Second Annual Madison Storytellers Festival Schedule Announced

Highlights Include: New York Times Bestselling author Kambri Crews, Curious George, and Interactive Storytelling Experiences for All Ages

Madison, NJ.  The Madison Storytellers Festival today announced the lineup of special guests and interactive workshops for this year’s family-friendly event. Now in its second year, the Madison Storytellers Festival is a free, interactive celebration of storytelling in all its forms. The festival is presented thanks to generous seed-funding from the Madison Downtown Development Commission and brought to life through a special collaboration among the local arts and culture community. Investors Bank is the official Gold Sponsor of the 2017 Madison Storytellers Festival.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Renowned storyteller New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling memoir Burn Down the Ground (Random House). Crews has performed on The Moth, Literary Death Match, Risk! and Mortified and has appeared at SXSW Comedy, UCB Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club
  • An interactive workshop from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey on the sound effects of storytelling (All ages)
  • Artist-led Newark nonprofit Gallery Aferro will offer free portraits of festival attendees in their mobile professional photographic portrait studio
  • Author/illustrator Mike Marlborough will talk to kids and sign copies of his new children’s book, Marigold Bakes a Cake (Philomel/PRH)
  • Spotlight Kids Company will present an interactive musical theater experience for all ages
  • Storytime and photos with Curious George
  • Readings with New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate winners and New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Regional winners presented by the Writers Theatre of New Jersey.
  • Step Right Up Studio, Madison’s new creative arts studio for special needs kids, presents a kid’s improvisation workshop.
  • A performance by local dance group, Dance Innovations.
  • Professional actors will read plays written entirely by Madison students, grades 4-12, written under the tutelage of Writers Theatre of New Jersey.
  • Hands-on visualization of storytelling workshop for kids with Julia Erickson from Jolie
  • All-day activities on the METC lawn with Satellite Games, Madison Mud, and more
  • A full slate of live musical performances with originals by Rosewood Band Acoustic, Hatchet Jack Acoustic, Jeff Webb, and singer-songwriters Dave Murphy and Max Orsini.

Free and open to the public from 12pm – 5pm on Saturday, September 16th, the festival takes place in downtown Madison, NJ at the intersection of Main St. and Green Village Rd. Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub (23 Main St.) and Jolie (32 Main St.) will host the speakers and workshops. Green Village Road (closed for the day between Main St. and Kings Rd.) will feature live musical performances, special crafts and activities, and table displays by arts organizations and merchants, including Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Spotlight Kids Company, Madison Montessori School, Storybox Tales, Encore Strings, Step Right Up Studios, GLYPHS Literary Club at Madison High School, Kumon Learning Center, Zen Out Massage Therapy, Sleigh Bell Letters with Leslie Lajewski, individual authors and artists, select delicious food vendors, and more.

Seed-funded and piloted by the Madison Downtown Development Commission in 2016, the Madison Storytellers Festival was conceived by a volunteer Steering Committee led by Dan Blank of WeGrowMedia, Barb Short of Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, Dan Cafaro, founder of Atticus Review and Atticus Books, Deb Starker of METC, Mel Tomaszewski of Madison Mud Clay Studio  and Tivoli creative design studio, John Pietrowski and Walter Rodriguez of Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and Bonnie Monte of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Madison resident and publishing executive Rachel Barry, a 2016 festival volunteer, serves on the 2017 festival steering committee, as does Lisa Ellis, Program Director of the Madison DDC. Supporters also include the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Madison Arts & Culture Alliance, and Madison Music & Arts.

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