From the harrowing true story of her work to preserve the endangered storytelling tradition of the Kurds of Turkey to elegant Storytelling Concerts accompanied by harper Margot Chamberlain, Diane has been lauded as a master of her craft. Her performances have timeless themes ranging from Solstice Events rich in seasonal mythology to classic Celtic tales, such as her award-winning adaptation of Deirdre of the Sorrows. As a storyteller and spoken word artist Diane brings not only folktales and mythology to the stage but also original tales and personal stories. These include The Salmon of Wisdom an account of a soul-searching journey up California’s breathtaking Northwest Coast and Twilight of the Stones -a true ghost story about the eerie Standing Stones of Avebury, England. Her most recent performance: Forbidden Stories, featured at the 2010 National Storytelling Network Conference, tells of her journey into the mountainous Kurdish region of Turkey to gather folktales.
Elementary School Performances
For over twenty years, Diane had been bringing top quality storytelling assemblies to schools and educational institutions. Her gifts as a storyteller, educator and communicator make her as appreciated by teachers as she is by students with many repeat engagements requested. The effortless way Diane’s programs bring educational information into an entertaining format inspire even the most reluctant learners to open up their imaginations. From Seasonal Celebratioins to Nature and Science programming to unusual Cultures including Native Americans and the Kurds of the Middle East, each performance is the result of careful and thorough research and comes with curriculum enhancement materials.
(Libraries, Museums, Festivals, Nature Centers and more!)
Adults and children alike will enjoy these interactive storytelling programs. With popular themes like Dinosaurs, Animals Tales and Seasonal Celebrations, Diane shows how fun-loving stories and songs expertly performed create unforgettable events. These performances, as full of entertainment as they are of insight and meaning, have been featured at some of America’s most popular venues – from Museum of Science and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. With beautiful audience rapport and stories varied according to age range, Diane is just as skilled at engaging a lively preschool or library crowd as she is in a museum theatre. It’s easy to choose a performance sure to please all age ranges in your particular audience.