Storytelling

Storytelling

Children by Nina Serrano

Children by Nina Serrano

Storytelling evolved in me as an outgrowth of work with and for children in creative drama, poetry, theatre, film and radio. The birth of my grandchildren propelled me into this oral performance tradition.

My earliest storytelling performances began at street fairs and malls. I adopted a storytelling persona “The Fairy Godmother” to work regularly at Children’s Fairyland (Oakland).

Nina as the Fairy Godmother, with grand daughter Mali, Fairyland, Oakland, 1996

Nina as the Fairy Godmother, with grand daughter Mali, Fairyland, Oakland, 1996

After touring my musical play for children, The Story of the Chicken Made of Rags, for which my brother, Philip Serrano, composed the music, the time came for this popular Serrano Caribbean folk tale to be recorded. My son, 5-time Grammy Award nominee Greg Landau, assembled a group of prominent musicians including singer Holly Near, the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast band Soul Vibrations, John Santos, and Barbara Dane, and produced the CD available through this web site. (Click here to preview and/or buy).

In the 1990’s I served as storytelling director for Stagebridge, a senior theatre company developing storytelling in the schools programs. I taught storytelling classes for storytellers, trained teachers and worked in the schools and senior centers.

Signal Mountain, Tennessee classroom: Nina Serrano with brother Phil Serrano on guitar. Photo: Elizabeth Serrano

Signal Mountain, Tennessee classroom: Nina Serrano with brother Phil Serrano on guitar. Photo: Elizabeth Serrano

In the 21st century I began Stagebridge bilingual storytelling programs at senior residences and centers. In 2002 I wrote my Master’s thesis on “The Storytelling Movement And The Need For New Myths” (Naropa University). I am currently (2012) preparing the second printing of the Stagebridge manual PASS IT ON! How to Start Your Own Storytelling Program in the School.

Other storytelling resources:

With students in Richmond, CA, Photo by Grecian Geoke

With students in Richmond, CA, Photo by Grecian Geoke

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