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UBUNTU Storytellers - By Any Other Name

Time: May 19, 2024 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Location: WPAA-TV and Community Media Center 28 S Orchard St Wallingford CT
Street: 28 So Orchard St
City/Town: Wallingford
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Phone: 2032949722
Event Type: storytelling, followed, by, conversation, with, the, tellers
Organized By: Susan Huizenga
Latest Activity: May 20

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Welcoming back: Elisabeth Anton,  Denise Santisteban, Denise Manning Keyes Page, Jezrie Marcano - Courtney,  Larry Castleberry

No charge. Elegant refreshments. An opportunity for conversation with tellers after the 1 hour show.  

Unable to come by wpaa-tv in-person, tune-in to for the stream. Wallingford Comcast cable customers can watch on channel 18 or 1070

What are these stories about?  Would I like them?  Learn more and get a sampling in this video.

All of the storytellers grew up in a world defined by the Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. That landmark decision declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional 70 years ago today. But it could not legislate how we are allowed, or choose to be, in our skin.  Stories can help us talk about it. Heal. Find hope.


Elisabeth Anton has been telling stories ever since the tender age of two when she pretended to be reading to impress her uncle. She sat on his lap with Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” and turned the pages while reciting the words from memory. As her uncle listened, dumbfounded, her mother gleefully clapped her hands in triumph. Such was the state of their sibling rivalry. Elisabeth began writing her stories down sometime thereafter and has spent her life telling stories in a variety of forms.

Denise Santisteban has been telling stories, in public, for four years. She has been working in performing arts her entire life and is committed to what arts and culture bring to our communities and how it enriches them. Denise is a member of the Institute Library Story Sharing Group and has told at Tellabrations, The Mouth Off, Songs and Stories, New Haven Storytellers, and Story City Troupe.

Denise Manning Keyes Page was born to tell stories. Stories that open our hearts, our minds and our world view. Having lived a life often as “the only one of” has given her experiences and insights from which she draws elegant stories. You will follow her willingly and unwittingly on her journeys of passions, loss, betrayal and unspeakable joy. And … with care she will gently lead you to the places within, we may not have previously explored. She holds you wrapped in her love for humanity and our foibles and leaves you whole, if not (though) more opened.

Jezrie Marcano Courtney (Human/Latinx/She)
Jezrie started telling stories in 2015 to heal the pain on her heart. But then the most extra ordinary thing happened, listeners connected with the pain (and joy) shared through her stories.
Since then Jezrie has performed stories about her lived experience for many events and, at many venues. In 2021, Jezrie became a member of Ubuntu Storytellers using true experience storytelling to inspire audiences to
think about the question, “what can I do about racism?”

Larry Castleberry is an energetic Storyteller who loves to tell personal stories, family stories that he heard in his youth, along with African, African American and stories from the world of the martial arts. He is a storyteller who loves to tell but equally enjoys the research he does
when investigating historical figures in preparation for storytelling event. His goal when telling is inform, educate and entertain.

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