What have you risked for love?Join us after the 3pm show on Saturday, April 22, 2017, for an afternoon of stories moderated by writer and psychologist Robin Abrahams. Storytellers Lindsay Brownell, Norah Dooley, and Leeny Del Seamonds will share tales of love and risk – the subject under neurological investigation by the young protagonist in Paradise.

Lindsay Brownell is a freelance science writer based in Cambridge, and seems to be one of the only people in Boston who actually likes snowy winters.

Norah Dooley is a storyteller, educator, critically acclaimed children’s author and creator of StoriesLive®, a high school storytelling curriculum and story slam program. She is the co-founder of massmouth.org and the Greater Boston Story Slam series. As project director of StoriesLive® she created and implements a curriculum used to teach over 7,000 Greater Boston high school students to tell compelling first person narratives. As an adjunct faculty she teaches storytelling to undergraduates at Tufts and runs a Junior Seminar at Lesley University.  In January of 2014, she returned to lecture on storytelling and language acquisition in Tokyo, Japan as part of a multi-year grant funded by the Japanese government. www.norahdooley.com. Norah has an MEd in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University and a BFA in Painting from Tufts University/Museum School.  Described as an “… entrancing storyteller” by the Boston Globe Norah is sought after as a keynote speaker on literacy and storytelling. She’s been a featured storyteller in regional festivals; Cambridge River Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Albany River Festival, 3 Apples Storytelling Festival, MA and at the Clearwater Festival, NY. In 2013 she was invited to perform at the Exchange Place of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. She has been a classroom teacher, a middle school performing arts teacher, workshop and training leader, currently teaches storytelling as an adjunct faculty at Lesley and Tufts University and teaches in several adult and community education settings.   She is booked through Young Audiences of Massachusetts and lives in Brookline, MA with her husband and a revolving subset of their 4 daughters.

Leeny Del SeamondsWith a face and voice that launched a thousand characters, Leeny Del Seamonds is an internationally acclaimed performer, coach, author, multi award-winning recording artist and professional Voice Actor. Winner of the National Storytelling Network ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award, Leeny’s animated and uplifting tales and tunes reflect her love of people and desire to embrace life to its fullest. From a prized television show, to a village in Gengcun, China; from the Comix Club in NYC, to the National Storytelling Festival, Leeny encourages listeners to rejoice in human and cultural diversity, inviting them to share in her Cuban-American sense of humor and joy of performing. With Latino passion, fire and wit, Leeny’s dynamic one-woman shows and renowned workshops headline festivals, concerts and events worldwide.