I collect stories. Some are recorded in beautifully illustrated books. Others are scribbled on random scraps of paper or barely legible (no-longer-sticky) Post-It notes. Ancient tales, passed down from generation to generation, now reside in cyberspace, accessible at the click of a button on devices which the original tellers would consider magic. And of course countless yarns live in my head, poor things.
All these stories are eagerly waiting to be invited to a family reunion, an excited classroom, a lively festival...or anywhere a story can be told (which is everywhere). Often, puppets and songs tag along. I would love to come to your next event.
I’m English, Irish, German, Dutch, Scottish, and Cherokee (everybody got along in my family). I grew up on a farm in the Catskill Mountains with parents born in the early 1900’s, so I have a special interest and insight into the past. My siblings and I loved hearing about the antics of our relatives, like the time Uncle Edgar built wings and tried to fly. Or what happens when you push a buckboard down the side hill with a passenger, without brakes.
My growing up years were filled with stories. Now I have the best job in the world, bringing these, and lots of other stories, to life—fantastical yarns, personal stories, Celtic legends, folk tales, fairy tales, Biblical stories, historical sagas, almost-scary stories and some creepy ones too.
A good story can inspire, capture the imagination, teach an important lesson, transport listeners back in time, break your heart or tickle your funny bone. For over 30 years, I've been privileged to perform and teach throughout the U.S. and internationally. In fact, I often say I'll go anywhere I'm allowed on stage (and some places where I'm not). There's a story for every audience, every age, every venue—click below for examples of entertaining and educational programs I can bring to your school, library, festival, or special event.