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Theresa Amoon

Theresa Amoon

Theresa Amoon

Theresa Amoon

Theresa Amoon began to travel and discover different cultures at a very early age. From the Lebanese mountains where she heard her grandfather tell local legends, to her European youth steeped in books, followed by her visually-filled young adult years in Southern California and adulthood in Paris, France, Theresa has found roots in the stories we all share.

After having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in theater from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she settled in France. She pursued her training in theater workshops with renowned directors (A. Mnouchkine, P. Brook, R. Wilson, etc.), studied Far Eastern theater, directed shows herself and performed in many plays. While pursuing her directing and acting career, she also wrote as a freelance journalist.

In 1992, she combined her theatrical work with her love for writing and stories by becoming a storyteller. She began by delving into the epic stories of "Ramayana" and "Gilgamesh," and these productions toured over a six-year period in France and abroad. In 1999, she worked with Bruno de la Salle in the Farenheit 451 group at the Oral Literature Center in Vendôme (CLIO). From 2002 to 2006, she was a member of the Laboratory at the Storytelling House in Chevilly-Larue near Paris. She then toured her own work in libraries, theaters and festivals around the world.

Sometimes Theresa's performances are accompanied by musicians and sometimes she plays her own instruments (frame drum and small percussions). As she believes that storytelling is also a mirror for today's human experience, personal stories collected from people she has come into contact with have become a good part of her repertory as well. Theresa has been asked to do several artist residencies in order collect these stories.

Theresa has crossed many libraries' thresholds in France and abroad, but has also been invited to important festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, as well as North and South America. She tells in English, French and Spanish, and weaves together traditional tales, legends, epic stories and personal narratives into one thread.

By telling other people's stories, she tells her own. Her quest is to link East and West so that these two worlds cross without there being a crusade... 

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Theresa Amoon began to travel and discover different cultures at a very early age. From the Lebanese mountains where she heard her grandfather tell local legends, to her European youth steeped in books, followed by her visually-filled young adult years in Southern California, and adulthood in Paris, France, Theresa has found roots in the stories we all share.

After having worked as a journalist and acted and directed in the theater, she combined her love of the stage and a good story and began storytelling in 1992. Since then, she has been invited to tell in festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America. Whether accompanied by musicians or accompanying herself on her own musical instruments, Theresa weaves together traditional tales, legends, epic stories and personal narratives into one thread.

There are those who have seen so much, known so much, heard so much, that they will make you travel far and wide with only words, a voice and a glance, like Theresa Amoon. —The Parisian Daily, June 2009

 

   
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