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A Patchwork of Stories for GrownUps

Patchwork Storytelling Guild


Categories: Theater, Storytelling

Dates: September 24, 2023

Run Time: 90 mins

Venue: Da Vinci Art Alliance


Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild presents A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups on Sunday, September 24 @ 5 PM EST at Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA. This live event is open to the public. Tickets: $15. PWYC options. Light refreshments available. Running Time: 75 minutes.

Patchwork is celebrating the art of storytelling by taking audiences on a joyride into an eclectic mix of amazing tales recounted by an outstanding group of tellers and featuring, in alphabetical order, the delightful and dynamic Michele Belluomini, Joe Dudis, Ed Stivender, and Denise McCormack.

According to McCormack,

“A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups is a favorite event for Patchwork, a vehicle to promote this incredible pastime, and this year, in particular, we’re pulling out all the stops to bring folks a jaunty mix of narrative modes—recitative, personal, traditional, and transformational! Each story has been carefully selected and uniquely crafted by the teller, but it’s always the audience that adds a special something to make the experience truly remarkable. Storytelling, at its core, is a grand experiment, and it really captures the true essence of the fringe! It’s exciting!”

This program is sure to delight story-lovers everywhere, and we encourage everyone to come hear some really great stories!

Donations are appreciated and will be awarded to the tellers as an honorarium for their work.

About the Artist

Michele Belluomini has been telling stories to children and adults for the last 15 years; performed in schools, libraries, and museums, as well as universities in the Philadelphia area.Michele has performed on various "Fringe" stages, including the 2006 National Storytelling Conference in Pittsburgh and the 2012 National Storytelling Conference in Cincinnati, a host of Patchwork events, Tellabration festivals, the New Jersey Storytelling festival, and the Lehigh Valley's Story Fusion.

Joe Dudis has been a storyteller for 30+ years and tells ghost stories and literary, tall, and folk tales. He has told to adults and children at various venues and events throughout NJ, including the NJ Heritage Trail Festival and the NJ storytelling festivals at Waterloo Village and Grounds for Sculpture. He is a member of the Princeton Storytelling Circle and Toastmasters International.

Denise McCormack loves the idea of stories and is deeply committed to sharing the history, benefits, and practices of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications — from performance for select purposes to education, business, community, and health and well-being. Among her many roles, McCormack is president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, recent past state liaison for the National Storytelling Network, coordinator and creative director of the Lehigh Valley Family Storytelling Series, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling and the arts play an integral role.

Ed Stivender is a force to be reckoned with. An international storyteller, known for his witty , original renditions of traditional and classic stories, Mr. Stivender has entertained audiences of all ages and around the country since 1980. The author of Raise Catholic (Can You Tell?), and seven spoken word albums, he is the winner of the Circle of Excellence Storytelling Award and several prizes in the Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade. 


  • Denise McCormackCoordinator/Host/Storyteller
  • Michele BelluominiStoryteller
  • Ed StivenderStoryteller
  • Joe DudisStoryteller

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