Over the past ten years I have worked increasingly in museum settings, including regular performances in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.   Additional museum partners have included Harvard Art Galleries, The University of Pennsylvania Museum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, and many others.

Storytelling in museum galleries creates a synergy between art and language. The art of a culture comes vividly to life in the context of the stories and traditions that surround it.

In some programs, I tell stories that reveal the narratives depicted within the artworks themselves. Artifacts spring to life in the context of the myths and legends they depict.

In another approach, the stories may reflect ideas suggested by the artworks, opening a new way to see individual pieces, or the museum's collection as whole.

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When telling stories in a museum setting, I often begin the program by exploring the artwork through the strategy of Visual Thinking, as developed by Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine.

Far from passive lectures, these lively discussions encourage viewers to establish a personal connection with the art by sharing their opinions and considering the ideas of others in the group.

As a prologue to storytelling, these conversations prepare listeners to reflect on how the stories and the art illuminate one another.

By actively engaging in a response to the artwork and the story, my audiences broaden their perceptions and enrich the experience of their museum visit.