Northeast Region Spotlight Performance

Event for Ages 16+

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Tony Toledo, Emcee
Tony emceed Speak Up Spoken World Open Mic every Wednesday for seven years in Lynn, Massachusetts. He gave each person who spoke a lucky coin wrapped in a little thank you story. With his storytelling, Tony Toledo bought his massive one tenth of an acre estate in Beverly, MA. Tony is 62 years old but reads at a 69 year old level. Tony has more Books than common sense.

James Forten: A True Story from the American Revolution told by Valerie Tutson
I have been telling stories my whole life, but began formal studies in college. I graduated from Brown University with a self-designed major, Storytelling as A Communications Art. I then received a Masters in Theatre Arts. I have worked as a full time storyteller since 1991, sharing stories around the world. My work includes world folktales with an emphasis on African traditions, African American history, stories and songs from South Africa and Bible stories. In addition to telling stories, I offer workshops and trainings and am the director of FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. Tonight’s story is historical. Find on my new storyteller facebook page: or

Standing There told by Christopher Newcomb
Chris is a storyteller, teacher, and artist. He enjoys telling true and fictional tales. Tonight’s tale, “Standing There,” is a tale of the odd sense of time we are living through with COVID-19. His collection of original stories, The People of the Sky, is available on Visit his YouTube Channel:

The Cleverest Tune told by Simon Brooks
Simon has performed for over 20 years in the UK and then in the USA where he has resided since 1994. His tales and his award-winning recordings combine the intensity of solo performance with the intimacy of face-to-face conversations. Today he will be telling a story from England called The Cleverest Tune. Find Simon at:

The Arrival told by Jennifer Munro
This is a story about a Midland Red bus, its conductor, an old man, and two children whose anticipation and excitement ends in a sobering, new understanding of life’s realities. Acclaimed storyteller, Jennifer Munro creates original stories that resonate with the frailty and courage of the human condition. She has performed at major festivals across the nation, most notably the National Festival, Tennessee, and the Timpanogos Festival, Utah. Her three CDs are Storytelling World award winners, as is her book Aunty Lily and other Delightfully Perverse Stories published by Parkhurst Brothers. |

Esmerelda Flies – an original story told by Nicolette Nordin Heavey
Nicolette Nordin Heavey’s storied childhood in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East influences her stories and her belief that storytelling is a pathway to world understanding. Nicolette is animated and joyful; a favorite with young children and as a teaching artist in schools. In 2012 she founded Stories in the Streets, a program combining outreach storytelling and family engagement. |

Dimwit told by Tim Jennings
The husband and wife team of Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder is held by many as being one of the all-time great storytelling duos. Prior to that act’s thirty-year run, Tim spent ten years as a full time solo artist, with many performances around New England, and on Vermont Public Television. Leanne now has Alzheimer’s disease, and Tim’s full-time job as caretaker limits his ability to do shows, but tonight he shares a recent, informally recorded live performance of one of his signature solo pieces, the comic folktale, “Dimwit.” He’s been performing it for fifty years, it holds up well, and this is its recorded premiere. See for Guest of the House, a VT PBS version of Tim Jennings telling the “Dimwit” story that has better audio. Start at minute 6:45.


Tony Toledo (Emcee)

Valerie Tutson

Christopher Newcomb

Simon Brooks

Jennifer Munro

Nicolette Nordin Heavey

Tim Jennings

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