Donna-Marie-Todd-4Donna Marie is an easy-going  professional with over 30 years of collaborative presentation experience. All retreats, workshops and conference programming are designed to fit your audience’s expectations, your overall themes and necessary timeframes, both in the planning and presentation stages. Learn more about her approach to workshops, retreats and residencies by reading the linked articles and samples below. To see what others say about working with her, click here.

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There’s nothing like one of Donna Marie’s Story Concerts. It’s a show unlike any other! Stories, laughter, banter and song – how can you beat that? These original story concerts feature inspiring stories and soaring song. Click here to read a story!
Bring us for the weekend and have a story concert, music concert, story sermon for worship & a workshop!

with the songs we all love but don’t hear very often!

Donna Marie and singer-songwriter Andy Gwynn have been performing together for over a decade and their joyful banter and delicious harmonies will leave you wanting more. A multi-faceted acoustic musician, Andy is a graduate of Davidson College and plays guitar, harmonica and African drum. In addition to his performing schedule with Donna Marie, Andy offers African drum building and introductory drumming workshops to groups and churches. His latest drumming workshop was for the Mantreat at Montreat conference center but he also builds drums with youth in the summers at Camp Rockmont.

“You and Andy were absolutely WONDERFUL last Sunday!!  I knew  it would be terrific but I was swept away by the story, music and your compelling talent.  It’s such an amazing gift you shared with us!” Rev. David McNair, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit

Programs, Workshops and Retreats
The workshops and programs shown below are tailored to meet your event needs and can be utilized singly or in combination to fit slots for evening, weekend and week-long events and conferences.

“Donna Marie’s love of learning and sharing is impacting the lives of others in ways that she can never imagine.”― Ethelene Edwards, Mount Airy, NC

Storytelling and Client Communication  •  Related Article – [Storytelling with Your Clients]
The Power of Storytelling in K-12 Education  •  Related Articles – [Creative Writing] [Native American Culture]  •  Audio Samples – [Character Trait Stories for Kids
Discovering Your Personal Stories
Butterfly Girl – A Journey to Self-Esteem  •  Story Sample – [Butterfly Girl]

Metamorphosis – Spiritual Lessons from Sickness and Death  •  Story Sample – [Metamorphosis]
Vocal Techniques for Storytelling – Learn Professional Techniques
Visualizing a Story – Learn to Write Like a Pro!

Story Concerts  A story concert is an evening of original story interwoven with song. Donna Marie travels with an acoustic musician for all story concert programs.

“Donna Marie is like a warm blanket for your soul. She has the ability to identify with people on an inner level. I left wanting more… that am an art.”― Annette Frisby, LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC

Performances range in length from 20-45 minutes and include both music and story.

Faith of Our Fathers  •  Audio Sample – [In The Garden] [Sweet Hour of Prayer] [Why Wait]
Baptism at Second Creek  •  Audio Sample – [Track 2]
The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters  •  Video Sample
Concession Stand Mama  •  Video Sample – [Band Boosters]
Alma Mae’s House of Beauty  •  Video Sample – [Holiday Haircut’s Half Price]
The Quilt  •  Video Sample – [Welcome Video]

A Night with Donna Marie Todd (A 2 to 2.5 hour conference or festival program with intermission. This full concert program features up to three stories from the story concert list.)

“Donna Marie’s great storyteller voice projects and portrays emotions. She holds an audience in the palm of her hand.”― Bob Hinkle, White Horse Performance Event Center, Black Mountain, NC

School Residencies

Donna Marie is a teaching artist who works with learners of all ages. She uses storytelling as a launching pad to supercharge students’ creativity across curriculum areas. Her residency programs engage students’ imaginations and get them excited about creative writing and link back into the curriculum being studied in social studies, music or science to meet multiple common core goals for K-12 set by the US Department of Education. This is integrated learning that kids love! Contact her to learn more about a residency for your school.

Read more about “Creative Writing in Upper Elementary and Middle School Students.”

Holiday Programs

Celebrate your holiday event in style with a live concert! These Christmas and Thanksgiving story concerts are designed to last from 20-45 minutes and are story interwoven with song. Donna Marie travels with an acoustic musician for these programs.

“The singing portions of her stories are so beautiful and eloquent that the listener can hardly believe what they are
― Jane Sims, Past Co-President, Florida Storytelling Association and Asheville, NC Storytelling Circle

Performances range in length from 20-45 minutes and include both music and story.

Princess the Christmas Dog  •  Audio Sample – [Princess Christmas Dog]
Iris in the Snow  •  Video Sample
The Messiah is coming!
The Gift of the Great King (Children’s Program)

Biblical Storytelling

The scriptures were originally shared orally. Less than 5% of the population in ancient times could read or write. Storytelling is our most authentic and powerful way of sharing the gospel. Workshops and weekend retreats in biblical storytelling are powerful, intergenerational worship renewal tools.

Donna Marie also presents scripture through biblical storytelling for conferences and special worship services.

“Donna Marie’s story-telling, and especially her singing, are deeply moving. She is the best in her field because her audience can connect personal experiences to the stories she tells.”
― Rev. Dr. Tom Boomershine, Founder, Network of Biblical Storytellers, International, Dayton, OH

Visualizing the Bible – An Introduction to Biblical Storytelling
Using Storytelling in Worship  •  Related Article – [Biblical Storytelling]
Writing Story Sermon  •  Related Article – [Why You Should Write Story Sermons]

Storytelling Performances:
Luke Birth Narrative (Christmas and Advent)
Were You There? (Lent /The Passion from the Gospel of Mark)