Language/Body/Heart: The Art of Storytelling
with  Antonio Rocha and Milbre Burch.
Dates: June 26th- July 1st, 2006.
Location: The Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine.

 (Arrival date June 25th. Departure on July 2nd)
TUITION: $800 U.S. This includes housing, lunch, and dinner.   
Maximum number of participants: 12

Two world-class kinetic storytellers who shared a mentor in Tony Montanaro have joined hands to further the legacy he left to spoken word artists. Milbre Burch and Antonio Rocha will present a workshop in honing the storytelling artist's instruments of voice, body, heart, memory, and imagination. This six-day intensive course is for beginning and intermediate storytellers, and includes training in mime, improvisation, characterization and creative writing on the tongue, small and large group critique sessions, and developing the stage craft needed to enhance the oral narrative. The workshop will culminate in a student performance on Saturday night. Studying with Antonio Rocha and Milbre Burch in the hills of South Paris, Maine, is an opportunity not to be missed. Come dive deep into your own artistry. Your stories will never be the same!

Previous Art of Storytelling participants said:

"It was an excellent workshop -- I liked the balance of movement, improvisation, characterization and story."
"I was stretched through love and humor. It was painless." "Milbre and Antonio are absolutely fabulous teachers who recognize the uniqueness of every storyteller and do their best to guide each individual, no matter if the person is telling his/her first story or hundredth story."

Now about my teaching partner:
Milbre Burch has been called one of the most important voices in the American storytelling revival.  An award winning recording artist, published poet and acclaimed teacher of her craft, she tours her one-woman shows as Theatre of the Spoken Word. A veteran of festivals in 22 states and 12 European cities, she made her seventh appearance at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, in October, 2005. For more information please visit her at

To register:   Email:
Or contact: Celebration Barn Theater -
190 Stock Farm Road
South Paris, ME 04281 U.S.A.
Phone: (207) 743–8452
Fax: (207) 743–3889
Please contact Antonio Rocha as well when planning to register at

Other workshops offered by Antonio.

1- Beyond the voice.
First there is a warm up which helps the participants discover and
explore their ability to move. Then mime techniques and illusions are added. These focus on individual creativity with the use of metamorphosis along with other exercises to make the invisible visible, therefore creating atmosphere and character. This is a participatory session, filled with fun and movement. Learn how to explore these tools in a fun and safe environment, your stories will never be the same. The workshop space must be large, empty and wet mopped prior to workshop.
2- Five crazy million characters!
This workshop is for discovering the five different voice ranges
(chest, neck, mouth, nose and head) and how we can create fun characters with them. It is great for all stories especially folk tales and fairy tales. The teller can have his/hers own voice when narrating, however it is very helpful and fun, to create different voices for the
characters in a story.
3- Kids tell too!
Storytelling is great for kids since it develops character, language
and learning in general. It gives them confidence and great self-esteem. Antonio adapts the in school workshops based on the ones offered above. The workshops can last one hour to all day and the residencies start but are not limited to one week. The residencies and long workshops can also involve themes being studied at a particular educational institution.

"Antonio's rapport with young children was outstanding.
We all had fun, and students had a chance to develop new skills. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to think spatially, and for students with strong intelligences in that domain, to excel"
Sue Palfrey, Art Teacher at Plummer-Motz School, Falmouth, ME 1995.

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