“The Heron’s Journey” is coming to Shepherdstown! You won’t want to miss world-renowned story artist Adam Booth’s original program brought to you by Speak Story Series, in partnership with the Contemporary American Theater Festival. “The Heron’s Journey” uses spoken storytelling, quilting, and paper sculpture to tell an allegory filled with magic, challenges to opposition, and transformation. Meet the title character in various forms of self-discovery and take part in giving the story wings.
Adam created “The Heron’s Journey” in collaboration with other artists, a first in the 11 years of the series. He worked with a choreographer to ensure his movements would be in concert with the herons. In addition, he collaborated with a paper sculptor and a quilter to create this unique artistic experience.
Adam is the founder and artistic director of Speak Story Series. Speak has offered over 100 opportunities for both in-person and global online audiences to laugh, cry, and bond as story artists from around the world have shared their experiences and insights. Adam’s vision and connections have made Speak Story Series one of the preeminent storytelling events in the world.
Adam Booth is the 2022 West Virginia Folk Artist of the Year. His original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. As a nationally touring artist his professional telling appearances include premiere storytelling events across the United States, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and as a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada). He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Adam is the inaugural Storyteller-In-Residence at Shepherd University.
Performances are July 11 (Tue) 7:30 and July 12 (Wed) at 7:30, both at the Frank Center Auditorium, 260 University Drive (on the Shepherd University campus). More Info At SpeakStorySeries.com.By Staff Contributor