We’re taking our annual storytelling extravaganza online this year for one night only! Join The Ark and the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild for this beloved event.
Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation, nationally recognized, “Affrilachian” storyteller, meaning of African American heritage and history, from the region called Appalachia. She thanks Frank X Walker, for creating this wonderful word! Here “home-fried” folktale adaptations, spooky tales, and original stories are rooted in Lyn's family's multicultural Affrilachian storytelling traditions enriched with call and response, choral response, rhythm and rhyme, humor and heart.
Virginia native Chetter Galloway grew up hearing his father tell stories on Sunday road trips. Chetter became interested in the art of storytelling while working as a living history interpreter at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Master of Arts in Storytelling. Chetter has performed nationally at venues such as the National Black Arts Festival, National Association of Black Storytellers Festival, The National Storytelling Summit, The Art of the Story Festival, and the Smithsonian. He is also a contributing storyteller featured on Race Bridges Studio. Chetter also serves on the Board of Directors for Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia.
Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA.
Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.
Steve Daut is President of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild and a gifted storyteller for children and adults. He serves as our MC for this year’s event.
Ark Family Room shows are free and streamed to The Ark’s Facebook page. Donations to the “virtual tip jar” during shows support both The Ark and the participating artists.