Story performer Sally Perkins and violinist Thomas W. Watkins will bring to life old but relevant wisdom stories from various traditions around the world as they weave together engaging storytelling and elegant music.
About the Presenters
Sally Perkins performs stories of all sorts – historical, wisdom, personal and ghoulish – to audiences of all ages. She has performed for the National Storytelling Network, the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival, Tennessee’s Haunting in the Hills Festival and the IndyFringe Festival. Her one-woman show Digging in Their Heels: An Energized Eye-Opening Story of Women's Battle for the Vote is taking her across the country, including New York City, where she performed off-Broadway at the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival. She also works with professional clients needing to perfect their organizations' stories. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, she has taught rhetoric and public speaking for over 30 years, currently at Butler University.
Thomas Wyatt Watkins has a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Indiana University, is a charter member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and plays fiddle with the Indianapolis group Irish Airs. He has been featured at the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival and for many years at the Indy Irish Fest. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and serves as head pastor of Cumberland Baptist Church. As an author and storyteller, Watkins has published the book What Our Kids Teach Us About Prayer. He has a passion for communicating beauty and meaning where they often remain concealed or uncelebrated, as well as a gift for weaving stories of inspiration and consequence into violin performances of elegance and intimacy.
The Center’s daytime speaker series, Luminaries, meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month for presentations about the Center's programming and the performing arts in general. Tickets for the presentations are $10 and include light refreshments. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 317.843.3800.
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