Recently awarded the National Circle of Excellence award, this dynamic storyteller is one of the most sought after artists in the country today. Bobby is a former board member for The National Storytelling Festival and is currently with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival board. He has performed in Hong Kong, Wales, Singapre, Austria and Africa. He has won three Emmy Awards and is the author of several award-winning children's books. Eight of his ten CD’s have won the Parents Choice Gold Award. His programs include cultural diversity, character education, literacy, living history, poetry and prose, music and conflict resolution themes. He is well known for his comedy, lively animation and special sound effects. Programs can be adapted for all ages and can be found on website.
Microphone on a stand.
A 4th generation horse and mule trader, Dan Hess grew up competing in local and state rodeos and, as an adult, embarked on a 12-year professional rodeo career. Along the way, Hess picked up cowboy lore from his elders, whom he calls the "last faint dying embers of the real old-time cowboys." He notes that songs and poetry are just as much a part of the rodeo business as riding and roping. Hess has written and recited cowboy poetry for nearly 50 years, earning invitations to perform three times at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma and at Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Hess is available for solo performances at schools, festivals, and concerts.
PA system with handheld microphone
Dianne Moran an award-winning Storyteller, Living History Performer and Chautauqua Scholar. Heritage Festivals feature her poignant portrayals including: Zerelda James (Frank and Jesse’s Mama), Miep Gies (Anne Frank Family protector), and condemned conspirator in the Lincoln assassination, Mary Surratt. Other recognizable personages include, Calamity Jane, Mother Jones, Lizzie Borden, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Titanic and 1904 World’s Fair characters. Schools augment their curriculums with her programs of Colonial America, Revolutionary War, Lewis & Clark, Civil War, Wagon Train, Ellis Island and The Holocaust. Programs feature a performance in historic dress, a Q and A with the audience and end with the viewing of a relic display.
Microphone and a 6 ft. table
Storytelling programs, suited for all ages, will delight, tickle the imagination and send you on a journey around the world. Flavia has been telling stories since high school where she competed at the state level. Honing her craft and adding puppets has brought new life to old stories. As an added bonus, Flavia engages students in creative thinking and entices them to create stories of their own. Stories of her travels to Rwanda and working with the Pygmy people will inspire older students and adults.
Wonderfully blending tradition and performance, Gladys Coggswell brings to the stage stories of the African American experience in Missouri — stories collected from our older residents, plus traditional folk tales, one-woman historical dramas, folk and gospel music and interactive storytelling-story sharing workshops. Programs can be tailored for young children, students, elders, or mixed ages. Coggswell has spent a lifetime gathering and telling stories — her great-grandmother’s, which relate back to slavery, her own, and stories researched through professional work and travel.She is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Literature Award from the Missouri Humanities Council. Part teacher and part charmer, her dramatic portrayals and sharp sense of dialect and character make her a sought-after entertainer. “Storytelling has become a mission for me, to try to bring about a better understanding of history. At the same time I think there is a need for the kind of storytelling that will bring people together, rather than pull them apart.” Gladys just published her second book, “Stories from the Heart – Missouri’s African-American Heritage,” published by the University of Missouri Press. She is available to speak about writing, history, researching, interviewing, motivating and music. Gladys received an Honorary Doctorate's Degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis in May of 2015. Search her name (Gladys Caines Coggswell) online for more information.
Jeff Miller's programs are "Laughter Guaranteed!" An award-winning poet, performance artist, and storyteller, he is featured nationally at poetry, storytelling, music, and folk-life festivals. His performances are highly-original, filled with unusual oral histories he has personally collected, jokes and stories embellished and turned into narrative poems, and outrageous and inspirational gems (sometimes within the same story!) birthed from his vivid imagination or adventurous experiences. Workshops include "Tapping Your Creativity", "Writing and Performing Poems", and "Creating Empathy through Storytelling". His three books have been described as "much, much funnier than anything Stephen King has ever written."
Joyce is a storyteller, workshop leader, actor and visual artist who loves to combine all talents whenever possible. She tells stories for listeners aged pre-school through adult with songs and puppets. Joyce has been the Artistic director for the KC Storytelling Celebration in Kansas City since 1999 and the Director of River and Prairie Storyweavers since 2008. She teaches storytelling to all ages and offers a new class, “Everything you wanted to know about Story Slamming but were afraid to Tell”. She presents at libraries, museums, schools, churches, festivals, and other events. This year's Library reading theme is Dream Big-Read/Own the Night. Joyce is offering several new programs; Dreamsicle Stories, Bedtime stories for Children, To Sleep Perchance to Dream (Shakespeare for Beginners) for families and Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ghost stories, Origami Creatures of the Night for Teens, plus more love stories and other favorites. A timely set of programs developed for Missouri’s Civil War Anniversary includes “Missouri Women of the Civil War” and “Border War Tales.” Interprekidz teaches historical interpretations for children and adults. Workshops such as Remember When for Young and Old and Stories that Fold and Unfold, an Origami, help participants to learn and share the arts together.
Rhythms and folklore of Africa: Highlights culture in an entertaining way. It Is ideal for schools, festivals, theaters, and community events. Adaptable to indoor and outdoor venues. Audience participation involves hand-picked students to dance and play African instruments. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of Africa. For all ages.
PA system microphone with a boom mic stand
Historian Lisa Marks brings the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown to life in this lively -- yet historically authentic -- performance. Hear stories from Margaret Tobin Brown's amazing life: her birth in Hannibal, Missouri in 1867 and childhood years during Hannibal's Gilded Age; her migration to Colorado in 1886 searching for the road to love, wealth and fame; her poignant, sometimes heart-wrenching experiences aboard Titanic; the years of fighting for Women's Suffrage, fairness in the juvenile justice system, the rights of workers, child labor laws, and so much more. Learn the socioeconomic and cultural factors that shaped Margaret during her childhood in Hannibal and life during the Progressive Era of America, leading her to not only become the heroine of the Titanic tragedy but also one of the most important human rights activists and social reformers of her generation. Lisa Marks is the co-curator of the Hannibal History Museum. She and her husband, Ken Marks, are the authors of three books published by The History Press: "Hannibal, Missouri: A Brief History", "Molly Brown's Hannibal" and "Haunted Hannibal: History and Mystery in America's Hometown" and are also contributing writers for Missouri Life Magazine and Hannibal Magazine. Lisa performs Molly Brown at the Hannibal History Museum and is also available to lecture about Women's Suffrage, Women in the Progressive Era, Molly Brown, and Hannibal's remarkable history. Workshops on effective storytelling and creating authentic historical character reenactments are also available.
Microphone for groups over fifty people
Missouri Ozarks Native Marideth Sisco is a consummate storyteller, singer and songwriter of Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone” fame. As a teller of tales and veteran award-winning author and journalist, she is equally at home with stories of Ozarks Culture, American History, and the hill music of America and the British Isles. Her smooth, down home delivery of tales and anecdotes tailored to each audience will have listeners laughing one minute and crying the next. She has sung and spoken to wide acclaim in public and private concert venues and before groups as diverse as libraries, churches, alumni associations, historical societies, environmental organizations, national and state park events, a wide variety of service organizations, music venues and festivals across the U.S and beyond. She was the 2018 recipient of the Quill Award from the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.
A new program added this year and combining stories and songs is her “Front Porch Songs and stories: What We Did Before Television. Performed with folk gospel singer Mary Alexander, Marideth takes the listener from the origins of the frontier front porch and the songs sung there to the tradition’s demise at the arrival of the TV and air conditioner. Some songs and stories are iconic, some seldom heard. All are fascinating. Bookings are open through 2020. On Facebook at: Yarnspinner Media
Microphone and stand, music stand or rostrum, chair, small table, bottled water (two of each for the Front Porch program).
Internationally-known performer, GRAMMY™-nominated recording artist, published poet and writer and respected teacher of her craft, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. Considered one of the most important voices in the American storytelling revival, she weaves gesture and language into personal, literary and traditional stories and dramatic monologues to create a whole new genre of storytelling. The New York Times praised her “classic wit” and the San Diego Union-Tribune called her “mesmerizing, like a fine solo dancer.” With a Masters Degree in Theater and ongoing graduate studies, Milbre is also an emerging scholar. She offers programs for adults, families and children including performances of fully staged one-woman shows such as "The World is the Storyteller’s Village," a family-oriented show which brings to the ear the wisdom of folktales from around the world. Another option, her “spoken word chamber concerts” require just a space and a microphone. One such family show "Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories of Peace and Justice and Reconciliation" includes stories from her GRAMMY nominated CD. Her educational programs on creating and telling stories include lectures, classes and workshops for adults. For schools she offers assemblies, artist residencies and teacher-in-services. She provides extensive resource materials including study guides and bibliographies. Her work for college campuses includes "Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity," presented with a talkback session for audiences.
Preston Tonepahote is a multi-talented Kiowa storyteller, orator, and traditional dancer. As a solo storyteller, he shares Native American animal tales, creation myths, and legends along with historic accounts and personal experiences. As a member of the intertribal Eagle Talon Brotherhood, Tonepahote introduces dancers and drummers from a number of tribal backgrounds. Select from a solo performance, small group presentation, or large group dance including 20 dancers and a drum. Tonepahote and the Eagle Talon Brotherhood perform at festivals, evening concerts, and schools. With the goal of enhancing cultural awareness, Preston Tonepahote shares his knowledge of Native American traditions in a number of formats.
Steve Otto provides the joy of storytelling by sharing the experience of visualizing stories in the mind. With over 500 stories in his repertoire, and over 20 years of experience as a full time professional Storyteller, Steve’s repertoire includes stories for audiences of all ages. His stories from the Missouri Ozarks, Ghost Stories, Funny tales, Inspirational Stories, Personal stories and Historical stories of Missouri, the Pioneer Trails and the mid-west are for adults as well as children. He has performed all over the country and on cruise ships. Steve can perform storytelling workshops for teachers, churches, storytellers, senior citizens, and anyone who needs to learn the skills to stand up in front of an audience and share story. Check out his web site at www.i-tell.net to get more information and to listen to cuts from his three CDs.
Steve brings his own sound system with him, set-up time is minimal and no other special requirements other than an audience!
Motivating accounts of the Civil War or the inspiring true story of Francis Scott Key and our national anthem! Each living history presentation done in period clothing brings the events and characters to life! Chris immerses the audience by delivering a first-hand account of these historical experiences and transports everyone back in time. Chris has worked as a storyteller for the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri state parks, and the National Association of Interpretation and has created some of the most influential workshops for educators. Chris was nominated for emerging storyteller artist of the year and continues to delight and captivate audiences of all ages.
Depending on the venue and audience a wireless mic may be needed.