In a world of high technology, gadgets and devices, the human voice still reigns supreme. A story not only teaches, inspires, heals and connects, it also celebrates culture and addresses the need for expression and understanding. Stories enhance communication and uplift and empower as they highlight facets of the human condition and appeal to our senses.
My programs consist of traditional, contemporary, and original material of many themes and for all ages. My performances have won much acclaim as I include original poetry, skits and songs and a little guitar and percussions. I also give book signings and offer storytelling programs and workshops.
During every performance, I lead my audiences into call and response as to include them in the storytelling process. Their sense of contribution and accomplishment helps gives them a solid appreciation of oral storytelling. I also leave my audiences with a morsel of truth, a moral or worthy message, a hearty laugh and a feeling of empowerment.
To sum it all up, I crystallize the human journey with stories that warm the heart, spark imagination, empower, and leave audiences with a broader sense of the world, a fuller understanding of others and a deeper sense of self.
-Ife The Storyteller (Gail Young)