Cyndi Freeman – Resume

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CYNDI FREEMAN – Storytelling Teacher, Producer, Performer
465 60th Street, Brooklyn NY 11220 / 617-686-1709 / cyndifreem@gmail.com


SUMMARY OF SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

• Award-winning performer
• 30 years theatrical and comedy performance
• 21 years producing theatrical live performances in the USA and overseas
• 16 years performing as a storyteller
• 7 years teaching storytelling with The Moth Community Program
• 1 year teaching with The Story Studio
• 10 months casting and coaching storytellers for RISK Podcast and Live Show.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• Education – Emerson College BFA – Acting


PERFORMING, WRITING & PRODUCING

Cyndi Freeman is a two-time FringeNYC award-winning performer, playwright and theatrical producer. She has created and produced several solo shows, including: I Was A Sixth Grade Bigfoot, which debuted at the Frigid Festival in NYC and then went on to be presented at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in Canada in 2015. I Kissed Dash Riprock, which was performed as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Assembly Rooms, and won a “Best in Festival Award for Excellence” at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival. I Kissed Dash Riprock also enjoyed success in Boston, on tour the UK with Guy Masterson Productions and was presented by Xaviera Hollander in Amsterdam. Inside Cherry Pitz was presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at The Gilded Balloon, in NYC at The Midtown International Theatre Festival and at The Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival. Greetings From Hollywood was spotlighted on CNN, received a “Best in Fringe Festival” award at the New York International Fringe Festival and was voted “Best New Play of New England -1998” by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Greetings From Hollywood was also presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Gilded Balloon. Ms. Freeman is a recipient of a grand prize playwriting fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (with collaborator Ellen Groves). Other credits include HBO, Showtime and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. She lives in NYC and is currently producing and performing in two ongoing shows: Nefarious Laboratory Storytelling and Variety Show & Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. She performs burlesque as Cherry Pitz.


STORYTELLING INSTRUCTOR

LEAD INSTRUCTOR FOR THE MOTH COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 2010- PRESENT
The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth is best known for their radio show, podcasts and live performances. In addition, they run a program called “The Moth Community Program” which teaches storytelling principles to high school students and disenfranchised adults in underserved neighborhoods.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR FOR THE STORY STUDIO – 2015 – PRESENT
The Story Studio offers classes in the art of storytelling, as taught by some of the most accomplished storytellers in New York. They provide friendly, expert training to help individuals turn meaningful life events into unforgettable narratives.

Responsibilities for both The Moth and The Story Studio include:
Engaging teen and adult students through story telling—ensuring that all students participate in talk back sessions. Collaborating with colleagues to produce school based programs. Scheduling sessions, ensuring that needed materials are in place, and preparing lesson plans. Organizing productions and rehearsing students to ensure they are prepared for performance. Emceeing final showcase presentations.

COACHING AND CASTING STORYTELLERS FOR THE RISK! PODCAST – 2015 – PRESENT
Hosted by Kevin Allison, RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public.” The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles and on tour throughout the US and Canada.

Responsibilities include:
Reading proposals, communicating with artists, assisting in the casting process, coaching storytellers for both live performances and radio style presentations.

TEACHER, PRODUCER & FOUNDER OF STORIES OF NEW YORK – 2014 – PRESENT
Founding member and creator of this arts organization that focuses on storytelling and the expression of authentic voice. This program is co-facilitated by Dawn Fraser and Meliora Dockery.

Mission: Stories of New York, encourages connection and community bonding through the medium of storytelling. The sharing of personal stories is a profound and authentic experience, connecting people by celebrating the universal experience of what it is to be alive. We work with all communities, including individuals with cognitive impairment and other mental or physical disabilities. Our belief is that people want to be heard, every voice is important, every life is an astonishing experience and each of us has stories worth sharing. Our work aims to include everyone in the conversation about what it is to be human.

Stories of New York – NY Public Library – Story Circle – February 2014 – Present
Presented at library branches thought the city, our story circle presentation guides participants for a 60-90 minute story share.

Stories of New York – Seniors at St Charles Jubilee Senior Center – 2016 – February – June
Funded through The Brooklyn Arts Council with two grants.
• Su Casa (formerly known as SPARC) – a community arts engagement program that places artists in residence at senior centers across New York City.
• The Brooklyn Arts Fund – which supports artists across Brooklyn, NY.

This was a program in three parts.
1. We brought 20 guest artists from the New York storytelling community to entertain the participants.
2. We taught the art of storytelling to the participants for two live performances open to the public.
3. We videotaped the storytellers and interviewed them on camera for a 30 minute documentary that will be aired in November of 2016 on Brooklyn Local Access station (BCAT).

Stories of New York – Seniors at Prospect Hill Senior Services Center January – June 2015
Funded through The Brooklyn Arts Council with a grant from SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists City Wide).

This was a program in two parts.
1. We brought 25 guest artists from the New York storytelling community to entertain the participants.
2. We taught the art of storytelling to the participants and presented a live performance open to the public.

CREATIVE WRITING AT THE METROPOLITAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER – 2014 – 2015
This program helped give both voice and agency to women incarcerated in this Federal Prison.
• Ms. Freeman was awarded Volunteer of the Year – 2015 for her work at this facility.


OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE: Publicity, box office, storytelling, comedy, acting, writing, dance, production assistance for television.