Performers

Joan Bailey grew up in Lancashire, England where she didn’t have TV until she was 10 years old. She grew up hearing her parents, uncles and aunts telling stories at the frequent family gatherings at home. Stories about family and community were a big part of the her childhood.

She has lived in a number of countries for periods of anything from 3 to 15 years. As a result, she loves to share traditional tales and songs as well as her own reminiscences from England and the various other countries where she has lived.

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Valerie Tutson designed her own major at Brown called "Storytelling As a Communications Art." Since 1991 she has traveled the country and the world sharing stories and songs and helping others do the same. In addition to telling stories, Valerie runs the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) and its annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. She is the 2019 recipient for the Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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Clare Vadeboncoeur is a story performer and visual artist who loves telling stories to the young and the young at heart. Clare's last name, Vadeboncoeur, directly translated from French, means "Go with a good heart" which she tries to live by and has incorporated into her company's name "Good Heart Productions." 

Behind the Screen

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Cindy Killavey is an award-winning storyteller, author, professional actress, and audio-book reader. Her background in musical and children’s theater enhances all her performances.  She delights in sharing stories with Anne-Marie Forer, her tandem partner.

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Anne-Marie Forer is a storyteller and musician who has been “edu-taining” youngsters for nearly 25 years. A former teacher and children’s librarian, she performs at schools, libraries and festivals. She also tells with Cindy Killavey as The Take Two Tandem Tellers.

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Jeanne Bent is a children's librarian and story lover.  She is an avid collector of wisdom and folk tales from around the world because these stories illustrate the universality of the human condition.