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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

Schools
-- 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

Recordings

-- 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
To listen to excerpts from Mary’s recordings, go
here.

Publications

-- 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.

Awards

-- 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 Councilhttp://www.maryhamilton.info/images/artscouncillogo.jpg, 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 www.artscouncil.ky.gov
-- 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

Education

-- 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

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Phone: 1-502-223-4523
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