Tracy is a dynamic, energetic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator. Since 1991 she has traveled all over the United States, as well as to several foreign countries, bringing her special brand of humor, insight, and faith to audiences of all ages through the power of narrative.
Tracy has performed for schools, libraries, and various civic groups over the years. She has a wide range of story genres that she shares—historical, humorous, fantasy, folk, poetic, personal. She particularly enjoys telling stories that provide food for thought, encouraging her listeners to look at usual occurrences in unusual ways.
Tracy’s favorite stories, however, are biblical. In fact, the vast majority of her work comes through churches and religious organizations. Working across denominational lines, Tracy puts to good use the extensive training she received while working as a Director of Christian Education at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, NC, as an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University, as Artist-in-Resident at Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD, as well as from her various degrees (Bachelor of Arts from Grove City College, Grove City, PA—double major in Elementary Education and Christian Ministries; Master of Religious Education from Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC; Master of Arts in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN; Doctor of Ministry—focusing on Spirituality for Life Together with a special emphasis on Digital Storytelling—from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC).
In fact, it’s this breadth of experience that has helped to shape Tracy’s greatest strength: she’s a generalist, rather than a specialist! Equally effective with preschoolers as senior citizens, with adolescent boys as middle-aged women, with public high schools as intergenerational church groups, Tracy is able to tailor her programs appropriately to meet each group’s specific needs. Indeed, it’s her bent toward being a “perpetual student” that allows her to keep abreast of new educational methods and tools for presenting her material in a way that engages as many learning styles as possible. And she finds herself continually learning from her students in her current adjunct work at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Tracy hails from Canton, Ohio but has lived in Baltimore, MD since 1997. She has been a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers, International (NBSI) since 1990 and in the ensuing years has served that organization in various capacities: board member; annual Festival Gathering coordinator; editor of their bi-monthly newsletter The Biblical Storyteller; founding member of the NBSI Scholars’ Conference Seminar; and, since its inception in 2006, the Dean of the Academy for Biblical Storytelling. In her spare time (miniscule as it is!) she co-hosts a monthly podcast, Faith in Focus (a podcast looking at movies people of faith should see) so enjoys watching (particularly independent and documentary) movies. She also gets a kick out of playing her accordion and ukulele, trips to the ocean, hanging out with her friends, and going barefoot.