Meet Wendy Marans, she/her
Wendy started as a story listener, whose father’s stories led to a love of language and discovery. In 2014 she began to workshop with other storytellers at the Institute Library where she discovered the richness of shared histories and the power of story to develop community as well as a love of telling. She has told at Tellebrations, Moth slams, and various venues in CT including Storytellers New Haven and the Festival of Arts and Ideas. Following a Community Leadership Program in 2015, the use of story, heart listening and hearing deeply, led to participation at a storytelling retreat with Donald Davies, who passed on his belief that through story we come to know ourselves and others in ways that allow us to grow. In the recent years story as a pathway to self-awareness, healing, and antiracism have also become a focus, the listening to and hearing of stories as important as the telling.
Wendy is a speech pathologist who works with children who have significant difficulties with speech, language, learning and social communication. She is proud to be on the board of Music Haven which provides access to free music training and long-term mentorship to children in the city as a means of building skills and confidence while developing community and promoting social justice.