In her former lives, Jill was a teacher, trainer and international program consultant. “I’ve taught everything from creative dramatics for 6-7 year olds to adult ESL,” Jill says, “in five states and overseas.” As a trainer, she worked for organizations like Peace Corps, Save the Children, and the United Nations Development Program in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. “All of these experiences are grist for the mill in storytelling,” Jill says. “When I conjure up a magician in the desert, I remember the old gardener in my Peace Corps training program in Morocco. Storytelling is a WONDERFUL way to use life experience.”
Then she moved to Jonesborough, Tennessee, which just happens to be the home of the annual National Storytelling Festival. “For five years I sat at the feet of the best in the business. What a gift that was!” She became a board member of the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild and told throughout northern Tennessee and North Carolina.
When she moved back to the Pacific Northwest, she returned to Whidbey Island. She explored the maritime history of this region in her one woman show, “Little, but OH My!” which was chosen for the Humanities Washington Inquiring Mind program and won an Honors award in a national Storytelling World competition. In 2012, she premiered another one woman show about Rebecca Ebey, wife of famed Whidbey pioneer, Isaac Ebey. In 2011, she received the Huebner Award, a grant for historical storytelling from the National Storytelling Network (NSN). In 2014, “Rebecca” received a Winners Award in a second Storytelling World competition.
Jill has also been a resident storyteller, teaching and telling in area pre-schools and senior centers. “There is something magical about telling to the very young… and the old”. She continues performing (storytelling and acting) and giving workshops (“my chance to teach again”) from her home in Langley.
For more information, visit Jill’s website at www.myglobalvillagestory.com