In my heart of hearts, I am a lover of humanity, lover of nature, culture maker, change agent and story alchemist.
My core experience of life is that we all have essential stories and messages to communicate as part of actualizing our deepest purpose.
To be effective change agents at this critical time in the evolution of humanity, we must digest and alchemize our experiences so that we can extract the most useful wisdom, offerings and gifts from these experiences. This is how we change culture. This is how we inspire change. This is how we awaken to our highest purpose and catalyze. This is how we heal the world.
This is the path of the Story Alchemist.
The last thirty years of my life have been devoted to the art and practice of story craft and story alchemy. I have done this through exploring the forms of: writing and performing theatrical solo shows, coaching and directing others’ solo shows, teaching and coaching memoir and non-fiction writing. For the past eight years, I have also trained others to be professional story coaches/facilitators and have created programs for story based entrepreneurs, writers and performing artists to thrive financially in their businesses, as well as in their art.
My devotion to the art of personal storytelling and its power to awaken the potential genius, love and soul, of readers and audiences, has been my gestalt and my crucible.
The exploration of story has taken me into the shadow of humanity, my own and others, as well as into the heart of our most blinding light.
Long before story became “hip” and a “branding tool” I was on the path, thanks especially to my muse and mentor, the late Spalding Gray.
Like Spalding, I have always had an insatiable thirst for the raw, the taboo, the authentic, the intimate, the truest of true. My curiosity about the art and soul of story first led me to write and perform solo shows of my own. As my reputation around that work grew, I was asked to coach and direct others in their solo show creation process. This led to work on over one hundred full length solo shows, which have been performed at theaters, festivals and conferences in the US and internationally. My love of story and my desire to explore the healing implications of personal story work then led me to innovate around transformational aspects of solo performance/personal monologues. I did this by offering workshops in the process to individuals and communities of people with cancer, HIV, mental health issues, as well as utilizing the writing and performance process I developed around a wide range of social justice issues.
These workshops became my most widely acclaimed work and established my reputation as a singular story coach. My work has been featured widely in publications such as “O” The Oprah Magazine and Spirituality and Health, as well as on The CBS Early Show, ABC News and NPR among numerous others.
After the publication of my first book (The Cancer Monologue Project, MacAdam Cage 2002), I began consulting around non- fiction and memoir. I have assisted authors on creating books that have branded them as experts in their field through sharing their magnificent visions titrated with their personal stories.
After creating three of my own successful story based businesses in the last twenty years, I have been called to support other creatives in understanding small business building and creating deep abundance. To me, deep abundance means financially thriving, while staying true to our authentic voices, values, art and ethics. Too many creatives and artists get stuck in the mindset of “either/or.” The false belief is that they won’t stay true to themselves, while running a successful business. My expertise supports breakthroughs around this toxic myth and mindset.
Much joy comes to me from supporting and assisting other creative professionals in understanding what they can do to proactively build a holistic business that feels true to who they are and creates abundance in all realms of their lives.
What is a Story Alchemist and Why We Are Critically Important At This Time in Collective Humanity ?
As we are all aware, this is a time of great change happening on an individual, community and global level.
The lives we lead, the lives we impact and the past, present and future of the planet are all essentially created, by one basic element; story.
The way we hold and frame our stories literally creates the culture we live in. The way we tell the new story can save the environment. The way we tell the new story can create global abundance, food and shelter for all lives. The way we tell the new story, can inspire action in activists, would be writers and storytellers and warriors for the greater good.
The new story is inclusive. The new story celebrates diversity. The new story hold answers to our most pressing questions.
Do you know that the technology is out there to drastically slow down climate change?
Do you know that there are more effective ways to help addicts recover for good than the models most commonly presented to us?
Do you know that many serious illnesses can be beaten, through cures that we rarely hear about?
Do you know that this planet holds enough abundance for all to eat and have shelter?
If what I’ve said above is true, then why don’t we already live that experience?
Why don’t we already live in a radically more just and equal world?
As a Story Alchemist who has devoted her life’s work to this cause, I hold a key to one of the answers.
It is because, we are collectively wedded to a story of lack. A story of ego. A story of separation. A story of hopelessness.
Humans on a global scale, species and the planet itself need US, all of US, to move away from the dominant, patriarchal story of fear. We are here to write, speak, love and perform ourselves into a new world.
By writing and telling, the new stories.
These are the stories that are love drenched, soul stirring, calls to inspired actions at
all levels of culture and society.
My devotion in this lifetime is to express and support as many stories as possible that
are framed through a healing, humorous, spiritually uplifting, peace and justice oriented,
point of view.
If you are ready to write a book, start a business (or deepen the one you have), give a life changing talk, or perform a solo show, all in the service of uplifting and up-leveling humanity, let’s have a talk. To schedule a free call with me today, click here.