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The Beggar at the Door: An Invitation to Enchantment | Tracey Girdich

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What happens in the brain when we listen and connect to stories? What are therapeutic uses of storytelling and how does one learn to listen deeply in order to enter into a state of enchantment? Tracey Girdich will look at what happens in the brain when we listen to and tell stories and share her methods for utilizing storytelling as a means to help children experience a state of self-regulation and attunement.

Tracey Girdich is an interventionist in the Early Childhood Program of the Child, Youth and Family Services division of Howard Center. She has over 25 years of experience working with young children. She is also an actor, producer, director and storyteller. She received a BA in theatre arts from SUNY Plattsburgh, attended Circle in the Square in NYC and studied with the Practical Aesthetic Workshop program presented by Atlantic Theatre Company as well as with artists Tom Carder, Mark Nash and Carole Zucker. She has performed in local venues and regionally at the Sanford Meisner theatre in NYC and internationally at the Edinburg International Fringe Festival. She is a founding member of the not- for- profit Green Candle Theatre Company.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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