Grammy-nominated Milbre Burch joins the Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival lineup for the first time in 2010. Although her life and livelihood have taken her from Atlanta to Providence, and from Pasadena to Columbia, Missouri, Milbre’s roots in storytelling run deep. She is one of the preeminent interpreters of the stories of Jane Yolen, as well as a teller of global folktales and original material.
Milbre is a frequent Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. In 2003 she received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network. The Circle of Excellence Award is given to those who have created a body of work which is nationally recognized as a shining example of quality in the art form of storytelling performance.
With her thirteen audio-recordings, she has garnered Parent's Choice Classic, Gold and Approved Awards, as well as a NAPPA Gold Award, and a Storytelling World Honor, and was twice a finalist for an INDI award from the Association For Independent Music.
Milbre has done much to move storytelling beyond the festival tent and onto the stage. To complement her storytelling concert work in educational and community settings, she created the Theatre of the Spoken Word in 1991. These productions are fully realized solo performances with sets, props and staging.
For three years, Milbre also co-directed the Storytelling Project of the Cotsen Children's Library, associated with Princeton University. Working with her journalist husband, Berkley Hudson, she assembled a first-rank collection of archival materials about the American storytelling revival, presenting their findings at the 1999 National Storytelling Conference in San Diego.
Milbre has been an artist-in-residence since 1978, working for the state and local arts councils in Utah, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island and California, including three years at the Walden School in Pasadena. She also served as an adjunct professor of Children's Speech Arts in the Communications Studies department at California State University -- Los Angeles. She has conducted workshops for the National Endowment for the Humanities National Conversations' project at Occidental College.
Her students have been mainstream Pre-K to 12th grades as well as ESL, hearing impaired and developmentally disabled children of all ages; at-risk teens; well elders; mentally-challenged adults; minimum and maximum security prison inmates; college students, conference attendees, fellow tellers, family business owners, therapists, ministers, rabbis and lay people, and countless teachers earning CEU's.
A veteran of storytelling, theatre and spoken word festivals in 22 states and 12 European cities, Milbre Burch lives with her husband, a professor of journalism, their two daughters and a Border Terrier under the huge blue sky of Columbia, MO.