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Lisa Facciponti will dynamically present a general history of storytelling 12:10-1:10 p.m. today in room 429 of Pardee Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Facciponti will use video clips, maps, pictures and other relevant material, sprinkled with several stories that she will perform.

Previously, she visited Lafayette for three presentations as part of its 1999-2000 Roethke Humanities Festival.

A resident of Lower Nazareth Township, Pa., Facciponti became involved in storytelling in the early 1990s while teaching marine science classes to preschool and elementary students at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Connecticut. She founded a storytelling guild with some friends while working at Mystic and living nearby in Rhode Island. Now an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College, she has made presentations locally to audiences such as the National Canal Museum in Easton and Hanover Elementary School in Hanover Township, Pa.

Facciponti has given other performances at schools, libraries, coffeehouses, hospitals, women’s celebrations, and holiday events. She has appeared with the Spellbinders, Little Rest Storytellers (of which she is co-founder), Out of Pocket Theater, Word of Mouth Productions, Rhode Island’s Jonnycake Storytelling Festival, Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, and other New England performing groups, and with Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Storytellers, World Theatre Workers, and Pocono Storytellers. During a two-year residency in Mexico and Guatemala, she presented bilingual circle dance workshops featuring a collection of community folk dances from around the world.

Along with performances and workshops for children and adults, Facciponti gives thematic performances for corporations, focusing on cooperative problem-solving and cross-cultural understanding. She incorporates songs, drumming, and audience participation in her shows.

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