Bill is a storyteller, playwright, author and songwriter with a long list of awards and endeavors – recognized as one of the most accomplished storytellers in the United States. He has been given lifetime achievement awards by the RI Committee for the Humanities and the Children’s Music Network and inducted into the Circle of Excellence by the National Storytelling Network. For twenty years he was a regular commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has produced forty audio recordings, six of which have been nominated for Grammy’s, winning two for spoken word performance. Known especially for his work with families, he has also produced three solo performance shows for adults and is currently touring “John Muir’s Stickeen”. A twice invited artist to the Sundance Playwrights Lab, he has served as storyteller-in-residence at the Salt Lake Acting Company’s playwrights workshop and worked with many artists, including as a dramaturg for Kevin’ Kling’s “Best Summer Ever”.
Bill’s focus in this workshop will be on the structure of performance pieces – an examination of dramatic form and elements in the construction of a piece that lead to a compelling story.
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Storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy has been telling stories since 2006 on stages all over the world including The Globe, The National, London, Oslo Dramatikken Huus, Singapore Out of the Box Festival, and National Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee.
Her work ranges from the political folkloric work such as her Syrian piece “The King of Lies” to playful pieces like “UniVerse”, which explores where quantum physics, philosophy and mythology meet. On her journey as a storyteller Clare has had the honor of telling to President Mary Robinson of Ireland as well as performing at the Writers Room of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a freelance trainer with the National Theatre, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and many universities and institutions.
She has worked for many organizations, including BBC Radio 4, Central Saint Martins University, the National Museums of Ireland, and the Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, Colorado. She performs and teaches at festivals, art centres, universities, public and private events, conferences and schools.
Clare’s emphasis in the workshop will be on how storytellers “inhabit” the story space and embody characters – how we use our bodies in the telling of stories.
Learn more about Clare at claremurphy.org
Wendy Overly is a stage actor, director, vocal coach & teacher with a long list of credits & accomplishments. She has a particular interest in the development of solo theater and storytelling. With an MFA in Acting/Directing at Virginia Commonwealth University, & a BA in Theatre/Dance at Kent State University, she has taught theatre at Clemson University, Rhode Island College, University of RI, UMASS Boston, Northeastern University, & Emerson College. She is a professional actor/director (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) who is currently a resident artist at the Gamm Theatre in RI. Regional & NYC credits include The Waterfront Ensemble, New England Lyric Opera Co., Foundation Theater, Highlands Playhouse, Mill Mountain Theater & The Warehouse. TV/Film acting credits include Polka King, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Infected, “Brotherhood”, & Hard Luck. Wendy has been dialect coach for over 30 theater productions. In film & TV she has been dialect coach for Jungleland, Patriots Day, The Finest Hours, The Surrogates, Manchester-By-The-Sea, & all three seasons of Showtime’s Brotherhood.
Wendy’s workshop time in the intensive will focus on vocal production and preservation (voice training) and experimentation with the use of masks to expand the storyteller’s “toolkit” in developing compelling character.
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