EXPERIENCE

Education

  • BA, Summa Cum Laude, Storytelling, Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO, 1998
  • ASN, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA, 2007

Major and Recent Performances

  • “The Grateful Crane,” in On the Wing, Homer Council of the Arts, Homer, AK, May 5, 2017
  • “Raven Brings Light to the Animals,” – Animalia, A Fantastical Wearable Arts Performance, Mariner, Theatre, Homer, AK October 24, 2015
  • “A Gypsy’s Home,” SHORE – at Tuggeght – SHORE/Story, Bunnell Arts Center, Homer, AK, June 9, 2015
  • “Holiday Storytelling Circle,” Homer Council on the Arts, December 19, 2014
  • “Bridges Yet to Cross – Stories That Led to the US Voting Rights Act” – Celebrate Voting – 40th Anniversary of 1965 Voting Rights Act, State Historical Museum, Des Moines, IA, Aug. 6, 2005
  • “Bridges Yet to Cross,” University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA, Nov. 7, 2005
  • “The Wish of a Woman,” National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2005
  • Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA August 2003
  • DuSable Museum, National Storytelling Network Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2003
  • 14th Annual Iowa Storytelling Festival, Clear Lake Iowa, July 26, 2002
  • Colorado Performing Arts Festival, Denver, CO, Oct. 3, 1999

Events – Tellabration (Annual International Celebration of Storytelling)

  • Homer Public Library, Homer, AK, Nov. 19, 2016
  • Edmunds Academy of the Arts, Des Moines, IA Nov. 23, 2003
  • Two Rivers Story Spinners, Des Moines, IA 2002
  • Darshan Studios, Des Moines, IA Nov. 2001
  • “All Stories Are True,” Metropolitan State College of Denver, Nov. 21, 1998
  • “Carriers of the Dream Wheel,” Metropolitan State College of Denver, Nov. 23, 1997

Community Activities

  • Co-founder, Homer Storytellers, March 2016
  • Practicing Compassion in Challenging Times, an Interfaith Event, Co-Organizer and Storyteller, March 17, 2016 – Homer United Methodist Church

Residencies and Teaching

  • Artist in Residence, Edmunds Arts Academy, First Semester, Des Moines, IA 2003
  • Touring Arts Team, Iowa Arts Council 2002
  • Teaching & Performance Artist Roster, Iowa Arts Council, 2001 – 2006

Workshops, Presentations

  • The Healing Power of Story, Six-week workshop for Thriving Thursdays, Seldovia Village Tribe Health & Wellness Community Clinic, Homer, AK, June – July 2016
  • Storytelling Workshop as part of Magic Markers Exhibit, Des Moines Art Center, February 20, 2003
  • Third Annual Youth Diversity Conference, Des Moines, IA, 2001

Conferences

  • Strengthening & Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa October 2003, 2004, and 2005. Des Moines, Iowa
  • I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa January 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • “Changing the Language Paradigm,” Iowa Statewide Diversity Conference, November 15, 2004

Theater

  • Darshan Studios Storytelling Theater and Comic Museum 2000 – 2005 -Co-owned with husband, Brian Payne, creator of Zinc Comics
    • Major Production – Lysistrata Project, March 3, 2003

Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau 2003-2005

Presented stories of the Underground Railroad in Iowa to historical societies, community colleges, and public libraries in Iowa

Awards

  • 2009 screenplay, Munrize, semifinalist recognition in the Moon Dance Film Festival screenplays for children category.
  • May 2005 – Editor’s Choice Award, Poetry.com, The International Library of Poetry
  • October 2006 – Best Poem Entry Tri-State Area, Black Hawk Junction