Irish Storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy Includes Indy in US Tour

Indianapolis, IN, August 23, 2012 --( Storytelling Arts of Indiana is thrilled to announce that Irish Storyteller Clare Murireann Murphy will stop in Indy to perform during her US Tour. A hit during the 2011 National Storytelling Festival, Clare has been invited to perform in Utah, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana beginning in late August through the month of September.

Born and raised in Ireland, Clare has lived in Spain and the United States and currently resides in London where she has recently founded a storytelling company with Dominic Kelly and Jo Blake Cave. Clare has always been drawn to her beloved Irish mythology because as she explores the old tales she finds that “they are filled with love, sex, betrayal, jealousy, conflict, rage and loss...all the things we find in any modern story. There is a power in the old stories, a resonance that reminds us of an old knowledge beyond our own life experience or memories.” Often the stories that she tells are the ones that jump off the page and into her head or they leap out of another storyteller’s mouth and they melt themselves into her ear.

Clare believes that performance storytelling is a rather unique medium. “It does not have the limitations of other art forms, I am not bound to a page or verse, as poets are. I am not limited to a script or physical directions as actors are. Each performance I give is unique to that moment as I do not learn my stories by heart or memorize them, but allow them to spring from my memory in an organic way. Every performance is affected by so many factors: the mood of the audience, the time I have to perform, the time of day, the lighting, the space on stage and of course my own state of being. Storytelling is a live art, there is no fourth wall, so I respond to the audience because they are an inherent part of the story making process. I am telling, they are imagining. They are not passively receiving the art as in theater or cinema; they play an incredibly active part. This makes it exciting, organic and interesting for me as a performer and for them (hopefully) as an audience.”

Clare will take you on a dark and ferocious journey, where warriors leap with blinding frenzy, one-eyed monsters hunt the shores and shape-shifters blur the line from this world to the ever-so-close other world. Her physical style, her dynamism and passion brings ancient stories alive. These must-see performances in Indianapolis at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. include:

· Performances for Students and Home School Families, Friday, September 21st from 10 – 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 – 1 p.m. Pre-Registration is required. For more information and to register visit or call 317-576-9848.

· Family Performance, Away with the Fairies sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg on Friday, September 21st from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children ages 5 – 12 and $10 for adults. To purchase tickets visit

· Intended for young adult and adult audiences, The Mad Myths of the Irish sponsored by Ryan Zumbahlen and The Jenner Group on Saturday, September 22nd from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/Advance, $25/Door. Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Indiana Historical Society 317-232-1882.

Storytelling Arts of Indiana is now celebrating 25 years! Originally founded as Stories, Inc., in 1988, this unique non-profit, recognized by the national storytelling community, presents a year-round schedule of diverse concerts and programs focused on the art and use of storytelling in everyday life. Programming ranges from storytelling concerts for adults, a family series, performances for students, the As I Recall Storytelling Guild, summertime stories in the park for children receiving free lunches, storytelling for patients at Riley Hospital for children, to numerous other community activities. For more information visit, find us on Facebook and Youtube and follow us on twitter.
Storytelling Arts of Indiana
Ellen Munds