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Storytelling Open Mic




Storytellers of all styles and levels of experience are welcome! Enjoy an evening of true stories, traditional tales, myths, fables, family stories and more. We have just one rule: no notes!

No pre-sale tickets. Seating is first come first serve.

Caffe Lena’s full menu is available.

June 4 feature: Marni Gillard

Marni Gillard discovered storytelling as a Niskayuna middle school teacher. Her book Storyteller, Storyteacher (Stenhouse Publishers), available on Amazon, helps teachers and parents understand how valuable tale-telling and poem-telling are for students of all ages finding their voice. Marni’s double CD, Without a Splash: Diving into Childhood Memories shows how important life stories are for listeners and tellers as well. Meet Marni at MarniGillard.com

July 2 feature: Linda McKenney

Linda McKenney has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theater and Drama Therapy from State University of New York Empire State College.  Her theater experiences include performances with companies in both New York and Tennessee. She has two one-woman shows – Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt.  Linda has brought these women to life in schools and community organizations and for the United States Army.

Linda is a member of Story Circle of the Capital District.  She’s shared her stories at various venues including Caffè Lena and won awards for her humorous stories.  Linda believes that our stories define us, and we can always do a rewrite.

Linda writes creative non-fiction and her essays have been featured in several publications.  She’s lived in the Capital Region most of her life and is a perpetual volunteer, currently active in three social justice organizations: The League of Women Voters, Braver Angels and Creative Action Unlimited. You can learn more about Linda here: https://www.majok.org

August 6 feature: Claire Nolan

Claire Nolan enjoys telling myths, literary tales, and folktales. As the seventh of ten children, she has a wealth of personal stories. Claire can be found telling tales locally at Caffè Lena in Saratoga, Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady, the Performing Arts Center at UAlbany, and Thacher Park. Claire’s love of history has sparked her interest in learning about women who have changed the world. She tells their stories in personae. 

September Storytelling: POSTPONED