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Mary's Resume

Professional Storyteller 1983 — present

Professional Storytelling Experiences Include:

Storytelling Festivals Include:
-- Almost Bugaboo Springs Storytelling Festival, Denton, Texas
-- The Ark Storytelling Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan
-- Azalea Storytelling Festival, LaGrange, Georgia
-- Bristol Hills Storytelling Festival, Elkhart, Indiana
-- By the Light of the Moon Storytelling Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada
-- Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Morehead, Kentucky
-- Cherokee Rose Storytelling Festival, Carrollton, Georgia
-- Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival, Peoria, Illinois
-- Corn Island Storytelling Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
-- Detroit Storytelling Festival, Detroit, Michigan
-- Florida Storytelling Camp, Eustis, Florida
-- Forest Storytelling Festival, Port Angeles, Washington
-- Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, Geneva, Illinois
-- Harvest Moon Festival, Grand Rivers, Kentucky
-- Haunting in the Hills, Oneida, Tennessee
-- Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana
-- Illinois Storytelling Festival, Chicago, Illinois
-- Iron Mountain Storytelling Festival, Lake Wales, Florida
-- Michigan Storytelling Festival, Flint, Michigan
-- National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee
-- Northern Kentucky Storytelling Festival, Erlanger, Kentucky
-- O.O.P.S! (Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling) Conference, Mt. Vernon, Ohio
-- St. Louis Storytelling Festival, St. Louis, Missouri
-- Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
-- Stories by the Sea, Newport, Oregon
-- Storytelling Festival of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
-- WinterTales, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
-- Winter Tales, Atlanta, Georgia

"Children of Richard, Rhoda, and God" One-woman Show Performances Include:
-- American Studies Seminar, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
-- Atria St. Matthews, for The Kentucky Center, Louisville, KY
-- excerpts presented at National Storytelling Conference, Bellingham, Washington
-- Foust Artist Series, Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky
-- Florida Storytelling Camp, Eustis, Florida
-- Historic State Theatre, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
-- St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
-- Storytellers Theater Series, Indianapolis, Indiana

"Buggy Kentucky" Performances Include:
-- Glendover Elementary School, Lexington, KY
-- Hearn Elementary School, Frankfort, KY
-- Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Owensboro, KY
-- Kentucky Public Libraries in Adair, Bath, Berea-Madison, Boone, Breckinridge, Estill, Fleming, Green, Larue, Marshall, McCracken, Monroe, Owen, Paris-Bourbon, Rowan, Scott, Spencer, Trimble, Wolfe, and Woodford Counties.
-- Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY
-- St. John’s Reading Camp, Versailles, KY

"Around the World with Cinderella" Performances Include:
-- Azaela Storytelling Festival, LaGrange, GA (11 Cinderellas)
-- Bristol Hills Storytelling Festival, Elkhart, IN (9 Cinderellas)
-- Catholic Information Center, Grand Rapids, MI (11 Cinderellas)
-- Cave Run Storytelling Fesitval, Morehead, KY (11 Cinderellas)
-- Corn Island Storytelling Festival, Louisville, KY (11 Cinderellas)
-- Florida Story Camp, St. Petersburg, FL (9 Cinderellas)
-- Forest Storytelling Festival, Port Angeles, WA (9 Cinderellas)
-- Girl Scouts Festival of the Arts, Louisville, KY (11 Cinderellas)
-- Hancock County High School, Lewisport, KY (11 Cinderellas)
-- INDY Fringe 2011, Indianapolis, IN (upcoming, August 2011)
-- International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN (11 Cinderellas)
-- Iron Mountain Storytelling Festival, Lake Wales, FL (11 Cinderellas)
-- Illinois Storytelling Festival, Chicago, IL
-- Paris-Bourbon County, Bath Memorial, and McCracken County Public Libraries, tween and teen programs, Kentucky
-- Stories by the Sea Festival, Newport, OR (11 Cinderellas)

Conference "Sailing the Flying Ship" Keynotes Include:
-- Appalachian Educational Laboratory, General Session speaker, Lexington, KY
-- Clemson University's Professional Development Conferences for Women, Opening General Session Speaker, in Kalamazoo, MI; Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY
-- Florida Storytelling Camp, General Session Speaker, Eustis, FL
-- Indiana Library Federation, Children & Young Peoples Division, General Session Speaker, Columbus, IN
-- International Storytelling Institute, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
-- Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children Conference. Closing General Session Speaker, Lexington, KY
-- McConnell Conference, Closing General Session speaker, Lexington, Kentucky
-- National Storytelling Association 1997 Conference, General Session Speaker, Indianapolis, IN

Other Performances Include:
-- Appalachian Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio
-- Children's Book Festival, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
-- Folklife Festival, family storytelling, Frankfort, KY
-- Governor’s School, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
-- Howl-o-ween at Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee
-- J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
-- Kingman Museum of Natural History, Battle Creek, Michigan
-- Kentucky History Center, Frankfort, Kentucky
-- Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
-- Meade County High School, Commencement Speaker, Brandenburg, KY
-- Miami-Dade County Public Library, Miami, FL
-- Nazareth Arts for Life, Nazareth, Kentucky
-- New Year's Fest, Kalamazoo, Michigan
-- Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
-- Palmer and Fairbanks Public Libraries, Alaska
-- Preston Lecture Series, Henderson Community College, Henderson, Kentucky
-- Speak Easy, Columbus, Ohio
-- Teller in Residence, International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee
-- Two Chairs Telling, Minneapolis, Minnesota

-- Performances in hundreds of schools in Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Alaska, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee
-- Artist in Residence, Grand Rapids (MI) Performing Arts for Children, 1985 — 87
-- Teaching Artist, Kentucky Arts Council, 1989 — present

Classes and Workshops Taught Include:
Storytelling Workshops (Including
Explore-a-Story, Learn a Folktale Today; Learning Folktales, Shaping Folktale Retellings; Storytelling: a Basic Workshop; and customized workshops. See the Workshops page for content descriptions.)
-- Chautauqua Development for Teachers Projects, storytelling sessions, Kentucky Humanities Council
-- Cherokee Rose Storytelling Festival, GA
-- Fox Valley Storytelling Guild, IL
-- Haunting in the Hills Festival, Oneida, TN
-- Heritage Touring Conference, Frankfort, KY
-- International Storytelling Institute, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
-- Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
-- Kentucky Theatre Conference, Lexington, KY
-- Kentucky Storytelling Conference, Gilbertsville, KY
-- National Storytelling Institute, Jonesborough, TN
-- Palmer Public Library, Palmer, AK
-- Scheherazade’s Legacy, Riverwinds Storytelling Weekend, Belleville, IL
-- Scheherazade’s Legacy Family Story, Family Celebration Workshop, Shepherdsville, KY
-- Spellbinders Training, Lexington, KY
-- Storytellers’ Wild Week, Wildacres, NC
-- Storytelling Festival of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
-- Storyworks Seminars, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Southfield, Michigan
-- WinterTales, Oklahoma City, OK
-- WinterTales, Atlanta, GA

All Together Now: Developing Audience Participation Storytelling
-- Fairbanks Public Library, workshop for area librarians, Fairbanks, AK
-- Fox Valley Storytelling Guild, Geneva, IL
-- Kentucky Storytelling Conference, Richmond, KY
-- NOLA, CAMLS, and NORWELD Regional Library Consortiums, OH
-- Northlands Storytelling Conference, Lake Geneva, IL
-- Sharing the Fire, Warwick, RI
-- Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival, Pigeon Forge, TN
-- Storytellers’ Wild Week, Wildacres, NC

Evolution of Folktale Retellings
--  O.O.P.S. Storytelling Conference, Mt. Vernon, OH
--  Florida Storytelling Camp, St. Petersburg, FL
-- McConnell Conference, Lexington, KY
-- Storyteller’s Wild Week, Wildacres, NC

Storytelling Coaching 
-- WOW (Working on Our Work) Storytelling Weekends, Bethlehem, Indiana (co-facilitated thirty-four WOW weekends with Cynthia Changaris)

Storytelling in the Classroom
-- Almost Bugaboo Springs Festival, Denton, TX
-- Arts Unlimited, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
-- Scheherazade's Legacy Workshops: Badgett Center, Madisonville, KY; Multicultural Opportunities Branch, KY Department of Education (5 sites); Kentucky Counseling Association, Louisville, KY
-- “Storying Your Classroom,” a master class, 2008 National Storytelling Conference, Gatlinburg, TN

Parents as Storytellers and Family Story, Family Celebration events
-- Bullitt County Public Library, co-facilitated with Cynthia Changaris, Shepherdsville, KY
-- National Storytelling Conference, Indianapolis, IN
-- Workshops at a variety of school family nights

Storying Your Message
-- Kentucky Heritage Touring Conference, Lexington, KY (co-facilitated with Cynthia Changaris)
-- Kentucky Speakers Association
-- New England Speakers Association
-- Speakers' Circle, Columbus, OH.

Telling Stories and Reading Aloud to Preschoolers
-- Anderson, Pulaski, Meade, Boone, and Larue County Early Childhood Councils, KY
-- Early Childhood Institute, Louisville, KY

Reading Aloud Workshops
-- “Reading so Others Listen” Bath County Schools & Community Education, Owingsville, KY
-- “Reading so Others Listen” Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives, Widening Circles Conference.
-- "Reading so Others Listen," Lincoln Trail Region of Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Elizabethtown, KY; Bath County Family Literacy, Owingsville, KY.
-- Reading aloud training in Kentucky for Prime Time Family Reading Time with the Kentucky Humanities Council and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Poetry Out Loud Workshops
-- Danville, Western Hills, Frankfort, Greenwood, Allen County-Scottsville, and Mercer County High Schools for the Kentucky Arts Council.

Adjunct Instructor
-- “Creative Library Programs for Children”, School of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
-- Adolescent Literature course, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI

Guest Lecturer 
-- Children’s Literature courses, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
-- Oakland University, Oakland, MI


-- Alligators, Bees & Surprise! Oh My! Folktales Revived (story favorites, previously available only on audiocassette) CD, 2009
-- Sisters All . . . and One Troll (tales of active heroines), CD, 2005
 -- Haunting Tales: Live from Culbertson Mansion (spooky tales), CD, 2001
-- Some Dog and Other Kentucky Wonders, CD, 2001
-- Sailing the Flying Ship: Stories and Thoughts on Navigating Life, audiocassette, 1998
-- 1000 Ideas and Then Some (world folktales), audiocassette, 1992
-- Some Dog and Other Kentucky Wonders (Kentucky tales), audiocassette, 1992
-- Stepping Stones: Stories for Children 4 - 10, audiocassette, 1992
-- The Winter Wife and Other Stories (North American tales), audiocassette, 1988
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-- Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
-- “The Gingerbread Boy,” The August House Book of Scary Stories. August House, 2009

-- “Jump Rope Kingdom,” The Scenic Route: Stories from the Heartland. Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007.
-- "The Signature Story Meets the Eclectic Muse," Storytelling Magazine, March/April 2005.
-- Guest editor, Storytelling Magazine, November/December 2004.
-- "Susan Contemplates Murder," Telling Stories, Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. Western Kentucky University, 2001.
-- "Elizabeth on Racing," Storytelling Magazine, July/August, 2000.


-- 2010 Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, Berea College.
-- 2010 Storytellling World Honor Award, Storytelling Recordings Category, for Alligators, Bees & Surprise, Oh My! Folktales Revived! CD
-- 2009, Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, National Storytelling Network
-- Early Care and Education Trainer's Credential, Specialty Trainer:
-- Specialty Trainer’s Credential in Storytelling from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Childcare, Early Care and Education Training.
-- Mary Hamilton has been selected for both the Kentucky Performing Arts Directory and the Teaching Artist Directory of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit the Kentucky Arts Council at
-- 2007, Winner, Storytelling World Award, Storytelling Recordings Category for Sisters All. . . and One Troll CD.
-- 2006, an iParenting Media Award for Sisters All. . . and One Troll, CD.
-- 2006, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Sisters All... and One Troll, CD.
-- 2005, Professional Assistance Award, Kentucky Arts Council.
-- 2004, Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women.
-- 2003, Storytelling World Honor Award for “Stormwalker” from Some Dog and Other Kentucky Wonders, available on both CD and audiocassette.
-- Audiocassettes, Some Dog and Haunting Tales selected for The Elementary School Library Collection.
-- 1999 – 2000 Jesse Stuart Award, Kentucky School Media Association.

Member of

-- National Storytelling Network
Kentucky Storytelling Association


-- National Storytelling Conference, yearly participation, 1987 - now.
-- Kentucky Storytelling Conference, yearly participation, 2004 – now.
-- Kentucky Arts Council, numerous Arts Education Workshops, 1989 -- now.
-- Arts Integration Institute, Tennessee Arts Commission, 2011
-- Northlands Storytelling Conference, 2011
-- Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, 2011
-- Artists as Educators Workshop, "Developing Participatory Workshops for Teachers" from The Kennedy Center, 2000.
-- Numerous half-day, full day, & weekend sessions led by a variety of storytellers including Jim May, Donald Davis, Chuck Larkin, John Basinger, Carol Birch, Doug Lipman, Loren Niemi, Pam McGrath, Bill Harley, Elizabeth Ellis and Nancy Donoval.
-- Storytelling Residency with Laura Simms, 1983, 1984, 1985, (worked as assistant 1986), 1988, 2007
-- Voice lessons with Gordon Van Ry, 1983 - 87
-- M.S. in Library Science, University of Kentucky, 1979
-- B.A. in Secondary Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1974

Pre-Storytelling Work Experience

-- Children's Librarian, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI 1979 - 1983
-- English teacher, Meade County High School, Brandenburg, KY 1974 - 1978


Mary Hamilton, Professional Storyteller
65 Springhill Road, Frankfort, KY 40601-9211
Phone: 1-502-223-4523