UNCW Storyteller of the week: Gilbert Neiz
My name is Gilbert but everyone usually calls me Gil. I am from Ozamis City, Philippines. I am a surfer and an adventurer. I am currently a UNCW student. I am hoping to finish this spring then hopefully join the military.
UNCW Storyteller of the week: Bryan Murray
Bryan is a Senior at UNCW majoring in Communication Studies. This is his first time in the UNCW storytellers but has a background in performing from singing with the all male a cappella group called the High Seas, to taking theatre classes throughout high school. He loves working with kids whether it is going to help out at elementary schools or coaching the swim team in his neighborhood, which he has done for the past four years. In his down time, he loves to play all kinds of sports and is on many different intramural teams on campus. He definitely wants to keep working with kids in the future and cannot wait to perform to the rest of the elementary schools.
NOTE: We forgot to post our UNCW Storytellers of the Week on Social Media to our blog for a few weeks which is why you're getting 3 of us tonight!
UNCW Storyteller of the week: Mariana Loaiza
Mariana is a sophomore at UNCW double majoring in Communication Studies and Spanish. This is her first year with the UNCW Storytellers and has loved every minute of it. She has been involved in the theater community for over four years and performing is a strong passion. She has also worked, coached, and volunteered with children for over five years so seeing both paths cross in the UNCW Storytellers has been such a privilege. Whenever she is not babysitting, she prefers to read, do Pilates, and eat breakfast foods. She can't wait to see where this incredible experience will take her!
NOTE: We haven't been posting our storytellers to our website like our social media accounts so a our past 3 storytellers of the week are going to all come today :)
Lauren is a sophomore at UNCW. She is majoring in Communication studies and hopes to become an event planner. She is currently doing an internship with the give back company, Half United. On campus, she is involved with French club and the women’s ministry, Delight. She spends her time painting things she finds on Pinterest and going to the beach. Lauren has worked with kids all of her life and is so excited to step outside of her comfort zone and try something new through being a UNCW story teller.
Thanks so much to our contacts at each school that make our touring possible. This year UNCW Storytelling will be visiting:
10.5 Alderman Elementary
10.2 Mary C. Williams Elementary
10.26 Gregory Elementary
11.2 Winter Park Elementary
11.9 Wrightsville Beach
11.16 Snipes Academy
12.2 College Park
On September 30th, UNCW Storytelling Director, Dr. Julie-Ann Scott and Assistant Director Marle Mattingly presented at the Carolinas Communication Association's Annual Conference on how Storytelling creates a space for empathy, connection, and a space to pursue social justice.
Katie is a Junior and a Psychology Major at UNCW. She enjoys working with kids and after she graduates, plans to get her masters and doctorate degree in hopes to one day be a Child Psychologist. Outside of school Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteer work, snow skiing, wakeboarding and most of all going to the beach. She is looking forward to this experience this semester with the UNCW Storytellers.
UNCW Storyteller of the Week: Damien Capps
Damien is a Film Studies and Communication Studies double major at UNCW. Damien has a passion for telling stories, particularly through film. He has worked on many professional and student films, and is the Producer of the CIE Media Team. He hopes to one day produce and direct Hollywood blockbusters. He is excited to follow his passion for storytelling through UNCW Storytellers
Sydney Williams is a Communication Studies Major at UNCW and will be graduating this December. Sydney has a thriving passion for writing and photography. She expresses this passion through her internships with Encore Magazine and Marcus Anthony Photography. She is also a content contributor for The Odyssey. Sydney aspires to work for a magazine when she graduates and eventually become the Editor in Chief of a large publication. She looks forward to trying something new this semester and being a part of the UNCW storytellers!
Kirk Robertaon is a UNCW Storyteller assistant director and senior at UNCW studying Communication studies. He is a theater junky and loves performing and storytelling to any audience. This is his 3rd storytelling troupe, and he is excited about the privilege to lead such an enthusiastic group of students! After he graduates, he plans to get his masters at South Eastern bibliological Seminary in Raleigh, NC. He will then pursue a degree as a Worship Pastor in a church. He hopes for continued opportunities to perform and storytell throughout his career in ministry, and is so excited for what this year at UNCW Storytellers will bring!
UNCW STORYTELLER OF THE WEEK:
Nathanael Tyre is a Communication Studies Major & Senior at UNCW. He began taking Performance classes at the University his Sophomore year and has continued to grow in this atmosphere. During his Junior year Nathanael participated in the 2015 Storyteller's Troupe at UNCW, this experience brought him motivation to continue the study of Storytelling in 2016 as an Assistant Director. Outside of the classroom, Nathanael uses his storytelling skills to advance his career in Music Performance & Production. For him, Music & Storytelling (along with efficient Communication) go hand in hand. In his opinion, some of the most dynamic & effective songs in history have an in depth story plot. Nathanael will continue to perform Storytelling Music throughout his Senior year in venues across the United States and Wilmington, NC. He is patiently waiting for Graduation in the Summer of 2017 & his out of college experience as an Artist.
Marle Mattingly is a communication studies major and senior at UNCW. She was a hawk tale player and part of the JustUs performance troupe in spring 2016. These were such great experiences that she wanted to continue in classes of the same nature. She is excited to now be an assistant director to the UNCW storytellers fall 2016! Marle has some background in performance and has always loved bringing different stories to life. She has come to realize that stories are some of the most important aspects of being human. We thrive when we are able to empathize with one another and our stories are a way of doing that. Marle hopes to continue performing after she graduates. She is excited to graduate in December 2016 and looks forward to what the future will bring.
This group was absolutely wonderful and we had a phenomenal semester. The 3rd-5th grade audiences were engaging with such thoughtful questions. Two of our Hawk Tale Players, Marle and Kirk will be taking over the UNCW Storytellers as Assistant Diectors along with UNCW 2015 Storyteller alum Nate. We'll see you all in the Fall!