Some recent highlights …

  • A fantastically fun performance with Sue Fink at the “On the Tracks Songwriter Showcase” in Chelsea, MI
  • The honor of presenting a Personal Narrative Storytelling Workshop for high school teachers at Lincoln Center Theater’s Education wing as outreach for their new Tony nominated show “Act One,” based on a memoir of Moss Hart
  • Meeting face to face in NYC with my business storytelling client, Chris Langenskiold, for 2 days of coaching. Chris is CEO of The Big Picture, a Finnish innovative service design consultancy firm
  • Performing my interactive musical storytelling program for over 500 children at Jackson Storyfest
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Allison performs in Boston – MassMouth Long-form Storytelling Evening at Club Passim!!

What a thrill to be performing for MassMouth at Club Passim! I have heard only amazing things about MassMouth, celebrating the “living art of storytelling in Massachusetts” and am so excited to be part of their inaugural program “1st Person Plural” – an evening of long-form storytelling. Then, there’s Club Passim! A songwriter’s dream – the historic folk club graced by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and some of my favorite folk performers today! If you know anyone in the Boston area – send ‘em our way!

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“The Living Room” Radio Series August & September episodes air this week!

Lake Michigan, August 2013Listen to the PODCAST of the August episode of The Living Room Storytelling Radio series on Michigan Radio. It aired Thursday, August 29th on Michigan Radio‘s daily news show Stateside with Cynthia Canty. This episode features a whimsical end of summer story by my friend, Michigan storyteller and artist, Karen Czarnik.  Karen recounts a memorable road trip she took with her kids to Northern Michigan where they invoked the family tradition of swimming in every new body of water. Downey curated this piece and co-produced it with independent media producer, Zak Rosen.

If you listen, please feel free to post your comments on their website or email

The September episode of The Living Room airs Thursday, September 5th, 3-4pm EST; 10-11pm EST on Michigan Radio‘s daily news show Stateside with Cynthia CantyAiring on the first day of school for many, this episode is dedicated to education. The piece begins with a collage of voices from interviews I conducted with Kalamazoo pre-school and elementary school students the last week of classes this past June. The rest of the episode features a story by Living Room producer Zak Rosen about The James and Grace Lee Boggs School (named after the nationally known authors and activists) that opens in Detroit this week.

Listen on your radio: 91.7 FM /Ann Arbor/ Detroit; 91.1 FM Flint; 104.1 West Michigan; stream live at www.michiganradio.orgListen to the podcast on the Stateside webpage ( for it the next day, or check back here to my website and the new episodes will be posted after they air.

Hope you enjoy!

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“The Living Room” May episode airs on Michigan Radio: Listen to the Podcast HERE!

If you’re free Thursday, May 16th  between 3-4pm EST, by a radio or computer (or smart phone…) consider listening in to our May episode of  “The Living Room” during Michigan Radio’s daily talk show, “Stateside” (NPR) (104.1 W. Michigan, 91.7 A2/Detroit, 91.1 Flint) or stream live

The podcast is posted here:

If you get a chance please let them know what you think – leave a comment, send and email… It really helps!

This episode celebrates Prom season with my story about a first high school dance gone wrong, and my song “All That Matters” (from my sophomore CD Across the Sea) about a middle school dance.  Enjoy!


If you are around East Michigan on Saturday, please consider attending the storytelling benefit:

ASL & Voice! Storytelling by Deaf and Hearing Storytellers. This Saturday, May 18th from 6:30-9:30pm at EMU Student Center in Ypsilanti, MI. I am so honored to participate in this great event to raise money for the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation – scholarships for deaf students. There will be two Deaf storytellers and two hearing storytellers with sign interpreters (actor, life coach – Aviva Simonte and me)  Cost: $25, Silent Auction, iPad door Prize! RSVP: Terri Fear; 734-217-4829

Thanks so much for tuning in!!

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