January 12, 2019
1:00 pm CST - 4:00 pm CST
Instructor: Ada Cheng
In this well-rounded, introductory storytelling workshop, we will discuss basic tenets of storytelling, the structure of stories, performative and emotional components in storytelling, dynamics between storytellers and audience members, and the importance of this art form to our individual profession. Students will learn to construct and tell stories in this workshop. They will have the opportunity to explore Self in relation to their stories and will be invited to share these stories in a supportive and instructive environment.
About the Instructor
Ada Cheng was a professor in sociology at DePaul University for 15 years before she resigned her teaching position to become a storyteller and performing artist in 2016. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. In 2017, she performed her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Boulder Fringe Festival. She debuted her second solo show, Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving across Borders, with Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival at Lifeline Theatre in January 2018. Ada is the producer and host of the show Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show, where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.