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Denise Markhame

Denise Markhame

Denise Markhame

The Organic Storyteller

Gatineau Hills, Québec

(819) 410- 2141 

Forty-seven Years’ Experience in the Performing Arts

This bilingual artist of Franco-Ontarian heritage draws from her Dramatic Arts education to breathe life into a repertoire which celebrates the “Seven Genres of Story.”

Venues include: Radio, festivals, libraries, museums, schools, daycares, university classrooms, retirement homes, scout training, women’s functions, art galleries, theatres, cafés, coffee-houses, church concerts, open-air venues, nature programs and around the home fires, your and hers; played “the old Storyteller” in Cirque du Soleil’s “KABA” in 2007; has toured three times in Western Canada, including, as the featured teller in Alberta’s Northern Lights Library Tour in 2006; former Branch Head and Program Animator for The Montreal Children’s Library.

Guest Lecturer on the subject of Storytelling since 1996, including five years for McGill University’s Education Department.

Resident Storyteller: Twelve years at Claude Laplante’s Sugarbush/100 Acre Paradise in the Gatineau Hills, with innovative nature programs; eight years touring her original “Sugar Bush on Wheels” program in educational institutions throughout the Outaouais in spring; yearly residencies in the Outaouais region, with monthly performances running along seasonal themes.

Education: Bachelor of Performing Arts: Music & Theatre: 1984, principal instrument voice -  with Canadian base baritone Steven Henrikson; Storytelling workshops with veteran Canadian & American Storytellers; The Outaouais Fiddlers’ Association; Fiddleheads, with Trish Barclay; Outaouais Song Writers’ Association; guitar, private lessons - McGill Conservatory.

“Denise lights up the stage with laughter, sensitivity and warmth.”

        - Montreal Storytelling Elder – Rosalyn Cohen

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