Story Programs

Story Programs for all ages! Writing Programs for all Ages!!!! Will read from my books and or use folklore to bring the importance of writing to your group!
Also seminars for teachers on storytelling and using oral story telling to promote writing

I have a variety of programs, many based on folklore, some original family tales, and some based on my fiction. I have programs for pre-school through adult in this category. School and library programs are tailored to the curriculum and teacher specifications, specific lessons, holidays, etc.

In addition, I have one-woman shows where I portray characters from history. These are for middle school -through adult and family. See the sub-page, Women From History for a list of what I do as a costumed character.

My museum programs are custom-crafted to provide cultural context for art and other exhibits or enhance Family Day Celebrations.

Here is a list of some past appearances and other information on story awards and media work:
http://www.joanleotta.wordpress.composter from mt airy 2017

Storytelling Awards: Regularly appear at various schools, community events, and museums. Presenter for 2012 NC Storytelling Guild, Presenter at Performer at Lanes, 2006, and 2008. Presenter and Performer at National Storytelling Gathering in Pittsburgh, July 2006, Brunswick County Grant for Story Performance, Selected to represent US Storytelling on Japanese Television; Touring Performer Grant, Virginia Fine Arts Commission; Featured Performer Status,

Media Work: My own television show on cable in DC area for several years in 1990s. Current (past two years)You Tube and Radio Sent/Attached as PDF file

See my facebook page for a live interview with Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Memberships:  Voices in the Glen, North Carolina Writers Network ,  North Carolina Storytelling Guild (aka Tarheel Tellers) and Voices in the Glen

Selected Storytelling Appearances
Joan Leotta, Storyteller, Spoken Word Artist, and Author

Selected Recent Public Performances and Residencies:

Myrtle Beach Art Museum

Hickman Crossroads Library

Lowe’s Food, reader and performer for Girl Scout Program


Joan Leotta performs at 2012 Southport NC Dickens Festival

One woman shows of programs of women in history-

(photo is costume for Westward Ho! and Civil War Programs:, Spy! and A Time to Heal)

Molly Dodd meets General Washington (colonial program)

The story of George Washington’s Amazing Victory and the role played by Wilmington NC

WWII program–On the Radio

Featured Speaker/Presenter for the Storytelling Weekend NC Storytelling Guild, May 2012-taught story performance all weekend to other master tellers and then performed as well
Myrtle Beach Art Museum
Civil War Performance at Pinehurst Community College 2011
Regular Performer Special Days, El Dia De Los Muertos and Chinese New Year, at Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach from 2005, each year through-present (2013)
Pittsburgh Children’s Museum

Washington DC Children’s Museum
Library Performances Horry County (SC) Brunswick County (NC) and Allegheny County (PA)
Raleigh—NC History Museum State Day Presentation on World War II
Regular Performer for Special Family Days for Chapin Museum Myrtle Beach, SC
Featured presenter at National Storytelling Network National Festival in July 2006 (Presented a workshop on Museum Performance)
Featured Presenter at LANES on Museum Performance
Southport NC Chamber of Commerce
Brunswick County CIS Programs
Walters Art Gallery Spring and Fall (Russian Tales, Egyptian Myths)
Performer at Opening Night of NSN July 2006
Fringe Festival Pittsburgh 2006
Taught Storytelling at Point Park University July 2006, 2007, 2008
Featured performer NC Festival May 2006
Featured Performer NC Festival Fall 2005
Featured Speaker NC Reading Association 2006
Hirshorn Gallery Juan Munoz Family Day Fall
Hillwood House Family Day- Russian Tales
Featured performer at LAUGHS in Loudoun County, VA
Railroad Stories for the Fairfax County SACC Programs; also taught SACC teachers
Phillips Collection, Washington DC: Special Program to Celebrate Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party—
Smithsonian Institution Holiday Festival December 2000–Italian Family Lore
NC Electric Cooperative Association Featured Performer
Featured Performer Sea Trail Convention Center Fall Meeting
Brunswick County Libraries Summer Programs
Towne Center Park, Brunswick County NC CIS program
Hickman Crossroads Library (regular programs) Calabash NC
Chapin Art Museum Myrtle Beach SC (two programs in last year)
Charleston City Public Library
Ocean Isle Museum of Coastal Carolina
Pamplin Park (training docents) Petersburg, VA
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Spy Museum, Washington, DC—WWII radio show and spy workshop
Washington DC Visitor Center—World War II Radio Show
Washington DC Public Schools : The Power of Words writing and storytelling
Washington DC Public Schools: Writing Pourquoi Tales (With Washington Opera Society)
Featured Storyteller Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington Opera Society
Franconia Elementary—two week residency teaching story to 3rd graders
Poetry Seminars Lake Braddock Senior High School, also Falls Church and Springfield
Prince William County Libraries
Arlington County Schools Performances
Selected to present at Lanes 2004 (also presented in 2003)
Workshop Presenter IMTAL Conference
Head Start Prince William County
Hirshorn Gallery Fall 2002-Italian Tales
Featured Performer Virginia Tellabration Fall 2002, 2003
Featured Performer VASA 2003
Montgomery County MD Libraries Summer program
Featured Performer Fairfax County VA Libraries (multiple libraries summer)
Featured Performer Montgomery County MD Libraries (multiple libraries-summer)
Featured Performer and Seminar Instructor, Virginia Storytelling Association Annual Meeting
Fairfax County Art in Parks , several summers
National Building Museum-Gingerbread Houses
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond
National Museum of Women in the Arts-Program to complement Julia Taymore Exhibit and others
Tudor House Museum-Colonial Tales/Pumpkin Tales
Fresh Fields Grocery Store: Program of Food stories
Featured Performer- Voices in the Glen Festivals (many years)
MOPS- Talk – Nurturing Creativity in Children
National Textile Museum, Turkish Tales, Middle Eastern Tales and others
Girl Scout Multi-Cultural Program, National Building Museum
Training for RIF Instructors in Storytelling Techniques
Loudoun County Library System-Hispanic Tales, Native American Tales, Aesop
Pohick Regional Library, and Fairfax County Library System Caravan Tales

Media Work: See above for YouTube and RadioTelevision show on channels 8 and 10 performing for children and teaching children to perform. Also filmed a series for shows for Red Apple 21, Fairfax County Public School TV; column on storytelling in Virginia Parent Weekly; Contributed two chapters to National Storytelling Network Book, Tales as Tools

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