Stage West is pleased to announce the 4th of its series of quarterly Storyteller Theatre nights, which will be Monday, March 11. The event will take place in the intimate space of the Ol’ Vic Cafe. Audience members may come for dinner beforehand, beginning at 6 pm, with the storytelling beginning at 7. The menu will feature two dinner options; details to come.
Tickets are $10 for the storytelling alone; the ticket price will be cut to $5 for those ordering an entrée.
Our storytellers will be Debbie Dashner, Rob Bosquez, and Kim Lehman.
Debbie Anne Dashner was born in Fort Worth, Texas but moved to Hurst at the age of six and stayed there until moving to Abilene to attend college where she majored in English and minored in history. Ms. Dashner began real storytelling while working at the Science Place, (Dallas Museum of Science). Next she told stories for the Northeast Storytelling Guild at Barnes & Noble for about a year. Soon after, she became a permanent storytelling member of the Grand Prairie Storytelling Guild, working with that group until she moved to Mansfield.
As a part of the Guild, she participated in two Tellebrations, an annual international event, for school children. Her current ambition for storytelling is to tell stories in either French or Spanish, as well as continue to attend as many storytelling festivals and storytelling events as possible.
In addition to storytelling, she also enjoy writing, (both creative and non-fiction) as well as folk singing. She has some experience with the Arlington Theater and Grand Prairie Community Theater, where she primarily choral roles.
Kim Lehman has been telling tales for many years, first as a way to entertain younger cousins and now as a professional storyteller, musician, puppeteer, and workshop presenter. For the last 20 years, Kim has collected stories and songs from her home community of Soap Hollow in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania. Her stories range from personal experience to unique interpretations of the traditional. Kim is on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster and has performed at the Texas Book Festival, Texas Education Agency, National Beekeeping Conventions and made frequent appearances on a local children’s television show.
She was a painfully shy child but learned to transform, inspire and connect through storytelling. Ms. Lehman says, “Stories reach deep in our souls while music is all about the spirit. For me, combining music with stories is like putting icing on the cake.”
Rob Bosquez is a Ft. Worth based artist, director, playwright and education. As a writer; Rob has had his work read and performed in Dallas, Denton, New York City, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe and Seattle. Rob is a proud member of the Artes Academy teaching staff, and was a founder of The 1440 Experience, a children’s theatre program and recipient of the Coming Up Taller Award from the White House.
Rob is a co-founder of Teatro de la Rosa, which has transitioned into Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts, for whom he has travelled and performed children’s theatre all over the country.
Rob also serves on the Board of Directors for Stage West Theatre as Chairman of the education committee. While at Stage West , he co-founded the Neighborhood Play Contest and Festival of the Kid. His original play, A Kite's Tale, is currently on tour at various libraries and schools as part of Stage West’s outreach program.