Megan Wells

La Grange, IL (708) 203-3550 • megan@meganwells.com http://www.meganwells.com Megan is a seasoned national award winning Storyteller. With twenty-five years experience as a teaching, touring Story Artist, Megan was honored with the Circle of Excellence 2016 Oracle from the National Storytelling Network. Megan has a golden reputation as a true professional, prolific and charismatic performer. Megan Read More …

Linda Braggs

Plainfield, IL (815) 782-4628 • lbraggs277@sbcglobal.net Linda L. Braggs, an ordained minister, is an inspirational storyteller and one who shares her skills with humor. Listeners have the options of history, folk tales, fairy tales, originals, biblical stories or fables which ignites the heart and soul. She is a former actress and educator of storytelling through Read More …

Michael Lockett

Normal, IL 61761 (309) 310-2299 • (309) 454-2300 Mike@mikelockett.com • http://www.mikelockett.com Mike Lockett is teller of traditional tales in a non-traditional manner. He travels extensively as a storyteller to schools, libraries, storytelling festivals, education conferences, churches and meetings of all kinds. He has given over 4000 programs across 30 states and in 15 countries. Lockett Read More …

Beth Horner

Wilmette, IL (847) 420-8476 • 1-888-443-3816 Beth@BethHorner.com • http://www.BethHorner.com A National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award recipient, Beth Horner is a nationally touring spoken word artist. Sought after as a storytelling performance and teaching artist since 1983, Beth has performed at the National Storytelling Festival, on Live From National Geographic and has produced Read More …

Genevieve Waller

Chicago (773) 330-8086 • gkswaller@crookeddoorstorytelling.com • http://www.crookeddoorstorytelling.com We are all storytellers, all the time. Stories bring us together and make us brave. They help us speak up, speak out and change circumstances. They help us learn new ideas, understand old ways, spark our imaginations and enable us to share adventures with people we’ve never met. Read More …

Ben Rosenfield

Woodstock, IL 815-337-0126 • ben@thefrogguy.com • www.thefrogguy.com Dr. Ben Rosenfield (aka Dr. Frog), also known throughout the Midwest as “The Frog Guy,” shares tales from his childhood growing up in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, as well as stories of his own creation. A veteran educator with over 30 years in elementary and middle schools, Read More …

Nancy Newlin

Franklin Park, IL (847) 644-6067 or (847) 455-5577 • nnewlin3@comcast.net “I love telling stories to young children. I like seeing their eyes grow bigger and bigger as they listen and watch. I delight in the moment when a child jumps up and starts telling the story right along with me!” Nancy tells stories in a Read More …

Jim May

Woodstock, IL 815-382-5264 • maystory@earthlink.net • www.jimmaystoryteller.com An Emmy award winning storyteller and author, Jim believes in storytelling as an art form ideal not only for entertainment but for the grounding and healing needed in complex, modern times.

Greg Weiss

Homewood (708) 799-8230 • taleswelltold@gmail.com • http://storytelling.org/directory/ Teller of tales, presenter of workshops & keynotes, Greg Weiss is equally at home with children through adults, appearing at festivals, schools, libraries, churches, PTA meetings, conferences around the Midwest and beyond. A sampling of his appearances include the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, Belleville Read More …

Kathe Brinkmann

Urbana, IL 217-419-3624 • br8nkmann@gmail.com • www.kathebrinkmann.com Kathe Brinkman is a wonderful storyteller with a breadth of tales that range from the moving to the comical. Whether she is telling a short, funny story that leaves an audience gasping for breath with its humor, or traditional story that is touching and thoughtful, or a personal Read More …

Carol Kaufman-Kerman

Northbrook, IL (847) 272-5405 • carolkerman@gmail.com Carol Kaufman Kerman is the Drama Specialist at selected Jewish Community Centers in Chicagoland. Her stories spark the imagination for little listeners (and big ones too!) Full of energy, she engages the audience to participate through chants and movement. She teaches values, expands vocabulary and helps children be “smart Read More …

Margaret Burk

Oak Park, IL 708-386-2480 • margaret@margaretburk.com • www.margaretburk.com Storyteller and writer, Margaret Burk weaves life experiences into personal stories that crackle with warmth and wit.  She performs throughout the Chicago area and is President of Illinois Storytelling Inc.  With a background in education and theology, Margaret has recently published two books entitled “Children’s Daily Prayer.” Read More …

Paddy Lynn

Mundelein, IL 847-566-6391 • paddytale@aol.com • www.paddylynn.com Paddy Lynn has been a performer most of her life. Once bitten by the acting bug at the age of six, she’s been sharing her love for the arts ever since. Paddy works as a professional storyteller, an actress, an acting teacher and coach, and a freelance children’s Read More …

Marie Ringenberg

Glen Ellyn, IL 630-858-6003 • mtringen@juno.com • www.storytelling.org/Ringenberg Marie’s creativity, energy and wonderful sense of playfulness draw her audience into the magical realm of the imagination.  Each performance is designed to entertain and educate her listeners with her humorous, participatory style with stories geared to unlock the imagination and celebrate the love of story!

Marilyn Kinsella

Fairview Heights, IL 618-397-1377 • 618-806-7245  • markinsella19@hotmail.com • www.marilynkinsella.org Taleypo the Storyteller’s favorite compliment came from a 10-year old…”How do you make music with your words?” Since 1981, she has made “music”… from nursery schools to nursing home. She tells her 250+ stories with an engaging style and a penchant for creative word imaging. Read More …

Anne Shimojima

Morton Grove, IL 847-967-2361 • (847) 609-1067 • anne@anneshimojima.com • www.anneshimojima.com Anne Shimojima has delighted youth and adult audiences of all sizes with her graceful and spirited telling of folk tales, literary stories, and historical pieces from her Asian heritage and around the world. In 2001 she performed in the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival. Read More …

Anita Blake

Aurora, IL (630) 896-2263 • anitanruth@att.net Original tales, from my own unique imagination. Contemporary tales from the here and now. Recent history stories, as learned from those who lived them. Folk tales and legends from various cultures. All of the above can be tailored to suit any audience.

Sue Black

Naperville, IL Certified Bullying Prevention Trainer 630-983-1329 • 630-217-1440  • sue@sue-black.com www.sue-black.com • www.youandme-bullyfree.com/ STORYTELLER: Listeners of all ages are captivated by Sue’s creative, interactive, (sometimes) educational, and always fun programs. Her rich depth of traditional tales from around the world combined with historical, scary, and original stories allows Sue to develop a customized program, Read More …

Kim Sheahan

Farmer City, IL 61842 (217) 714-1864 • kimtales@mchsi.com • www.kimsheahan.com Kim Sheahan has been a central Illinois educator since 1991, incorporating oral traditions into her multicultural programs at the University of Illinois’ Spurlock Museum. She added freelance storytelling about ten years later and has performed at storytelling festivals, school assemblies, city-wide celebrations, personal parties, and Read More …

Mike Speller

Crest Hill, IL 815-351-9199 • nicknameproductions@comcast.net • www.storytelling.org/speller Mike Speller is “Going Places.” This energetic storyteller may take all ages Around the World with multi-cultural tales, or escort you Into the Shadows for frightful fun. Adults could share life lessons From A to Z or get gothic frights with “Fear Itself.” You’ll be a true Read More …