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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Peninnah Schram

525 West End Ave, 8C
New York, NY 10024

(212) 787-0626


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Peninnah Schram, internationally known storyteller, teacher, author, and recording artist, is Professor of Speech and Drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She travels across the US and other countries as a featured presenter at storytelling festivals, conferences, and as Performing Artist-in-Residence. Vibrantly elegant in her presentations, Peninnah tells Jewish folktales of wisdom and humor, interweaving melody and dialogue. Jane Yolen wrote about her: "When Peninnah Schram tells a story, even the leaves on the trees stop trembling to listen."

Speaking about the power and role of storytelling, Peninnah says: ?Since storytelling is a dialogue, shared stories create more understanding; bring people closer together as a community; and serve as a string that binds one heart to another. (And I believe that the universe is made up of string.)?

Peninnah is the author of ten books of Jewish folktales, including Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another and Stories Within Stories: From the Jewish Oral Tradition. Her new illustrated anthology, The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales is published by Sterling Publishing (2008). She has also recorded a CD, The Minstrel and the Storyteller with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery.

Peninnah is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator (1995) awarded by The Covenant Foundation. In mid-1990s she received the National Storytelling Network Regional Leadership Award and in 1999 she received NSN's The Circle of Excellence Award for "a body of work which is nationally recognized as a shining example of quality in the art form of storytelling performance." Peninnah has also been awarded the National Storytelling Network's 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award". This makes her a triple NSN award winner.

Types of stories I tell:

Jewish folktales of every genre, focusing on wit and wisdom. I love participatory stories. I also tell cross-cultural tales including commentary about the folktales with common motifs and tale types

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Travel expenses must be covered as well as hotel or home hospitality. Fees range depending on the distance from NYC and how many programs and days are arranged. Prefer to discuss fees by phone.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network, Storytelling in Higher Education, National Communication Association, American Association of University Professors Storytelling Center of New York