Meet the Storytellers:
Parent Trap Story Slam
Carole Bertuzzi Luciani - "My Mother's Regret"
Carole Bertuzzi Luciani is a storyteller by nature. As a self-described humourist she shares her gift as a professional speaker, known as The Moodivator. Through Carole’s unique view of the world, she uses each life issue she faces as an opportunity to share insight with others so they might better cope with their own. Her wit and wisdom contribute to making her messages palatable.
Hannah Fogel - "Happy Ever After"
Hannah Fogel started down her musical path as a toddler singing in the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus where she fell in love with the resonance of ensemble casts. She is a comedian and singer/songwriter who synchronistically applied the development of Truth and Illusion to her own early recovery journey, with the help of June Cupido’s storytelling magic. Now an Addictions Councellor, Hannah has seen how laughter, creative expression and psychodynamic exploration of narrative can fruitfully benefit overall health, and one’s search for deeper meaning.
Margaret Terry - "Smart Girl"
Margaret Terry is a Canadian writer and award-winning author. Her memoir stories have appeared in numerous newspaper and magazine publications. An experienced international speaker, Margaret invites people into her life with warmth and vulnerability. She has lived in four different countries that colour her stories with beauty, wonder, and grace and she believes that by sharing our stories we help others believe they are not alone.
Michael Williams - "The Hanged Man"
Michael Williams is a writer, storyteller, and end-of-life planning facilitator. Born and raised in Hamilton, he studied English at the University of Western Ontario before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland to take up a Ph.D. After a career in teaching, Michael became a professional storyteller and education consultant. In 2009, following his time in the Middle East, Michael established a story coaching practice, working with individuals as well as community and corporate clients on issues of leadership, conflict resolution, and managing chronic illness and mental health. In 2017, he returned to Hamilton where he spends his time writing, teaching, and helping men and women sort out their end-of-life plans.
Lacey Hill - "Bwoot Lake"
Lacey Hill is Oneida/Mohawk, Wolf Clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation. This singer/songwriter is also an inspirational speaker. Lacey’s debut solo album, 528, was independently produced and released in 2013, which put her on the indie-music radar and kick-started her career as a stage musician, performing her original songs. 528 Volume II M released in 2017 took Lacey across Canada and onto international stages in New Zealand, Australia and the UK in 2018/19. Lacey wrote original compositions for the stage play "Deer Woman," written by Tara Beagan, where she also stage-managed the production. Lacey’s single “The Shiner” (2020) premiered on APTN's Amplify series, and she was one of RogersTV Highlight artists. Since Covid hit in 2020, Lacey has performed for several online gigs while working on songs for her third album 528 Vol 3 The Moon.
June Cupido - Director & Story Coach
June Cupido is an experienced story coach. Her goal is to create provocative theatre experiences that guide the integration, acceptance, and compassion for others through increased understanding of what another has experienced or is experiencing. She believes that the stories we tell connect us, and as a community we can evolve.
If you are interested in developing a personal narrative, she can help you get ready for the next series of Story Slams in January and March of 2023, in Oakville.
Her role as a story coach is to open up the dialogue that will lead you to thinking about your own personal truth and illusion. As a dramaturge June has been developing personal narratives through story coaching for the past 10 years in the Oakville area. As Joseph Campbell writes, “The most rewarding mythological experience you can have is to experience how it lives inside yourself.”
Stay tuned for the next phase in the development of "Truth and Illusion" a new theatrical presentation designed to address social and cultural issues around mental health, diversity/inclusiveness within our communities in support of CAMH. The mental health movement has never been more important.
Michael Mulrooney - Musical Director
Michael Mulrooney studied piano, conducting, and voice at University of Toronto and has pursued an eclectic musical career centred on theatre. He has served as musical director, conductor, pianist, arranger, and/or composer on over 200 theatrical productions of every conceivable shape and size. He works as music director for Grace United Church in Burlington and as an adjunct professor at Sheridan College.