Introducing our featured teller!

Happy fall! We’re celebrating the finally-dropping temperatures with more information about our upcoming show! Today we bring you a little more about our featured teller, Lisa:

LISA HOLLINGSWORTH-SEGEDY is a storyteller from Edgewood, PA. She was entranced as a child by folktales and stories told by her grandparents, and was later lured into the world of storytelling when she attended a local storytelling festival in her hometown. Lisa has honed her craft at John Campbell Folk School and East Tennessee State University’s International Storytelling Institute, as well as more master classes than she can count. She has been a local storyteller at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, a teller-in-residence with the Stokes County, NC Arts Council, a featured teller at the Virginia Storytelling Alliance, a New Voice storyteller at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, and a costumed interpreter for the National Park Service’s Blue Ridge Parkway. She currently tells folktales and Native American legends at Depreciation Lands Museum in Allison Park, as well as at Pittsburgh CitiParks events. Lisa is delighted to collaborate with Geeksdanz in performing Manifestations III.

We also asked her the same questions we give to each of our new dancers, and here are her answers:

GD: How did you get into storytelling?
LHS: I was the kid who begged my grandparents to tell me stories. They inadvertently ignited my love for storytelling with folk tales, fairy tales, folk songs, and true stories from their lives. As an adult, I attended a storytelling festival in my hometown, and I was hooked.

GD: What appeals to you the most about stories and storytelling?
LHS: Stories contain those universal experiences that we can all relate to, and they speak to us in different ways. It’s a means of tapping into those shared experiences that draw us closer together and help us embrace our humanity.

GD: What do you do in ‘real life’?
LHS: I work for American Rivers, where I remove obsolete dams to restore rivers for the benefit of people and nature.

GD: Other than storytelling, what do you do for fun?
LHS: I love to read, cook, and create wearable art. I also sing in the East Shore Chorale and play the guitar.

GD: What excites you most about working with Geeksdanz?
LHS: Dance was a major part of my life from age 5 until after college. What could possibly be better than combining dance with storytelling?

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for even more information as our show comes together, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter using the button in the sidebar to stay up-to-date on ALL the pre-show craziness!

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