Staying Connected and Creative During the Coronavirus Crisis

Ancram Opera House (AOH) will host a free online storytelling workshop on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00pm.

The two-hour class, an introduction to crafting and telling a compelling personal story, will be led by AOH director Paul Ricciardi, curator and director of AOH’s REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES series.  The class will be conducted over Zoom, a remote videoconferencing platform. Participants can register by emailing  Registered participants will be emailed log-in information prior to the workshop.

“We are all being challenged to remain connected while isolated,” said Ricciardi. “At AOH, we’ve begun looking for ways to create work within our community. Online classes give us a new way to stay purposeful and creative while fending off anxiety and loneliness during this coronavirus crisis.”

The Storytelling Workshop is limited to 15.  Participants may schedule individual follow-up sessions online with Ricciardi at $40 per session. Ricciardi, a 2018 recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award, teaches voice and acting at the City University of New York/Kingsborough Community College. Since coronavirus closed CUNY-KCC closed last month, Ricciardi has taught all of his Spring Semester classes online.

Ancram Opera House in southern Columbia County is an intimate showcase for fresh, contemporary work by emerging theater and musical artists where audiences can connect with performers in immersive, unforgettable ways. Located at 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82.