[BHS Etree] VOLUNTEERS: Storytelling Festival, March 9 (Fri.)

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Mon Feb 26 14:24:45 PST 2018

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On Friday, March 9, 2018 Berkeley High School students will attend a Storytelling Festival in our Little Theater.

BHS teacher Alan Miller is looking for 10 volunteers in the afternoon from 12:55 until 3:30 to welcome and usher students into their seats, to pick up lost items afterward, and to be an adult presence.

It is always a fun event with a diverse group of storytellers. Olga Loya, Charlie Chin and Awele Makeba will be our storytellers this year (see below for more information).

Please let me know if you able to help out.

Thanks very much,


Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher, Olga Loya performs a mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America, as well as stories from her own varied and colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles. Olga uses her voice, body, and sometimes music and dance, to draw her audience into the imaginative and surprising worlds of the tales she tells. Olga tells stories that support her beliefs that we can work together as a community, that we can learn to be more compassionate with each other, that family is important, and that we can take the time to enjoy ourselves through stories and song. She performs and teaches workshops at a wide variety of locations including, schools, businesses, museums and festivals, such as the Guadalajara, Mexico Festival and the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival. Olga was the recent recipient of the  National Network  of Storytellers 2013 Oracle Award in The Circle of Excellence.

Charlie Chin, writer, musician, historian, currently works at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.  He is a student of the late Storytelling Master, Leong Chi Ming of Toisan, China.  Using the scholars gown, the folding fan, and the techniques of classical Chinese storytelling he presents the folktales, legends, and teaching stories of ancient China.

Awele Makeba has mesmerized audiences around the world including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria; the Suriname and Costa Rican rainforest; and Tsinchu Teacher's College in Taiwan.  She is an award winning and internationally known storyteller, recording artist, educator and she's also a Community Producer of Cultural Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She paints pictures with words, breathes life into characters, teaches, and inspires through the power of story--personal tales, history, folklore and children's literature. Makeba who has made it her life's work to tell history through the words of its oft-forgotten witnesses, wrote two one-woman shows, Rage Is Not A 1-Day Thing! and I'm Not Getting Up Until Jim Crow Gets Off, in which Makeba tells the story of the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott through the eyes of four women, Claudette Colvin, Mary Louise Smith, Rosa Parks and JoAnn Robinson.  Her award winning CDs include: Tell That Tale Again, Trailblazers: African Americans in the California Gold Rush,This Land Is Your Land (Music for Little People)and The Undiscovered Explorer: Imagining York (OPB). Film credits include Supervisor Ella Hill Hutch in the Oscar award winning film, MILK directed by Gus Van Sant starring Sean Penn.  Ms. Makeba's most recent stage appearances include the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts, Omaha Storytelling Camp, and a 3rd return engagement to the Vienna, Austria Storytelling Festival 2010.


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