Gay Ducey is a storyteller who performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland. She has appeared twice at the National Storytelling Festival and on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. She is also a children’s librarian in Oakland, California.
Ducey learned about stories in the best way possible—from family. Descended from Southern women who treasured a sassy mouth, she grew up in New Orleans with its rituals and play. She now lives in Berkeley. The Bay Area’s shifting social landscape and New Orleans timeless enchantments have formed an artist who relishes the diverse and the novel, but reveres the traditional place of stories in family and community. She still can’t resist stepping into any parade that passes by.
Ducey is a storytelling educator who has taught storytelling at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley. She was a commissioned artist at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, where she presented a story of women in the American labor movement. That piece is a part of “Union Maid: Stories from America’s Women at Work.” She is the co-author of Spilt Milk: Traditional Tales of Mothers and Motherhood scheduled for publication in 2007.
Ducey is the former chairperson of the National Storytelling Association. She was the 2001 recipient of the Oracle Award for Distinguished National Service in Storytelling. The Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women named her one of the “Outstanding Women of Berkeley." She remains the artistic director of the Bay Area Storytelling Festival.