Ms Regina Ress would
be the Visiting Storytelling Mentor of Chennai Storytelling Festival
2017 (3-12 Feb 2017).
Ms Laura Simms has
been invited to be the the Visiting Storytelling Mentor of Chennai
Storytelling Festival 2018 (2-11 Feb 2018).
Regina and Laura both live in New York City,
in Manhattan's West Village neighbourhood.
They have known each other for many years and often work in
collaboration. We could see them as a
2017 -- Regina Ress, Bio-data
Regina Ress would give the Festival's Opening Storytelling Performance,
"She was not afraid...", on Fri 3 Feb 2017, at 6pm, in
Mylapore. Details are here.
Regina has been an "Arts in
Education" professor / teacher-trainer / workshop-leader for 20
She instructs teachers regarding ways of using
storytelling (and music, movement, and visual art) to teach across the
curriculum, including language/literacy.
She has been teaching "Storytelling in
the Classroom" in New York University's Educational Theatre Program for the past 15 years.
For the past 8 years, she has been teaching
courses involving, "Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages" (TESOL), and "English as Second Language"
(ESL), in NYU's Department of
Regina is conversant in Spanish, and works with Spanish-speaking
teachers and students who are in the process of teaching-and-learning
told stories in Spanish in festivals in Madrid (Spain), Tenerife (Canary
Islands), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Zacatecas (Mexico), and Ambato
(Ecuador). She also tell stories
bi-lingually in NYC.
Cultural areas she has lived in, and tells
stories regarding, include South America, and the USA states of New Mexico,
Hawaii, and New York.
Regina has been a professional performer for
40 years. Her
acting career has included roles in Broadway and off Broadway plays, national
tours, and regional theater. She has performed in many places, including the
has been a professional storyteller for 25 years. She has won awards from the USA's National
Storytelling Network, and has given numerous performances and workshops
at the NSN's annual National Storytelling Conference.
has made an award-winning CD of original stories about New York City.
Regina Ress, Storyteller, Actor, Author,
* Adjunct Professor, New York University
(NYC), and Santa Fe University of Art and Design (New Mexico).
* Producer, "Storytelling at the
Provincetown Playhouse" (an NYU project, in NYC).
* Associate Director, "Healing
Voices" (a company that makes videos of personal stories of people who
have survived domestic violence, http://hv-ps.org
2018 -- Laura Simms, Bio-data
Laura is a national (USA) and a global
She is one of the founders, and continues to be
one of the leaders, of the "global storytelling revival,"
which coalesced in the 1970s (around 40 years ago).
Laura is known for brilliant psychological and
other insight into both stories, and into
the process of the storytelling event.
has worked with students -- both children and teenagers -- and teachers in
schools throughout her career. She
also works with college students (UG and PG) and faculty.
Some of Laura's notes about storytelling,
and some descriptions of her past and ongoing projects are at www.laurasimms.com/short-bio/about .
Laura's approach to storytelling is permeated
and enriched by her longtime
involvement -- including as a meditation teacher -- with a form of
Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala,
founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche,
This approach includes,
* Contemplative Art (integrating art and
culture with everyday life),
* Shambhala Art (art that occurs through clear
perception and expression),
* Dharma Art (meditation in action; working
with social action, healing, and education).
Laura Simms, Storyteller, Author, Educator,
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