Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer is a Storyteller: whatever stage she is on, she pulls audiences into her magical, lyrical world. Today she performs literacy and musical development workshops for children based on the legendary Caps for Sale books by Esphyr Slobodkina.
Her fun-filled, animated style and statuesque appearance (6′ 3½”) immediately capture the attention of children of all ages. She completely engages her audience, whether singing a song or discussing a musical motive. People gravitate toward her, and children especially respond to her rich imagination and intuitive connection to them. Kind and caring, all are included in Ann Marie’s workshops at whatever level makes them comfortable.
Always seeking innovative venues for her work, artist and author Esphyr Slobodkina contacted musician and performer Ann Marie to compose the music to her book/play, The Flame, the Breeze and the Shadow. While working on this project, Ann Marie reworked a musical version of Caps for Sale written by Esphyr’s sister, Tamara Schildkraut, adding songs, a bright arrangement and lively narration. This fresh and contemporary musical was released in a book/cassette package by HarperCollins Publishers in 2000 and was followed by the second in the series, Circus Caps for Sale, in May 2002. Ann Marie expanded the musical cassette into literacy and musical workshops and dramatizations. One performance was featured on ABC’s Art McFarland’s New York Artist spotlight. In 2003, Ann Marie produced a musical narrative version of The Wonderful Feast followed by Mary and the Poodies in 2004.
A powerful and charismatic stage performer, Ann Marie brings over 25 years music business experience to her workshops and performances. Her composition, I am a Good Child, was chosen as song of the year by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and she was invited to perform this – as well as other original compositions – in a concert for World Habitat Day in October, 1991. She has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. Exploring all music styles, Ann Marie has composed and performed rock, cabaret, contemporary, music-theater and music-theater for children in a number of venues. She has also done studio work, voiceovers and radio commercials.
Ann Marie returned to college in her late 30s. In 1998, she graduated summa cum laude from Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford with a BF in Music Theater, specializing in Music Composition. While at Hartt, she received a number of awards for her interactive programs for students.
In 1996, Ann Marie co-founded “Joan of Arts”, a theater and art school for children ages 4-15. It is located in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills.