Jessica asked each of us to send a short bio - so I did.
Maryland spoken word artist Ellouise Schoettler is known for seeking stories of unknown women – then bringing them to life with “heart and humor” for audiences of all ages. Ellouise says she appreciates and applauds Jessica Piscitelli Robinson for her idea and leadership to have this festival which features women and their stories.
Ellouise, a professional storyteller for more than three decades, grew up surrounded by her aunts who were memorable North Carolina talkers. When they went to the local grocery store they returned telling epic tales of what happened on their journey. Says Ellouise, “They taught me to find women’s stories from everyday life experience.”
For the past six years, Ellouise has focused on finding and telling stories of the true history of unknown nurses from Johns Hopkins Hospital who served in the U. S. Army in France during World War One.
“I love these women,” she says. “It is a privilege to bring their stories out of the shadows of history, especially during WWI Centennial years.
Recent favorite venues for Ellouise’s WWI stories include the DC Capital Fringe, the WWI National Museum and Memorial, Memorial of Women in the Military at Arlington Cemetery, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the Olde Mecklenburg County Historical Society and more.
“Of course,” says Ellouise, “a career highlight will always be my times on stage in Jonesborough, Tennessee – on the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place Stage and as Teller-in-Residence.”
Since 2006, Ellouise has hosted cable storytelling shows on Channel 16 (MMCTV.org) Montgomery County, MD.
Stories in Time: Ellouise tells a new story.
Monday: 9:15 PM
Tuesday: 9:45 PM
Find out more about Ellouise at ellouiseschoettler.com
Come see Ellouise perform, along with 17 other female storytellers, at the Women’s Storytelling Festival in the City of Fairfax, March 13 and 14, 2020. Details here.