The Celtic Storytellers
Trinity Performing Arts Center
711 Niagara Falls Blvd,
Lorna Czarnota is an award-winning storyteller and humanitarian, Lorna has been telling stories professionally since 1985. She performs and presents in schools, libraries, museums, festivals and conferences, runaway shelters, detention centers, residential treatment facilities, theaters and community venues, among others. Her performances include traditional and original stories, occasionally with music and songs for all ages.
Lorna specializes in mentoring at-risk youth and their families through story. She was nominated in 2004 for United Way and Univera Health Community Hero Award and named Hopevale Incorporated's Volunteer of the Year for 2005. Lorna holds a certificate in trauma counseling.
Her other specialties are identity building in communities following disaster and personal trauma, empowerment for abused women, imagination playtime, historical portrayals and role-play, and Scottish tales.
Lorna is a keynote speaker, workshop leader, artist, historian, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Creative Studies for Young Children, as well as a Masters in Special Education. Lorna is the founder and Executive Director of Crossroads Story Center, Inc, a not-for-profit reaching at-risk youth through storytelling.
She is a member of Spin-a-Storytellers, National Storytelling Network, National Network for Youth, Northlands Storytelling Network, League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers, Virginia Storytelling Association, Scottish Storytelling Center and the Healing Story Alliance.
The National Storytelling Network honored Lorna with the 2006 Oracle Award for exemplary leadership and service and significant contributions to community through storytelling.Award for exemplary leadership and service and significant contributions to community through storytelling.storytelling.
Susanna Holstein lives in Jackson County, West Virginia. As storyteller “Granny Sue” she performs across West Virginia and out of state, telling stories and singing Appalachian and British ballads.
A published writer, she is a frequent presenter of programs and workshops at conferences, festivals, schools and libraries. Holstein obtained her BS (Education summa cum laude) in 1991 from WV State College and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina in 1995.
Susanna writes an online journal, Granny Sue’s News and Reviews, the poetry blog Mountain Poet and a monthly column for the central West Virginia publication Two Lane Livin’. Her work has appeared in four anthologies of Appalachian writers as well as in other print and online journals. Her poetry, nonfiction and fiction works have won numerous awards at the WV Writers Annual Conference.She is past president and a founding member of the WV Storytelling Guild, former WV State Liaison to the National Storytelling Network, and a member of several regional storytelling organizations.