Storytelling

Vickijoan Keck is a flamboyant storyteller, actress and poet who especially enjoys telling folktales and whimsical rhymes by the likes of Edward Lear, A.A. Milne and Ogden Nash. She enjoys telling personal stories as well as putting a new twist on an old tale. She got involved in storytelling in the mid 1990’s and has been involved since then, telling her stories at places like the MIA and Flint Hills children’s festival, libraries, coffee shops, Patricks Cabaret and other venues.  By day she runs Ivy Arts Copy & Print in the Seward Neighborhood.

Ward is a storyteller, journalist, arts organizer, and ​full-time bike commuter based in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. He started competing in story slams in 2010 and is the 2011, 2012, and 2013 SlamMN! Story Slam champion. He is also the 2014 Twin Cities Moth GrandSlam champion. His slam stories blend the style of slam poetry with strong narrative arcs and cover topics such as sailing, bird hunting, and cranky playground equipment.

Living in staunchly Republican Stillwater, MN with a New York accent and a jaded sense of humor, Howard makes his living as a headhunter for attorneys and his unique blend of performance art, improv and edgy personal narrative storytelling has made him a fixture in the national performance art scene.

An adventurous (most often stationary) traveller, her creative ambition has increased by 1000% since visiting the West Coast a year ago. As long as she can remember, Adrienne has been scheming up scenes and dialogue in her mind that she hopes to one day cultivate into a masterpiece for the big screen. She can’t thank her loved ones and peers enough for fiercely showing her their love even in times of intense Virgo neuroticism. A very special thank you to Peanut and Penny for inspiring this project.

Nothando Zulu is a Master storyteller who has been sharing stories with audiences since 1976.  She shares stories that entertain, educate, motivate and inspire.  She has performed at many venues locally, nationally and internationally.  She draws from an extensive resource of colorful, often funny characters whose antics and follies leave audiences pondering their own life’s lessons.

Beverly Cottman is an interdisciplinary artist creating at the intersection of visual, literary, and performance art. As 'Auntie Beverly' she tells the stories of the African Diaspora to celebrate and share her culture and heritage. This performance is dedicated to her ancestors who guide her still. Ashe.

Brenda Bell Brown is a writer, performance and visual artist.  She possesses degrees from Brown and Hampton Universities in Theatre Arts and Museum Studies.  Currently enrolled in the Hamline University MFA in Creative Writing program, she plans to culminate her studies with a PhD in communication and theatre.

Danielle Daniel loves performing. Her vivacious style fills the stage with a swirl of characters. She is an actress, creative writer, teaching artist and master storyteller. Her storytelling programs and tour shows have been presented in Europe and the United States. She has worked in many schools, colleges, and community organizations using the art of storytelling to entertain, educate, motivate and empower people of all ages. Danielle believes our stories are healing; we should treasure and collect them for our future generations.

Scott Artley is the Executive Artistic Director of Patrick’s Cabaret, a long-standing Minneapolis grassroots queer arts organization with a history of provocative and inclusive work. Since joining the organization in 2014 as Performing Arts Curator, he has developed new curatorial platforms, developed new programs, and stewarded a broad portfolio of community partnerships.

Amanda Jacobson is a graduate of The School of Life with a PhD in No Bullshit. Despite growing up under the affluent umbrella of the western suburbs she somehow managed to find her island of misfit toys and terrify her parents as frequently as possible.

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