CALENDAR

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 is $100. $60 for South Acton Congregational Church members.

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

Sep
30
Wed
Superheroes Around The World @ Ferryway School - Malden, MA
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane returns to Ferryway School in Malden, MA to perform Superheroes Around the World! This performance is sponsored by Malden Title One. 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 five and up.

Oct
6
Tue
Superheroes Around The World @ Forestdale School - Malden, MA
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane returns to Forestdale School in Malden, MA to perform Superheroes Around the World! This performance is sponsored by Malden Title One. 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 five and up.

Oct
7
Wed
The Golden Thread Workshop @ Dancing Tree Story Workshop - Needham, MA
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread Workshop

The Golden Thread - FirebirdFinding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your exploration of story with this five-session intensive.  

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences whether on stage, in the classroom or around the kitchen table.

By the end of this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how meaning (both psychological, archetypal and mythic) is buried within a traditional tale. They will have learned several ways to discover and then unlock their own relationship to the hidden meanings of a tale through meditative explorations, body sources and active imagination. In addition they will gain familiarity with seminal thinkers in this field, intellectual figures from the history of religion, psychology and myth.

This is a five-week intensive session. We will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm on October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th. Admission is $150, with a discounted rate for those who have taken the workshop before. Previous participants can contact Diane at dedge@livingmyth.com to request a discount code. Workshop is limited to six participants. Open to all levels of experience.

Tickets are for the entire series.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

Oct
14
Wed
The Golden Thread Workshop @ Dancing Tree Story Workshop - Needham, MA
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread Workshop

The Golden Thread - FirebirdFinding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your exploration of story with this five-session intensive.  

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences whether on stage, in the classroom or around the kitchen table.

By the end of this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how meaning (both psychological, archetypal and mythic) is buried within a traditional tale. They will have learned several ways to discover and then unlock their own relationship to the hidden meanings of a tale through meditative explorations, body sources and active imagination. In addition they will gain familiarity with seminal thinkers in this field, intellectual figures from the history of religion, psychology and myth.

This is a five-week intensive session. We will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm on October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th. Admission is $150, with a discounted rate for those who have taken the workshop before. Previous participants can contact Diane at dedge@livingmyth.com to request a discount code. Workshop is limited to six participants. Open to all levels of experience.

Tickets are for the entire series.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

Oct
15
Thu
Superheroes Around The World @ Beebe School - Malden, MA
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane returns to Beebe School in Malden, MA to perform Superheroes Around the World! This performance is sponsored by Malden Title One. 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 five and up.

Oct
17
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ Needham Public Library
Oct 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgFor the third time, Diane will lead six-weeks of FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings throughout October and November, she will lead groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (781)455-7559. Needham Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

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 opens August 6th.

Oct
21
Wed
The Golden Thread Workshop @ Dancing Tree Story Workshop - Needham, MA
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread Workshop

The Golden Thread - FirebirdFinding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your exploration of story with this five-session intensive.  

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences whether on stage, in the classroom or around the kitchen table.

By the end of this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how meaning (both psychological, archetypal and mythic) is buried within a traditional tale. They will have learned several ways to discover and then unlock their own relationship to the hidden meanings of a tale through meditative explorations, body sources and active imagination. In addition they will gain familiarity with seminal thinkers in this field, intellectual figures from the history of religion, psychology and myth.

This is a five-week intensive session. We will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm on October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th. Admission is $150, with a discounted rate for those who have taken the workshop before. Previous participants can contact Diane at dedge@livingmyth.com to request a discount code. Workshop is limited to six participants. Open to all levels of experience.

Tickets are for the entire series.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

Oct
22
Thu
Once Upon a Halloween @ Lextended Day Program at Estabrook School, Lexington, MA
Oct 22 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Diane performs Once Upon a Halloween for the Lextended Day Program at Estabrook School. This is Diane’s twelfth time performing at the school! If you would like to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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Once Upon a Halloween

What would Halloween be without some chillin’ tales for the spookiest time of the year? Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event – complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. All tales are appropriate for family audiences and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor.

“Thank you again for a wonderful Halloween performance. The children were engaged whether laughing or quivering! As everyone was leaving I heard nothing but praise and positive comments. You are a master of your craft!” Anne Vantram Children’s Librarian, East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA

Oct
24
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ Needham Public Library
Oct 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgFor the third time, Diane will lead six-weeks of FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings throughout October and November, she will lead groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (781)455-7559. Needham Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

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 opens August 6th.

Oct
27
Tue
Superheroes Around The World @ Linden School - Malden, MA
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane returns to Linden School in Malden, MA to perform Superheroes Around the World! This performance is sponsored by Malden Title One. 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 five and up.

Oct
28
Wed
The Golden Thread Workshop @ Dancing Tree Story Workshop - Needham, MA
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread Workshop

The Golden Thread - FirebirdFinding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your exploration of story with this five-session intensive.  

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences whether on stage, in the classroom or around the kitchen table.

By the end of this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how meaning (both psychological, archetypal and mythic) is buried within a traditional tale. They will have learned several ways to discover and then unlock their own relationship to the hidden meanings of a tale through meditative explorations, body sources and active imagination. In addition they will gain familiarity with seminal thinkers in this field, intellectual figures from the history of religion, psychology and myth.

This is a five-week intensive session. We will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm on October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th. Admission is $150, with a discounted rate for those who have taken the workshop before. Previous participants can contact Diane at dedge@livingmyth.com to request a discount code. Workshop is limited to six participants. Open to all levels of experience.

Tickets are for the entire series.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

Oct
29
Thu
Superheroes Around The World @ Salemwood School - Malden, MA
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane returns to Salemwood School in Malden, MA to perform Superheroes Around the World! This performance is sponsored by Malden Title One. 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 five and up.

Oct
31
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ Needham Public Library
Oct 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgFor the third time, Diane will lead six-weeks of FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings throughout October and November, she will lead groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (781)455-7559. Needham Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

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
7
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ Needham Public Library
Nov 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgFor the third time, Diane will lead six-weeks of FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings throughout October and November, she will lead groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (781)455-7559. Needham Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

Nov
14
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ Needham Public Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgFor the third time, Diane will lead six-weeks of FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings throughout October and November, she will lead groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (781)455-7559. Needham Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

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 opens August 6th.

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. The event is for members of the Museum and their families. It is designed for children aged 2-12 years old, along with their caregivers. Her performance is designed to complement the MFA’s collection of Native American art and artifacts. In addition, the museum will have family tours and three 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. The event is for members of the Museum and their families. It is designed for children aged 2-12 years old, along with their caregivers. Her performance is designed to complement the MFA’s collection of Native American art and artifacts. In addition, the museum will have family tours and three 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.

Nov
23
Mon
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Oct 19-Nov 16 @ Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 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 opens August 6th.

Nov
28
Sat
FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading @ Needham Public Library
Nov 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

http://livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/DSC_0199.jpgFor the third time, Diane will lead six-weeks of FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings throughout October and November, she will lead groups of parents and children in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be shared. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence.  Parents and guardians share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.

FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the library at (781)455-7559. Needham Public Library is located at 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.

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.

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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

Jan
15
Fri
Night Lights @ Linscott-Rumford School
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Diane is excited to return to the Linscott-Rumford School in Woburn, MA to perform Night Lights for 3rd through 5th graders. This is the 8th time she has visited the school! If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Night Lights

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In Night Lights, unusual star myths take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. The collection Diane has gathered teach about easily observed celestial phenomena like the origin of prominent constellations, and significant ‘night lights’ like Morning Star and North Star. Complemented by a humorous legend of the origin of fireflies, this program is well-rounded entertainment. Enjoy it in any indoors venue or bring it to an outdoor or nighttime setting as a special treat. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky…

Tales for the Earth @ Linscott-Rumford School
Jan 15 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Diane is excited to return to the Linscott-Rumford School in Woburn, MA to perform Tales for the Earth for a Kindergarten through 2nd grade audience. This is the 8th time she has visited the school! If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Tales for the Earth

earthThis beloved performance celebrates nature and all the simple things we can do to make a difference. Both educational and wonderfully entertaining Tales for the Earth explores topics like Recycling, Water Conservation, and Bio-Diversity. Stories may include: What Now, Cloacina? Diane’s hilarious story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her reservoir, or Boy Who Loved the Marsh, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who helps preserve a favorite nature spot. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can make a difference.

Apr
6
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ The "Natick 15" Garden Club - Natick, MA
Apr 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane, accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, will perform The Language of Flowers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Natick, MA, sponsored by the “Natick 15” Garden Club. The day begins with refreshments at 10:00 am followed by the performance at 10:30. Come for any or all of the event. This event is free and open to the public, especially the Natick Community

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
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?

May
11
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ Framingham Garden Club - Wayland, MA
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will perform The Language of Flowers for the Framingham Garden Club at the Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, MA, as part of their annual luncheon. This event is for garden club members only.

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?