Professional Level Storyteller

Name: Deborah Dunleavy
Email: teller2go@gmail.com
Phone Number: (613) 926-5510
Website: http://www.deborahdunleavy.com

Biography:

Deborah Dunleavy is an award winning story writer and storytelling artist with over 30 years of professional experience in creating, producing and touring her programs both nationally and internationally.
She is a recent recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant which has enabled her to research and write an Adult Storytelling Oratorio based on the life of Isobel Gunn. For this project Ms Dunleavy has engaged composer Howard John Alexander. Previously Mr. Alexander and Ms. Dunleavy collaborated on La Befana’s Gifts, a Storytelling oratorio for young audiences supported by A Word of Mouth Grant from The Ontario Arts Council and seed funding from the Alice Kane Award of Storytelling Toronto.
Ms. Dunleavy has created numerous music and storytelling programs including two one woman story theatre plays: Battlefield Petticoats – Women in the War of 1812, and At The Canoe Club Dance based on true stories collected from seniors who remembered the years before 1945.
Her tours have taken her to Singapore, China, Ireland, Scotland and throughout Canada. She was storyteller in residence at the Arthur Child Heritage Museum and a regular storyteller on North Country Public Radio in New York State. The Crystal CD is a compilation of her radio appearances.
Ms Dunleavy is the past Eastern Canadian Representative for the Storytellers of Canada. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, SOCAN, Musicians Union of Canada, and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Repertoire

STORYTELLING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Circle Around the Sun: Ages 5 – 10
Deborah spins stories and songs from around the world in this interactive performance. Meet the hungry Naga from Indonesia or the greedy Kudu from Africa. Imagine growing wings with children from long ago China and discover how the beautiful mouse from Japan married the greatest being of all. The audience is invited to echo, chant, clap and sing along.

Fool’s Wisdom: Ages 8 -12
Clowns, jesters and buffoons from far and wide appear in this playful presentation. Meet Kassim, the want-to-be wizard, visit the imaginary town of Gotham, and discover the magic of the Japanese nose fan. As the audience soon discovers, a little learning from the friendly follies of a few goes a long way.

Northern Nights: Ages 12 and up
Deborah tells of frightening ghosts, shape-shifting dragons and flying canoes – all from the early days in Canada. With more stories than there is time to tell, Deborah carefully selects the ones best suited to delight her audience. She blends together a fine brew of legend, folklore, adventure and song.

STORYTELLING PERFORMANCES

Beaver Hats and Bagpipes – Amazing and Sometimes True Stories of New Scotland
Deborah pays tribute to the Scottish settlers with haunting ballads from Nova Scotia and humorous lumberjack songs from Ontario and Quebec. She weaves in true accounts of the brave men and women who left the homeland in search of love and adventure. And she spins delightful folk tales that came over on the hearts and the lips of the Scottish ancestors.

She Who Dares
Deborah weaves a soulful array of stories about women featuring clairvoyants, specters, and heroines from folk tales, legends and historical truths. From dramatic to comedic, Deborah steps into the heart and soul of her characters bringing them to life with the magic of her voice and facial expressions.

Northern Nights
Deborah tells of frightening ghosts, shape-shifting dragons and flying canoes – all from the early days in Canada. With more stories than there is time to tell, Deborah carefully selects the ones best suited to delight her audience. She blends together a fine brew of legend, folklore, adventure and song.

Snowflakes and Cinnamon
Step back in time to the days of sledding and snow shoes, of candy canes and Quebec heaters, of winter magic and wonder. Deborah sings songs and tells stories guaranteed to warm the hearts and minds of all on a winter’s eve.

BATTLEFIELD PETTICOATS
Welcome to Widow Wilson’s Tavern. The year is 1813 and the war has been raging for over a year. Widow Wilson hears all the gossip from soldiers, sailors, travelers and passersby. And she is a fine host, willing to offer you lodgings and a pint of her home-made spruce beer. Meet Abigail Stone, the mill owner’s wife who was wounded by one of Forsythe’s militiamen. Hear Anne Provost’s tragic description of how her paramour fell in battle. Delight in Alicia Cockburn’ complaints of the hardships she must endure as an officer’s wife.

Storyteller Deborah Dunleavy expertly steps into the heart and soul of each character. Dressed in period costume she shares the hardships and challenges of women during the Wars of 1812.

Programs / Workshops Offered

Deborah designs workshops to meet the needs of the host organization.

Target Audience

Ages 5 to 95.

Geographic Area

Deborah lives in South Eastern Ontario. She is open to other invitations.