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Dinny Biggs

Dinny Biggs

My previous career as a classroom teacher and community coordinator in downtown east Toronto, built my experience with families and newcomers of all ages and backgrounds to connect with storytelling. I continue to apply storytelling not only as best practice in pedagogy, but also as influential for family and community engagement. I encourage oral tradition by building my skill as a story listener and in particular, to hear stories previously dismissed, unheard or hidden.

I am myself, a novice storyteller, on a break from further training and performance opportunities while currently the proud, but busy president for Storytellers of Canada.

dinnybiggs@gmail.com

 Volunteer Director: Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada

2015 to 2019

 

Workshop Coordinator: Storytelling with Seniors

Storytelling Toronto 2016 – 2017

I helped to organize two workshops, a full day symposium and public online resource on healthcare with examples of storytelling involving seniors. I am exploring applications of oral storytelling in response to current research on brain stimulus for dementia patients listening to and telling stories.

Video about project on the Storytelling Toronto website as 'Memories into Stories'

http://storytellingtoronto.org/memoriesintostories/


Project Coordinator: Village of Storytellers

StorytellingToronto, 2012 – 2015

Over four years, I invited Regent Park community partners and residents as advisors to help shape over 20 storytelling circles in schools and community centres with children, youth, adults and seniors working with professional storytellers. Each group met once a week for over 6 to 8 weeks. The projects included participants telling their stories at community events and some, later on stage at the Toronto Storytelling Festival. The experience demonstrated oral traditions around the world and how stories 'travel' and matter when told out loud. Collected testimonials reinforced the impact of oral storytelling in these projects to support social inclusion, cultural competency and community engagement.

Video about project in archives of Storytelling Toronto as ‘Village of Storytellers’

https://vimeo.com/137135697


Coordinator of Festival Volunteers

Toronto Storytelling Festivals 2010 – 2015 

This was intense, but exciting work each year with over 50 volunteers recruited to manage supports for artists and audiences at a variety of storytelling events over ten days of programming in multiple venues at the international Toronto Storytelling Festival through Storytelling Toronto.

 

 

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