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Mary Jo Maichack
Mary Jo Maichack, NSN's state liaison from Massachusetts, has spent 30 years as a full-time, professional minstrel storyteller with many original shows integrating world folktales, songs, dance and interactive drama for all ages at festivals (Connecticut Storytelling Festival 3x; LAUGHS Festival; Mark Twain; Three Apples, Doggone) in libraries, schools, museums and festivals, from San Francisco to Maine; also in workshops and exchanges in Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; London, UK. She now works primarily as a teaching artist in pre-K to grade 7 classrooms. Former marketing director, Connecticut Storytelling Center, founding partner, Maichack Arts. Through joyful language play, children and teachers participate deeply with folktales and drama, building literacy, social-emotional skills, enrichment, creativity, imagination and confidence. B.A., cum laude, English literature, Middlebury College. Edited small parenting magazine, children’s librarian. Two national awards (NAPPA) for CDs: “Books Are Celebrations” and “Missing the Muffin Man,” original historical fiction. Also performs cabaret of American Songbook standards interwoven with personal stories of growing up in a music-loving family from the Berkshires, Massachusetts.