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04/26/2018

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Marian Giannatti

You DO belong on stage. You light up when you tell - and your enthusiasm is infectious. I can see you as a little old lady telling your stories and making people laugh! It is truly your calling. Keep telling - on purpose!

Julie Peterson

Your mention of the power of the written word made a connection with me. My dad introduced me to the written word before I was four years old. Its power is overwhelming, and my parents were not chatty people (they read a lot, too, and have written fiction and poetry at various times). So although I do love to talk and I've been an actor for kind of a long time, I didn't think of the true things I say having an effect on people the way art does until probably just the past few years.

Kathy Nakagawa

It's so interesting to hear how you shifted your thinking about your "purpose" in life and how you found it again. One of the things I love most about your stories is that they have an unexpected element to them, just like that unexpected fact about you in the opening paragraph. Your purposeful storytelling also resonates with me in terms of the "attitude" you enact during your stories. You completely commit and bring the audience along.

Sandra Scott

Joanna,
I love how you talk about "coming alive" when you tell a story because you really do! It is so fun to watch you and listen to your enthusiasm. You also put into words in this post so many things I've been feeling. You are a both a good storyteller and a good writer. Thank you for sharing!

Kailawhite

You are charming and effervescent on stage! In class and at Arizona Storytellers I have been stunned by your ability to "flip the switch" and suddenly be "on," even when I know you do not want to do it! That is a gift worth leaning into. I hope you continue to develop your skill and use it!

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