What is a storytelling residency?
A storytelling residency is a series of story performances and/or workshops held in one location over a set period of time that often have a goal, theme, or objective that informs the content and programming. A storytelling residency can center on traditional tales, personal narrative, or historic stories and can include or combine story-crafting, storytelling, and story-listening. Through multiple opportunities to come together around story, participants in a storytelling residency are able to dive deep into the creative process to discover their voice, the voice of others, and the voices of the stories that make up our histories, our cultures, and our world.
The residency can consist of:
Rachael telling (interactive) story sets that inform specific theme or curriculum content
Rachael facilitating workshops for audiences, students, and leaders to learn how to craft and tell stories out loud.
A combination of the two.
A completely original programming idea!
What happens during a residency?
Rachael collaborates with the cultural institution or school to build a picture and plan for the residency’s goals, themes, and objectives. Then, a schedule is created in which Rachael will be on site to perform or lead workshops to teach others to craft and perform stories. Feedback happens throughout the residency, and afterwards in a survey and/or performance from participants.
Every residency is very customizable to fit the needs and aims of each group.