Take the Mic Episode #7 Playwright and performer Laurie McCants on telling the story you didn't think you would tell
Laurie McCants shares the process of how she created Industrious Angels, a story "about the crafting of stories," which she'll be performing at KO Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA Aug. 3-5. Laurie, the co-founder of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble , reveals her challenges, surprises, and discoveries in a way that will inspire any woman who has struggled to find her story. (Even if her story is not, like Laurie's, "a solo hand-crafted-story-spinning-shadow-puppet-memory-play-with-music evoking the secret creative lives of women, mother/daughter bloodlines, and the ghost of Emily Dickinson.")
Laurie also tells us something surprising about her experience of public speaking, and offers some great tools to feel more relaxed and grounded on stage.
Mary Ann Marzano loves to speak, and most aspects of her life put her in front of an audience. Owning a hair salon puts her in front of other business owners to speak about confidence building. Her passion for the underserved has her at the homeless shelter speaking to the residents to encourage them. To promote her nonprofit, Organic Change for Haiti, she speaks to women's groups and churches about the work with orphaned and abandoned children she supports. Visit her Organic Change for Haiti web site or Facebook page
Take the Mic episode #5 Guest Sam Hammar, Mass State Senate candidate,talks about using her improv skills as a speaker.
I love Sam Hammar's reason for running: "I felt like my head was going to explode if we don't do something about the cost of childcare for working families." She's got a lot of reasons for getting into the Mass State Senate race in the 5th Middlesex District and she'll share them in our podcast. She'll also make me laugh a lot especially when she tells what NOT to do with her arms! To learn more about her candidacy, visit SamHammar.org.
Take the Mic Episode #4 - Guest JM Sorrell, Noho Pride spokesperson and justice of the peace, shares what it's like to do your speaking at the most important day in a couple's life.
JM Sorrell wears a lot of activist and advocate hats. The self-described "non-conforming lesbian feminist" is the spokesperson for Noho Pride, teaches at the Truth School for Social Justice Leadership on the importance of allies to social justice work and she conducts cultural competence workshops for those serving LGBT older adults.
But what we talk about on Take the Mic is her work as a Justice of the Peace who has served over 760 couples of all kinds since 2004. As a JP, or "wedding officiant," she is required to do high visibility and high stakes public speaking at the most important events in people's lives. She'll tell us about the historic day she decided to get in the wedding business, why it's an extension of her social justice work and how it's helped her grow as a speaker. Learn more about JM here: www.jmthejp.com