2018 Storytellers

Every year, the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival features storytellers from Winnipeg and Manitoba, from across the country and around the world. These storytellers are prominent in both the School Program and in the Public Program. The Public Program provides opportunities for all to participate in the Storytelling Festival through their attendance at these unique events. All events in the Public Program are free and open to all.

2018 Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival:
Featured Storytellers and Speakers

Antonio RochaAntonio Rocha Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau.

Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA.

Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network. >>>Antonio's website



Mr. Pinchas Gutter - 2018 Dr. Philip Weiss Award RecipientPinchas Gutter Pinchas Gutter was born in 1932 in Łód´z, Poland. A survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, Majdanek, and Buchenwald, he has been a dedicated volunteer Holocaust educator. He has been the subject of four films, and his story, Memories in Focus, was published this year by the Azrieli Foundation. Mr. Gutter is one of the first people to be featured in New Dimensions in Testimony, for which his extensive oral history was recorded, where students will be able to interact in a natural way with his hologram and hold “virtual conversations” with him.

Join us at a dinner honouring Mr. Pinchas Gutter for his courage and dedication in sharing his personal story of the Holocaust. Mr. Gutter will speak and be presented with the Dr. Philip Weiss Award for Storytelling for Peace and Human Rights at a dinner and presentation on Monday, April 23, 2018. The dinner will be held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Individual Tickets are $135; Legendary Table Sponsorship is $1000 (8 tickets); Epic Table Sponsorship is $2000 (8 tickets)

To purchase tickets to the 2018 Dr. Philip Weiss Dinner: please contact Jason Brennan  at 204-474-7273  or jason.brennan@umanitoba.ca
>>>download the Weiss Dinner Ticket Order Form



Paul K. ChappellPaul K Chappell Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and serves as the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. He is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living, and our shared humanity. The first six published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, The Art of Waging Peace, The Cosmic Ocean, and Soldiers of Peace. Lecturing across the United States and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on peace leadership and peace literacy.

Chappell grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Having grown up in a violent household, Chappell has forged a new understanding of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com.


2018 Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival:
Local Storytellers

* An asterisk indicates that the teller has told at the Festival since it began in 2006.

Muuxi Adam* (Winnipeg) arrived in Winnipeg in 2004 at age 16, after escaping war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. He is a co-founder of Humankind International, which built Humankind Academy in the Dedaab Refugee Camps, in Kenya. He works with the newcomer Programs at the Aurora Family Therapy Centre. He serves on the Manitoba Ethnocultural Advisory and Advocacy Council.

Bonface Beti (Kenya) is a storyteller and peace-builder who has drawn on the power of storytelling and theatre to work with communities in conflict at the grassroots levelm to break the cycle of violence and find alternatives. He has participated in human rights theatre in Sierra Leone, Kenya, and in the Kakuma Refugee Camp on Kenya’s border with Sudan.

David Burke* (Winnipeg) has a life-long love of stories, and is an award-winning storyteller, and taught American Sign Language for more than 20 years. He is involved in many Deaf organizations and in yearly drama productions during Deaf Awareness Week. He attended the Saskatchewan School for the Deaf and the Manitoba School for the Deaf.

Wayne Drury* (Winnipeg) began telling stories about his daughter’s imaginary friend about 30 years ago. Since then, he has performed at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Sundog Storytelling Festival, and in schools throughout Winnipeg. He is a founding member of Stone Soup Storytellers. He has told stories at the Festival since it began.

Nereo Eugenio* (Winnipeg) is a Spoken Word and Hip Hop artist and a painter. He has performed at events like the Scribble Jam Hip Hop Festival, the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In May 2008, he won the Winnipeg CBC Poetry Face Off. He works for Graffiti Art Programming, and runs a hip hop studio workshop for youth in in Point Douglas.

Kate Ferris* (Winnipeg) is a storyteller, songwriter, actor, and music educator. She has toured Canada and the U.S. with numerous groups, including the Canadian Content Theatre Co., The Blarney Band, The Critter Family, and The Rodeo Riders. Kate brings her stories and songs to life for audiences coast to coast, often adding guitar, banjo, accordion, keyboards, and more.

Peter Genger (Nigeria) learned a repertoire of folktales and personal stories from his father, a great storyteller, who regaled family and friends with stories of local history and traditional wisdom. Peter is a doctoral student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba where he is studying the role of African indigenous peacemaking practices for conflict resolution in Africa.

hannah_g (Winnipeg) is a storyteller, writer, and inter-disciplinary artist who has exhibited, performed, and given readings throughout Canada, and in Austria, Belgium, England, Romania. She is a co-director of Ace Art in Winnipeg. She is the founder and director of Tanaby Press and DJs under the moniker MonkeySparrow for events such as the Intrepid Portfolio and Peg-Gaylicious.

Leigh-Anne Kehler* (Winnipeg) tells both traditional folklore and stories of growing up on a lively farm in Southern Manitoba. She has performed at the Canadian Children’s Festival, the Yukon Storytelling Festival, the Sundog Storytelling Festival. She has told stories and conducted workhops in schools and libraries across North America, Asia, and Scandinavia.

Joe McLellan* (Winnipeg) is a Métis storyteller, writer, and educator. He wrote the acclaimed Nanabosho Series based on Ojibwe legends, in order to make Aboriginal stories and storybooks available for Aboriginal children. He has appeared on Sesame Street. He leads workshops for educators and other groups on themes of peace education, Aboriginal education, and storytelling.

Sue Proctor* (Winnipeg) has studied pantomime, corporeal mime, and commedia dell’arte. She has performed and taught at many schools, festivals, and special events, including the Yukon International Storytelling Festival. She recently earned a master’s at Concordia University where she did her thesis on the role of the clown for individual and social transformation.

Kent Suss* (Winnipeg) is a storyteller, actor, director, playwright, and puppet artist. He directs the Theatre School at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. He wrote, directed, and designed Talking to Strangers, a puppet show for adults about homelessness. He toured Manitoba schools playing the role of Gus in Recycle This! A play about recycling for Green Kids Inc.

2018 Dr. Philip Weiss Award for Storytelling for Peace and Human Rights Dinner and Presentation honouring Mr. Pinchas Gutter

Dr. Philip Weiss Award for Storytelling for Peace and Human Rights

Weiss Dinner Poster and Invitation (pdf)

Dinner Ticket and Sponsorship Order Form (pdf)

If you are unable to attend, please consider Supporting a Student to attend the dinner or supporting the Storytelling Festival with a donation. For ticket information or to make a donation, please contact: Jason Brennan, (204) 474-7273, Jason.Brennan@umanitoba.ca