Fourth Annual

Evening Performance

                      Saturday 8-10 pm, September 26th 2014
                          Branciforte Small Schools
                           840 N Branciforte Ave
                            Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The Santa Cruz Storytelling Council is committed to weaving a diverse community together through the art of storytelling, live music, and people of all ages. 

While some stories at the Festival are Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends we are also including teller who tell "real life stories".  

All stories performed are intended illuminate the the innate compassion of the human heart and the wisdom and humor needed to navigate this complex and universal human experience we all share.

The Evening Performance is created for a mature audience, please consider the Family Show if you have very young children. 

    ~Intermission with tea & treats provide by the Branciforte Small Schools~       
 Sirena Andrea was initiated into the world of teaching stories over 15 years ago. In addition to her passion for storytelling she is a devoted dancer, bringing an enchanting element of embodiment to all her stories.  

She is the Artistic Director of the Annual Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival, and this year launched her private Storytelling Practice, Coaching Business Owners to Create Unforgettable Stories making marketing powerfully easy.

The Winner of a Creation Grant from the Art's Council of Santa Cruz, and the 2013 Artist in Residence at the 418 Project, Sirena is committed to creating a space and a community culture for wisdom stories to be heard and told.  
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 Erica Lann Clark's way of telling brings her audiences into the immediacy of storytelling where the teller disappears from view as the story takes hold. In her work, she blends traditional folklore and original stories, spicing her tales with an instinct for rambunctious humor and an ear for authentic voices. She loves to work at the crossroad where story meets theater.

 Nancy Mellon, MA, is an elder in the global storytelling renaissance. An author, psychotherapist and mentor, for thirty years, she has awakened the goodness, truth and beauty of the spoken and written word. Nancy works with adults of varied backgrounds who seek new perspectives and greater well-being in their personal, family and professional lives. Specializing in storytelling as a healing art, as a teacher and expressive therapist she also facilitates small and large creative projects in all the arts.

 Glenn Kazmierski is one of the founding members of the Storytelling Festival as well as a Healer and Acupuncturist.  He uses to stories to heal and bring humor, specializing in Tall Tales of the heart.  He delights audiences with his charm and quick wit, a must see for anyone who really loves to go for a ride!

 Sage Lavine is a Spiritual Business Coach and Mentor for Transformational Women Entrepreneurs and considers herself to be a story-loving unretired camp counselor.  From the thousands of campers Sage inspired with folklore, to her current mission inspiring business women from all the world, Sage believes life is meant to be full of magic and that we are all meant to live our destiny together.

 Yala Lati are women's voices rising in harmony offering a tapestry of vocal music from around the world. We sing to each other and we sing to the community both in concert and in service. Our Director, Heather Houston, has held a vision of women collaborating through song and witnessing each other in sacred circle as a means to remembering the ancient spirit of sisterhood. Yala Lati is harmony within our bodies, voices, and group mindset. We remind each other and ourselves of our connection to our beauty and spirit and are joyous about sharing the journey with others. It is a great honor and privilege to be a member of Yala Lati!

 Carla Brown, will be our guide to simple yet powerful practice of Laughter!  Lightening our mood and creating hilarious transitions between tellers with her repertoire of Laughter games and breathing. She is a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher trained in guiding people of all ages, languages, age, and social backgrounds into the realm of connection and joy.

Weaving community together through the combination of storytelling and music, by performing an evening length storytelling event with unforgettable storyscapes to be performed for an inter-generational audience in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival