Fantastic! You had us all spellbound.
– Abbey Lane Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Andrew McKenna is winner of the Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling competition, Port Fairy Folk Festival 2006 and 2012.
Andrew captured the dark pain of the selkie in a way I have never heard before … a remarkable storyteller. - Jackie Kerin, Port Fairy Folk Festival, 2012
Andrew McKenna has been a storyteller for more than 20 years. In 1984 he was a founding member of the innovative theatre company Whistling in the Theatre, performing and touring productions to Adelaide and Melbourne.
“It was cool-Kurtis, freaky-Cadence, fantastic-(Liam), great, my favourite story was the man with the swollen cheeks. (Abby) – Shepparton Art Museum.
He has written shows performed at the Organ Factory, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and ANThill (Australian Nouveau Theatre) in South Melbourne.
In 2007 and 2009 he toured and performed in Ireland, performing at the prestigious Baboro International Children’s Festival in Galway, Waterford’s Imagine Festival and Limerick’s Lough Gur Storytelling Festival, as well as libraries and schools around the country.
Andrew has also toured Sadako and the 1000 Cranes to secondary schools with U25 Theatre Company, and with Company Wander Light he has taken a season of schools’ shows to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and many places in between.
His fiction has been published in Australia and widely in the USA, and his theatre work has been performed on ABC Radio National. He has received an Australia Council grant for fiction.
The performance was dynamic, well paced … and was utterly engaging … the physical dimension brought to the telling was superb. – Heywood Consolidated School
As a performance storyteller he performs at festivals, halls, libraries, fairs, after-school and holiday programs, pre-schools and schools in Victoria and NSW.
He has worked extensively with directors and studied with renowned US storyteller Nancy Mellon and Ashley Ramsden, a top storyteller from the UK.
Andrew is a trained secondary teacher, and has run seminars on the value of stories and storytelling for children. He performs for adults and children. He won the prestigious Port Fairy Storytelling prize in 2006 and 2012.
Thank you for the wonderful stories and adventures we enjoyed with you today. We really felt part of the stories and it was easy to follow and understand you. My favourite was raven and the whale. The music made the stories come alive for us. Thank you again for the fun library visit.
Third class, Butlersbridge National School