Storytelling Center Events

Freedom Stories
at the Harriet Tubman Memorial Statue

Presented by the Storytelling Center and the African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

Harriet Tubman Memorial Statue
West 122nd Street

(between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard), Harlem, New York
Sunday, July 9th, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Join storytellers from the African Folk Heritage Circle and the Storytelling Center for an afternoon of stories about freedom, in celebration of the life of Harriet Tubman. The program will include folktales, personal stories, and historical stories about Tubman’s life.

The Tubman Memorial Statue is three blocks from the historic Apollo Theatre, and can be reached via the MTA A, B, C, D, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 subway trains.

Admission: Free

Community Events
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Storytelling at the Andersen Statue 2017
Image ©Philip David Morgan – Perennial Alice.

Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen 2017

Central Park (Conservatory Water)
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue entrance, New York City
Saturdays from June through September, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon


June 24th:
Mary Ann Schmidt – “The Storm Child” (E. Haywood)
Marianne McShane – “Triona in the Land Below the Well” (Ireland)


July 1st:
Megan Hicks – “King Thrushbeard” (Great Britain)
Navida Stein – “The Old Woman and the Pumpkin” (India)

July 8th:
Bill Gordh – “Three Daughters and a Mother’s Blessing” (Ireland)
Laura Simms – “The Wild Rose” (Romania)

July 15th:
Diane Edgecomb – “A Kurdish Cinderella” (Persian)
April Armstrong – Anansi Stories (West Africa)

July 22nd:
LuAnn Adams – “The Blue Hippopotamus” (Egypt)
Heather Forest – “The Hunchback” (Persian)

July 29th:
Katie Green – “The Will–o’Wisp” (H.C. Andersen)
Peninnah Schram – “The Rooster Who Would Be King” (Jewish)


August 5th:
Karen de Mauro – “Great Joy” (India)
Ron Sopyla – “The Most Amazing Thing” (H.C. Andersen)

August 12th:
Ellen Shapiro – “The Magic Teapot” (Japan)
Arif Choudhury – “The Well of Sweetness” (Arabian)
Jean Hale – “Rainbow Crow” (Lenape)

August 19th:
Marc Young – “The Camel Husband” (Palestine)
Judith Heineman – “The Wooden Sword” (Afghanistan)

August 26th:
Robin Bady – “The Beetle Who Went on a Journey” (H.C. Andersen)
Megan Wells – “Jack and the Beanstalk” (Great Britain)


September 2nd:
Loren Niemi – “Hänsel and Gretel” (J. & W. Grimm)
Valentina Ortiz (w/music by Alda Reuter) – “Mother Earth” (México)

September 9th:
Liz Weir – Tales from Ireland
Angela Halvorson Borg – “The Golden Lamb” (Iraq)

September 16th:
Melissa Heckler – “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (H.C. Andersen)
Therese Folkes–Plair – “The Princess and the Pea” (H. C. Andersen)

September 23rd:
A Celebration of Diane Wolkstein (1942–2013)
(on the 50th Anniversary of her first performances in Central Park)
Presented by Rachel Zucker

September 30th:
The Ugly Duckling’s Birthday Party
w/Rolf Stang
(as H.C. Andersen) and Laura Simms
“The Ugly Duckling” and “The Wild Swans” (both by H.C. Andersen)
(refreshments provided by the American Scandinavian Foundation)

Laura Simms, artistic director (monitors to be determined)

All performances will be held, come light rain or shine. The programs are appropriate for children of six years and up. Parents or adult guardians are asked to sit with their children during the performances.

Visit the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center website and make a donation with PayPal to support the Center’s activities

This series is sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc., and is produced with the participation of the Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.


BadyHouse Storytelling Concert #36
(plus Backyard BBQ and Birthday Party)

with Scott Whitehair, Sydnee Washington,
Julie Threlkeld and H. R. Britton

85 Chester Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Sunday, July 9th, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.

The BHSC is located in our row house home in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington, in the comfort of a private living room.

What can you expect?

Sitting on chairs, couches, eating cookies and drinking tea and coffee. Making new friends. Hearing great stories by great performers. If you want wine or beer, it's BYOB.

If the weather obliges, we will go outside to see the show. We will have lots of bug spray if you need it!

It is an intimate setting, and the stories and storytellers are right there for you and with you. See why so many people say we are Brooklyn's best kept

Plus: We have two house cats — Willie and Nonnie — who love to listen to the stories and love your attention. If you are allergic, take precautions or ask for some allergy medications.

Look for the row house with the big “85” on the door.

P.S.: Yeah, it’s my birthday and I wanna celebrate with you! — Robin Bady.

Admission: $15.00 plus suggested donation (including the performances and refreshments)
Contact: or 1.718.633.6651


Five Boro Story Project

LIC & Astoria Love Letter

Socrates Sculpture Park
32–01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, New York
Saturday, June 24th, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Do you love your neighborhood? Join us for LIC & Astoria Love Letter, an afternoon of storytelling and music in beautiful Socrates Sculpture Park. Meet neighbors, hear true stories about life in the neighborhood from long–time residents, enjoy performances of poetry and music inspired by Astoria and Long Island City, and share your own stories and more in our open mic! Write a love note to your neighborhood, and leave your mark on the park with participatory art–making activities reflecting the local landscape.

We will be joined by:

Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro, a native Astoria artist, musician, author, actor, producer and legendary graffiti writer from NYC’s golden era of subway graffiti;

Jim Hawkins, a storyteller who combines the rich traditions of Irish storytelling with his memorable experiences of growing up in Astoria;

Gary Lucero, a social worker and LIC native who captures his ever-changing neighborhood and evolving city through stories and photography;

Yvette Ramirez, an arts administrator, oral historian and aspiring archivist born & raised in Astoria whose work explores the meaning of “home,” diaspora and memory; and

Roxanne Shante, the legendary hip hop artist from Queensbridge and first female rapper to have platinum singles and gold albums.

LIC & Astoria Love Letter will showcase community members sharing their love for Long Island City and Astoria through through true life stories, poetry, music, and art that highlight what makes these neighborhoods special and examine the changes and challenges that residents are facing — in particular, gentrification and displacement.

Richmond Hill Love Letter Workshop

Indo–Caribbean Alliance
131–12 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York
Sunday, June 25th, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Come tell your family migration stories at this intergenerational story–sharing workshop. We'll share snacks and stories about our immigration experiences, what it's like being the child or grandchild of immigrants, and discuss how we blend our family's background with our own identities.

Almost Home | Casi llegando a casa

Almost Home: A Story Circle
Casi llegando a casa: Un círculo de historias

Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa is a new storytelling, oral history, art, and video series presenting monthly story–sharing workshops from April through July 2017 in different locations throughout Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, with a culminating celebration to follow in August 2017.

Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa aims to strengthen community connections in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, Queens, through public storytelling programs, participatory art installations, and video that explore themes of home, vulnerability, resilience, and resistance. This project explores the meaning of ‘home’ through telling the powerful stories of the challenges our communities face, and the struggles and inspiring victories that local organizers have won for housing justice and immigrants’ human rights.

Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa Culminating Celebration

Terraza 7
40–19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, New York
Sunday, August 20th, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Almost Home/Casi llegando a casa culminating celebration will feature storytelling performances by Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona residents who participated in our story circle workshops and have powerful stories to tell around immigrants’ rights and housing justice in our neighborhoods. There will be storytelling, poetry, and musical performances, an open mic, and a dance party to cap it off. Further details to follow.

Almost Home / Casi llegando a casa was developed by Five Boro Story Project’s Bridget Bartolini, Priscilla Stadler, and Milton X. Trujillo, in collaboration with Queens Neighborhoods United, a grassroots organization focusing on three social justice issues crucial for our local community: immigration, gentrification, and policing.

This project is generously supported by More Art.

Admission to all of the above events: Free

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

Folks Tellin’ Tales

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street, New York City)
Select Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017:

To be announced
(rescheduled due to Independence Day)

Admission: $10.00

Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1.212.568.1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at 1.212.862.3680

Battery Park City Parks
Stories at Teardrop Park

North End Avenue (between Warren and Murray Streets)
Battery City Park, New York City

Saturday, July 15th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.:
Chartlotte Blake Alston
Come Tell with Me!

Join us for a morning of dynamic storytelling with Charlotte Blake Alston. Children get to participate in Charlotte’s original adaptations of American, African and African–American folktales both old and new. The program is punctuated with participatory call–and–response songs. Be prepared to clap and sing to help tell the stories!

Admission: Registration required


Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

John Strasberg Studios
555 Eighth Avenue, New York City

(between 37th and 38th Streets)

Please watch this space for the next Out by Ten event to be announced.


Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street, New York City
(between West 3rd Street & Washington Square)
Closest MTA subway trains:
A,B,C,D,E,F,M (West 4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Astor Place); and N,R (8th Street).
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Please watch this page for the 2017–2018 dates to be announced.

David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre (NYU Steinhardt)
Regina Ress, Producer

Admission: Free (seating is limited, and the box office opens one hour before each performance).
Contact: 1.212.998.5867

Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers
at Scandinavia House

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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York City
(four blocks south of Grand Central Station)
Select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

Please watch this page for the first dates of the 2017–2018 season to be announced,

Admission: Free (and suitable for children five and up)
Contact: 1.212.879.9779 or