The Local Teller Showcase features some of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite tellers: Kathe Brinkmann, Kim Sheahan, Camille Born, and Sue Searing. All are members of the C-U Storytelling Guild and enjoy telling to audiences of all ages. Come join the fun!
Kathe Brinkmann is a wonderful storyteller with a breadth of tales that range from the moving to the comical. She is always tuned into her listeners and seems to know which story is right for her audience. Whether she is telling a short, funny story that leaves an audience gasping for breath with its humor or a traditional story that is touching and thoughtful or a personal story that points out the human side of life, it is always entertaining and a joy to listen to her.
Kim Sheahan incorporates oral traditions into her multicultural programs at the University of Illinois’ Spurlock Museum. She also does freelance storytelling and has performed at storytelling festivals, school assemblies, city-wide celebrations, personal parties, and gatherings of all kinds ever since. Her enthusiasm is both unmistakable and contagious.
Camille Born of Mahomet, IL became a professional storyteller when she realized that her skills of telling personal anecdotes, sharing historical tidbits and giving her younger brother a life-long fear of closets could all be put together in a career. At age 50, she was delighted to find out “what she wanted to be when she grew up.” Besides telling folk tales, she writes original historical stories for performance.
Sue Searing’s passion for discovering, learning, and telling stories was awakened in mid-life, and now she’s joyfully making up for lost time. She delights in sharing stories from around the world – well-loved fairy tales, eerie ghost stories, and stories that make you think. Originally from Lockport, New York, a town on the Erie Canal, Sue has lived in Champaign since 1997 and works as a librarian at the University of Illinois.
Saturday, November 2nd, 11:30am-1:00pm
Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium