New Program Design
for 2021-22

Heart Stories Residency

Using the power of storytelling to nurture social emotional learning and human connection across school communities.

What is a storytelling residency?

A storytelling residency is a series of story performances and workshops held in one location over a set period of time that have a goal, theme, or objective determined by the school or organization.


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.

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.

Residency Programs


World Stories Alive Project

Year-long grant project aiming to increase learning and community through the arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities



English Language Learner Summer Camp

Multiple-session program focused on telling interactive folk and fairytales from around the world, giving ELL's the opportunity to develop language skills in a fun and relaxed environment.


Dance & Biography Project

Multiple-session grant project that prepared dance students for a residency from the Jose Limon Company. Through storytelling and movement, students explored Jose Limon's biography. Family workshops explored ways parents could share their own biographies with their children.



Storybox is a residency program specifically designed for preschools. Storybox builds pre-literacy and social emotional skills through imagination and participation in nursery rhymes and simple tellings of folk and fairytales.


Our Story Project

Multiple-session research project held in collaboration between the school library, the English Language Learners, and storytelling programming. Aimed at helping English Language Learners to explore traditional stories from classmate's countries and their own personal narratives while developing speaking and listening language skills.


Bread and Yoga

Storytelling and story-creating classes for preschool, after school, and summer camp, in addition to a popular Family Storytelling Concert series.

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