Bridgeport Art Trail Storytelling Exchange with Nina Lesiga

Join the Storytelling exchange at 7:00 PM (ONLINE via ZOOM and FREE!) the First Thursday, of every month (Click HERE to register), May 6, 7-9 pm.


To encourage the art of spoken stories, City Light Gallery is sponsoring a monthly online community gathering named, “The Bridgeport Story Exchange.” 

What kind of stories? The emphasis is personal stories to share the human experience. Participants with fictional or historical stories are welcome too! We encourage professional tellers, amateurs and listeners to join us. Stories can bring clarity on how we see each other and ourselves. During the exchange participants share a story, a part of a story, a story idea or attend just to listen. Test out a piece, receive help developing it if you wish and listen to the stories of others. Discover what makes a story compelling.
Nina’s approach to the story telling is to jump right in. Novice to experienced presenters are welcome. Tell a practiced story, pitch a new story idea. Ask for feedback from a supportive creative group. Or listen in to a night stories.
For more information, please contact City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail or Nina Lesiga at
Storytelling for adults is trending in CT and beyond because stories make us feel and they spark understanding about people, places, things.

Thursday May 6, 2021, 7-9 pm Join Zoom Meeting
This FREE Zoom session meets the first Thurs of every month from 7-9pm.

We are delighted to feature our first guest artist, Sheila Arnold, a r
enowned professional storyteller, character interpreter and teaching artist, Sheila Arnold is visiting the Bridgeport Art Trail Story Exchange on Thursday, Feb 4th at 7:00 PM.  She will perform stories on the theme “Love and History”, then share valuable insights about discovering story ideas, story crafting and sharing stories.  
Following Sheila’s visit we will hold our monthly story sharing exchange, led by Bridgeport Art Trail’s resident storyteller, Nina Lesiga.

This FREE Zoom session meets the first Thurs of every month from 7-9pm.

After a successful introductory storytelling program during the 2020 Bpt Art Trail, City Lights/Bpt Art Trail will sponsor a monthly BAT  Storytelling exchnage. CL/BAT executive director, Suzanne Kachmar is thrilled that popular, local storyteller Nina Lesiga has agreed to lead this project and to support the storytelling exchange, especially to capture stories from 2020. “What a great way to stay socially connected and process the challenges of 2020.”
Why storytelling for adults? Nina explains, “Stories make us feel, they spark understanding and they connect us.”
What kind of stories? Any kind – personal, historic, fictional, or folk. Tellers of all experience levels and listeners. During the exchange participants share a story, a part of a story, a story idea or attend to listen. Test out a piece and receive help developing it, (if you wish). Participants discover what makes their story strong

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Introducing: Sheila Arnold

Sheila Arnold ( has been performing since age eight.  She presents Storytelling Programs, Historic Character Presentations, Christian Monologues, Professional Development for Educators and Inspirational/Motivational Speaking for schools, churches and organizations throughout the US.  She also manages and contracts new business for History’s Alive!, which mentors and provides opportunities and guidance to performers.  Ms. Sheila, as she is fondly called, has been performing full-time since 2003, and travels nationally each year.

     Sheila is also an Historical Consultant for museums, historical societies and organizations.  She also has received the honor of being selected as a Mt. Vernon Research Fellow and a 2019 Hewnoaks Artist Colony summer residence Noted Artist.  In the past she has worked as a Drama Ministry Director; Colonial Williamsburg employee; Substitute Teacher; and Social Worker for aggressive teens with emotional problems

   Sheila lives in Hampton, VA, near her son, Krisstopher; her grandson, Brooklyn; and, her father and stepmother, Wallace & Vera Arnold.  She communicates often with her Atlanta-based sister, Stephanie.

About Nina Lesiga

Nina Lesiga’s passion is taking a leap or two out of her comfort zone and uplifting those around her as she uplifts herself. Nina’s a professional storyteller and a ukulelist. She tells personal stories of uncommon adventure from her youth in Brooklyn, NY to her present life in Connecticut.

Nina’s performed on PBS’s “Stories From the Stage”,“The Story Space”,“Generation Women”, ‘Artists Standing Strong Together”, “True Tales LIve” and “The Story Barn”. She’s been featured at “Sharing the Fire”, “The White Mountain Storytelling Festival and the “Granite State Story Swap”. Nina has presented storytelling workshops at conferences, libraries,  museums, senior centers and adult continuing education programs.

Nina is a member of the Story City Troupe (Middletown, CT) and she’s one of the organizers of PechaKucha Night Bridgeport, a visual storytelling event in downtown Bridgeport, CT.  In November 2020 Nina launched the Bridgeport Art Trail Story Exchange, a monthly online spoken story gathering for adults sponsored by the Bridgeport Art Trail and City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, CT.

Some reads about storytelling

What is Storytelling?” by the National Storytelling Network 
How to become a storyteller” by the National Storytelling Network 
Storytelling Tips & Tricks – How to tell a successful story” fromThe Moth website.
“How to Tell a Story:The Beginner’s Guide to Live Storytelling”  by Melanie Hamlett, Oct 13, 2018
“How to Tell a Great Story” by Carolyn O’Hara
 The do’s and don’t’s of telling a story from the  National Storytelling Network website.
“Want to be great storyteller? First Break These Habits”  by Anett Grant 
Articles on body language, humor and emotion in storytelling from the Northeast Storytelling website..
“Pixar’s 22 rules for phenomenal storytelling” by Emma Coats 

Locating Storytelling Events 

Northeast Storytelling Calendar 

National Storytelling Network Event  List

Connecticut Storytelling Center

The Story Space

Stories from the Stage

Facebook Group: Northeast(ish) Storytelling

Facebook Group: NYC Storytelling

Facebook Page Bridgeport Art Trail Story Exchange

Storytelling Organizations

International Storytelling Center

Artists Standing Strong Together

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Story Circles 

The Bridgeport Art Trail Story Exchange

The Institute Library Story Share

Hempsted Tellers