mother’s family is from the Arkansas Ozarks and my father’s family is
from middle Louisiana. Consequently I’ve been around people who are well
versed in oral traditions all my life. I currently live in Arlington, TX
and teach at the University of Texas At Arlington. My husband, who is
also an educator, and I have been married for 15 years. When I’m not
teaching, I work as an actor, director, voiceover artist and production
coordinator with Metroplex theaters and cartoon, video, industrial and
M.S. candidate in Library and
Candidate Graduate Academic Certificate in Storytelling
University of North Texas
University of Texas At Arlington
A.A. Speech and Theatre
Tyler Junior College
always loved a good story. My mother and father, grandmothers and aunt
have regaled me since I was tiny with cautionary tales, bedtime stories
and family histories. But, believe it or not, when I was little, I told
my stories from behind the couch where no one could see me!
When sophomore English class rolled around and it was
necessary that I stand IN FRONT of an audience to present papers, I
sought courage in a Speech and Theatre class and found my bliss! Since
then stories, others’ and my own, have been my constant companions.
My foray into Dr. Figa’s Graduate level storytelling
classes has served to open yet another doorway -- one that I happily
walk through to pursue my love of sharing with an audience.
“I could tell she had repeated those opening lines a
thousand times, that she was saying them the exact way she’d heard them
coming from the lips of some old woman, who’d heard them from the lips
of an even older one, the way they came out like a song, with rhythms
that rocked us to and fro until we left the premises…” from The
Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.