Bridgeport Art Trail Storytelling Exchange with Nina Lesiga

This FREE Zoom session meets the first Thurs of every month from 7-9pm. 
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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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Stories of Love and History at the February 4th Bridgeport Art Trail Story Exchange with Featured Artist Sheila Arnold at 7:00 PM (ONLINE via ZOOM and FREE!)

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.

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