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You don’t want to miss Tellin’ Tales Featuring International Storyteller Estelle Condra on Thur., Oct. 12 at 7pm at the CMA lobby studio. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/vsatales

Estelle Condra has had a diverse career in theatre arts on three continents, including work in South Africa, England, and the United states. After completing her drama studies in South Africa and England she worked for a variety of acting companies portraying roles such as Antigone, Medea, and Joan of Arc.

She enhanced her acting career with teaching, writing and speaking. She owned and operated speech and drama schools both in South Africa and the United States.

After marrying and moving to the States in 1973 she translated numerous African stories and folklore and adapted them for the stage. In Nashville Tennessee she became a member of actor’s equity and performed professionally for the Nashville Children’s Theatre and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. As her sight deteriorated she moved to solo theatre performances as an artist in residence for organizations such as the Nashville Institute for the Arts in conjunction with the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts and many others throughout the country.

In early 2006 Estelle started her own publishing company, Inclusive Books, LLC, “Stories about extraordinary children doing ordinary things.” She purchased the rights to her first book, See the Ocean, which is now available from Inclusive Books in its fifth edition.

Today she is known as a keynote performance artist as she travels from banquet hall to theatre stage. She is a sought-after keynoter with her inspirational and humorous one-woman shows. She has been described as a “powerful pack of creative dynamite ready to explode.”

Estelle is blind due to a hereditary disease known as Retinitis Pigmentosa. The threads of losing her sight gradually over many years are woven throughout much of her later work. She brings a unique perspective to creative problem solving and everything else she does, and she does a lot!

In 2011, Estelle received Tennessee’s highest award in the arts, the Governor’s Distinguished arts award, which was presented to her by Governor Bill Haslam in early April.

 

 

Teapot Diplomat Collage Workshop

  On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Teapot Diplomats will meet to make teapot collages out of tea bags under the artistic direction of Kathy Plourde at her studios in Gallatin.  There are 4 spots left.  Contact VSA TN at userk7706@comcast.net if you are interested in... read more

Theater Program Moves Out of Pilot Stage

The Theater Project of VSA TN has taken steps forward as Savannah Kearney continues to lead the group in workshops related to Aesop’s Fables.  The group will do its first performance on Oct. 2 at the Sumner Teen Center.   Special thanks to the Sumner Teen Center for providing the space for this new... read more

School Residencies Begin

VSA Tennessee artist residencies under the TN Department of Education Contract have begun.  The first residency took place at Whitthorne under the artistic direction of Deanne Collins.  The residencies this year are using the arts to learn about water.... read more

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