Mark Binder likes baking bread and pizza. He loves reading and writing, swimming under water, dining well, breathing deeply, battling the forces of darkness, creating cool projects, having great adventures and telling lies about them. He lives in Providence with his wife, children and friends, and has a sneaking feeling that you’re reading this over his shoulder.

Mark transmits joy with story. He is the author of more than a twenty books and audio books for children, families and adults. Since 2000, he has performed before more than 185,000 listeners of all ages in more than 1,200 performances.

Mark graduated from Columbia University, where he studied mythology with T.E. Gaster and Storytelling with Spalding Gray. He holds an MA in English and Theater from the Trinity Rep Conservatory and Rhode Island College. He has studied yoga, contemporary dance, Decroux-style mime, and holds a third degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art for peace. He has taught an undergraduate course in “Telling Lies” at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was nominated for the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Award-winning storyteller Katie Latimer delights audiences of all ages with her interactive and dynamic stories, and captivates with her poise, vivaciousness, and sense of humor. She looks for unique stories that capture the style, wit, and individuality of the human person.

Her stories are ones of wonder and imagination, always with a twist on classic characters. Her trademark fast-paced and witty style, and unforgettable adventures and songs are sure to make you laugh, and share for years to come.

Katie has been professionally storytelling since she was 13. Winner of the 1998 National Youth Storytelling Olympics, she has told extensively in RI and New England, at libraries, schools, and festivals, and across the US, including at the 1999 International Reading Conference in San Diego, and at the National Storytelling Festival in TN.


Marcia Taylor teaches the performing arts at Lincoln’s Lower School. In other lifetimes she toured across the U.S. and Canada as a solo performer and with Bright Morning Star, a topical ‘folk cabaret’ of eight motley souls. She has three albums of original songs in her catalog, and has participated in numerous other recording projects. A singer/songwriter, storyteller and veteran performer, she aims to empower and delight audiences with humor and an accessible performance style . Expect to be invited to participate!

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