CALENDAR

Jun
2
Tue
Storytelling Concert @ Riverside Day Treatment, Newton, MA
Jun 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane will be returning to Riverside Day Treatment to perform a private event telling stories of nature and the eternal hope of spring.

Jun
17
Wed
The Language of Flowers @ Arlington Town Hall - Arlington, MA
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane will perform The Language of Flowers for the Arlington Garden Club at Arlington Town Hall in Arlington, MA.

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?

If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

Jun
19
Fri
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA. Ticket prices are $20 per person through June 10; $25 per person after June 10. Tickets are now available through the Arnold Arboretum WebsiteListen to an audio clip from In the Groves at our page for the In the Groves CD.

This enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. It starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building, 125 the Arborway and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves ~ celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces and music are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

Jun
20
Sat
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA. Ticket prices are $20 per person through June 10; $25 per person after June 10. Tickets are now available through the Arnold Arboretum WebsiteListen to an audio clip from In the Groves at our page for the In the Groves CD.

This enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. It starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building, 125 the Arborway and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves ~ celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces and music are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

Jul
29
Wed
Flora’s Holiday @ Strawberry Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Historic Strawberry Banke Museum

Diane and Margot perform Flora’s Holiday for the Herb Society of America Northeast Seacoast Unit, at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH.  Open to a family audience ages eight and up. View Diane and Margot’s other story and music events for Garden Clubs by visiting www.livingmyth.com/gardens.

Flora’s Holiday!

rose - salmon elizabeth park by Ginny MazurFlora’s Holiday! is a story and music excursion into the multicultural tales that surround trees, flowers and herbs. The centerpiece of the performance: Nightingale and Rose follows the journey of the Rose through the ages, weaving unusual and heartfelt myths from Persia and Greece with anecdotal tales of those who loved and nurtured the flower.  The performance also features a rich harp medley of flower related tunes from around the world. See favorite garden plants revealed in a delightful new way. Expect to laugh, to be moved, to leave your cares behind.

“I want to thank you for bringing your performance to our Wellfleet Gardeners meeting. Your music and storytelling were beautifully done and everyone enjoyed your presentation. I loved the storytelling and was happy to know that other people responded in a similar way. Thanks and we all hope to see you again.” – Judith Dalmas, President, Wellfleet Gardeners.

Aug
8
Sat
All About Voice ~ a One-Day Master Class in Vocal Technique @ South Acton Congregational Church, South Acton, MA
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

ALL ABOUT VOICE

A ONE-DAY MASTER CLASS IN VOCAL TECHNIQUE

with Award-Winning Storyteller and Theatre Artist
DIANE EDGECOMB

Saturday, August 8th from 10am-4pm.

Expand the creative ability of your voice with this one day intensive in innovative vocal technique. The workshop begins by strengthening the underpinnings of good vocal production by teaching effective warm-ups and the twin supports of body and breath. Range and resonance are then enhanced using Diane’s unique exercises that link voice, image and body in imaginative and fun ways. Special emphasis is placed on going beyond habitual usages and restrictions to find your natural and true voice. Bring a piece of narrative text and wear comfortable clothing in this workshop devoted to expressive speaking, singing and Sounding Out!
$100 ($75 early bird price)

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW

Location: South Acton Congregational Church, 25 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

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.

 

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.

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.

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?