Find a Storyteller
TALES has Storytellers across the province, mainly in Calgary, Edmonton and Strathcona, please look through our directory or contact TALES directly so we can help you to meet your storytelling needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calgary Based Storytellers
Betty Herseberger Calgary, AB
With more than 40 years of storytelling experience, Betty Hersberger's performances are a collage that can include poems, songs, riddles, rhymes, tradition tales, and family stories. Recently, she has interpreted writings by and about Nellie McClung, giving solo and collaborative performances as McClung at various venues. She is a founding member of the Calgary Chapter of The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling: TALES.
Doreen Vanderstoop Calgary, AB
Story topics: Canadian history, Indigenous connections, family and personal stories, folktales from around the world, riddle tales, railway stories. Doreen offers songs of all kinds and leads singalongs with lyrics books provided.
Doreen Vanderstoop is a Calgary-based storyteller, musician and writer. She performs for groups of all ages in numerous settings including schools, seniors homes, festivals, story cafes, churches, historical celebrations, parties and more. She loves presenting a mix of stories and music on a theme. Doreen recently signed a contract with Freehand Books to publish her first novel.
Mary Hays Olds, AB
Story Topics: Mary’s storytelling delights audiences of all ages through traditional tales, personal, and historical stories. Her storytelling programs combine the use of traditional storytelling, readers theatre, puppetry, flannel figures, historical artifacts and rhymes. Mary can offer workshops on a variety of topics including: storytelling, puppetry, readers theatre, vocal care, poetry, family stories and early literacy.
CD: COME AWAY… with story, music and song.
COME AWAY… Once Upon A Time Beckons. Come away on a magical journey travelling with story, song and music. Mary Hays’ heartfelt family stories are passed down for generations. These stories provide a frame for her creative retelling of the ancient Celtic folktales. The tales continue to speak their universal wisdom. The storytelling journey is carried along with delightful music by Voice Dance- Lorriw Lipski, Kate Chapman and Ania Hamel, ranging from instrumental to capella; the joyful original composition original composition Ania’s Not-So-Real carriers the listener to the three part vocal harmony of Dulámán sun in Traditional Gaelic.
Edmonton Based Storytellers
Bethany Ellis Edmonton, AB
Widely travelled with a background in theatre and teaching, Bethany Ellis tells stories that are: dramatic, reflective, hilarious, spooky, educational, interactive, inspirational, cross-cultural, musical, ancient, modern, mathematical, historical and whimsical. She has taken her tales to England, Asia and Africa and across Canada in classrooms, libraries, theatres, behind barns and under trees, but only once in a graveyard.
Languages: English and with enough warning, French
Kerry McPhail St. Albert, AB
Kerry earned a B.A., a B.Ed and an M.Ed specializing in Drama, Language Arts/literacy and integrating the two. This training helped her create her own brand of storytelling – “Interactive Storytelling”. Through her business T.I.E. Dynamics, Kerry performs her one-of-a-kind stories at schools, science fairs, West Edmonton Mall, libraries, 15 years at Kidsfringe and yearly at the TALES storytelling Festival. Her more traditional telling of an original tale can be heard on the TALES on the Wind CD.
Stephanie Benger Edmonton, AB
Story Topics: Alberta folklore, tall tales, biographical and historical stories, world folklore, mythology, silly stories and teaching tales.
Stephanie is a published and produced Edmonton writer who got into storytelling to enlighten and entertain her kids and now finds she enjoys the direct connection with a whole variety of audiences. She has told to audiences from City Hall, cafés, schools and festival
Mary Ann Lippiatt New Sarepta, AB
Traveling with Story in My Pocket since 1991, Mary Ann's animated storytelling has engaged intergenerational audiences in venues throughout Alberta and abroad. Her unique storytelling provides "edu-tainment" at festivals, schools, libraries, retirement homes and conference workshops. Customized programming of theme based or multicultural diversity is interwoven with story visuals and interactive audience participation. From homegrown farm girl stories, to exotic tales, every story experience is a journey of delightful discovery! For more information please visit www.yabs.ab.ca.
Available: Days, evenings and weekends
Calum Lykan Calgary, AB
(Will Travel throughout AB)
Scottish and Irish folk tales and legends, Norse and Greek myths, tales from Europe, Asia, America are just some of the stories that Calum likes to tell.
A passionate and energetic teller with a style that engages younger audiences, teenagers and adults alike, Calum has told in libraries, schools, community centres, public houses, theatres, festivals and even on the street. Life is breathed into the story with each telling and Calum’s passion for storytelling drives him to take every opportunity to entertain and give the gift of the story.
Ginger Mullen Calgary, AB
Since 1992, Ginger Mullen’s immersion into the oral tradition has led to a unique storytelling style that blends performance and scholarship. Having earned a Master of Arts that focused on folktales in general, and the ballad of “Tam Lin” in particular, she brings to her craft a deep and layered understanding of the stories she tells. Currently, she juggles several roles that draw on her multi-disciplinary knowledge. She teaches Storytelling at Mount Royal University in Calgary and University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She presents papers about various folktales both nationally and internationally. And she continues to tell stories and facilitate programs for schools and community organizations.
(Calgary, AB / Victoria BC)
Languages: English, Esperanto, Polish
Born in Poland and a resident of Canada since 1989, Maria-Teresa is an artist of verbal and visual expression. She has been performing as a storyteller in BC, Alberta and Ontario for over fifteen years at a diversity of venues such as schools, festivals, private parties and retirement homes
Mindy Woolcott Calgary, AB
Mindy is a retired French Immersion / Learning Disabilities teacher who has been telling stories (some true, most not) for over 20 years. She creates customized programs and specializes in fables, folk tales and legends. She has told in libraries, coffee shops, schools, churches and festivals. If you ask, she may well tell!
Kathy Jessup Edmonton, AB
Story Topics: Fun, families, fairytales, relationships, life’s lessons, laughter.
Kathy Jessup has been a professional storyteller for over twenty years. She tells stories for all ages and has performed in schools, libraries, concerts and festivals across Canada and internationally. Kathy's CD of original stories, "Listen Up!" was recommended by the Canadian Children's Book Centre in their guide "Best Books for Kids and Teens." The CCBC has also chosen Kathy (twice) as a featured storyteller in their national touring program. Kathy's performances for adults and teens include a set of Alaska Highway stories based on her family history. For more info, visit: www.kathyjessup.com
Marie Anne McLean Edmonton, AB
Story Topics:Celtic Folklore, original prairie stories, humour, nostalgia and surprise stories.
Marie Anne has a casual open style of telling to family and adult audiences. Her stories help people to smile at life.
Pearl-Ann Gooding Wainwright, AB
Story Topics: Fairytales, Folktales, Interactive Stories, Humorous Family Tales and Tales with Canadian Twists.
"I love the quick-paced interaction that a room full of children wrapped up in a story can bring. The fun, the laughter, the sparkling eyes, from a tale well-told has a joy that can touch your soul. But, the intimate telling of a tale that has several layers and meanings to an older audience is extremely fulfilling to me." Pearl-Ann's love of oral literature has taken her across Canada performing and attending concerts, festivals, museums, libraries, schools and conferences.
Cassy Welburn Calgary, AB
Languages: English and Sign Language
Cassy is a poet and storyteller with a background in theatre, who has had her work published and broadcast. She has been telling stories across Canada and Australia for the past 25 years. Traditional folktales from around the world, often learned from her students from abroad, are favourites. She enjoys telling classics from literature such as: Isaac Singer, Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe and from Sherlock Holmes adapted to the oral tradition. Experienced in leading workshops and performing.
Karen Gummo Calgary, AB
Story Topics: Norse myths, folktales, legends, family tales, nature stories and history stories.
Proud of her Icelandic and Danish ancestry, Karen Gummo relishes and performs sagas of the ancients as well as more recent tales of Vikings on the prairie. Wisdom tales from around the world as well as her own invented stories are an important part of her repertoire as well. Since 1997 she has been working in Calgary schools and beyond, nurturing the creative spirit in folks of all ages through workshops and school residencies. She has been part of TALES since its inception and values the generous community of storytellers found there. Please visit www.karengummo.squarespace.com for more information.
Marie Bryce Calgary, AB
Wild Storyteller, Marie Bryce, is passionate about stories, spoken word, movement and song. Marie loves to tell stories in a variety of settings and is often inspired by the great outdoors. She is a passionate facilitator of workshops and groups.
Jennie Frost Edmonton, AB
Story Topics: Greek and Roman myth and history, folktales, literary stories; workshops on storytelling, writing, “The Greek Alphabet With Story”, and “A History of the English Language.”
Jennie has performed for audiences of all ages at festivals, concerts, conferences, libraries and schools in nine provinces and one territory. In 2013 Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) chose Jennie as the 2013 StorySave Storyteller. Each year SC-CC records one Canadian storyteller to preserve some of his/her unique style and repertoire as part of Canada’s cultural heritage.—see www.storysave.wordpress.com. Jennie launched her 3-CD set Across 5000 Years: Stories from Ancient Greece and Modern Literature in Ottawa in July and in Edmonton in November, 2013.
Jennie is also an author. In 2005 she published her first book, The Courtship of Hippodameia (Mellen, New York) and a 2-CD set Pygmalion and Other Greek Myths (Sheer Vanity Productions, Edmonton). She has also published prizewinning poetry and short stories. For more information check out her websites at: http://www.storytellers-conteurs.ca and http://www.yabs.ab.ca/artistprofile.php?id=33
Available: Days, evenings and weekends
Wendy Edey Edmonton, AB
Wendy tells healing stories that take you on a journey of heartbreak and humour, tragedy and triumph, hardship and hope. Backed by years of experience in adding a light touch to serious topics such as grieving, disability, care giving and illness, she is a speaker of choice at health, social service and educational conferences. She offers workshops on developing healing stories, starting hopeful stories and growing personal stories. Her writing is featured in professional journals, agency newsletters, caregiver anthologies, Our Canada Magazine and on her blog, www.thehopelady.blogspot.ca.
Jim Green Twin Butte, AB
Jim Green is a storyteller, poet, writer, journalist and broadcaster. His repertoire of stories, songs, poems and observations of the human condition will bring a little comfort and joy into your life. He'll soothe your soul with his irrepressible, infectious sense of humor and his homespun honesty. His performances have been called entertaining, provocative, whacky, and just a tad outrageous. Jim has performed his own material in every province and territory of the country. For more information please visit Jim's website at: www.jimgreenstoryteller.com.