Programming Committee

Our programming committee meet regularly to discuss events, workshops, and other exciting possibilities. They review applications from tellers for our annual Festival, and network with local storytellers to ensure we have a strong pool of folks to draw on for our programming.

 

Gary Green is a storyteller and author who has performed both inside and outside the province for a
variety of groups ranging from youth camps to international conferences. Among the groups for which
he has performed are the Gros Morne Fall Fest, Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series, Battle Harbour
Historic Trust, Canadian National Storytelling Conference, Admiralty House Museum, Labrador Creative Arts Festival, St. John’s Folk Festival and Trails, Tales and Tunes. Gary has performed on television as part of the series “Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic” and on several radio stations. He has performed in the international award winning productions “Inside Outside Battery” and “Foghorns and Heartbreak”. Gary has been a consultant for the use of storytelling in the interpretation of the Battle
Harbour National Historic Site, the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site and is very active in
developing and delivering a story-based interpretation of The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club National
Historic Site. He has been a board member of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, and a founding board
member of the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation. Gary teaches storytelling at the annual Vinland
Music Camp.

 

Stella Mair Evans

 

Dave Paddon is a retired airline pilot originally from Northwest River, Labrador. He grew up listening to the songs and stories of the trappers and attending many a late night “session” around many a  kitchen table. In 1986 he married a Gander girl and subsequently became immersed in Island culture. As a result he accumulated a store of material which suddenly bubbled to the surface when he and Kim returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005 after 20 years upalong. He wrote his first recitation in 2007 and has now written 30. Five of these have been published in handmade chapbooks and his work is available on two CDs or through electronic download. His recitation “Ralph:Flying Hound” was recently released as an illustrated children’s book and was quickly followed by “Half the lies you tell are not true”!, a collection of 13 of his funniest recitations. Dave lives in St.John’s and is a regular at festivals and fundraisers throughout the province.

 

Catherine Wright is a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller from St. John’s, NL where she works as a performer, arts educator and creator of works on silk. Catherine tells a variety of stories including folk and fairy tales, personal stories and her own imaginative tales. Her performances often interweave storytelling with movement/dance and song. She enjoys stories for their ability to transport, inform, entertain, transfix… They remind us of commonalities and help break down boundaries, allow us to be in the moment while taking us to another time and place. Catherine has presented independently and in collaboration with storytellers, dancers, musicians at many community events, festivals and venues (outdoors, galleries, theatres, libraries…) for a range of audiences from preschoolers to seniors.

For many years, Catherine has been a versatile arts educator. She has conducted diverse projects and has toured to provincial schools. She was recipient of Memorial University’s Arts in Education Award for 2016, administered by ArtsNL.

Catherine is NL provincial representative for Storytellers of Canada and President of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival.

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