Youth, Educators, and Storytellers (YES) AFTERNOON Only Pre-Conference Workshop

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YES Pre-Conference Afternoon Workshop

Tomorrow's Storytellers Today – A Look Forward as Storytelling Moves in New Directions

Join with us as we discuss the next generation of storytelling. Listen to how storytelling has changed over the years and how we need to make room for that change. Dr. Kevin Cordi will moderate a panel of five storytellers discussing these changes. This work will highlight new work from the upcoming book, Tomorrow’s Storytellers Today (Parkhurst Brothers, 2021). Cooper Braun-Enos illustrates why we need to make room for folk tradition in environments that invite personal tales. Donte Woods-Spikes speaks to how and why we need to invite diverse storytellers for more than diversity events.

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz addresses the need for storytellers to speak out against critical issues in the world. Amanda Claire Buckley addresses how story was a natural choice for her and why. Allison Broeren shares what it means to produce and organize story events. Join us for this involved conversation, question and answers session to follow panel presentations.

Dr. Kevin D. Cordi (Ohio) is a nationally known storyteller and educator at Ohio University Lancaster. He currently produces Debut: A Fusion of Storytelling and Play. (See Facebook by the same title). He serves as editor of Tomorrow’s Storytellers Today.

Cooper Braun was born in Boulder, Colorado. He grew up without a television and so found a love for storytelling from tapes. Drawn to performance and theater from a young age. Cooper started as an actor, has a BA in Theater for the Union College and has been working as a professional theater technician. He can be contacted at .

Allison Broeren is a storyteller and show producer. Allison is the Co-Owner of Strike Theater and the Director of Wood Sprout running the oldest and festiest poetry and story slams in the Twin Cities. She has performed on the Moth Mainstage, NPR, KFAI radio, the MN Book Awards, Tour de Fat, and coffee tables throughout the Midwest, and has co-led an MPR storytelling trip through Greece with Kevin Kling.

Amanda Claire Buckley is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. She has traveled internationally with a sketch comedy troupe, composed music for plays put up in Chicago, D. C., and NYC, and a contributing editor for the literary journal Pigeon Pages. In 2015 she was a recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Next Generation Scholarship. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Bennington College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Donte Woods-Spikes is a requested speaker/storyteller from Ohio. Donte Woods-Spikes is known for various forms of work such as professional speaking which landed him on the TEDx stage, community work all throughout Columbus, and award-winning video documentation. Donte's overall goal is to educate and connect the world beyond perceptions and stereotypes with authentic experiences through documentation and storytelling.

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz is a Colombian storyteller and performer who researches and brings to life a wide repertoire of myths and traditional tales from Hispanic and Latin America. Her bilingual storytelling style enchants audiences with her compelling mannerisms and the passion she brings into each story. Quiroga was the recipient of the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant Award and is a Teacher Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. Her “Tres Cuentos” podcast, dedicated to the traditional narratives of Latin America, has been awarded a continuation grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Carolina’s performances have taken her across the U.S., including the Tejas Storytelling Festival, and into Costa Rica and Mexico. Check out her website at

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