“Now You’re Talking!” presents “Obsession”

Obsessions can be catalysts for dreams, they can push us to visit every Cracker Barrel restaurant in the United States or build a kick ass treehouse. Or they can devolve into the stuff of nightmares. Dark forces are at work when our desires consume our every waking hour. Come join our six storytellers as they give you a tour through their own obsessions. Some are funny, some are tragic or ridiculous, all are heartfelt and true.

Pros(e) of Pie Storytelling Show at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside

Tracey will be performing at this show, alongside some wonderful storytellers.

Following on the success of their October collaboration with Historic Hudson Valley, this wonderful storytelling show joined forces once again to present – STORYSTAGE @Sunnyside!  This is an extra special showcase of the best storytelling you’ll find anywhere in the country. Great modern storytelling at the home of America’s first great storyteller.

Like the last event at historic Sunnyside, we’ll be under a grand tent, alongside Washington Irving’s historic home with the glorious Hudson River as our backdrop.

“A League of Our Own” Interview on Hofstra Radio

Tracey sat down recently with Hofstra Radio to talk all things storytelling for public affairs show League of Our Own. The show is dedicated to exploring issues significant to women. One on one interviews and panel discussions are devoted to the contributions, concerns and influence of women on politics, society, business and pop culture. The show is hosted by Fran Spencer.

You can tune in to listen to the show streamed live by clicking the link below at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Or you can listen to the show by tuning your radio to 88.7 FM and worldwide on WRHU.org.

Doors Wide Open – My Storytelling Odyssey

There is a maxim that when something is right and meant to be, doors that were previously locked will suddenly fly open. Ever since I got up on a Moth storytelling stage at Housing Works in New York City almost two years ago to tell my first true story, I have found that to be true.

I discovered a vibrant, exhilarating storytelling community in the New York area, and quickly became a part of it, making new friends and telling stories all over the five boroughs, Westchester and Long Island. Then I got an idea in my head that I should start my own show on Long Island, and in June, my storytelling show “Now You’re Talking” will be celebrating its first anniversary.

I took a storytelling class with the brilliant Jeff Simmermon, and learned how to incorporate more humor into my stories, and to conquer my lingering stage fright.

I then became adept at telling longer-form stories with the incredible guidance of  coaches Cyndi Freeman and Michelle Walson, which landed me on Kevin Allison’s Risk! stages and podcast.

I pitched a story idea to Crain’s New York Business to write about the growing NYC storytelling scene and how it’s spilling over into storytelling for business. The resulting story led to requests from Long Island libraries to bring storytelling to their members, a corporation to do a storytelling workshop for their staff, and an invitation to be interviewed for an hour(!) on a live radio show, “Let’s Get Radical,” where I gushed about my love for all things storytelling and how I also use it in business.

This past week, my friend Jude Treder-Wolff, who started the first Long Island storytelling show, Mostly True Things (I’ll be performing there this weekend), interviewed me about my storytelling odyssey and wrote up a wonderful, thought-provoking piece about the “Conduits of Connection” – how storytelling connects us all, and is a vital skill in all facets of life.

On Sunday, I’ll be giving a storytelling workshop at Long Island’s premier literary festival, Word Up: Long Island Litfest.

And in May, I rented out the 180-seat Merrick Theater on Long Island for a night of storytelling stars in a bid to bring my storytelling show to a wider audience. I know the theater will be filled and that it will be a harbinger of even greater things to come.

I have never been more busy, more exhilarated, more fulfilled. In my bio that hosts read at shows where I perform I include the line that I came to storytelling later in life, but I have since embraced it with the fervor of an evangelist. I am so lucky to have found my calling and my storytelling tribe. I can’t wait to see what doors open next.