Second Annual

August 24 & 25th 2013

Evening Performance

2013 Saturday Evening Performance Includes:
    Leolani Lowry
       Erica Lann-Clark
          Sirena Andrea
              Michael Katz
                 Sage Lavine
                     Glenn Kazmierski
                         and Lakshmi Devi      
 Sirena Andrea was initiated into the world of teaching stories over 10 years ago when her work with children began. In addition to her passion for storytelling she is a devoted dancer, bringing an enchanting element of embodiment to all her stories.  She currently is the Artistic Director and Producer of the Annual Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival and this year's Artist in Residence at the 418 Project.  She strongly believes Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends hold hidden wisdom awakening the compassionate hearts of all who listen and is committed to creating a space for these stories to be told. 

 Michael Katz tells stories which weave together both the comic and the profound using his own highly energetic, animated and interactive style of storytelling. Michael's stories include multicultural folktales, myths, original stories and personal narratives. Trained by Mindful Schools, since 2009, Michael has been offering short and long term residencies in schools teaching students and teachers mindfulness skills.

 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.

 Glenn Kazmierski hails from the northerly land of La Svensva. He brings to us the tales that have been brewing in those forests over many dark winters. Last  year's festival marked his debut performance of The Captain's Tale to the audience's delight. Since then he has performed at all the SCSF events including the Benefit for the 2013 Bay Area Storytelling Festival. 

 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.

  Leolani's dancing background consists of formal hula training at age four. She continued dancing the hula throughout her life. A graduate of the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Ethnology, she was also trained in Indonesian, Korean, Afro-Brazilian, Filipino, African, ballet, jazz and modern dancing. She has danced professionally in the United States, the Caribbean, and throughout Europe. In recent years, Leolani competed as a soloist in the hula and chanting, as well as in group competition.

  Lakshmi is an ecstatic multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and kirtan leader. Since 1999 she has been performing her original and sacred world music across the United States &Internationally, including Bali, Thailand, & Hawaii. She is a regular performer at many festivals such as Bhaktifest, Pranafest and Wanderlust, & has performed with Kirtan greats such as Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Geoffrey Gordon, Karnamrita, Suzanne Sterling & more. For more, read "Biography" at website

Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival