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Halloween in January Storytelling Festival

Halloween in January? Join us for the start of a new annual tradition, as RISE engages with the local storytelling community to present a weekend full of thrills and chills! 

January 5-7, 2023
Friday and Saturday evening – 7:30

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Mark Binder

Mark Binder* has performed in parking lots and basements, in theaters, at festivals, pubs, churches, synagogues, nightclubs and schools around the world. 

His repertoire includes original and traditional folktales, stories from Izzy Abrahmson's Village Life, and what he calls…

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Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson is the recipient of the 2018 Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship for Playwriting. He is also a finalist for the 2018 for the McColl Johnson Fellowship, freelance writer, poet and an award-winning spoken word artist.. 

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Jackson Gillman

Sparkling with energy, wit and whimsy, Jackson Gillman, the "Stand-Up Chameleon" magically transforms into a wide array of colorful characters.  Participatory song, dance, mime and sign language are often incorporated in his storytelling -- whatever works best to bring any…

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Valerie Tutson

Valerie Tutson graduated from Brown University with a self-designed major, Storytelling As a Communication’s Art, and a Masters in Theatre.  Valerie received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rhode Island College. She has received numerous awards for her work,…

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