Directory of Storytellers

These storytellers have chosen to advertise their talents on this website. We hope you will consider them the next time you are looking for a storyteller. We recommend that other references be checked before committing to a contract with any performer. Fees may vary widely.

Jean-Andrew

StoryLore – For Imagination Cultivation
Milwaukee, WI
414-962-4425
jean-andrew@storylore.net
www.storylore.net

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.

Kann, Bob

Storyteller/Juggler/Magician/Author
462  Marston Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
608 257-0958
www.bobkann.com
bobkann@charter.net

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.

La Crosse Storytelling Festival

608-784-8142 • 608-797-2807
www.lacrossestoryfest.com
sara.slayton@gmail.com

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.

Morningstar, Debra

Debra MorningstarNative Story, Song and Spirit
Neenah, WI
(920) 915-4154
dawest@centurytel.net
www.debramorningstar.com

Debra Morningstar — a professional Oneida storyteller — has been telling Indian stories and legends for 22 years. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

Debra regularly speaks to audiences across the country and Canada on American Indian Culture, history and spirituality. As an Oneida storyteller, she presents her lively storytelling programs, keynotes, residencies and Native healing workshops to hundreds of schools, universities, museums, festivals and conferences every year.

She also offers outstanding one- and two-day Native Storyteller/Cultural Residencies, focusing on the Native American culture — including the dismantling of such dangerous Indian stereotypes as “Do you still kill people?” and “Do you still live in Tipis?”

Dressed in traditional Iroquois/Oneida regalia, Debra provides a substantial collection of artifacts, such as basketry, corn husk dolls, arrow heads, moccasins, and beadwork. Engaging her audiences with an interactive format, she uses a Native story basket, hand-drums, rattles and flute in all of her lively presentations! In culminating her program, Debra leads the children in a Native American Friendship Dance.

Ponzio, Rick

STORY PERFORMER
Plymouth, WI
(262)909-1300
rponzio@wi.rr.com

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

Prestidge, Kathy

prestidgeStories and More by Kathy Prestidge
Appleton WI
920-284-5163
prestidgek@ameritech.net
http://storiesandmore.my-free.website/

Performing traditional and modern folktales with a twist of humor, a tingle of fear, or a touch of wisdom for all ages.  Kathy has entertained school groups, library programs, and community events with her lively, often interactive performances.  She is also available for storytelling workshops for children or adults.  In addition to traditional sharing of tales, she also offers Storytelling Plus Maker Programs.  These include:  Origami Tales (plus paper folding activity), String Tales (plus string figure activity), Pancake Tales (plus creative pancake making), Pocket Tales (plus pocket creation and decoration), and Baking Tales (plus bread making).  Want something unique?  Just ask!

Recommendations:
“Your presentation at the Niagra Library was awesome! You kept the audience enthralled with your various stories–liked the way you adapted the stories to the audience on hand. Excellent job!” Bruce Darne, Niagra Public Library, WI
“Our patrons and I enjoyed Kathy’s storytelling program at Shawano Library. Storytelling is an art and Kathy does it so well. I encourage you to have Kathy come and enrich the lives of your children.” Julie Dassler, Shawano, WI.

Sadarri & Company

Global Communication  INTERACTIVE * INTERNATIONAL * ENTERTAINING
7929-26th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53143
(262) 605-8885 or (262) 748-3884
globaltales@yahoo.com
www.globaltales.com

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.

Slayton, Sara

SlaytLine
La Crosse WI
608-797-2807
sara.slayton@gmail.com
www.slaytline.com

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”

Stotts, Stuart

Storyteller, Singer, Author
401 E. Holum St
Deforest, WI 53532
608 513-0724
www.stuart.stotts.com
stuart@stotts.com

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.

Visger, Terry

Terry VisgerTales by Terry
La Crescent, MN • 507-894-4715
talesbyterry@aol.com

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.

Wendt, Karen

WendtWorks: Stories n Flight!
Madison, WI 53716
608-333-7008
muchadoaboutstory@gmail.com

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.”

Wildflower, Kristia

Kristia WildflowerEntertainment That Grows on You!
Plymouth , WI
(920) 207-8709
aboutwildflower@yahoo.com
www.aboutwildflower.com

Myths, legends, folk tales and fairie tales from Scandinavia to Asia are packed full of pumpkins, peppers, apples, oaks, willows, mulberries, shamrocks, roses, lilies, violets and many more. Since the beginning of time, people, plants, stories, songs, science, history, horticulture and humor have been inseparable, and so it is for Kristine Wildflower. For the past 15 years, Wildflower has shared her passion for telling tales of mysterious, magical and mythological places, plants and people.

Wildflower has been involved in the performing arts since 1970. She is a second generation photographer and a self-taught plantlorist. She has worked as a costume designer for 30 years, as well as acted and danced on stage. Kristine quickly captivates her audiences with her many personas — the original and imaginative characters she brings to life with colorful costumes. Choose from the likes of Pepper the Pirate, Cosmos the Little Green Alien, Witch Hazel, Cowslip the Clown, or Ivy the English Elf, any of whom could have stepped out of the pages of a book.

Kristine Wildflower is a storyteller and speaker, an entertainer and educator who is playful, animated, and dramatic. She can fill your classroom, meeting room or stage with her genuine energy and enthusiasm. With a large repertoire of characters and a plethora of programs, Wildflower’s clever improvisation keeps every performance fresh & fun!