club. The show will begin at 10 am.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen myths, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional songs and original music. Join master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, along with Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan, as they offer a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. Featured stories include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” the story of the Christmas Rose, and humorous English Wassail traditions. Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event.

Dec
18
Fri
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Diane performs Winter Solstice in Legend and Song at Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA. Starts at 8pm / Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets $25 – includes traditional refreshments. For tickets and more information please visit our Winter Solstice page.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen myths, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional songs and original music. Join master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, along with Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan, as they offer a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. Featured stories include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Greek legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace.” Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event. Traditional refreshments, including a Wassail Bowle, will be served.

Dec
19
Sat
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Diane performs Winter Solstice in Legend and Song at Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA. Starts at 8pm / Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets $25 – includes traditional refreshments. For tickets and more information please visit our Winter Solstice page.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen myths, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales accompanied by traditional songs and original music. Join master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, along with Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan, as they offer a fascinating look at the stories behind our holiday traditions. Featured stories include the beautiful Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” humorous English Wassail traditions, and the poignant Greek legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace.” Lovely instrumental melodies, evoking the warmth of the season, round out the event. Traditional refreshments, including a Wassail Bowle, will be served.

Dec
20
Sun
Winter Solstice in Legend and Song @ Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dec 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Diane for a special one-hour performance of Winter Solstice in Legend and Song, designed especially for family audiences, at Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain, MA. Starts at 4pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 18 and under. For more information please visit our Winter Solstice page.

wintersolsticeThe Winter Solstice in Legend and Song 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales surrounded by traditional and original music and song. Award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb will share seasonal folktales and myths, for adults and children ages 8 and over, including the beautiful “Legend of the Mistletoe” from Scandinavia and the humorous English Wassail tale. Accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain and multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan this non-denominational holiday event offers a fascinating look at the stories behind wintertime traditions. Songs evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies round out the event.

Jan
14
Thu
Join In @ Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend, MA
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

Diane performs Join In for first and second graders at the Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend, MA. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

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JOIN IN

Join In and travel around the world with these captivating multi-cultural legends. Each tale offers a participatory look at our common love of story. Celebrate engaging narratives, animal characters, songs in different languages and home-spun wisdom as one of New England’s favorite storytellers takes us from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the villages of Africa on the wings of story, rhythm and song.

“My family was at your amazing performance of “Join In” yesterday. I have to tell you: It was awesome! It was so lively and full of joy. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We were very pleased to hear from all those places that mean a lot to us. And, yes, we loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA

Join In @ Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend, MA
Jan 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:20 am

Diane performs Join In for first and second graders at the Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend, MA. If you wish to preview, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com.

http://www.livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/wearetheworld.jpg

JOIN IN

Join In and travel around the world with these captivating multi-cultural legends. Each tale offers a participatory look at our common love of story. Celebrate engaging narratives, animal characters, songs in different languages and home-spun wisdom as one of New England’s favorite storytellers takes us from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the villages of Africa on the wings of story, rhythm and song.

“My family was at your amazing performance of “Join In” yesterday. I have to tell you: It was awesome! It was so lively and full of joy. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We were very pleased to hear from all those places that mean a lot to us. And, yes, we loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA

Apr
7
Thu
The Language of Flowers @ Holden Garden Club- Holden, MA
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane will perform The Language of Flowers for the Holden Garden Club at the Holden Senior Center in Holden, MA. The evening begins with refreshments at 6:45, followed by a brief meeting at 7. Entertainment starts at 7:40. Come for any or all of the event. This event is free and open to the public.

The Language of Flowers

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found in them. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated in this story and music event, including Native American myths and the mysterious “language of flowers” that was celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance has music throughout and features story melodies, songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program and answers the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?

Apr
11
Mon
The Language of Flowers @ Canton Garden Club - Canton, MA
Apr 11 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Diane will perform The Language of Flowers for the Canton Garden Club at the Canton Senior Center in Canton, MA. Entertainment starts at 7:45. Come for any or all of the event. This event is free and open to the public. If you wish to preview, please contact diane@livingmyth.com.

The Language of Flowers

In this enchanting performance master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life the legends that surround favorite garden flowers revealing the deep meaning cultures around the world have found in them. The centerpiece of the performance is the Persian legend of the Nightingale and Rose. Diane’s original adaptation of this exotic legend follows the journey of the rose through the ages, weaving together the heartfelt myths that surround it.

Many other flowers are celebrated in this story and music event, including Native American myths and the mysterious “language of flowers” that was celebrated in Victorian times. Accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, the performance has music throughout and features story melodies, songs and Celtic harp interludes. Diane’s humorous retelling of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program and answers the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?