The International
School of Storytelling

Storytelling Beyond Words Guest Tutors

This list is subject to last minute changes.

Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews, who has accompanied the School of Storytelling since its beginning, is a published poet, internationally acclaimed both for his poetry readings and for the joyful and interactive workshops in Creative Writing that he offers.
His two books on the creative process, ‘Sing Me the Creation’ and ‘Words in Place’ (which arose out of his long time teaching at Emerson College) have proved inspirational to teachers of children and adults alike, and to all who seek to develop their powers of imagination. His new book, a second edition to 'Sing Me the Creation' will be published in 2015.

The playful and creative writing done in this course is there to serve the needs of storytellers.

He was the founder of ‘Poetry OtherWise’, a much loved gathering that ran for many summers. 'The Ground that Love Seeks' and 'Slippery Characters' (Five Seasons Press) are gatherings of his poetry. He travels widely with his work.
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Naamah Pinkerfeld

Naamah is a passionate, spirit-filled choir leader.

Her teaching style is lively and inclusive, encouraging participants to free their voice with confidence and joy!
As well as teaching singing she leads 2 community choirs: The Singing Forest Choir at Emerson College, and The St Ethelburga's Choir in central London.

Giovanna Conforto

Giovanna is a storyteller, teacher and organiser of events. Born in England of Italian parents she has always been passionate about theatre and performing arts. In 1997 she graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Arts “Silvio D’Amico” in Rome where she later obtained an advanced degree in Teacher’s Training. Since then, her activity is divided between performing, teaching and organizing events. As storyteller she has participated in events and festivals all over Europe, North America and Asia.

Giovanna is the creative director of the Italian Storytelling Center and founding member of the International Association Stories in Place based in Edinburgh. In recent years, she has co-founded The Strolling Stories, storywalks dedicated to historical and artistic sites in Rome, Latium and Tuscany and has co-created the project Habla Cadabra, an international multilingual storytelling festival touring on a bus. She is lecturer at the Master’s Degree in Arts Management at IED University in Rome and has been collaborating with various universities all over Europe and in Asia. Giovanna  is co-author of the European guidelines for the creative teaching of science and is member of the Storytelling & Peace Council. The Storytelling and Peace Council is an international gathering of 25 experienced storytellers from over 16 countries dedicated to the growth and development of peace and creativity in a wide variety of life contexts, including multicultural education, social work, business, mediation and social healing. She tells and facilitates in English, Italian and French.

Olivia Olsen

Olivia Olsen has been a Course Leader at the School of Storytelling since 2011. She currently teaches movement and voice for business professionals in the University of Toronto and works through Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London with business clients.  Olivia also teaches Voice for Performance at Central and is currently writing and devising work of her own.

Olivia comes from a movement background, studied acting in London and worked as an actor in Britain and Canada. She holds an MA in Voice from Central School of Speech and Drama and a Post Graduate Degree in Voice from York University Toronto, where she taught voice, speech and acting Shakespeare in the Theatre Department.  As well she trained and taught for ten years at Canada's National Voice Intensive where movement to language relationship thrives.    


Stella Kassimati

Stella is a bi-lingual, award-winning storyteller and a facilitator of workshops. She has a deep knowledge of Greek myths.

Stella’s family is in Crete; however her passion for storytelling took her to England in 2002 to train as a professional storyteller at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College, East Sussex. She now works around the world in both Greek and English and has represented Greece at International Storytelling Festivals in Edinburgh, Orkney, Rome, Athens and Kea. She has performed in Holland and Belgium. Her academic qualifications include BA Sociology and PostGradDip Tourism.

All the wonderful vitality and variety of human experience and essence of momentous events are encapsulated in the timeless mythology of Ancient Greece, the Cradle of Western Civilization. Ancient Greek culture and Greek myths is at the heart of western knowledge. It informed and continues to inform Western culture and thought and offers insights into our routes; into who we are; where we started and how we have developed. With Greek myths we gain reconnection to fundamental human values; deeper understanding of our lives and paths; recognition of the energies of the gods and goddesses within us; and insight into the routes of western civilization. We embrace the legacy of Ancient Greece “Know thyself” as we strive to know who we are; what we have come here to do and the deeper meaning of life. 

Stella, in following her passion, is carrying a new stream of Greek Mythology at the International School of Storytelling. People interested in Greek Myths, will be able to follow the energies of gods and goddesses and many major myths that have influenced and shaped our western culture and civilization and are relevant to us today.

Stella is the founding  Director of Friends of Amari, an international association contributing to the revival of the Valley and Village of Amari in Crete, through the art of storytelling: International Storytelling Centre; Courses; Festivals and by supporting local cultural initiatives.