Education for Storytelling

Storytelling: Children in Creative Arts

Storytelling evolved in me as an outgrowth of work with and for children in creative drama, poetry, theatre, film and radio. The birth of my grandchildren propelled me into this oral performance tradition.

Storytelling: Nina as the Fairy Godmother, with grand daughter Mali, Fairyland, Oakland, 1996

Storytelling: Nina as the Fairy Godmother, with grand daughter Mali, Fairyland, Oakland, 1996

My earliest performances began at street fairs and malls. I adopted a storytelling persona “The Fairy Godmother” to work regularly at Children’s Fairyland (Oakland).

After touring my musical play for children, The Story of the Chicken Made of Rags, for which my brother, Philip Serrano, composed the music, the time came for this popular Serrano Caribbean folk tale to be recorded. My son, 5-time Grammy Award nominee Greg Landau, assembled a group of prominent musicians including singer Holly Near, the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast band Soul Vibrations, John Santos, and Barbara Dane, and produced the CD available through this web site. (Click here to preview and/or buy).
In the 1990’s I served as storytelling director for Stagebridge, a senior theatre company developing storytelling in the schools programs. I taught classes for storytellers, trained teachers and worked in the schools and senior centers.

Signal Mountain, Tennessee classroom: Nina Serrano with brother Phil Serrano on guitar. Photo: Elizabeth Serrano

Signal Mountain, Tennessee classroom: Nina Serrano with brother Phil Serrano on guitar. Photo: Elizabeth Serrano

In the 21st century I began Stagebridge bilingual storytelling programs at senior residences and centers. In 2002 I wrote my Master’s thesis on “The Storytelling Movement And The Need For New Myths” (Naropa University). I wrote the Stagebridge manual PASS IT ON! How to Start Your Own Storytelling Program in the School.

 

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

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Education for Storytelling — 1 Comment

  1. Loved reading about your illustrious life work!
    I consider it my good fortune for our paths to have crossed during our art-filled lives…Many blessings!

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