WORKSHOPS & IN-SERVICE TRAINING
With 38+ years of teaching storytelling in workshops and residencies, at conferences and retreats, and for in-services, BZ brings considerable experience and intuition to help strengthen new tellers and to hone the skills of those already on the Tellers’ Trail. If you or your group are interested in scheduling a workshop, please visit our contact page.
COACHING FOR STORYTELLERS
In recent years BZ has had the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with folks, who want to strengthen their storytelling. One-on-one or group coaching gives tellers a chance to gain direct, focused attention on a performance piece. Together the teller and the coach delve into the subtle elements that help stories connect. If you or your group are interested in scheduling a workshop, please visit our contact page.
THE HAGGIN MUSEUM Storytelling Tours
August 2015 to August 2016: Currently BZ is working in residence at The Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA. She is training the museum’s docents to become storytellers and helping them to establish lively, viable tours for school groups, organizations and families. In addition, she has been commissioned to write a series of stories: Tales of the Haggin, that can be used by the docents for the tours. Training includes how to work with groups of children and learning what their special needs are, physically, emotionally and developmentally.
Art Curator for STAGE 3 THEATRE
2011 to 2014: For three years BZ had the pleasure of working with more than 25 regional artists to set up exhibitions in the Stage 3 Theatre Lobby Gallery. BZ selected the artists, paired them with particular plays to bring cohesion to the whole art experience, both theatrical and artistic.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT, CURATING, ADVISING & PROMOTING
1970’s to the present: BZ loves organizing community events! As a children’s library specialist, she coordinated summer programs, school tours, artists residencies at the library, classes at the library and children’s literature festivals. This expanded into larger events in the broader community, including the Foothill Farmlands Arts Festival, which was awarded a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, a grant written by BZ and Olivia Armstrong. Since then she has moved on to several other arts-related endeavors, and gave a workshop on community organizing with San Diego storyteller Marilyn McPhie at the National Storytelling Network’s 2015 Summer Conference.
BZ has worked with numerous artists and musicians on how to promote their work, helping to write press releases for them. She’s helped them develop press kits, advised them on getting their websites started, and giving them support on social media promotion. She has also helped to curate art exhibitions for several regional artists. Currently she is also working with a local service organization to help them revamp and prepare for Next-Gen members and interests.
SONORA 2nd SATURDAY ART NIGHT
2010 to the present: In Summer 2010 BZ founded Sonora’s 2nd Saturday ART NIGHT with support from Central Sierra Arts Council (aka Tuolumne County Arts Alliance). She worked with local galleries, shops and restaurants to encourage one night a month of simultaneous arts celebrations. Still going strong, she has personally assisted more than 150 artists and just as many musicians. Beginning in January 2014 BZ was blessed with the addition of three POWER WOMEN to help her with ART NIGHT: Sarah Nesper, Laurie Lehman and Katie Dunn. Shortly after Katie helped secure a partnership with the Sonora Chamber of Commerce