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Storyteller Jules Corriere to give concert at ETSU as part of Storytelling Institutes

Contributed • Jul 5, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Storyteller Jules Corriere will be featured in a public concert at East Tennessee State University on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium.

Corriere’s appearance at ETSU is part of the first of two Storytelling Institutes offered by the ETSU Storytelling Program. These annual institutes, which have been part of the program since 1992, feature three-day master classes led by some of the world’s top performers and teachers of storytelling arts.

Corriere’s three-day intensive on “Story Catching: The Art of Capturing the Essential Narrative,” brings together her two decades of experience as a playwright and director in community performance, focusing on training and techniques for collecting personal narratives and community stories.

A playwright and theater director with Community Performance International for over 20 years, Corriere is the programming director for the town of Jonesborough – known as the “Storytelling Capital of the World” – and is a practitioner and teacher in the town’s Story Initiative. This theatrical and storytelling work is steeped in local culture and developed with oral stories and histories.

She wrote her first play, “Story Lines,” based in Newport News, Virginia, in 2000, and recently completed her 51st play, “The Long Trip Home,” which premiered in Jonesborough earlier this year. Her work has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and received the Presidential Points of Light Award.

Corriere served for five years as co-artistic director and playwright for Georgia’s official folk-life play, “Swamp Gravy,” and her play, “Turn the Washpot Down,” became the official folk-life play for the state of South Carolina.

Admission to Corriere’s concert is free, and donations will be accepted. This event is co-sponsored by the ETSU Storytelling Program and Department of Communication and Performance.

For more information on either the concert or the Storytelling Institutes, contact Delanna Reed, ETSU Storytelling Program interim coordinator, at 423-439-7601 or reeddk@etsu.edu, or visit www.etsu.edu/stories.