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Clifton, Sharon Kirk
Columbus, IN 47201
I am an interactive storyteller. Most of my performances are presented in the first-person voice and appropriate period attire. As JACK'S MAMA, I dress as a pioneer mountain woman and tell tales from the oral tradition of the southern Appalachians. Most are humorous. Since my story collection for JACK'S MAMA includes approximately 50 stories, this program is adaptable for all ages. For ABIGAIL GRAY: LIVING UNDER THE DRINKING GOURD, I assume the role of a southeastern Indiana abolitionist and station mistress on the Underground Railroad. My audience soon realize that they are Freedom Seekers. ABIGAIL GRAY runs about 45 minutes and is suitable for family audiences. Children should have some background in American history. In AT HOME AND IN HARM'S WAY, I portray Elizabeth (Mother) George of Fort Wayne, who served as a nurse with the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the War between the States. As George, I tell her story, as well as the stories of the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Susan Brown of Hagerstown, and other Hoosier women who played roles in that war. This program is best for fourth grade through adults and family groups. Other programs and workshops are described in my blog. I also am a writer, currently working on two middle-grade fiction manuscripts. I love to talk with children and adults about the writing process.
Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, Storytelling Arts of Indiana, VSA arts of Indiana, and Southern Indiana Writers' Salon (co-founder) Awards and Commissions include: Indiana State Museum Commission for Making Ends Meet: Hoosier Women in the Great Depression Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Award for The Second Cellar Storytelling Arts of Indiana/Indiana Historical Society Commission for At Home and in Harm's Way: The Role of Indiana Women in the Civil War Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship for Abigail Gray: Living under the Drinking Gourd Hoosier State Press Association Blue Ribbon Awards Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship for research of Appalachian oral tradition
Services Offered
  • Performances
  • Education presentations to schools, community organizations
  • Teach Art Form
  • Speaking About My Work Before a Group
  • Doing demonstrations
Contact me for availability.
Fees depend on the program or workshop chosen and audience size. I offer a 15% discount to clients who pay the reservation deposit and balance by due dates. Expenses include round-trip travel and, if needed, overnight lodging, meals, and workshop materials.

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