Professional Storyteller Barbara H. Clark who delights audiences with her moving and humorous one-woman shows all over California has taken her unique storytelling talent to a new level, and a new location.
‘Tell Me A Story,’ which has been conducted at the Vineyard Senior Center for nine years, is relocating to Baldwin Hills OASIS, Macy’s 3rd floor in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd. The much loved, storytelling workshop will continue to teach mature adults how to turn their memories and life experiences into structured stories, while the performances it generates will demonstrate how talented the seniors are.
Coordinator of “Tell Me A Story” professional storyteller Barbara H. Clark said, “I am delighted that OASIS has invited me to bring the workshop to Crenshaw. I expect to reach many more seniors here.”
As old as time itself, storytelling is a tradition that is integral to the diverse cultures of the American West. The storytelling workshop is where one can be free and open. It’s therapy for some, and entertaining for others.
What started out as a fun thing to do in Clark’s retirement turned into a new career, which not only continues to make use of her skills, but also supplements her retirement income.
She performs at libraries from Beverly Hills to Corona, churches, coffeehouses, theaters, colleges and clubhouses. She has been featured at banquets, fundraisers, conferences, seminars, ethnic festivals, holiday celebrations and on national public radio. She said that she’s having a blast.
Her repertoire includes funny tales of personal experiences, touching stories of family heritage, warm profiles of memorable, sometimes outrageous, relative and inspirational tales.
Clark wanted to be a writer while in college and took creative writing and journalism classes at Howard University.
After being sensible enough to know it was unlikely she could make a living as a writer, she went on to graduate school at USC and became a Librarian following her retirement in 1996 as a Regional Manager with the Los Angeles Public Library. Clark began doing volunteer storytelling at various senior citizen centers. She received a grant from Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department as a Regional Artist to expand her work with the elderly.
In the new location, Clark will again conduct storytelling workshops for senior citizens. The workshops will present its combination of writing and performing in three separate parts. Participants will learn to write their personal story, learn to perform the story, and be given the opportunity to be showcased in a live performance in turning their memories into entertaining stories that listeners will love.
OASIS Program Manager, Lynn D. Hindmon said, “We expect that this creative, fun workshop will fill the gap left when we lost our acting and writing classes.”
Classes for part one of “Tell Me A Story,” the writing segment, will begin September 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. and continue for twelve weekly one-hour meetings which is required before enrolling in part two, the performing segment. Classes with the prerequisite of advance registration will be limited to 25 students. On-line registration will be available September 4th – 5 th and walk-in registration will be September 11th – 12th. For additional information and registration, contact OASIS at (323) 291-3414 or on-line www.oasisnet.org.