Sandy Schuman

Sandy Schuman

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Storyteller, Musician, Educator

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Sandy Schuman

Storyteller, musician, and educator, Sandy Schuman tells stories about songs and songwriters, personal adventures, historical sagas, folk tales, and stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition.

He’s been featured at The Northeast Storytelling Festival, Caffè Lena, Proctors, Tellabration, Limmud Boston, and many conference, senior community, interfaith, radio, and television programs. He won the St. Louis Jewish Storytelling Contest in 2015.

His stories have been published in Tablet, Memoir Magazine, Distressing Damsels, Stories We Tell, Story Club Magazine, New Mitzvah Stories, and in his book, Welcome to Chelm’s Pond (where the ridiculous stories of Chelm meet the preposterous tall tales of the Adirondacks).

Sandy is a member of the Story Circle of the Capital District, Northeast Storytelling, National Storytelling Network, Jewish Storytelling Coalition, and Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Roster.

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Flyers

These are customizable flyers for many of my programs. You can download and customize these flyers for your use or, if you prefer, I will customize them for you.

Additional Biographical Sketches

Bio ~200 words

My Father was a storyteller. It was his everyday way of communicating important values and ideas. One of his favorite sayings was, “There is always another side to the story.” I followed his example, but didn’t realize it until several years ago.

After leading a three-day training program on group facilitation at the Pentagon, I read the attendee’s evaluation forms. In response to the question, “What did you like best about the program?” several people responded, “Sandy’s stories.” I didn’t understand what they were talking about so I asked my co-trainer.

He looked at me, puzzled, and said, “Don’t you remember? You told that story about the Adirondack conference where they insisted they couldn’t agree on anything, and the one about the board meeting where one of the directors came in late wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and a hangover, and the time the chairman threw you out of the meeting …” Indeed, I had told many stories. They just came naturally.

Since then I’ve told stories more intentionally and formally, and in front of audiences large and small — personal adventures, historical sagas, folk tales, tall tales, stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition, and stories about songs (with some singing and musical accompaniment, of course). For more information, please visit www.tothestory.com.

Bio ~150 words

Sandy Schuman is a storyteller, performing live. He tells personal adventures, historical sagas, folk tales, tall tales, and stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition. His current project, “Song of the Century,” is a collection of stories about the best-known songs written by the least-known songwriters. Written versions of his stories appear in his book, “Welcome to Chelm’s Pond,” in anthologies such as New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family, and Stories We Tell: Tales from the Story Circle of the Capital District, and Distressing Damsels, and magazines, such as Story Club. Sandy is a retired organizational consultant who used storytelling in his work but was not aware of it. After a three-day workshop at the Pentagon he read the evaluations, which complemented his storytelling. “That’s how I found out I was a storyteller!”

Bio ~100 words

Sandy Schuman tells personal adventures, historical sagas, and tall tales in the Jewish storytelling tradition. “A new piece of Jewish folklore, a sheer delight” is how Rabbi Goldie Milgram described his book, Adirondack Mendel’s Aufruf. It’s where the ridiculous stories of Chelm meet the preposterous tall tales of the Adirondacks, a fusion of Adirondack and Ashkenazick cuisine, and a wonder about the nature of God and meaning of prayer. In My Father was a Storyteller, Sandy weaves in Jewish-themed songs written by his father, Samuel Schuman z”l. Sandy plays his theme song on a Jew’s harp.

Affiliations and performance venues

Sandy has performed at Sharing the Fire—The Northeast Storytelling Conference, Limmud Boston, Caffè Lena, Tellabration, Word Plays at Proctor's Theatre, Story Sundays at Glen Sanders Mansion, and many storytelling festivals, professional conferences, interfaith events, churches, synagogues, radio, and television programs. He was a winner of the St. Louis Jewish Mystic Jam 2015 Jewish Storytelling Contest. In addition to his book, Welcome to Chelm's Pond, his stories have appeared in Stories we Tell, Distressing Damsels, New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family, and Story Club Magazine. He is a member of the Story Circle of the Capital District, Northeast Storytelling, National Storytelling Network, Jewish Storytelling Coalition, Jewish Book Council Author Network, International Jew's Harp Society, and Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging Roster.

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For insights into Sandy’s approach to storytelling, read Sandy’s Seven Sagacious Storytelling Sayings.

Watch Sandy tell how he found out he was a storyteller: