Renowned storyteller visits campus


Jennifer Byrd

Editor in chief

Judith Black channels Rosie the Riveter during her story of the great American heroine. Photo by Marisa Caban

Judith Black channels Rosie the Riveter during her story of the great American heroine. Photo by Marisa Caban

Professional storyteller Judith Black gave a humorous and energetic performance free of charge in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre as part of the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival.   Black told three stories through various accents and pantomimes. The tales ranged from ballroom dancing in front of the Forbidden City’s gates to dealing with a nagging mother and her hilarious northeastern accent. She also told a historical fiction of Rosie the Riveter, sound effects courtesy of the audience.   Julie Harbort, liberal arts major, said she found the performance “very moving and very convincing”.   Black said she has been telling stories for 35 years and recently traveled to Sweden, Finland and France to share her craft.   She said her favorite aspect of storytelling is “the open hearted communication that goes on.”   For more storytelling adventures, check out The Moth Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the Performing Arts Theatre. Storytellers will debut regionally specific stories for The Moth Radio Hour.   The Moth, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, has been touted by the Wall Street Journal as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket”.

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