Katherine Grier (Seniors Program)

I love telling stories because they contain the gamut of human experience and emotion.  Subtly, they invite us to consider ourselves — what would I do, how would I feel in this or that situation?  As we recognize ourselves in a story, we often find what we need — courage, strength, comfort, a good laugh…”

Katherine has a broad repertoire of stories.  Some are personal, passed down throughher family or drawn from her own and others’ lives.  Others are folktale or myth, tales honed by generations of tellers and listeners, a cultural inheritance of wisdom, wonder and humour. 

Over the years, Katherine has told many stories and conducted many workshops for children, youth and adults. She has performed at venues including schools, libraries, coffee-houses, prisons, the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, and the Toronto, St. John’s and Ottawa Storytelling Festivals. The Canada Council for the Arts, Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, and Ontario Arts Council have all recognized the value of her work. 

In 1980s Toronto, Katherine co-developed the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, a program initially for at-risk parents and their babies and pre-school children based on storytelling and oral language play.  Later she brought it to Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Mother Goose Program is now established in many places across Canada and Australia.  Katherine has also written non-fiction for older children.  Discover: Mysteries of the Past and Present, written for the Royal Ontario Museum, was named an Honour Book by the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada.

Katherine describes her most recent focus - mentoring older adults as they shape and telltheir own stories - as fascinating and deeplyrewarding. 


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French
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AVAILABLE ONLINE: Seniors Performance: Travel through Listening 

Residency Performance English Seniors

Katherine’s stories take listeners out of themselves and into different worlds: some far, some near, some past, some present. Personal-experience and/or traditional stories are shared, interspersed with relaxed discussion.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
Online Only
One performance: 1 hour $290 + HST
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Seniors Performance: SMILE Performed by Eleanor Crowder, Katherine Grier and Scott Richardson.

Residency Performance English Seniors

Songs from the sunny side of life bring a smile and a tune to the lips of your audience.  Kate and Eleanor set favourites from a lifetime of songs and stories to Scott's guitar stylings. You're invited to listen, tap your toes or sing along.  Join us for an hour of delight, designed to prompt your own stories. (Follow the show with a workshop to explore your own personal storytelling.)

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Music
Time and Price:
In person only
One-hour performance (2 artists): $470 + HST
One-hour performance (3 artists): $670 + HST
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Seniors Performance: GROOVE: Songs and Stories for a Saturday Night Performed by Eleanor Crowder, Katherine Grier and Scott Richardson.

Residency Performance English Seniors

Songs and Stories for a  Saturday Night celebrates the tug and humour of romance, teen to senior.  Join us for an hour of music to stir hearts and set toes tapping, and for some laughs at our expense along the way.  David's guitar carries us onto the dance floor, out to the moon and back. 

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Music
Time and Price:
In person only
One-hour performance: $670 + HST
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Seniors Workshop: Guided Reminiscing

New Program Residency Workshop English Seniors

Seniors have a wealth of stories to tell. What was life like when you were a child? A teenager? Who were the most striking characters? What were your greatest adventures, misadventures, funniest moments, moments of delight? Reminisce with the simple goal of sharing, around a theme of your choosing. Katherine leads with her own stories and guides the session. Possible follow-up? The residency.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
20
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person only
Workshop: 90 Minutes $290 + HST
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Seniors Residency: Refining Your Stories for Performance or Posterity

New Program Residency Workshop English Seniors

Turn your reminiscences into well-crafted stories to share with others. Katherine will facilitate as you discover what works and what doesn’t. Participants help one another refine their material. Lots of laughter and connection. Possible outcomes: an informal storytelling performance and/or audio recordings for your family.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
10
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person only
Five-day residency (2 hours per session) $1,450 + HST
Each additional day: $290 + HST
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