Begin with a Story
A natural born storyteller
Judy is a member of several Storytelling Guilds and the National Storytelling Network. She has been a workshop facilitator since the late 1990’s, with her professional career as a storyteller commencing in 2009. Judy background also includes: a published author, poet, RN and Licensed Massage Therapist.
With a strong theatrical background her stories have lots of physicality. When telling she sprinkles both elements of humor and wisdom. She can be found performing, throughout the Tri-State region, at various events including libraries, schools, festivals and she is now is available for online performances.
As a storyteller Judy was given the opportunity of performing two of her original tales at the National Storytelling Conference, in 2013 in person and again in 2020 online. By the end of 2020 she hopes to complete an animation of her children’s book, “Amazing Petunia’s Adventures
Published Books & Poems
- A video representation of an original poem was presented at “The Just Listening Event” by The Missouri Arts Council.
- A creator of many of her tales she has self published one of her original stories, “Amazing Petunia’s Adventures,” and it is
available on Amazon.
- Judy is currently working to make “Amazing Petunia’s Adventures” into a children’s animation series.
- This year she will be launching “Twas Midnight” a Halloween tale as as children’s book based on one of her poems.
- Selected three years running to be included in the National Poetry Celebration Anthology by the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries.
- One of her poem’s was selected by the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Writers Group (GLVWG) Anthology titled “Rewriting the Past.”
- Worldwide Virtual Storytelling
(African Folktales: Anansi & Aesop)
- Woodbridge Library – Storytelling 101
- Cherry Hill Library – New Jersey Tales
(Online Storytelling Event)
- 12th Storytelling & World Music Festival
- New Jersey Storytelling Festival
- Bergen County Zoo
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Zoellner Arts Center
- Grounds for Sculpture
- Willowsford Conservancy
Dark Sky Event (VA)
- Bobcaygeon Music Council
Canadian Summer Program
- Union County Performing Arts Center
- Red Mill Museum
- Timberline Lake Camping Resort
- National Canal Museum
- Kipona Festival
- Rahway Winter Wonderland
- Middlesex Historic;
Old Town Village
- Newark Downtown Event
- Das Awkscht Fescht
- Various Tellabrations,
including as a featured Olio teller.
- The Ice House
(Topsy Turvy Tuesdays).
- AARP various chapters
Perhaps have a story created just for you, or for your special occasion.
- All Hallows Eve Tales*
- Animal Antics
- Around the World
- Greek Myths
- Fairy Tale Fun
- Holiday Themes
- Irish Tales
- Jack Tales
- Jersey Tales
- Judy’s Jacket*
- Original Tales
- Seasons of Stories
- Spooky Stories*
- Tall Tales
- Tales for Tiny Tots
- Trickster Tales
- Wild West**
- Winter Wonderland
- World Tales
Most Programs Family Friendly
Adult/Senior Programs Available
*Will adapt most programs for the specific needs of the event.
**Wild West Presentation available for schools & great for Senior Centers
“Judy blended folklore, legends, and history to present a performance that was dynamic, entertaining, and informative! It was amazing to see her become Mrs. Leeds, the mother of the Jersey Devil, and offer a dramatic interpretation of the origin of the Jersey Devil. The performance was online through Zoom and she used that format to enhance her story telling. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time for all ages.”
“We appreciated Judy’s dynamic and informative virtual program!
She gave our patrons a lively presentation with a wonderfully personal touch. Her ability to adapt her interactive program to fit the virtual landscape was beautifully achieved.”
Judy England-McCarthy’s lively, expressive and dramatic style keeps the entire audience enchanted – here is a performance not to miss!
Judy’s stories on the Old West painted an unforgettable image of the life and times of the pioneers. Her rendition of Annie Oakley was especially entertaining.
You are such a natural talent. I hope you will continue to bring your gifts to other schools and libraries. I would recommend you to anyone!
Use storytelling as a fun learning tool to engage the minds and hearts of your listeners. Learn new ways to help tell stories effectively. Everyone will be so caught up in the fun they won’t know that they are actually learning important aspects of putting together a story. This workshop has lots of practical hands-on work for the participants to do. By the end of the workshop the groundwork for building and telling a story will be firmly in place, with the tools on how to put your own spin on it.
This is a game changer for anyone who wants to gain insight into perspective and change how they see the world. It explores shifting paradigms and ways to interact more fully with each other. Through the use of stories, props and games the participants learn how to unleash their imagination and communicate their own personal story, in fun ways, with others.
Use storytelling as a fun learning tool to engage the minds and hearts of your listeners. Find out ways to help tell stories effectively. Everyone will be so caught up in the fun they won’t know that they are actually learning important aspects of putting together a story. There will be lots of practical hands-on work for you to do, with the opportunity to put your own spin on it. By the end of the workshop the groundwork for building and telling a story will be firmly in place.
This workshop allows people to focus on a theme, create small touchstones to use as tools and set about through the use of story to draw in their listeners or audience. It teaches the skills to understand what a story is made up of and how to put one together. Using themes to bring meaning into their stories.
for the following groups
- Woodbridge Library
- South Plainfield Library
- Boscov’s Department Store
- NJ League for Nursing Convention
- AARP Linden Chapter
- South Plainfield Library
- First Unitarian Society of Plainfield
- Mother’s Center of Central NJ
- Program Leader JFK MRMC nursing
- Pregnancy workshop UMDNJ
In this workshop participants will learn the basic elements of storytelling. What are the various types of stories. What makes a good story. We will also explore the history of the oral tradition. How to find your unique way of telling using various techniques and tools so participants can better express the story they wish to share.
This kindness workshop is proactive rather than reactive. It teaches through kindness about the issues of bullying.
This two part kindness workshop is proactive rather than reactive to the issues of bullying. Through participation in interactive storytelling the students look at and see where, why and when bullying and unkindness occurs in the story. They then get the opportunity to come up with alternatives that might make for a more positive outcome. Finally, the students do five acts of kindness over the following week and write a story about one of them. This workshop incorporates language arts skills as well as addressing the issue of bullying and changing the the story around it. paradigm in a positive way. The use of props and puppets will be included for the younger grades. Not only will the student learn how to put together a good story they will also, learn directly how they can make a difference in their world.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.” -Aesop
The students truly enjoyed their engaging experience that they encountered with Judy. She told the students meaningful stories with an education theme.
The theme of kindness truly spoke to the students. They took the assignment very seriously and were constantly talking about how they could show an act of kindness.
Mime at block party
"Judy England-McCarthy as a mime at a street fair in Bethlehem PA. She was very entertaining and engaging, moving through the crowd and interacting well with both adults and children."
Children’s Dyslexia Centers of NJ
"We invited Judy England-McCarthy as a mime for our summer Fund Raising BBQ event for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of NJ. The children and adults alike loved her UNSPOKEN humor and wit, as she delighted the guests around the room."
Kevin W. Engemann, Chairman of the Board
Children’s Dyslexia Centers of NJ-Scotch Plains Campus.
Trinity Episcopal Church Event
"Judy England-McCarthy a popular, engaging storyteller to children, has brightened the outreach efforts of our Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem for three consecutive years, beginning with a joint program on music for the children at the Northeast Ministry in 2014. In 2015, she did double duty as a storyteller and mime at our July Market Street Fair Storyteller's Pavilion. In 2016, she performed as a mime at the NE Ministry Block Party in June and as a Storyteller at our four part Children's Story series for the NE Ministry Summer Camp in July and August. She is a mainstay of cooperation enjoyed by Trinity and the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild."
Canon Mother Laura Howell
Obl.S.B., Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem, PA.
"I think the mime was very clever and on the spot creative dealing with children of all ages. In particular she was patient with an adoring but annoying fan (a ten year old boy) who kept following her around."
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