Brother Blue, Storyteller-Street Poet, Joins NATF'S 27th Annual Audio Theatre Workshop

Gresham, Oregon (PressExposure) April 26, 2008 -- He is Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill, but everyone knows him as Brother Blue. He is called by many the worlds’ greatest storyteller. He says he wants his stories ”…to be bread for the mind, the imagination, the heart, the soul….” He says, “I speak my stories from the middle of the middle of me to the middle of the middle of you.” . His repertoire includes original Brother Blue stories, traditional stories from western culture, folk tales and spiritual stories from Africa and Asia, and his renowned own one-man versions of Shakespeare’s plays.

The National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc. (NATF) is proud to announce that Brother Blue will not only be a featured guest artist will but also conduct various workshops during their week long 27th Audio Theatre Workshop to be held in West Plains MO, June 22-27, 2008.

Brother Blue has received many awards. In 2002 he was the first recipient from LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling) of an award named for him, The Brother Blue Award, honoring extraordinary commitment and support of storytelling and storytellers. The National Storytelling Network presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America. He has also received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers; a Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge (MA) Peace Commission; and the Anne Bradstreet Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cambridge Center for Adult Education for contributions to the poetry community. In 1975 he was awarded the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Local Programming Award, and a Special Citation for Outstanding Solo Performance on Public Radio (WGBH-Boston). By resolution of the city councils, Brother Blue also has the distinction of being official storyteller of two Massachusetts cities — Cambridge, and Boston.

Brother Blue has told stories for the World’s Fair in New Orleans, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, New York Folk Festival, Spoleto (Charleston SC), Africa in April (Memphis), and Mariposa Festival (Toronto), First Night (Boston MA). He was the official storyteller for the United Nations Habitat Forum (Vancouver, BC), and the New Age Conference (Florence, Italy). He has appeared at many storytelling festivals including the National Storytelling Festival (Jonesborough TN), Sharing the Fire (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling), Toronto Festival of Storytelling, Yukon Storytelling Festival, and In the Tradition… (National Association of Black Storytellers).

He has also appeared in the syndicated daily children’s television series Playmates/Schoolmates, and costarred in George Romero’s film Knightriders. Video appearances include American Storytelling Series, It’s In Every One of Us, and In Search of Joy. Since 1992 he has hosted a weekly storytelling series in which he has presented as featured tellers over 200 amateur and professional tellers. Since 1997 he has had a weekly live television show on Cambridge Community Television, and since 2000 a two-hour live weekly radio show.

Brother Blue holds an A.B. from Harvard College, M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, and Ph.D. from the Union Institute. He has taught storytelling and presented workshops in prisons, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, and conferences throughout the United States and in other countries. He has presented his stories before countless audiences for radio, television, churches, libraries, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons, conferences, festivals, and in streets and parks in the United States, Canada, Europe (including Russia and Sweden), South Africa, and the Bahamas.

For more information about Brother Blue, visit his website at

NATF’s 27th Annual Audio Theater Workshop will be held in West Plains, MO, June 22-27, 2008. This unique week of audio arts training and hands-on participation is dedicated to all areas of audio production. Beginners to experts of all ages are welcomed for a week of learning, networking, and sharing. Returning to West Plains for the seventh consecutive year, the 2008 workshop will feature Shakespeare and Cowboy Poetry.

Live audiences will enjoy the fruits of the participants' experiences during a special performance Friday, June 27, in the Civic Center Theater. This performance will also be broadcast, webcast, and recorded. Highlighting this summer's weeklong event will be participatory workshops in, among other areas, script writing, performing and voice, and the technical aspects of this art form.

We encourage you to visit NATF's website regularly over the next few weeks ([]). It will be updated as events and workshops are added and solidified.

The 2008 NATF Audio Theater Workshop is made possible, in part, by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc.

The National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc. (NATF) is a 501(c)(3) organization serving the advancement of audio theatre and evolving media arts through education and presentation.

Contact :
A. Nannette Taylor
The National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc.
PO Box 3535
Gresham, OR 97030-0396

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