Ingrid Nixon ~ Storyteller
© Ingrid Nixon 2017
Workshop participants brainstorm at the 2017 Northlands Story Confabulation in Lake Geneva, WI.
Telling Greek myths in a middle school classroom.
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What people have said about Ingrid's workshops:
"Easy to understand for a new person. I loved the interactive participation, the stories and examples given to support the subject matter. Was excellent. 10 out of 10."
"Expanded my horizons."
"Loved the organization and interaction. Great flow and lots of good learning from you and all in the workshop."
"Very exploratory, creative, and FUN!"
"Great techniques that I can use to freshen up my 'tried and true' stories, and use to generate my own versions with new material."
"Exercises were fun and not too scary!"
"... You combine really good teaching with fun."
The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance Expedition to the Antarctic ~ If it were fiction it would be over the top!
Ingrid so enjoyed the great energy and creativity in this workshop she led for the Portland Storytellers' Guild, October 2017.
"As a guest storyteller for my graduate course in Storytelling for Lesley University, Ingrid enthralled my students for an hour, sharing her story of Antarctic explorers by designating various tables in the room as geographic points and describing the trials and tribulations of various explorers by referencing their adventures in time and space so that our classroom became transformed into a landscape of frozen ice and snow for their adventures ... She is an accomplished workshop leader too, able to translate storytelling content into appropriate follow up activities for students that are thought-provoking and meaningful. Ingrid is a professional and entertaining performer and teacher."
Meg Lippert, EdD, former National Faculty and Storytelling Mentor, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Student Reviews for Shackleton:
"Your storytelling was different (in a good way) and fun. Usually, I would be very bored and distracted if someone was talking. But I was gripped to the story . . . " ~ Aaron
"You were very clear and you made it so your story was fun and entertaining. Great information. Awesome narrating. Please tell the story next year . . . " ~ Preston
"You put it in detail. I could picture the ice closing around the ship . . . " ~ Cece
Keynotes and Inspirational Stories:
Why I Quit: Why we should take big steps in this short life.
Poking Around in the Family Closet: Why we need to make the time to learn our family's stories.
Travels, Real and Imagined: How travel inspires and helps create empathy for people, wildlife, and the planet.
Luna: The story of a lone orca whale and how our contact with Wildness can change our lives.
Shackleton: Leadership tips from Sir Ernest Shackleton's disastrous expedition to Antarctica.
Ingrid can assemble a program to fit your needs. Here are a few of the programs and workshops she offers. Stories in each program vary according to audience and age. Program lengths are flexible.
Grimm's with a Twist: Delightfully stories collected by the Brothers Grimm told for adults.
Grimm's for Kids: a delightful romp through Grimm's classic folktales in a way kids will remember them.
Greek Myths, Alive! Greek myths come to life in the retelling of ancient tales.
Ancient Folktales for Modern Times: Folktales from around the world that deal with contemporary issues.
Excuse Me While I Pull Your Leg: Tall tales and outrageous stories. Ages 8 and up.
Stories in the Stars: Exploring Constellations Through Folktales & Myths. Ages 12 and up.
Around the World in Seven Stories: One Story from Each Continent. Ages 12 and up.
Birds: Wise and Wonderful, Magical and Mystical.Ages 8 and up.
Bears: Real and Imagined. Ages 8 and up.
Whales: Real and Imagined. Ages 12 and up.
Get Down on Your Knees and Pray for Shackleton: Leadership and Endurance in Antarctica. Ages 12 and up.
Oo-oo, That's Creepy! Ghost Stories. Ages 8 and up.
Oo-oo, That's REALLY Creepy! Ghost Stories for Adults.
Ah, Alaska! Stories from the Great Land. Ages 8 and up.
Lutefisk Trilogy: Stories of Growing Up Finnish. Older teens and adults.
Once Upon a Time in the Soviet Union: How the Soviets used folktales to further their cause. Older teens and adults.
Fall of the Tsar: The Story of Russia's Last Imperial Family. Older teens and adults.
American Explorations of Vitus Bering and Georg Steller. Older teens and adults.
Story Evolution By Way of Creative Selection ~ Length: 3 hours
Are you sure that only the strongest crafting and techniques remain in your stories to be shared in your telling? This interactive workshop aims to generate a lot of creative ideas so you can choose from among the best so only the fittest survive!
Storytelling for Interpreters ~ Length: 2 - 3 hours
How to bring stories into any interpretive activity to engage and inspire audience.
Make It Stick! Helping Audiences Find Connections By Using Stories ~ Length: 3 hours
This interactive workshop explores using stories effectively to help make key concepts more memorable for audiences. It is perfect for interpreters, docents, environmental educators, and researchers.
Serve 'Em Up Fresh ~ Length: 1.5 to 3 hours
In this interactive workshop, we’ll play with characters, plots and other story spices that will allow you to whip up traditional tales following your own special recipe. Audiences will be clamoring for more!
Loosen Up Your Creativity thru Theater Games and Improv ~ Length: 1 - 2 hours
No one sits still during this workshop that employs theater games and improv exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Great for adults and kids. Good for organizational team building, too!
Clearing the Way: Refining Presentation Skills So Key Messages Shine Through ~ Length: 1 to 3 hours
This interactive workshop helps presenters of all kinds to anticipate and avoid pitfalls of public speaking that distract audiences and undermine important messages.