In addition to her business expertise, Allison Broeren, business program chair and instructor for Globe University, has always had a passion for the art of storytelling. A competitive performer since the fifth grade, Allison went to college on a speech scholarship. She wanted to continue performing, so she started doing poetry slam and has since taken over Poetry SlamMN! and started Word Sprout, a live literature production company. She became more interested in storytelling through the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
“I’ve found my home telling stories,” Allison says.
Allison was recently selected by Minnesota Public Radio to be the Storytelling Travel Scholar on the 11 Days through Greece: Follow the Gods trip on May 4-14, 2014. Allison will be assisting Master Storyteller, Kevin Kling as they embark on an adventure through Greece and teach 48 guests about how to develop and share their own stories. They will explore historic landmarks, gain unique perspective into the nation’s legends and myths, and participate in storytelling workshops. The trip will take them to the islands of Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Crete and Santorini, as well as the city of Mycenae, which is linked to Homer’s “The Odyssey.”
In order to even apply to become the Storytelling Travel Scholar, Allison had to place first or second at a Moth storytelling competition. The Moth is a national public radio program and acclaimed live-stage storytelling competition, in which Allison regularly participates at Amsterdam Hall in Saint Paul.
“I tell a lot of personal narratives about different things: my grandmother’s Alzheimer’s, my family, bad dates, vacation adventures, little moments with my dog,” Allison says.
Once placing in the top two at a competition, Allison then made her prize-winning video application on her iPad, in which she discussed how she would bring the experience of the trip back to her own community.
“I use a lot of storytelling in the classroom,” says Allison. “I hope to bring back more ideas on how to be better at teaching this way, as well as incorporate digital video stories.”
Allison also hopes to share her knowledge of using storytelling as a way of teaching with other Globe University instructors through in-service workshops when she returns.
Visit the Globe University business program page to learn more.