Teacher Training for Those who want to Teach storytelling

Story belongs to everyone. Beginning, Middle and End and all the magic on the way, are things that live in our DNA. It has been practiced since before the written word and its necessary elements are in all of us. Some people have studied what works well in storytelling, and Janna is one of them. Having taught and directed theater, improvisation and story-crafting for over 17 years, she has a unique perspective on story and performance.


With a wish to see as many people in as many places practicing storytelling as possible, Janna greatly enjoys coaching people who want to teach storytelling to others. Through group classes and individual coaching, she shares tools she has developed over many years-- specific games, exercises and activities that allow students to dynamically, experientially discover everything from narrative structure to emotional honesty to use of sensory detail to overcoming stage fright. She offers curriculum design and supportive, effective approaches for this sometimes sensitive work. She coaches classroom teachers, social workers, activists, ministers and others who want to teach storytelling in their own cities, neighborhoods & communities. 


If you want to start live storytelling events in your neighborhood, business or other community, Janna consults on this as well. Her own show, Here Chicago, has been playing to sold-out theatrical houses for over 5 years. She knows things about community-building, curation, booking, publicity, and most importantly, how to create an event that is based in respect of the people it belongs to. Storytelling events are not just entertainment. They are opportunities for discovery, generosity, unity, and revitalization.


If you are interested in teacher coaching or consultation on producing storytelling events, please use the contact page to inquire. 

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