combines the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation.
"Storytelling at its best is mutual creation. Through the interaction between teller and listener, storytelling speaks to the inner child to nurture the human spirit." -
Ellin Greene, author of Storytelling: Art & Technique.
Fran Combs Berger was born in Oklahoma, in the heart of Tornado Alley. Having also lived in California and Colorado, Fran brings a taste of the Midwest and Southwest to her storytelling. She was a member of the Rocky Mountain Storytellers Guild for many years, was part of Earwhacks Telephone Theater in Denver, and had her own radio program in Boulder, Colorado, entitled Travelin’ Tales: Stories From All Over. She has been a professional storyteller for over twenty years.
Since arriving in New York, she joined the Story Circle of the Capital District and the National Storytelling Network. She is also a member of the Riverway Storytelling Festival Planning Committee. Fran has a Massage Therapy and Reiki practice here in the area, as well.
Fran is a familiar face at the Albany Tellebration! events, and also at Story Sundays. She has performed locally on land and water (3 years with the Albany Aquaduck Tours), at parties, schools, libraries, nursing homes, summer camps, churches and festivals. She also travels to work with schools in other states. Her repertoire includes International Folk Tales, Pirate Programs, Native American stories, American folklore, stories of the Rural West, and Personal Family Stories.
Fran has two CDs available, Stories From Tornado Alley and
Christmas From All Over.
Audiences: PreK, K-12, Family, Adults.
Programs: Pirate Tales & Bein’ a Right Proper Pyrate; Native American Stories; Stories of the Rural West; African Folktales; International Folk Tales; Personal Family Stories; Shake it Loose - Participation Stories for Young Folks; and Programs Designed to Fit Your Occasion or Your Classroom.
Workshops: “Buried Treasures - Find & Tell Your Family Stories,” “I Can Tell A Story – for K-3 Classes” and “Tune-Ups for Telling - Jumpstart Your Energy, Free Your Body and Let Your Stories Soar!” Story coaching by appointment.