Beverly specializes in telling personal stories from her adventurous life as well as folk tales and other stories from around the world. She enjoys telling interactive stories to children and adults who are young at heart. Her stories may be combined with hand puppets, songs and/or Celtic harp music.
Steve draws on his writing and stage experience in a wide variety of media, including short stories, magic, playwriting, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, and improv, to craft personal stories that are alternatively moving, thought provoking, and hilarious. He also tells folk tales and children’s stories, enhancing children’s events with a little bit of magic.
Stories connect us! Stories have power! Lyn most enjoys sharing that power and those connections with adult audiences through original stories drawn from real-life experiences. Her themed programs include, “Once in a Lifetime,” “What if…?,” and “Strong Women.” She will work to tailor performances for specific audiences.
Jeff developed his talents telling stories around the campfire and specializes in telling scary and funny stories to kids of all ages. Mixing humor, scare, and surprise, Jeff’s tales are great at Halloween parties, camp-outs, or Scout meetings.
I am a retired classroom teacher so have many stories to tell. I am currently on the Ann Arbor School Board, and will continue to be if I’m re-elected in November. Occasionally I’ll tell stories on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jeff.gaynor.18/)
Stories I’ve told for the AASG include: * A Pair of Precipitous Paths; * Parents, Police and Predicaments; * Leaving Las Vegas; * My Mean Brother Michael; * Arrested; and * Lost and Found (If not yet, then soon); with a few more in the pipeline.
Jill is a storyteller, poet, tree-and-people hugger, teacher, seeker, activist, and work-in-progress who writes and tells to help love the world into being. She enjoys sharing stories about relationships, nature, community, self-discovery, social justice and equality kids, zen, and peace.
Laura Lee Hayes
Laura Lee grew up crafting stories from snippets of fairy tales, movies and family stories. She learned to listen to the stories people told during her year traveling with the Ringling Circus. She has a passion for being outdoors where she listens to tales that nature unfolds. Shaped by her experience, interwoven with this rich legacy of gathered lore, her stories rise up from her heart, mysterious, and longing to be told.
Mythology, the Irish love of language, and her outrageous family and theatrical background inspire the writing, performance, and teaching of this award-winning storyteller and artist educator. As an approved artist for the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council and Wolf Trap Arts in Education programs, grant funding is available. Video and audio samples are available along with program details on her website.
I shouldn’t sing, I can’t play an instrument and my drawing is poor. My ancient art is storytelling which satisfies my right brain vs. left brain as an engineer. I began to tell at family gatherings. I love myths and legends and fables. I’m an introvert but the ham in me is very comfortable on stage.
A retired elementary teacher, Linda engages young and old listeners with folk tales and lessons. Puppets may appear! Her spiritual stories have far reaching effects. Board member of the Performing Arts Alliance in Southwestern Wayne County, Linda is eager to hear any and all ideas about promoting the Arts.
Darryl began his spinning of stories shortly after his siblings were born; they became his first audience. Darryl is a retired Detroit Public School teacher and currently he teaches Tai Chi for fun. Darryl joined the AASG in 2002 and has performed in many storytelling concerts with the Guild. Darryl enjoys interpreting multicultural folktales, writing his own, and developing his personal and family stories. I am a self-published author of Haiku Rebellion in Utopia.
Jennifer Pahl Otto
Jennifer creates and tells original stories. Her personal narratives and contemporary tales hit the universal themes we all relate to – love, death, humor, grief, family, growth. Her children’s stories are fun and quirky, and any life lessons come with a light touch. Mead Hill has published four books of her children’s stories: Lavender Hill Farm, A House for Mr. Mouse, Blueberry, and Princess Hippopotamus. They are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Perfectly at home in a library, museum, classroom, workshop for teachers and youth, or seniors’ group, Judy tells tales from around the world to engage your mind and speak to your soul. A quilter as well as a storyteller, Judy combines both enthusiasms with Quilts and Stories sessions for all ages.
Judy Sima is one of Michigan’s favorite storytellers. She has been featured at conferences and festivals, schools and libraries throughout Michigan and in twenty other states and Canada. A retired middle school librarian, Judy has been entertaining audiences since 1983. Judy has introduced many young people and adults to the art of storytelling and is considered to be “The Pied Piper of Storytelling in Metro Detroit.” Some call her the “Fairy Godmother” of Storytelling as she continually helps beginning and experienced storytellers improve their craft. For seventeen years Judy coached a middle school student storytelling troupe resulting in her award winning book, Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes. She is the recipient of two National Storytelling Network Oracle Awards for “Service and Leadership” as well as “Distinguished National Service.” Judy is the current president of the Detroit Story League, and the editor of “MI Story,” the only electronic calendar listing public storytelling events in Michigan.
Rich is a retired corporate lawyer, a member of the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild and a Moth storyteller. Rich started fishing at age 7, and that’s when he started telling stories, some true. Now, Rich looks for the humor in everyday life, and that’s the source material for most of his stories. He tells a mix of true stories and stories of questionable authenticity.