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Winter Storytelling Festival

Featured Storytellers

Milbre Burch
Featured Teller Milbre Burch An internationally known storyteller, award-winning recording artist, published poet and writer and respected teacher of her craft, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. Milbre has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival seven times since 1984 and received a "Storytelling Oscar," the Circle of Excellence Award, from the National Storytelling Network in 1999. In addition, she has been featured at storytelling, spoken word and theatre festivals across the nation and in twelve European cities.

Milbre has been an artist-in-residence since 1978, working for local and state councils in Utah, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, california, Kansas and Missouri. Her students have been mainstream Pre-K to 12th grades as well as ESL, hearing impaired and developmentally disabled children of all ages; at-risk teens; well elders; mentally challenged adults; minimum and maximum security prison inmates; college students, conference attendees, fellow tellers, family business owners, therapists, ministers, rabbis and lay people, and countless teachers earnings CEU's. She has taught or toured with the Lincoln Center Institute in New York and the Music Center on Tour, the Performing Tree and the University of Phoenix in CA. In addition she has been a teaching artist for the National Conversations Project of the National Endowment for the Humanities; her wok in designing and implementing a now-ten-year-old storytelling residence at the Walden School in Pasadena, CA, has been lauded as a national model at education conferences across the country. she has served as an adjunct professor of Children's Speech Arts at California State University-Los Angeles, has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University and the University of San Diego and was the featured presenter at the Betty Weeks Education Conference at National-Louis University at Evanston, IL.

Milbre has released thirteen audio-recordings, twelve on her own single-artist spoken word label, Kind Crone Productions. These have garnered a Film advisory Board Award of Excellence, the Storytellilng World Award as well as its Honors designation, a Parents' Choice Gold Award, A Parents' Choice Approved Award and two Parents' Choice Classic Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award and two INDIE Award nominations. Her poems, short stories and retellings of folktales have appeared in magazines and print anthologies since the late eighties. Milbre's short story, "Sop Doll" was included in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection in 2002. She is looking forward to the upcoming publication of her first book, Spilt Milk: Folktales of Mothers and Motherfrom from around the World, compiled with Gay Ducey for August House Publishers.
Antonio Sacre
Antonio Sacre, born in Boston in 1968 to a Cuban father and an Irish American mother, is an internationally touring writer, storyteller, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and a MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. Author of 10 plays and over 30 stories, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Library of Congress' Festival of the Book, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and various theater festivals nationwide.

Since 1996, Antonio has created six new solo performance pieces, performing them to both critical and popular acclaim at the New York International Fringe Festival, PS 122 and PS NBC in New York City; the San Francisco Fringe Theater Festival; the HBO Workspace, the Knitting Factory, Edgefest, and Area 51 in LA; the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rhinocerous Theater festival in Chicago.

The Village Voice calls Sacre "remarkable...a serious artist" and Backstage says Sacre is "powerful, hilariously honest...the man is an out and out genius." His shows have garnered numerous Critics' Choice awards in San Francisco and Chicago.

At the New York International Fringe Festival, Sacre won two "Best in Fringe Festival" awards, one in 1997 for Excellence in Acting and one in 1999 for Excellence in Solo Performance.

His storytelling cassette, "Water Torture, The Barking Mouse, and Other Tales of Wonder.," won an American Library Association's Notable Recipient Award in 2001. His first storytelling cassette, "Looking for Papito," won a Parent's Choice Gold Award in 1996, as well as a National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award in 1997. He was awarded an Ethnic and Folk Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council in 1998. His retelling of the story "The Barking Mouse," was published as a picture book by Albert Whitman and Company in 2003. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio (NPR).

He is a member of the Redmoon Theater company in Chicago, a mask and puppet troupe that creates community-based ritual celebrations. Since 1994, he has taught drama, storytelling, and writing to teachers and students nationwide, and worked as an artist-in-residence with four high schools in New York, Chicago, and South Central Los Angeles.
Feature Teller Antonio Sacre


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