Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
I am a self-taught, professional storyteller, since 1993, and one of the pioneers in the revival of this art in Greece. I am, also, an educational psychologist who works with alternative teaching methods.
I was born and grew up in Karditsa, a small town in Greece. My talents for storytelling and singing folk songs were inherited from my mother's side of the family. I am been taking voice lessons since 1998. In 2003 I was the sole storyteller chosen to represent Greece at the annual «Berliner Marchentage» fairy tale festival in Berlin, Germany.
Language is the chief instrument I use to explore my work. Because my technique is based on traditional storytelling methods, I never learn the stories by heart. Therefore, with each performance, I need to constantly alter the manner in which I tell each story. This means I have to study the art of language extensively. Also, I believe that the starting point for any good storyteller is the communication between the teller and their audience. My view is that a storyteller should be like a popular folk singer, always improvising.
I have taken part in many innovative workshops and educational programs and wherever I have performed - including most known museums, in Athens - permanent storytelling homes have sprung up. In 1998, I was the first professional storyteller that I narrated 13 Greek folk tales for the Greek Educational TV Channel ET 1.
I choose my stories from traditional Greek or World folklore; my depository of tales now numbers over 300. The nicest thing that anyone has ever told me was 'I felt as if you were telling the story to me, personally, and yet to everyone else that was here tonight. '