Delighting audiences since 1987, Judy’s warm, engaging performances bubble over with humor, song, and loads of audience participation. Programs are tailored to fit your school, library, adult, youth or family group.
Funding for Judy’s workshops and performances may be obtained through the Michigan Humanities Council’s Arts and Humanities Touring Program. https://www.michiganhumanities.org/touring-grants/
Adult and Teen Programs
My Mother’s Voice
Judy shares the compelling story of her mother’s encounter with the Gestapo, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to life in America. Using intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps audiences bring their own treasured memories back to life.
“I wish every American could see this video and understand a horror we can’t forget and the devastation of hatred. Not learning history’s lessons always comes with a terrible price. Thanks for sharing this.” — John Mazzuchi: Former Deputy assistant Secretary of Defense Clinical Services US Army
Escape to Freedom
Judy brings the Holocaust up close and personal for Middle and High School students as she recounts the story of her Mother’s harrowing encounter with the Gestapo to beg for her father’s release from Buchenwald Concentration Camp after Kristallnacht (The Night of the Broken Glass) Following the story, Judy discusses her research and process for creating her Mother’ story.
Turning Memories into Treasures
In this highly interactive workshop, Judy gently guides participants through a series of exercises to help bring cherished memories to life and capture family tales before they disappear. Using “memory joggers and an imaginary “snapshot” participants create stories to share with loved ones or as a springboard for writing memoirs.
“Judy, what a delight it was to meet you and experience why you are such a popular storyteller. Your method of helping us give form and voice to our stories was so unique. It was almost magical the way the stories added emotion, texture, color and revelation as we added layer upon layer. Your workshop emphasized how important it is to us not only to unravel those stories but to share them even with strangers. It pulls us together and helps us better understand our history and how we got here. What a gift you provide us!” Marsha Meyer, Library Ambassador Parchment Community Library, Parchment, MI.
“I had always meant to write down favorite family stories, but the task was too daunting. When Judy shared her easy method, a light went off. I can do that!” Marian McClellan, Mayor of Oak Park, Michigan
Capturing the “Story” Behind the Facts
Learn to create memorable stories that bring ancestors and historical figures to life in the classroom or on the stage.
Storytelling? Yes You Can!
Judy turns story lovers into storytellers six quick steps to storytelling success.
In the Jewish Tradition
Judy gives voice to the traditions of her people – their wisdom, humor, warmth, and “sechel” (native good sense).
Bloody Mary and Other Gruesome Tales
Judy scares up spine tingling tales that take Teens and Pre-Teens to places they wouldn’t want to visit alone.
Programs for Children
Books Come Alive
Judy encourages literacy as she brings to life some of the best stories in Children’s Literature -sending young people racing to the shelves to read.
Around the World and Back Again
Judy searches the globe for stories to help us appreciate that despite differences, people the world over have the same needs, fears, and desires as we do.
Stories for Living Happily Ever After
Judy transports you to “Once Upon a Time” where magical creatures and thrilling adventures abound, and every story ends with “Happily Ever After.”
Tales for Tiny Tots
Grandma Judy engages preschoolers with songs, rhymes, participation, puppets, props, and tales chosen for wide-eyed giggles and delight.
Judy guarantees breathless suspense and delightful shivers- but no nightmares – with scary stories selected especially for your age group.
Judy shares folktales and legends – some familiar, some not so familiar, but every tale enriches listeners with stories and wisdom of the ages.
Judy creates storytelling excitement encouraging children to join in, sing along, and become actors in her tales.
Writing Your Passion: Author Talk for Young People and Adults
Judy shares publishing experiences and insights gained in the writing of her award-winning book Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes
Featured Performances and Workshops
- Alpena Public Schools
- Ann Arbor Ark
- Battle Academy, Chattanooga, TN,
- Bethel College, Elkhart IN
- Beverly Hills Halloween Hoot
- Canton Family Storytelling Festival
- Chicken Festival, Chillicothe, MO
- City of Detroit Noel Night
- Detroit Festival of Storytelling at Wayne State University
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Flint Institute of Arts
- Jackson Story Fest
- Johnson City Schools, Johnson City, TN
- Kentucky Storytelling Conference
- Kingsport City Schools, Kingsport, TN
- Laramie Public Schools, Laramie, WY
- Michigan Association for Media in Education
- Michigan Reading Association
- Michigan Story Festival
- Mid-East Michigan Library Consortium
- National Storytelling Conference
- Northern Prairie Storytelling Festival, Sioux Falls, SD
- Oakland County Metro Parks
- Renaissance City Story Fest
- Saginaw Area Reading Council
- State of Michigan Library – Read Across America
- Storytelling Along the Wabash, Vincennes IN
- Timpanogos UT Storytelling Conference
- Walled Lake Community Preschools
- Wayne County Community College
- West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Campfire Tales
- Schools, public libraries, recreation centers, Churches, Synagogues, and senior residences throughout Michigan