Norah LaToscaSalta Dooley

massmouth.com , Brookline MA
Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’ s author and educator , a co-founder of massmouth.com and Greater Boston story slams.
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June 4, 2013 - 3:06am Reflections on a Creative Leadership Award by Norah Dooley Photos by: Paula H. Junn This Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 I am honored to receive a Creative Leadership Award at Puppet Showplace Theatre at the Garden Party Gala, celebrating the occasion of their 39th birthday. See details at their website and let me know if you would like to come. When we first approached Puppet Showplace, in 2010, with the idea of a collaboration, massmouth was just over one year old. We had long known and respected Puppet Showplace Theatre as a venue that supported the art form of puppetry which, much like storytelling, it is an art form with ancient roots that evokes rather than replaces imagination. We also knew that Puppet Showplace Theatre were successful. They had a history that showed grit and commitment that we could admire and aspire to; they had survived as artists and had maintained a continuously operating theater right in the heart of Greater Boston for over 3 decades. Three years ago, we were whippersnappers, who had just finished our first season of story slams and believed we had a some social capital to share. And if leadership is boldly asking for what one needs, whether appropriate... read more
May 23, 2013 - 4:51pm This afternoon I was talking with juniors at Everett High School Latisha Joujoute and Stephen Carlin about their experiences with storytelling. I also dropped off their prizes. Latisha won the Junior division 1st place prize and Stephen was one of two runners up. I will be posting some podcasts soon and here is some of the back story... The slide show above is by videographer and photographer, Paula Junn. Regional High School Slam - StoriesLive® III @ BPL Apr 27th by Hannah Lapuh and Norah Dooley StoriesLive®III: High School Storytelling Program Features the Humor and Resilience of Teens On Saturday, April 27th, 2013, twenty-seven high school students told true life stories before a rapt audience of friends, teachers, casual observers and family at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. At the culminating storytelling event of StoriesLive®'s third consecutive season, winners of this Regional Slam were awarded over $5,500 in cash prizes. Panels of volunteer judges selected winners from each of three divisions, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. “These twenty-seven students are representatives of the thousands of stories we heard this year. Students tell with honesty and... read more
September 23, 2012 - 8:53pm Norah Dooley emcees "night owl" on OCT 15th at ClubPassim "Night owls are in my family tree. Who? Both my parents worked nights. My mother worked as a night nurse at Children's Hospital in Boston. My father was a Port Relief Captain in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I met my husband while working the graveyard shift at a burglar alarm company in Cambridge. I worked the 12midnight to 8am shift for 2 full years. All our children had a difficult time in the dark and were not very adept at falling or staying asleep. As a parent I worked the night shift for decades. I am often writing, editing and posting until 4 AM. or 5 AM. Writers and artists work the night shift, too." - ND "night owl" - bring YOUR stories about: sleepless nights, night shift, all nighters, the circadian clock be damned and more. Some famous night owls:Fran Lebowitz, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Winston Churchill, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Keith Richards, Elvis Presley, and Nick Drake. Some info about Night Work: http://www.pbs.org/livelyhood/nightshift/changing.html What is a Story Slam? A story slam is a contest of stories by known and undiscovered talent. Themes are posted on our events pages (www.... read more
February 22, 2012 - 8:23am ( Above: First Washington Street block party - July, 1989) Celebrate Area IV on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served Cambridge City Hall 795 Massachusetts Avenue Sullivan Chamber, 2nd floor Master of Ceremonies Pastor Lorraine A. Thornhill will preside and Stories from the Neighbors will be facilitated by Norah Dooley. This event will highlight The Port’s diversity and cultural vibrancy. Featuring the talented Fletcher-Maynard Academy Choir and a dance performance by the L.I.G.H.T. Steppers of First Holiness Church. Stories about experiences of life in the Port will be shared through the perspectives and voices of neighborhood residents facilitated by Norah Dooley, a regional storyteller, children’s author and spoken word performer. Norah became a storyteller, educator, critically acclaimed children’ s author while living in Area 4. She and her family of 4 daughters and husband Robert were in on the first Washington Street block parties which inspired her series of picture books about her neighbors " Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread et.als" As a co-founder of massmouth.com and the Greater Boston... read more
January 28, 2012 - 4:34pm Remember college? Or were you too dazed to remember? Come hear or tell a story about college room mates, food plans, pranks, teachers, libraries, parties, the new things you learned and tried and all the people you met. Bring your best personal story about those College Dayz, make it 5 minutes and make it count! 1st and 2nd place prizes, and bragging rights for all time. Special guest hosts Join Dan “Danger” Dahari and Di “The Yellow Dart” Valentine as your hosts for College Dayz After a successful story slam at the Precinct during last year’s season Diana Valentine brings it back for slam number 3. Tickets $5.00 available for early sales $7.00 at the door. click on http://massmouth.eventbrite.com/ WHAT IS A STORY SLAM? · What is story slam? a story slam is a competition based on the art of storytelling. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they're saying and how they say it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit. It is great entertainment. · What is a story slam competition? A story slam is a competitive event in which storyteller s perform their work and are judged by panels made up of... read more
January 24, 2012 - 3:44pm On February 7, 2012, storytellers from Boston and beyond will celebrate a milestone: The 20-year anniversary of Tuesday night storytelling in Cambridge, Mass. The series begun in 1992 by world renowned master storyteller Brother Blue and his wife, Ruth Edmonds Hill will mark the occasion with a blowout evening of top shelf storytelling and a few surprises. Admission: $15 in advance / $20 at the door www.StorySpace.org and click on EVENTS for Ticket Info The celebration will be held in the beautiful wainscoted vestry in Harvard-Epworth Church featuring Jay O'Callahan , www.ocallahan.com a headliner at storytelling festivals all over the country including the National Storytelling Festival. He has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City and was commissioned by NASA to create a story celebrating the space agency’s 50th anniversary. Local storytellers including Michael Anderson, Kevin Brooks, Mike Cohen, Laura Packer and Diana Valentine will round out the program. There will be special segments highlighting the 20-year odyssey interspersed throughout the program .The evening will be an opportunity for those involved in the series to look back and forward and for those... read more
December 23, 2011 - 11:38pm Storytelling and Theater MashUp at CST reviewed Mixing Storytelling and Acting to Create Magic By Owen Grey Once upon a time there lived a woman with a gift for stories named Shahrazad...” We all know the frame of the story of Arabian Nights. We all know many tales from that great work, even if only the name of the character. The floor of the Central Square Theater Main Stage was a swirling magic carpet of colors and patterns. Tapestries just as colorful hung from the ceiling. The audience was chatting, a hum of anticipation for the lights to go out. We knew what we were here to see but not what we had in store. How many actors does it take to bring to life enough stories to fill 1,001 nights, though? The Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater were able to create multitudes with just 9 actors. King Shahrayar (Vincent E. Siders) filled his palace with laughter for he so loved his Queen (Debra Wise). One day he discovered that she was unfaithful. Her faithlessness shattered King Shahrayar's faith. He ordered his Vizier (Alexander Cook) to have the queen executed. For 1,001 nights King Shahrayar would marry a different woman and at dawn would send her to the... read more
December 5, 2011 - 7:48am This weekend we feature the winners of the Big Mouth Off and the fabulous CCTV Intern, Paula Junn Do you have a story that saved your life? What story could you tell to save your life? Were you ever rescued? Did you ever save someone's life or lives ? DEC 10 at 7PM Workshop Leader: Norah Dooley Storytellers from massmouth: Farrah Haider, Ben Cunningham & the fabulous CCTV Intern, Paula Junn Come and listen as storyteller's from massmouth celebrate and demonstrate the art of storytelling with real life stories on the theme: "1,001 Stories From Your Life: Stories That Save Lives, Stories of Lives Being Saved and Life-Saving Stories". Following a short storytelling workshop on how to create a story from your life experience, audience members will be invited to enthrall the audience with their stories before Central Sq. Theater's show... Arabian Nights Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity – stories irresistible for all ages, At its heart is the power of the imagination to heal, inspire, and... read more
November 18, 2011 - 10:54pm Do you have a story that saved your life? What story could you tell to save your life? Were you ever rescued? Did you ever save someone's life or lives ? NOV 19, DEC 3, and DEC 10 • Workshop Leader: Norah Dooley • massmouth storytellers: TBA Storyteller's from massmouth and CentralSquare Theater celebrate the art of storytelling with real life stories on the theme: "1,001 Stories From Your Life: Stories That Save Lives, Stories of Lives Being Saved and Life-Saving Stories". Following a short storytelling demo and workshop on how to create a story from your life experience, audience members will be invited to enthrall the audience with their stories before Central Sq. Theater's show... Arabian Nights Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling. King Shahrayar, after being driven mad by his first wife’s infidelity, brands all women unfaithful. He takes a new bride every night, until he meets Shahrazad, who enchants him with magical tales spanning the globe, winning his love and respect in the process. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity... read more
October 3, 2011 - 11:34pm The First Cambridge Story Slam of the season at Passim @ 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA @ 7:00 pm October 17th. Join cycling "evangelist" Richard Fries and massmouth co-founder Norah Dooley at legendary Club Passim in Harvard Square for the first event of the 2011-12 Cambridge story slam season. Ten lucky tellers will be chosen at random to share their stories about "Wheels" and compete for prizes in the season-long competition. What's your story? Have you had a near-miss on a bicycle in the city? Have you been stranded in the countryside with a flat tire? Or, do you prefer wheels of another variety? Skateboards? Roller Blades? Wheels of thought? Wheels of industry? Fifth wheel? As our special guest, Fries will offer energetic anecdotes from his 35 years as a cyclist, journalist, race announcer and organizer. Host and massmouth co-founder, Norah Dooley will be on hand to recount her days as a bike courier in Cambridge. Richard Fries Directions: http://tinyurl.com/6jf9mu6 Reserved seating available now online at http://www.clubpassim.org/ OCT Listeners will be engaged in story improv games between each 5 minute feature. Listen to our podcasts at iTunes and podcast... read more

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