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as of October 2016


For over two decades Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak has brought literature and history to life, created stories from thin air, and honed personal experience into tales worth telling again and again. She performs in theatres, corporations, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally. To date she has presented programs in 38 of the United States, as well as Canada, Bermuda, New Zealand, and eight European countries. Specific listings are given below in reverse chronological order. (Many events have been omitted for brevity, especially most events prior to 1995. A more complete listing of events is available upon request.)

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1. Performance

Living Histories

Marie Curie

Please see Performances as Marie Curie for a list of sample past performances and hosts. Susan Marie Frontczak has given over 400 performances as Marie Curie; either MANYA — The Living History of Marie Curie (two-hour program) or A Visit with Marie Curie (one-hour program) across 32 of the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Mary Shelley

Please see Performances as Mary Shelley for a list of sample past performances and hosts. Mary Shelley Speaks was originally developed to augment the American Library Association’s nationally traveling Exhibit "Frankenstein, Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" and has since traveled to many communities around the country.




Eleanor Roosevelt

Please see Performances as Eleanor Roosevelt for a list of sample past performances and hosts. Susan Marie has given over a hundred presentations as Eleanor Roosevelt across the United States. Four different programs offer windows into specific eras and areas of Eleanor Roosevelt's life:

  • "This is My Story" - Meet first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1937, during her husband’s second term as president. By 1937, Eleanor had worked for years to advance minimum wage, maximum hours, laws against child labor, women's rights, women’s representation in government, world peace, and civil rights. She continues these pursuits even while her husband is in office. No other First Lady has ever taken on such a public role. Hear Mrs. Roosevelt’s views on what makes life worth living and how we can each make a difference in the midst of a strife-filled world — views at least as relevant today as they were 75 years ago.
  • "What We Are Fighting For" - It is late 1942. Mrs. Roosevelt has recently returned from England where she visited with soldiers, generals, royalty, and the working people. Find out how the First Lady feels about the individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship, and uncertainty. Hear how Mrs. Roosevelt both affected and was affected by a world at war.
  • "Hammering Out Human Rights" - Witness the compassion, the humor, the angst, and the wit of Eleanor Roosevelt. She speaks of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. No wonder President Truman dubbed Mrs. Roosevelt "First Lady of the World." Find out why Human Rights matter to you, and to the potential longevity of the United States.
  • "The Power of Words" - From words from her father that gave her strength, to famous words by her husband that helped the whole nation during the Great Depression; from her own words spoken to audiences or given over the radio, to her observations and opinions written into over 4100 articles in her six-days-a-week My Day column (that is, over 4100 to date, as of early 1950 when the program is set), Eleanor Roosevelt shows how words well chosen can bring attention to a topic, awaken understanding, and bring the listener to a new point of view. Specific subject matter addresses such diverse topics as: unemployment, race relations, honoring servicemen, economic ties with Mexico, wealth & power, and international relations. Mrs. Roosevelt includes a segment on how words misused can be harmful as well: hurtful to an individual, harmful to a group, or endangering to a whole nation. The program culminates with a brief look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Behind this public life is the story of a little girl who lost both parents before the age of ten, a debutante who felt trapped by society’s expectations, and a young wife who raised five children before emerging as one of the 20th century’s most remarkable women.

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Clara Barton

Meet the feisty and determined Miss Clara Barton dubbed "the Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War where she defined her role as filling the gap "between the bullet and the hospital"; creator of the first "Missing in Action" list; and founder of the American Red Cross.

  • "Clara Barton - Patriot Angel" - Hear Clara's tribute to those who serve in our armed forces - soldier, veteran, and their families. Find out how she worked her way through government red tape both to care for the wounded on the battlefield and years later to convince the United States government to bring the Red Cross to America. Her fortitude under fire and tenacious dedication to the cause of humanity stand as a role model for all time.
  • "Clara Barton - Brave on the Battlefield" - Follow Miss Barton as she tends to the wounded , and find out why the soldiers thought of her as their "Angel." Along the way, learn how a childhood experience with family tragedy, early lessons in arithmetic and composition, and a love of adventure led her to volunteer her nursing services during the Civil War. Her life stands as a shining example of how everything we learn along the way — in school and in life — can serve us in finding and fulfilling our life purpose.

Please see Performances as Clara Barton for a list of sample past performances and hosts.

Program consists of a monologue in character, followed first by a Question and Answer period with "Clara" and then by a Question and Answer period with the presenter, Susan Marie Frontczak.

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Irene Castle

Dancer, Fashion Maven, and Animal Rights Activist. The entrepreneurial audacity and artistic flair of Vernon and Irene Castle met the new, uniquely American, syncopated or ragged–rhythmed music (aka “Ragtime”) to fuel a dance craze explosion that swept across America. Their brief, incandescent career strewed numerous legacies in its wake: world fascination with American music, bobbed hair, challenges to the color barrier, and an animal rights altruism born of a heartless side of vaudeville.

Please see Performances as Irene Castle for a list of sample past performances and hosts.

Program consists of a monologue in character, followed first by a Question and Answer period with "Irene" and then by a Question and Answer period with the presenter, Susan Marie Frontczak.

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Corporate Conferences

  • Master of Ceremonies, Awards Celebration Society of Women Engineers National Conference. Nashville, TN. Oct 07
  • Master of Ceremonies, Awards Celebration Society of Women Engineers National Conference. Milwaukee, WI. Oct 04
  • Put Your Own Mask On First Keynote at EAPA National Conf. New York, NY. Nov 00
  • Literacy through the Arts Keynote at A Day of the Arts for Teachers Pueblo, CO. Feb 00
  • Midlife Transitions at Work: New Perspectives on Wisdom, Creativity and Passion Developed and presented in collaboration with Dr. John Maynard of Midlife Mastery, L.L.C.
    • Employee Assistance Conferences.
      • Toronto CANADA, Apr 99.
      • UC Berkeley CA Feb 99.
      • University of California, Monterey, CA. Mar 98
    • CARF Conference. Tuscon, AZ. Mar 98
    • OSS Conference. San Francisco, CA. Feb 98
    • EAPA 26th Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. Nov 97
    • ... and other presentations in 1998 & 1999 in Boulder, Denver, Las Vegas, and Bermuda.
  • The Fun Side (and Funny Side) of Taking Initiative University of Colorado. Jan 99
  • 1001 Easy Steps to Managing Complexity Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Fort Myers, FL. Oct 98
  • Reach for the Stars Quality Management Network. Houston, TX. Feb 98
  • You Can’t Change Me Quality Management Network. St. Louis, MO. May 97
  • Women’s Perspectives 550 Women at Beta Sigma Xi Conference. Estes Park, CO. Jun 95
  • The Power of Stories in the Workplace Hewlett Packard Executive Seminars. Six (6) keynotes in California and D.C. from Feb 94 through Sep 95
  • Prepress Conference. Mescalero, NM. Jul 95
  • Client Server Integrator Conference. Denver, CO. Mar 95
  • Literature: Live! National conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Core Curriculum (AAACC). Houston, TX. Oct 93, Oct 92



Other Presentations in Corporate/Professional Settings

  • United Way Annual Donors Celebration. Denver, CO. Jun 07
  • ARMA (Records Information Management) Meeting. Denver, CO. Dec 06
  • Vision Financial Client Appreciation Dinner. Fort Collins, CO. Oct 06
  • Honing Communication. Bridgeway Funds. Apr 04
  • Business Professional Women. Denver, CO. Dec 99, Mar 00
  • Sales Professionals International. Denver, CO. Jul 99
  • Hewlett Packard product release celebration. Cupertino, CA. Apr 98
  • Colorado Central Credit Union. Longmont, CO. Mar 97
  • American Society of Training and Development. Denver, CO. Dec 96
  • Flatirons Credit Union. Arvada, CO. Oct 96
  • Hewlett Packard. Fort Collins, CO. Dec 95
  • Elscint Company. Fort Collins, CO. Feb 95
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Festivals

  • Rocky Mountain Storytellers Conference. Golden, CO. Apr 16
  • AMICA - Automated Musical Instrument Collectors Association. Master of Ceremonies for Saturday Night concert. Denver, CO. Aug 15
  • Grand Junction Symphony and Chautauqua Evening. Grand Junction, CO. Sep 14
  • Douglas County Storytelling Festival. Featured Teller. Castle Rock, CO. Aug 13
  • Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival. Featured Teller. Parker and Palmer Lake, CO. Jul 06
  • Rocky Mountain Storytellers Conference. Denver, CO.
    • 33rd Annual. Improvisational Storytelling Apr 08
    • 32nd Annual. Eastern European Story and Song Apr 07 - Celebratory finale with Planina Eastern European Choir
    • 31st Annual. Designing Fables Apr 06 - Back by popular request.
    • 30th Annual. Designing Fables Apr 05
    • Featured Teller at 29th Annual Conference. Multiple sessions. Apr 04
    • 25th Annual. Living History of Marie Curie, as a work-in-progress Apr 00
    • 23rd Annual. Family Concert Mar 98
    • 22nd Annual. A Woman’s Heart Apr 97
    • 19th Annual. Stories on the Wing and Women’s Perspectives Mar 94
    • 18th Annual. Goblins, Good and Evil Mar 93
    • 17th Annual. Celtic Tales Mar 92
    • 15th Annual. The Music of Language and Firsthand Accounts from the 19th Century Mar 90
  • Narrator for Colorado Music Festival Young People’s Concert. Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO. (eleven years 1992-2004)
  • Bach for Kids. Bach’s life told through story and music. Boulder Bach Festival, May 00-05
  • Arapahoe Library District Storytelling Festival. Four years Oct 99-02
  • Strings in the Mountains, Steamboat Springs, CO. Jul-Aug 00
  • Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival. Featured Teller. Palmer Lake, CO. Aug 99
  • Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival. Palmer Lake, CO. Aug 95, Aug 96
  • Ozark Heritage Dance Festival. Stories of Music & Dance Mountain View, AR. Sep 97
  • National Storytelling Festival, Exchange Place Teller. Jonesborough TN. Oct 96
  • Jackson Storytelling Festival. Jackson, WY. Oct 94, Sep 93.
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Theaters and Coffee Houses

  • Mark Twain's America Collaboration with pianist Jacqueline Schwab, at The Avalon, Boulder CO. Oct 16
  • Stories of Music & Dance Collaboration with pianist Jacqueline Schwab, at West Side Live, Golden CO. Oct 16
  • Story in Music & Music in Story Collaboration with pianist Jacqueline Schwab, at The Barn, Longmont, CO. Aug 15
  • Stories from the Jazz Age in Paris and America. Boulder, CO. Jul 00
  • Tales & Tunes. Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Annual Concert. Boston, MA. Nov 99
  • Vanishing Voices Story & Song from Eastern Europe. Collaborative performance with Planina Balkan Women’s Choir. Vogue Theater, Denver CO, Jun 98; and Boulder Library, May 98
  • Dancing Stories. Collaboration with Christopher Maier of Moving Stories. Theater performances in Boulder and Denver, CO. Nov 97
  • Solstice Celebration. Nederland Acoustic Coffee House. Nederland, CO. Dec 96
  • Literature: Live! Monterey Public Library. Monterey, CA. Feb 96
  • Light Out of Darkness, Solstice Celebration. Boulder, CO. Dec 95
  • Stories to Chill Your Bones. Lincoln Center Theater. Fort Collins, CO. Oct 95, Oct 94
  • A Horse in the Attic. Chautauqua Community House. Boulder, CO. Jul 95
  • Deja Vu Coffee House. Fort Collins, CO. Dec 97, Oct 95, monthly Feb 91 - Dec 94
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House Concerts

A house concert is either a private party or a semi-public event held in a home. In the last twenty years Susan Marie has given over a hundred and seventy House Concerts on various themes, including

Holidays, including...Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Stories of Spring, April Fools, Mother’s Day, End-of-School Celebration, Father’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Beethoven’s Birthday, Christmas & Hanukkah, the Summer or Winter Solstice,

OR, Family Events, such as... Significant Birthdays (from 18th to 80th), Baby Showers, Weddings, House-warmings, Reunions with Family History (e.g. Germans from Russia),

OR, a theme of the host’s choosing, such as... A Multi-cultural Feast, Friendship, Birds, Pets, Music & Dance, Women’s Perspectives, Animal Friends, Stories to Chill Your Bones, Horses, Myth and Magic, Shoes, and Literature: Live!.

...in the following cities:

California: Berkeley, Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco; Colorado: Bellvue, Berthoud, Boulder, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Denver, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Lafayette, Lakewood, Loveland, and Littleton; Connecticut: Hartford; Florida: New Port Richey; Maryland: Tacoma Park; Tennessee: Nashville; Quebec: Montreal; and Bermuda.

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Other Adult Audiences

  • Academia Hernando, FL. Stories of Eastern Europe. Feb 16
  • Peace Program
  • Older Adult Services (OASIS)
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • Denver Department of Human Services
  • Bookmobile, annual meeting
  • Heritage Society, annual meeting
  • Meridian Retirement Communities
  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center, annual meeting
  • Tellebration '97
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
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Performances for Family Audiences

  • Winter Solabration, a celebration of the Solstice. Denver, CO. Every year Dec ’90-’16
  • Holiday Tea. Lafayette Library, Lafayette, CO. Dec ’16
  • First Night. Fort Collins, CO. Every year Dec ’96-’06 and Dec ’12
  • Holiday Tea. Lafayette Library, Lafayette, CO. Dec ’09
  • Holiday Tea. Lafayette Library, Lafayette, CO. Dec ’07
  • Pumpkinfest. Aurora, CO. Oct ’01, ’03, ’05, ’06
  • Ghosts and Goblins. Highlands Ranch, CO. Oct ’06
  • Tellebration '02. Logan UT. Nov ’02
  • Various programs for Boulder Community Music School, Boulder, CO. ’97-’00
  • Storyteller on rafting trip for Salmon River Outfitters. Aug ’00

... as well as homeschool groups, reunions, literacy fund raisers, mother-daughter banquets, the zoo, and arts festivals. For description of programs, see Repertoire - For Children

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Performance for Children in Schools

For description of programs, see Repertoire - For Children.

Elementary School

Many hundreds of performances across U.S. 1992 to present. Performances in international schools in Europe Nov 09 and in urban and rural Scotland fall 99.

Programs include: A Multicultural Feast, Children in Colonial America, A Trip at Sea, Stories of Eastern Europe, Celtic Tales, A Visit to KingArthur’s Court, The Horse in the Attic, The Road West, Bullies Beware, Myths, Animal Friends, Ghosts & Goblins, Let’s Build a Story, Give the Planet a Hug, Solve the Story with Math, Engineering with Stories, Building Respect, and Celebrating Young Writers, as well as custom programs aligned with the curriculum.

Junior High, Middle School and High School

Many dozens of performances for audiences in Colorado, Michigan, Tennessee, and California 1992 through present. Programs include: A Visit with Madame Curie, Literature: Live!, With Respect to Respect, The Human Spirit Around the World, Stories to Chill Your Bones, Firsthand Accounts from the 19th Century, The Roaring Twenties, A Visit to King Arthur’s Court, Celtic Tales, African Tales, Women’s Perspectives, and The Storyteller’s Art.

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Performance for Children in Libraries and Museums

  • How Math Can Save Your Life - MOMATH (Museum of Mathematics), New York City. Dec 16
  • Library programs matching summer reading, seasonal, or traveling exhibit themes in communities throughout Colorado, 1993 through present. Communities visited include: Aspen, Berthoud, Boulder, Broomfield, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Deer Creek, Englewood, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Greeley, Lafayette, Loveland, Limon, Littleton, Louisville, Longmont, Monument, Newcastle, Platteville, Rifle, Southglenn, Steamboat Springs, and Windsor.
  • Summer Reading Programs in libraries across the United States, including Sedalia Missouri; Cheyenne, Laramie, and Casper Wyoming; Montery, Pacific Grove, and Carmel-by-the-Sea California; and over 60 library performances throughout New Mexico.
  • Boulder Public Library. Boulder, CO. Second-Sunday Storyteller Series
    • Grand Re-opening. Apr 15
    • Designing Fables, Winter Festival of Stories. Feb 05
    • Women’s Celebration, 04
    • Winnie the Pooh’s 75th Birthday, Oct 01
    • Love Comes in All Shapes and Sizes, Feb 96
    • A Visit to King Arthur’s Court, Mar 95
  • Girl Scout Storytelling Badge. Children’s Museum of Denver. Jan 02
  • Children’s Museum of Denver, various programs. Dec 99, Feb 00, May 00, Sep 00, Oct 00, Jan 01, Jun 01
  • The Story Gleaner - collaborative multi-disciplinary performances of story, dance, music, and visual arts. Debuts at Boulder Public Library have been followed by dozens of performances throughout Colorado, as well as Rawlins WY.
    • Volando, debut Nov 01
    • Everyday Bravery, debut Apr 98
    • Sandy Calder’s Suitcase Circus, debut Nov 97
    • Shaherazad in Cahoots, debut Nov 96
    • Ing’s Dream, debut Nov 95
    • Under a Canopy of Colored Silks, debut 93
  • Stories of Poland and Czechoslovakia. Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park. San Francisco, CA. Sep 95



Other example performances for Children and Youth

  • How Math Can Save Your Life - University of Colorado Wizards Series. Oct 09
  • Profoundly Gifted Retreat. Jul 09, Jul 08
  • Holiday Stories, Denver Children's Hospital
  • Hannuka Stories, Jewish Community Center
  • Adams County's 100th Birthday
  • Outdoor Education
  • Circles of the Spirit, United Presbyterian Church
  • Arapahoe County Fair
  • Young Writer's Conferences (throughout Denver metro area)
  • Title 1 Literacy Evenings (various locations)
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2. Teaching

Conference Workshops

  • The Power of Stories
    • Workshops for Bain & Company. Boulder, CO. Sep 15, Jan 16, Sep 16, Oct 16
    • American Society of Training and Development. Fort Collins, CO. Jan 96
    • Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) Conference. Vail, CO. Apr 95
  • Improvisational Storytelling Workshop presented at Rocky Mountain Storytellers Conference Denver, CO. Apr 08
  • Young Chautauqua on behalf of Colorado Humanities. Colorado Chapter of the International Reading Association (CCIRA). Denver CO. Feb 07
  • Designing Fables Storytelling Workshops presented at Rocky Mountain Storytellers Conference Denver, CO. Apr 05, Apr 06 (Brought back by popular request.)
  • Designing Fables Storytelling Workshops presented at the Winter Festival of Stories Boulder CO. Feb 05
  • Believing Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast Improvisational Storytelling Workshop presented at National Storytelling Conference Denver, CO. Feb 02
  • Beyond Beginning, Middle, and End and Story Setting: Be There through your Five Senses Writing workshops presented at A Day of the Arts for Teachers Pueblo, CO. Feb 00
  • Appreciative Inquiry Quality Management Network. Fort Myers, FL. Oct 98
  • An Oral History Approach to Storytelling American Assoc. for Theater Education (AATE). Co-presented with David Sidwell of Utah State Univ. Denver, CO. Aug 98
  • Presentations at annual conference of Colorado Chapter of the International Reading Association (CCIRA). Denver CO
    • The Story Gleaner Feb 97, Feb 96
    • How to set up a storytelling residency Feb 96
    • How to be a Storysmith, Reviving the Salon through Storytelling, and Literature: Live! Feb 95
  • Colorado Educational Media Association annual conference. Colorado Springs, CO. Feb 95
  • Storytelling Workshop, Regional Conference for Teachers of English/Language Arts. Oct 94
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Classes and Workshops for Adults

  • Developing a Living History Program. IMTAL (International Museum Theater Alliance). Aug 16
  • Stories in STEM. Master Teachers workshop, New York. Feb 16
  • Workshops for Spellbinders. Various Chapters (Denver, Littleton, Grand Junction, Jefferson County, Larimer County). 2001-2016
    • Joining In - Interactive Stories
    • Using the Five Senses
    • Using Your Body
    • Using Your Vocal Toolkit
    • Character Development
    • Accents, Pro and Con
    • Supporting the Curriculum
  • Living History Class. A 6-week series of workshops and recital in ’08, ’09, ’10, ’13, ’15
  • Become a Storysmith. Storytelling Class, a 5-week series of workshops and recital. Forty-five of these classes taught 1991 to 2014 in Boulder (31) Fort Collins (13), and Broomfield (1).
  • Living History Class. For the Legendary Ladies Jan-Mar ’11
  • Creating on the Fly. Improvisational Storytelling Class, taught as 5-week series of workshops and recital. Nine series taught Sep 93 to Oct 07 in Boulder (5) and Fort Collins (3).
  • A Storyteller's Method: Reaching Inside. Naropa University School of Extended Studies. Fall 05
  • Designing Fables. Naropa University School of Extended Studies. Jul 05
  • Improvisational Storytelling. Logan City Parks and Recreation Department, and Theme Housing at Utah State University. Logan UT. Nov 02
  • Full-day storytelling class on Nature in the Classroom. Denver Botanic Gardens. Jul 01
  • Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, Denver University. (one-week and two-week institutes) Jun 01, Jul 99, Jun 96
  • For Colorado Humanities
    • Train the Trainer workshop to develop a team of adult Living History presenters as Young Chautauqua Coaches. Sep 04
  • Toastmasters
    • Sun Microsystems. Broomfield CO. Jul 00
    • Colorado Department of Transportation. Denver, CO. Mar 99
    • Hewlett Packard Company. Fort Collins, CO. Apr 95
  • Introduction to Storytelling (2 to 4 hours)
    • Magician’s Workshop. Fort Collins, CO. May 98
    • Discovery Science Museum, Fort Collins CO. Nov 96
    • ECE In-service. Young Audiences, Inc.Denver, CO. Apr 96, Nov 95, Mar 95, Feb 95, Dec 94
    • Title 1 ECE Workshop. Fort Collins, CO. Oct 95
    • Metro Center for the Visual Arts. (Baseball Theme) Denver, CO. Mar 95
  • Improvisational Storytelling. Ozark Heritage Festival. Mountain View, AR. Sep 97
  • The Power of Stories. AtlantiCare HMO. Danvers, MA. May 97
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Teaching at Colleges & Universities

  • Naropa University School of Extended Studies. A Storyteller's Method: Reaching Inside. Six-week class. Fall 05
  • Naropa University School of Extended Studies. Designing Fables. Jul 05
  • Guest Lecture: Developing a Living History. Theater Department, Swarthmore College. 04
  • Guest Lecture: How to Survive as a Solo Performing Artist. Theater Department, Utah State University. 02
  • Workshop: How to Teach Story Structure through Improvisational Storytelling. Elementary Education Association, Utah State University. 02
  • Guest Instructor: Oral Interpretation course, Colorado State Univ. 96-99
  • Guest Instructor: Oral Interpretation course, Arkansas State College. Sep 97
  • Guest Instructor: Creating Learning Experiences class, University of Colorado. Nov 97, 96, 95
  • Guest Speaker, ESL classes. Regis College. Denver, CO. Aug 96
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Denver, CO. Jun 95
  • Using the Story Gleaner to Stimulate Creativity. Guest lecture/demonstration at the University of Colorado. Boulder, CO. Mar 95
  • Guest Instructor for SPICE (Special Projects In Creative Expression) class. University of Colorado. Nov 94
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Workshops for Children

Hundreds of workshops 1991 through present with students grades 1 through 12 in Storytelling, Drama, Oral Interpretation, Improvisation, Story Structure, and Creative Writing. For details, contact Susan Marie via contact button at top of page.

Young Chautauqua Training through Colorado Humanities for students, grades 4 through 12.

  • Weld County School District, Greeley, CO. Every Spring ’04 through present
  • After-school Group, Estes Park, CO. Every Spring ’07 through present
  • Home School Community, Boulder, CO. Every Spring ’07 through present
  • Stellar Elementary School, Westminster, CO. Spring ’11 and ’12
  • Mountain Range High School, Westminster, CO. Every Spring ’07 through ’11
  • Pomona Elementary School, Grand Junction, CO. Spring ’07, ’08, ’10, ’11, ’12
  • East Middle School, Grand Junction, CO. Spring ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12
  • Wingate Elementary School, Grand Junction, CO. Spring ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’11
  • Bear Creek Elementary School, Boulder, CO. Spring ’10
  • Overland High School, Aurora, CO. Spring 07, 08
  • West High School, Denver, CO. Fall ’07
  • Mt Garfield Middle School, English Students, Clifton, CO. Spring ’07
  • Northglenn High School, Northglenn, CO. ’05-’06, and ’06-’07 school years
  • Rose Hill Elementary School summer program, Commerce City, CO. Summer ’04

School Residencies

  • Young Chautauqua Training through Colorado Humanities
  • Three+ day Residency at Edith Bowen Lab School. Logan, UT. Nov 02
  • Nine (9) Residencies 1994-2000 arranged in Colorado schools through Young Audiences, Inc., sponsored in part through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Colorado Council on the Arts. Residency duration: two weeks to three months.
  • One-week residency at elementary school. Pueblo, CO. Feb 98
  • Resident Storyteller at Camp Quality of Central Missouri. Columbia, MO. Jun 97
  • Two-week residency at Hygiene Elementary School. Hygiene, CO. Apr 97
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3. Original Compositions and Scripts

  • Clara Barton & the Civil War ©2015. Debut Aug 15.
  • Clara Barton & the Red Cross ©2014. Debut Aug 14.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations, Hammering Out Human Rights ©2009. Debut Aug 09.
  • Meet Irene Castle ©2009. Debut Jan 09.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt in WWII, What We Are Fighting For ©2008. Debut Sep 08.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt in the Great Depression, This is My Story ©2005. Debut Oct 06.
  • Mary Shelley Speaks ©2003. Debut Aug 03.
  • MANYA - Living History of Marie Curie ©2001. Debut Mar 01.
  • A Visit with Madame Curie ©2001. Debut Mar 01.
  • Scripts for Colorado Music Festival Young People’s Concert
    • Peter’s Great Space Adventure ©2001
    • Kid’s On Stage ©2000
    • Treacherous Treks © 1999
    • Stories Told Through Music ©1998
  • Two Hearts, Four Feet - in Paris © 2000. Paris and America in the Jazz Age 1900-1940. Dance, lecture, and historical images. With Jim X. Borzym of American Vernacular Dance.
  • Growing Up Bach © 2000. Bach’s adult family life through story and music. Boulder Bach Festival. Presented with Bob Spillman, chair of keyboard deptartment at University of Colorado School of Music. May 00 and 01
  • Bach’ Story © 2000. Bach’s childhood through story and music. Boulder Bach Festival. Presented with Bob Spillman, chair of keyboard deptartment at University of Colorado School of Music. May 00 and 01
  • Vanishing Voices © 1998, script for collaborative performance with Planina Balkan Women’s Choir.
  • Two Hearts, Four Feet © 1998, (co-author). A Century of American Social Dance through dance, lecture, and story. Co-produced with Jim X. Borzym of American Vernacular Dance.
  • Sandy Calder’s Suitcase Circus © 1997, (co-author) for The Story Gleaner
  • A Tribute to Thelma Raley, for 85th birthday. Nov 97
  • A Tribute to Ann Hayes, for 65th birthday. Oct 97
  • Shaherazad in Cahoots © 1996, (co-author) for The Story Gleaner
  • Danika’s Magic © 1995, included on audio cassette tape "The Three Fishes"
  • Happy Birthday Fish Colorado Music Festival Young People’s Concert. Used as narration for Britton’s "Introduction to the Orchestra." Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO. June 94
  • Groundhog Day © 1994 story on Colorado Public Radio, Morning Edition KUNC.
  • The Three Fishes and Hilfe and Succorso by Walter and Susan Frontczak. © 1989, 1995
  • Dozens of stories created on the fly through "The Story Gleaner" productions 94-99
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4. Recordings

  • Voiceover work for Perry Conway, Aerie Nature Series
    • Rept-phibians (2009)
    • American Predators (2008)
    • Understanding Wildlife (2007)
    • Predator Planet (2006)
    • Born to be Wild (2005)
    • Bats (2004)
    • Eagles (2003)
    • Animal Families (2002)
    • Prairie Dogs (2001)
  • The Ugly Duckling, CD and audio cassette tape, Nov 02. To order, see JJ’s Children’s Music and Stories
  • Aesop's Fables, CD and audio cassette tape, Nov 02. To order, see JJ’s Children’s Music and Stories
  • Pets, Pets, Pets!, audio cassette tape from radio show, KGNU Boulder. Aug 00
  • Moon Beard, on the CD "Wheee!" donated to Boulder Community Music School. Dec 99
  • Ing’s Dream, Story Gleaner performance for Community TV. Boulder, CO. Nov 96
  • The Three Fishes & Other Stories Children’s audio cassette tape or CD. Dec 95
  • Stories to Chill Your Bones Adult audio cassette tape. Oct 94
To order The Three Fishes CD, send $10 per CD plus $3 postage and handling to Storysmith®, 3664 Chase Court, Boulder CO 80305.
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5. Publication

  • Young Chautauqua Handbooks for Teachers and Coaches edited and published by Colorado Humanities, ©2008
  • Unraveling the Yarn Storytelling Magazine. Vol. XVII. Issue 4. Jul/Aug 05
  • The Nature of Stories The Journal of Nature in Legend and Story [NILAS]. Fall 2002 - Winter 2003
  • Tools of the Trade Storytelling Magazine. Vol. XIV. Issue 2. Mar/Apr 02
  • Coaching Guidelines Storytelling Magazine. Vol. XII. Issue 2. Mar/Apr 00
  • Coaching Guidelines The Story Bag. Vol. XXIII, No. 3/4. Feb/Mar 00
  • An Oral Tradition Perspective on Fairy Tales Marvels & Tales. Vol. IX, No. 2. Dec 95
  • Lick, Lick, Lick (A Story for the Halloween Season) Zeitgeist. Vol. I, No. 3. Oct/Nov 95
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6. Awards

  • For Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady:
    • Invited to Chautauqua Speakers Roster, Colorado Humanities. Jun 06
    • AHAB/NEODATA Project Grant Boulder County Arts Alliance. Dec 05
  • For Mary Shelley Speaks:
    • Tennessee Arts Council underwrites performance in Johnson City TN. Feb 06
    • South Dakota Arts Council underwrites performance in Brookings SD. Mar 05
    • Invited to Chautauqua Speakers Roster, Colorado Humanities. Dec 03
  • For MANYA - A Living History of Marie Curie:
    • Vanguard Fellows' Award, Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science, Wesleyan University. Nov 06
    • Invited to Chautauqua Speakers Roster, Colorado Humanities. Jun 01
    • Grants to Artists and Organizations Colorado Council on the Arts, with funding from Colorado General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sep 00
    • AHAB/NEODATA Artists Fellowship Arts and Humanities Assembly of Boulder. May 00
    • AHAB/Addison Mini-grant Arts and Humanities Assembly of Boulder. Apr 00
  • For Vanishing Voices. Story & Song from Eastern Europe. Collaborative performance with Planina Balkan Women’s Choir. AHAB/Addison Mini-grant from the Arts and Humanities Assembly of Boulder. Apr 99
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