Stories Bringing People Together
I was born into a family of storytellers, and began telling stories as a child. It was a marvelous balance of nurture and nature. Telling stories, and my mom listening as I sounded out words, encouraged me to become an avid reader. I have been telling stories ever since.
As a young adult I lead a library summer reading program. Children listened better when told rather than read stories, I learned. That year seventeen (17) times more books than before or since were circulated in the youth department.
My storytelling career spans over 35 years and continues going forward. I coordinated the creation of Madison Storytelling Guild, Wisconsin Storytelling Get-Together, Northlands Storytelling Network, and other programs.
My stories are dramatically and energetically told folktales, faerie tales, and original stories for all ages make up my repertoire. Singing and playing folk instruments are often part of my programs.
I teach storytelling, performing, folk singing, and playing folk instruments. I also compose and call community dances in the American barn and contra dance tradition. My dances tell stories. I compose songs, music, and poetry, too.
I give storytelling performances in schools, libraries, theaters, fairs, festivals, markets, camps, conferences, conventions, and almost anywhere else people gather.
I think telling stories is a great way of bringing people together. Stories and a garden are all you need, in my estimation.
My favorite accolade, from a 3rd grader, is: “I wish you lived in my town so you could tell me stories everyday.”
Global Communication INTERACTIVE * INTERNATIONAL * ENTERTAINING
Sadarri & Company is the premier choice for multi-lingual storytelling in the Midwest. They tells stories in French, Spanish, Russian, Haitian Creole, Sign Language, and more! This vivacious family of teaching artists offers performances, workshops, and residencies worldwide for audiences of all ages. Specializing in multi-cultural literacy, their stories and songs have been showcased in numerous award-winning audio and video recordings. Their amazing work has also been featured in scores of books, magazines, and newspapers throughout the United States. This is Story-Play at its very best! Once you’ve booked them, you’ll want to book them again! Visit their website for Storytelling and Creative Writing program descriptions. Note: Exact combination of troupe members varies with availability.
Bob Kann blends storytelling, magic, juggling, and audience participation to educate and entertain children. He has presented more than two thousand school assembly and library programs throughout the United States since 1982. He has a Ph.D. in Reading Education.
Watch an excerpt of a live performance of Bob on his website.
Bob’s latest biographies for children, “Frank Lloyd Wright and His New American Architecture” and “Cindy Bentley: Spirit of a Champion” were published in 2010 as part of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Badger Biography series.
Folk Tales from Around the World (K-2 and families)
Rick Ponzio enriches as well as entertains the audience, bringing the characters of this stories to life before their eyes. Travel around the world and enjoy a performance of fun folk tales, myths, and fables from diverse cultures and countries. This program contains some audience participation and can be reading or writing motivational. Rick can also improvise a story using audience suggestions to coincide with the theme of your event.
Legends from Around the World (Grades 2-5 and families)
Enjoy a performance of legends, tall tales, and stories of giants, monsters and trolls from cultures and countries from around the world. Characters, animals and monsters come alive through Rick Ponzio’s expert storytelling. This program contains some audience participation and can be reading or writing motivational. Rick can also improvise a story using audience suggestions to coincide with the theme of your event.
This man doesn’t just tell a story. He acted out every part, complete with sound effects and even fish gills.
—Norma Scott, New Richmond News
Rick Ponzio rocks.
—Student, Young Authors’ Conference
I would highly recommend Rick Ponzio as a storyteller for any elementary school.
—Pat Mrotek, Principal, Cadott Elementary School
Ponzio tries to focus on stories where problems get solved without violence, stories where boys and girls are heroes, stories that build a sense of community.
—Rich Vosepka, Andover-Anoka-Ramsey Times
WendtWorks: Stories n Flight!
Karen Wendt shares folktales and fun stories that come from around the world. Karen mixes words with a sprinkle of puppets, a dash of sign language, a pinch of music, and ten pounds of wiggles to bake up a story of delight for children and grownups. Karen says, “I love seeing the kids telling stories so I often invite them to help. They become characters in the stories.”
Madison, WI 53716
StoryLore – For Imagination Cultivation
Jean-Andrew has been telling stories professionally since 1983. She presents lively storytelling programs that weave magic with words, images and memorable characterizations. She engages audiences of every age, often with participation, and imaginatively invites them into the tales. Drawing upon her years as an elementary school teacher and school librarian, as well as her long experience in the storytelling community as presenter and instructor, Jean-Andrew offers a wide repertoire of story selections that can be adapted to many settings and needs.
Ever a promoter of storytelling and encourager of budding tellers, she offers adult workshops and credited courses on various aspects of storytelling. Her school residences are a popular way to integrate spoken and written language.
Storyteller, Singer, Author
Stuart has been a full-time professional singer and storyteller since 1986. He tells frequently in schools, libraries, and at community events. He is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, and he travels extensively, leading workshops on Early Childhood music, literacy, and arts integration. He is the author of four books; the most recent is “We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World” from Clarion Books.
Founded in 2003 the La Crosse Storytelling Festival is the only storytelling festival in the state of Wisconsin. It is first and foremost a family event which showcases the highest caliber national tellers and highlights professional local and regional tellers. The event serves as a way to entertain and to educate the general public about storytelling and serves people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Festival provides: educational workshops, a children’s area with stories, music, and crafts, a multi-age stage, fine food and beverages, a book store, a silent auction, and an adult cabaret. The Festival always takes place the Friday and Saturday following Labor Day at Myrick Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Sara Slayton is a master storyteller, an inspiring educator, and a seasoned presenter. She delivers practical, interactive, and inspirational programs to a variety of audiences; teachers, students of all ages (PreK-senior citizens), storytelling groups, librarians, festivals, human service organizations, and community groups. Sara loves teaching the art of storytelling and has done so in the United States and abroad to people from all walks of life. She believes in the power of the spoken word and is well known for her warm and knowledgeable approach. She is available for storytelling performances, workshops, classes, in-service training, and key note addresses.
Sara is the co-founder of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild, the chair of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival,. and the Wisconsin State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network. She is also one of the the Three Boomer Broads and co-authored and acted in two shows: “Remembering While We Still Can” and “What Our Mothers Never Told Us”
Tales by Terry
A natural storyteller, Terry told stories to students in her classroom for years. She now weaves stories for all ages. With her high-energy performances, Terry engages her listeners and takes them on a journey of the imagination.
Terry offers storytelling concerts for adults, families, children, and teachers at libraries, schools, conventions, club meetings, festivals, and corporations. She tells traditional folk and fairy tales, ghost stories, and tales from other lands.
Terry also offers tailor-made workshops for children and schools. Using her skills as a teacher for thirty-five years, Terry can weave a storytelling workshop around any of your curricular needs. She also conducts workshops for teachers on beginning storytelling and using stories across the curriculum. Terry works with companies and adults to bring the power and art of storytelling into the workplace.
La Crescent, MN • 507-894-4715