Spoken Stories works with some of the finest storytellers, and other creative writers, to help Empower, Educate and Entertain humanity with stories. For bookings contact us HERE with the name of the storyteller in the subject line. You can also contact the storyteller directly through their personal e-mail address. Click on their name to get their e-mail and see their stories on SpokenStories.org!
Djeliba Baba the Storyteller has presented in literally thousands of venues on three different continents. He is a practitioner of the ancient West African Bardic craft of Jaliyaa and has been recognized by the California State Assembly for his work with troubled teens. Baba is also a recipient of the Distinguished Arts Award, Artist of the Year for the City of Long Beach California and has received commendations for his artistry from both the US Senate and US Congress. Baba the Storyteller is currently working as a Master Teaching Artists touring schools, museums and universities in Northern/Southern California.
Personal Website: http://babathestoryteller.com/
__________________________________________________________________________________________________Caren Caren S. Neile, MFA, Ph.D., directs the South Florida Storytelling Project at Florida Atlantic University, where she is faculty in storytelling studies for the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and School of the Arts. Dr. Neile has performed and lectured throughout the country and abroad, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the Chair of the National Storytelling Network and a co-founding editor of the international academic journal Storytelling, Self-Society. Dr. Neile has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine and hosts a weekly segment on the popular Miami-area public radio program Folk & Acoustic Music.
Maureen Barry retired from teaching after thirty-three years. She retired onto her sailboat and launched her career as a storyteller/children’s author. Her stories apply to all ages and range from ghost haunting tales to silly adventures with children of all ages. She says “storytelling is ageless and intergenerational. Between storytelling and traveling, my life is a story.”
Personal Website: http://www.maureenbarry.com/
Lennie Major has been telling traditional and original stories throughout the Twin Cities for over 20 years, mostly from the Jewish tradition. He performed in a two-person show at the Guthrie Theater in September, 2008 with Peninnah Schram. He has also been a featured storyteller at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Northstar Storytellers’ Network Minneapolis Tellebration, Metro State University’s Cultural Diversity Through Storytelling Conference, Northlands Storytelling Network, Patrick’s Cabaret, Two Chairs Telling at the Jungle Theater, and numerous schools, synagogues, churches, cultural events, community organizations and private gatherings. His repertoire includes Jewish biblical, spiritual, supernatural, folk, and humorous tales. He is a contributing author in “Chosen Tales,” an anthology of stories by contemporary Jewish storytellers edited by Peninnah Schram. He also gives workshops on the Jewish oral tradition and the world of Jewish Demons in particular.
Bruce Walker draws from his life experiences as an entrepreneur, minister and father: His stories heal the heart and mend the soul. He comes from a large southern family that gives him plenty of ammunition, er, material from which to draw. Bruce will make you laugh, cry and think with the stories he tells from the southland. Join him as he takes you down the side roads seldom travelled in the Appalachian Foothills of North Alabama. When not traveling, telling stories, he is living in Huntsville, Al. As Bruce says, “If my momma knew I was telling stories, she’d whup me!!”
Personal Website: http://brucestoryteller.com/
Denise Valentine’s storytelling performance illustrates the power of story to transcend differences between people, inspire hope, and transform negativity. She tells stories that emphasize the dignity and power of the human spirit, and the interrelatedness of life. . Denise has a special interest in African and African American History. She shares original stories, folktales, poems, and music to cultivate an awareness of how past events shape the present, and inspire a vision for the future. In 2003, she performed with Spoke-N-Weal as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, in a production called “Faultlines,” and made a guest appearance on a WYBE- TV35 “Philly Live” segment about urban legends. In 2004, she participated in a storytelling delegation to South Africa.
Personal Website: http://www.denisevalentine.com/
Roger Jenkins is a Singaporean (really!) who has told professionally since 1998. He is a popular performer/storytelling trainer in schools, libraries and at community events – thanks to his spontaneous, comedic, and often participatory, style of telling. He has performed at Festivals and international schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Saigon, Jakarta, Manila, Perth, Hong Kong, Bahrain and on the fringe of the Edinburgh Festival, and is an annual performer in the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. He is the Founder-Director of *Hi! Theatre, Singapore’s Theatre of the Deaf.
Personal Website: http://www.rogerjenkins.com.sg/
Annette Knowler retired from tertiary teaching career, and continued to tell and write stories. She now has a small tourism venture as a storyteller guiding folk around the Whitestone precinct of Oamaru – New Zealand – and telling the stories that are related to the time and the buildings.
Personal Website: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~annettek/
Lani Peterson, psychologist, is known for her personal tales of wit and wisdom. She is an award winning storyteller and coach, and has been telling stories, leading workshops and speaking at festivals, schools, universities, organizations, museums, hospitals, prisons, community centers, and libraries for more than ten years. Lani’s work takes participants on journeys of self-exploration that encourage personal reflection, integrity and the inspiration to fulfill one’s potential. When she is not telling, teaching, counseling or coaching, Lani stays busy with her husband and four children in Andover, Massachusetts.
Personal Website: http://www.lanipeterson.com/
Victoria Parsons is a travelling storyteller haling from the UK. She tells her re-workings of traditional tales, myths, legends, stories from around the world in schools, libraries, festivals, clubs, private venues and on the radio. She also writes, tells and records these and her own stories for multi-media audiences, on iTunes and YouTube.
Sandeep Kumar Kar, Ph.D is a poet/ compose/ writer/ musician/ play writer/ documentary script writer from Kolkata, India. He is is an anaesthesiologist by profession!