Mama Edie Armstrong

Mama Edie, the StorytellerMama Edie Armstrong is a bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English), published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist who has provided international storytelling performances and workshops to parents, teachers, children, social workers, steel workers, attorneys,and various other professionals since 1989.  Her stories are largely inspired by her passionate regard for her African and Native American ancestries.

Mama Edie Armstrong’s appearance at the festival is made possible by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, University Library, UIUC.

Dan Keding and Mama Edie Armstrong, Featured Storyteller Performances

Dan Keding telling a storyDan Keding grew up with his Croatian grandmother filling him with the stories of the old country. He has pursued this passion for over forty years, telling at some of the most prestigious venues in storytelling. He has won numerous awards, including the ALA Notable Recording for Children, nine Storytelling World Awards and two Anne Izard Storytelling Choice Awards.

Mama Edie, the Storyteller

Mama Edie Armstrong

Mama Edie Armstrong is a bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English), published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist who has provided international storytelling performances and workshops to parents, teachers, children, social workers, steel workers, attorneys,and various other professionals since 1989.  Her stories are largely inspired by her passionate regard for her African and Native American ancestries.

 

Local Storyteller Showcase

The Local Teller Showcase features some of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite tellers: Kim Sheahan, Linda Dust, Elaine Bearden, and Sue Searing. All are members of the C-U Storytelling Guild and enjoy telling to audiences of all ages. Come join the fun!

Kim SheahanKim 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.

Sue SearingSue 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.

 

 

Elaine Bearden

 

Storyteller Elaine Bearden is a children’s librarian at The Urbana Free Library. She tells personal stories and folktales, accented with music.  Local appearances include the University of Illinois’ Youth Literature Festival, The Very Special Arts Festival, Verde Gallery Teller’s Art series, and most recently, the Indi-Go Gallery.  Since 2005, she has also taught storytelling workshops for teachers on integrating storytelling into curriculum.

 

 

Linda DustLinda Dust says that the stories she enjoys the most are the ones that also include music and ballads. She finds that each new story brings new understanding of the traditions of the cultures that have produced these marvelous tales. She has performed in such diverse places as public libraries, schools, service organization banquets, festivals and even at a club in New York City’s Greenwich Village.