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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Judith Heineman

1640 E 50th St. Apt.21B
Chicago, IL 60615

(312) 925-0439


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Judith, a professional storyteller for over 20 years, tells interactive world tales, ancient legends and personal stories, often tours with a musican. She recently toured Japan telling stories in English to over 2000 students. She is an Illinois Humanities Council "Road" Scholar, an Illinois Arts Council Artstour Artist and Arts-in-Education Artist, and an NSN Oracle Award recipient. Her CD with musician Dan Marcotte: Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales won a Parents' Choice Gold Award, a Storytelling World Honors, and a NAPPA (Nat'l Parenting Publication) Honors Award. They were invited to Kingston University, Surrey England, to perform at the After Grimm conference, 2012. She was the "exotic" guest teller in Dublin's Yarnspinner's Club. Judith told, curated and hosted Storytelling at Chicago's Celtic Festival. She's had numerous museum commissions for original shows including the Oriental Institute, at the U of Chicago, and has performed at almost every major Chicago Museum. Judith toured over 100 Chicago and Illinois Libraries total, during several Summer Reading Series. Regional Featured Festival performances include: Connecticut, Fox Valley, IL, Middfest International Festival for the Arts, Ohio, the Illinois Storytelling Festival, Sterling Storytelling Festival, IL, Chinquapin, IL, and Clearwater Festival, New York (twice), founded by Pete Seeger; Northlands concert and fringe festival, Sharing the Fire, The Chicago Children

Judith won May, 2010 Chicago Moth Story Slam and was in the Grand Slam. She conducts Storytelling workshops for adults for the University of Chicago's Graham School (12 years) and coaches privately. She brought Tellabration to Chicago in 1997 and continues to produce it yearly. She is the founder of the Chicago Storytelling Guild, co-founder of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (1993) where she performed her one woman shows, and co-chaired the NSN Chicago Conference, 2003. She produced the Mohegan Storytelling & Music Festival (10 years) in Westchester, NY. She won Chicago's SAGE Award for promoting the International Art of Storytelling, 2009, and a 2008 Illinois Governor's Grant in support of her trip to China on a Storytelling Delegation. Her chapter based on that trip is in the award winning Storytelling Art and Technique, 4th ed., Libraries Unlimited and her first fiction story, "Across the Bridge Rice Noodles," collected and adapted from that trip is in Julie Herrera's Old China Through the Eyes of a Storyteller, Parkhurst Bros., Publisher. She performed "Clutter" an original humorous look at possessions, at Long Island's First Fringe Festival and "Gert's Gracious Guide to Good Living: Stories My Mother Told Me" at Northlands Fringe, The Celtic Knot, and Embark Peekskill, NY. She is a member of NSN, Actors' Equity, SAG and AFTRA, professional theatrical unions.

Types of stories I tell:

Interactive world tales, ancient legends, epics, personal narratives-With musician Dan Marcotte, & Renaissance Lute: Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairytales (9-adult); Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian legends with artifacts,costumes, replica musical instruments including Egyptian oud, dumbek drum, kinnor harp, ocarina

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Fees Range from $400-$2500, depending on travel, lodging, length of shows, residencies, workshops. Discounts for multiple bookings during a single tour. If my musician is booked as well, fees vary.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

Chicago Public schools

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

NSN, Illinois Storytelling, Inc; SAG, Aftra, Actor's Equity, (Theatrical Unions), Northlands, LANES, Chicago Storytelling Guild, New York Story Center