StoryFUSION Returns (posted for our friends at Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild)

Northampton Community College and the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual StoryFUSION Festival celebrating “So Many Ways a Story Can Be Told.” StoryFUSION explores the many ways a story can be told through four days of storytelling, theater, film, dance, and much more on March 29th thru April 1st, 2012. All events are being held at NCC’s main-campus on Green Pond Rd. Many of the weekend events are free. For detailed information go to

This year’s featured presenter is Elizabeth Ellis, recognized as one of America’s great living storytellers. Elizabeth will deliver Friday’s Keynote Address (“Stories in Financially Hard Times”) and Saturday Evening Concert (with opener Larry Sceurman), and will conduct a workshop on the use of storytelling in education as well as a master-class for storytellers and other performers.

Another high-light of the weekend will be the workshop presentation by award winning documentarian Shanti Thakur on film-making. Her workshop is sponsored by the SouthSide Film Institute.

Those interested in family history and geneology will also have a chance to explore their interests with a morning workshop with public history professor Kim Carrell-Smith and an afternoon follow-up workshop exploring on-line geneology resources.

Similar to Story-Corp, Portraits of Life will give participants an opportunity to bring in someone from their family or community, and record their stories.

You can hear and see storytellers: your favorite local storytellers, tellers from the region and at the national level.

Some featured events are:
“American Tales” Performances of NCC student works of American Folk Tales through the disciplines of dance, theater, multi-media and the spoken word.
“Google This”, an excerpt from the larger performance piece, TITANIC 2000: The Convergence of It All; recounts the now mythic fatal voyage of April 1912, with sound, images, and a text drawn entirely from an internet search of quotation data bases.

Children’s Shows
“Dear Mr. Lincoln” Twelve-year-old Abigail feels President Lincoln will understand her worries, and begins an imaginary correspondence with him. Her “letters” give a clear picture of the history and the society in which the Civil War took place.

Interactive Folktale Theatre with Kristin Pedemonti; everyone gets into the act and helps to tell multicultural tales from all over the globe. Together let’s connect cultures and build bridges through story. This performance is fun for all ages.

To make reservations for workshops, performances and meals go to Saturday workshops have limits on number of participants. Shows and workshops scheduled on Thursday, Friday afternoon, and Sunday morning are free. On Saturday, a buffet lunch and dinner is available on location.

The members of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild are a mix of professional and amateur storytellers whose pleasure it is to practice this ancient art. The Guild was started in 1998 to promote the art of storytelling in the Lehigh Valley. For more information about the festival, go to

Mary Wright

Storyteller, Writer, Theater Artist, Consultant