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January 01, 1970

Studio Theater

Experience Moth Radio style stories, spoken word and timeless tales to celebrate the diversity that defines the American spirit from 1619 – 2019.

Co-conceived by Sheila Arnold & Sibel Galindez

Sufian Zhemukhov has performed his stories for Story District, Better Said Than Done, The Moth, Perfect Liars Club, at such venues as Lincoln Theater, Black Cat, and Miracle Theater. He won the third prize at the Story Slam at the 2018 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Sufian tells about his personal experience, as a first generation immigrant in the U.S. and a university professor, which might be much funnier than you would expect.

Sibel Galindez is the Community Liaison at Zeiders American Dream Theater. After graduating Harvard College with honors in English & American Literature, she lived and worked in Los Angeles as a professional actress & singer for 10 years, sharing the stage & screen with the likes of Doris Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, and Tony Shaloub, and developing her own cabaret. Her most notable role, Skates, a recurring character on the CBS TV drama JAG, led her to meet & marry a real life Navy JAG, who through his naval career brought her to Virginia Beach where she happily found The Z, her new creative home.  She was last seen at The Z in Aborophilia, a new work in The Z Hatchery series, as the host of Coffee at Our House- The Z Variety Hour and in her collaboration with WHRO Race Let’s Talk About It- Through Song. 

Sheila Arnold has been gifted by God with performance skills and has been using this talent since she was eight years old.  Since 2003 she has been a full-time Storyteller traveling through the United States and sharing a variety of stories – “whatever fits in her mouth”, as well as doing Historic Character Presentations and Christian Monologues.  At her core, Ms. Sheila, as she is commonly called, is a Professional Imaginator with a passion, vision and ministry of healing hearts, unifying communities and reminding people to share their stories.

Kween Yakini, author of WOKE A Poetic Journey came to writing poetry late in life, yet as soon as she unleashed her inner voice in this powerful compilation of poetry, she struck a chord and has been sharing it far & wide throughout Hampton Roads. She was among a chosen few to recite her poems at NSU’s Poetry & Jazz evening in celebration of Black History Month and was also just featured in the Poet Fest at The Venue on 35th this April.

Mendel Denise Service has been storytelling since 1972 where she began a storytelling based theater company in Seattle, Washington. Since then she has performed in numerous venues across the U.S., most notably the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Kennedy Center and the National Theater. Her work focuses on bringing stories from people with different cultures from around the world.

King Khosi hails from Zimbabwe and is blessed to have survived many tragedies to make his way here to the U.S. where he graduated Denbigh HS and ODU and now teaches at Huntington Middle School.  A participant and supporter of Teens with a Purpose, Khosi had the honor and opportunity to take his spoken word to the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts.

Perhaps Richmond’s liveliest octogenarian, Les Schaffer listens to, teaches and tells stories in a variety of settings. For the past six years, Les has been leading and coaching the Richmond Story Warriors, an inner-city youth storytelling group based at Richmond’s Church Hill Library. Loving the Story-Slam format, Les tells at Slams all around the state and hosts a monthly senior-slam at the LifeLong Learning Center in Midlothian. A co-founder of The Tell Tale Hearts Storyteller’s Theater and TwoTellersTelling Tandem Storytellers, someone once described his telling as, “…like scenes from a screenplay starring Christopher Walken.”

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Suggested donation $15

To make an advanced $15 suggested donation please call our Box Office at 757 499 0317 or stop by our Box Office during posted hours. This donation will reserve a seat for you at the American Evolution StoryHour. Suggested donations will also be taken at the door the day of the event by credit card or cash one hour before the performance begins.

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