Joy Through Story

Rachael Harrington is a storyteller whose work has taken her around the globe, presenting joy-infused folktale and personal narrative performances and workshops for all ages in theater and arts spaces, community groups, schools, preschools, and as a guest lecturer at Rutgers University. She was the recipient of the NYC Department of Education Arts and Family Engagement Grant and has presented workshops at New Jersey Association of School Libraries, New Jersey TESOL Conference, and the American Association of School Libraries National Conference, and is published in Voices, the New Jersey TESOL quarterly journal. She performs at festivals including The Uptown Arts Stroll, Gotham Arts Festival, and The Day of Water Festival on Governor's Island. She is a member of National Storytelling Network, The New Jersey Storytelling Network, and The Northeast Storytelling Network.

Her work includes performances of folklore and personal narrative, facilitating professional development and conference presentations on storytelling topics, and coaching groups and individuals in the art of story crafting and telling.

Rachael currently serves as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the National Storytelling Network.

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Why Storytelling?

Benefits of Storytelling for English Lan


Parent of ELL Storytelling Workshop Participant

"For the first time in my daughter's life she could speak English publicly thanks to the storytelling, which was a great start point for her to face school life in a foreign country."

Donna Swift, Media Center Specialist

"Rachel Harrington holds her audience in the palm of her hand.  Her stories are down to earth and accessible for all ages.  She makes her characters come to life."

Francesco, HS Student

"From your presentation I learned that I should put all my heart in what I do, even if it is not a story."

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