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Rob McCabe becomes a Recipient of the MaTilDa Award from Oakland University

I am thrilled and honored to let all of my friends and colleagues in the Theatre and Storytelling Communities, that I was awarded the MaTilDa Award from my Alma Mater, Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan. What follows below is a copy of my acceptance speech which will be read for me by a good friend of mine who actually was one of the people who recommended me for the award. The MaTilDa Award is awarded annually for people who are graduates of the Oakland University Department of… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on April 19, 2010 at 1:51pm — 1 Comment

Breaking Away

Here it is March already. Wow!!! Time sure does fly. So far this year, I have only done one show--a storytelling and magic show at the Wundergroud West magic Store in Garden City, Michigan. A few months ago, I decided to add magic to my stories or just add another type of performance-related things to my repertoire. I have been bitten by the magic bug and have spent a lot of time and money on purchasing new illusions and training DVDs and taking classes. I created a character for my magic… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on March 3, 2009 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

Here's to a healthy and happy New Year

I can't believe that 2008 is almost over. Where does the time fly when you're busily living your life? This coming February I turn 50. I hope things get better for me next year. More work would be nice. I don't mind traveling. In February I will travel to Florida to stay with a friend while I look for a potential job. I have pretty much had it with Michigan, but I don't know if Florida is the answer. After all, it's a very Conservative state and I am anything but Conservative. Early this… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on December 23, 2008 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Chicago area storytellers

A big hello to all of my friends in the Chicago area. I hope you are all well and enjoying this holiday season with friends and family. I have a question for those of you in the Chicago area. Does anyone know the contact name for the Art Institute in Chicago who hires professional storytellers? I am interested in traveling to Chicago to branch out to nearby States and cities. Chicago is a great city and I would appreciate anyone's help in coming to Chicago to do some storytelling. if you have… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on November 27, 2008 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Christmas is Coiming...The Goose is Getting fat... PLEASE Put A Penny in This Old Man's Hat

Christmas is coming and I don't have any gigs lined up this year. Money is very tight in the States right now. I may be working in Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the rest of the holiday season selling magic kits from kiosk. It's money AND something I have recently developed an interest in--magic. While waiting for the holiday season to end, I am working on a Medieval/Renaissance program of stories which I can then market to Renaissance Festivals around the country. After all, I am… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on November 27, 2008 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Tellabration 2008

I can't believe it's November already! This year has simply flown by so quickly. A lot of great things have happened to me this year. I was very busy this Halloween season--five shows!!! Halloween is my favorite time of year and I was glad to add to the scary story pool this year. Also, this year I finally got to meet my friend Carrie Sue Ayvar from Florida. While staying at her house prior to going to Florida Story Camp, she told me a couple of wonderful King Solomon stories--one of which I… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on November 15, 2008 at 2:23pm — No Comments

To Blog, or NOT to Blog...That Is the Question!!! Answer: Yes!!!

I am sorry that I haven't been blogging lately, but the summer kind of grabbed me in her strong hands and wouldn't let me go. Since my performance in April at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this past April, I have performed quite a few programs--some alone, some with one of the storytelling groups to which I belong. In Holly, Michigan I did four shows with the North Oakland County Storytellers: a Summer Solstice program which included drumming, an Invocation to the… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on September 7, 2008 at 8:24am — No Comments

"QUEER!!!" A great success at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival Fringe

Well, as I sit here writing this entry, I can't believe that it's over. TOmorrow I return to Michigan and prepare for my show at Nicola's Little Professor Bookstore's Spring Concert with the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. But, I have to say that today's performance was really great. I was all nerves just before going onstage. When Chaz Kiernan introduced me, he did a really great job as emcee, by the way, I was standing on the sidelines waiting for my chance to get onstage and do my piece.… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on April 5, 2008 at 10:12pm — 2 Comments

Storytelling Concerts at Godfrey Daniels a big hit at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival

I was picked up at the airport by Jolene Kiernan and whisked off to my hotel to rest before the evening storytelling concert. I got to Godfrey Daniels and what a delightful place. Small, intimate, the perfect place for folk music and storytelling venues. Reminded me of The Ark in Ann Arbor and AJ's Cafe in Ferndale, but much more intimate. There were two fantastic storytellers last night: Richard Marsh and Odds Bodkin--two very different styles--both expert storytellers. Richard Marsh told… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on April 5, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Florida StoryCamp a real winner!!!!

Wow!!!! What a powerful weekend!!!!

Thursday, March 27th, 2008: I arrived with my friend and her daughter on Thursday night and missed much of the concert but saw Kuniko Yamamoto finish up her set!!! Laughed a lot. Saw my dear friend Kim Rivers who is President of the Florida Storytelling Association and responsible with other Board members for putting on the fabulous weekend event I had come for. And what a wonderful weekend it was, too!!!!

Friday, March 28th, 2008: Woke… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on April 1, 2008 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Arrived in Florida

I arrived safely in Ft. Lauderdale Florida where a very dear friend of mine picked me up after a fun game of "Where the Hell are my bags?" Arrived safely at her house and had dinner. Left alone to my own devices, I sat down and watched PBS. Saw a wonderful puppettoon of Peter and the Wolf and the Live From the Met broadcast of Hansel and Gretel sung in English and disturbingly directed and designed by someone with food-on-the-brain, but very original and did I say, disturbing. The guardian… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on March 27, 2008 at 9:52am — 1 Comment

Florida Storytelling Camp here I come!!!!

In two weeks, i will be in Florida for the Storytelling Camp I have herd so much about for years and years!!! I am excited because it is something new to do and aybe I can make some possible professional connections. I am still interested in moving out of Michigan--Gods do I hate it here!!! So pedestrian. Except for my family--both biological and storytelling, there really isn't anything left for me to stay here. One of my dearest friends actually made the move to Tarpan Springs and I so badly… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on March 15, 2008 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

New performance piece to premiere at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival Fringe

Well, here I am, nearing the time for my scheduled appearance at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival Fringe coming in April. I couldn't believe my luck when I got the email that my piece Queer!!! was accepted for the Fringe. I am a little nervous about how the audeince is going to react to it. I have had several friends read it and give me some very consructive guidelines and suggestions. I want to reach out to a more adult audience and i think this is the way to go. The piece… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on March 15, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

AJ's Cafe show a success

I had a whale of a good time onstage last night. I had six people in the audience, some who paid, some who didn't, but all of them very supportive. I told, Pygmalion & Galatea, Pyramus & Thisbe, What Every Woman Wants: The Marriage of Dame Ragnell and Sir Gawain, and The Devil's Bet, a story which was one of the bases for Shakespeare's comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Unlike my usual ways of storytelling,…


Added by Rob McCabe on February 10, 2008 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Self-Promotion for Cafe Show

Tomorrow night, Saturday, February 9 from 9-10 p.m. I am scheduled to perform a new show I created for Valentine's Day, entitled, Love Feast: A Smorgasbord of Love Stories, Myths and Legends From Around the World. I am excited but also very nervous as the weather is not being helpful. I sure hope I get a lot of audience members, but it's so frustrating trying to get people to appreciate storytelling as an art form. For one hour, all they have is my voice and body to keep…


Added by Rob McCabe on February 8, 2008 at 7:52pm — 3 Comments



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