Michelle Adam

Michelle Adam has always been a storyteller, spinning tales and telling stories as a child growing up in Switzerland, Spain, and the U.S.. She’s worked as a journalist and professional writer for 25-plus years, telling other people’s stories. But not until she became seriously injured in her late twenties did she begin to tell her own story and that of the earth and her magical mystery weaving. Today, Michelle shares tales from her novel, Child of Duende: A Journey of the Spirit (see our Member Publication page for more info). Her novel is translated into Spanish as Niña Duende: Un Viaje del Espíritu, with a Portuguese version forthcoming. Michelle has performed with Flamenco musicians and sound healers on the West Coast and New Mexico, in addition to Argentina and Spain, while also working as a Spanish teacher, shamanic healer, and ceremonialist. She’s available for events that offer participants an inspiring, healing, and soulful journey. Contact Michelle or Visit Michelle’s Website

Sarah Juba Addison

Juba Addison

Juba learned the art of storytelling from her grandmother Sarah Jane, a descendant of West African Griots. She is dedicated to performing, preserving and promoting traditional storytelling for people of all ages and cultures. Juba entertains audiences of adults, families and children with her repertories of folklore, fables and fairy tales, plus historical and inspirational stories. Juba encourages everyone to tell his or her story. Everyone has a story and by telling/ sharing your stories, you form a bridge for others to cross and get to know you, your culture and most importantly your history. Juba has performed at White Sands Monument, Fort Seldom, National Story League Convention, Border Book Festival in New Mexico and Chamizal Festival in El Paso Texas. Juba’s mission statement is: I share what I know so that others may grow. Contact her and she will share her stories with you so that you too can grow. Type your paragraph here. Contact Juba


Phyllis Bergman

I tell stories to older children or adults. My stories center around self-empowerment, travel and stories with a "point," usually about growth and change. Many of my stories are suited for older girls and women. They often stress finding your own voice. Some of my stories are just plain fun...others are more serious. I can adapt a program to suit your particular needs. I also have a collection of stories about New Mexico’s first 100 years as a state, suitable for recent centennial celebrations. The photo at left shows Phyllis using storytelling as a teaching tool with young people in the Kingdom of Bhutan, where she has lived for extended periods. Contact Phyllis


Sean buvala

Sean has been engaged with storytelling and communication since 1986 and is the founder of the once-upon-a-time cutting-edge of Storyteller.net. He started his work by accidentally using active storytelling to convert a classroom of slightly (but comically) homicidal 8th-grade teenagers from angry kids to storytelling practitioners themselves. From then on, both the kids and Sean were sold on the influence of a great story. ::: An author, speaker, trainer and performance artist, Sean describes the collection of stories in his head as “life and legend” representing the mix of stories from his experiences, myths, sacred stories and observations of shared life events. ::: Sean is the publisher at The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group LLC, which specializes in creating books for the arts and creativity. He lives in the desert southwest of the Phoenix, Arizona area. Contact Sean or Visit Sean’s Website

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Loralee Cooley

I "hung out my shingle" as a storyteller in 1977 while living in Casa Grande AZ, and within a year had identified my "moniker" with the word STORYSPINNING. That's a mash-up of STORYtelling and yarnSPINNING. And it's served me well for 40 years. Wow! Just realized how long this has been! I've hauled my library around from Arizona to Virginia to Georgia to South Carolina to Texas to Oklahoma and now New Mexico! And, no, the law was NOT after us....neither were we in the military. When in Georgia (Atlanta area), I was the primary founder of "Southern Order of Storytellers" (S.O.S.), the statewide/region-wide storytelling organization, founded in 1982. I was selected in both South Carolina and Texas to be part of their official "Touring Artist Roster" as presented by the states' arts commission. My travels have taken me for storytelling to well over 30 states, Scotland, France Georgian Republic, Bolivia, Austria and Canada. Stories to be told can vary from personal and family remembrances to time-honored folk tales and legends, with poetry and folksongs included for good measure. As a trained musician (piano, organ), I can share stories of music over the centuries and around the world. Contact Loralee, Call/Text Loralee at 806-282-9529, or Visit Loralee’s Website.

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Cynthia Dobson

Cynthia is an accomplished storyteller whose love of tales has taken her to collect tales and tell stories She has a Master's degree in multi-cultural education and her teaching experience in Mexico, New Mexico, and Canada has given her a unique perspective, not only on the differences but, more importantly, on the similarities in cultures. From these experiences she chooses stories to share with others. Bi-lingual and participatory programs may be arranged for schools, libraries, daycare centers, camps, as well as senior centers and nursing homes. Contact Cynthia

Eldrena Douma

Eldrena Douma

Storytelling was a way of life in Eldrena's upbringing. She grew up in New Mexico and Arizona among the Pueblo tribes of the Laguna, Tewa & Hopi. Activities with family and friends included listening to songs and stories. Eldrena pursued and obtained her Master's degree in Elementary and Early Childhood education to impact the lives that surrounded her. Her experiences as a public school teacher and her unique Native upbringing benefited her tremendously as she began her next journey as a professional storyteller, author, and workshop presenter. In 1993, she was encouraged to teach through storytelling about her life experiences, sharing the history of the Pueblos and their contributions to our country. Eldrena travels the country offering captivating stories, a variety of recorded music, and historical accounts from Native American tribes. For example, a story presentation, "Bison, Bison," gives insight into the history of the bison. A workshop, "Creative Spirit," focuses on imagination, listening, and story crafting using creative thinking. A lecture, "Nampeyo, Her Legacy," showcases her revival of Hopi pottery. In 2014, the Tejas Storytelling Association awarded Eldrena with the state’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award for her significant contribution to the art of storytelling in the southwest. Photo by Katy Pair. Contact Eldrena or Visit Eldrena’s Website

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Kim Delfina gleason

Born in Twentynine Palms, California Marine Corps Base, her family originally comes from Window Rock, AZ and the Thoreau, NM area. Kim's been active in theater, film and television for over twenty years, where she continues to promote Native American performing and cinematic arts in New Mexico. Since 2009 Kim has been Executive Director of Two Worlds, producing full stage theater productions, staged reading, short films/screenings, and more. She is the writing/director of an original play, "Dancing with Fire," produced in 2015, and a short film, "Follow Me," released in 2017, featuring Kelly McCabe-Marshall. Kim is Co-Founder of Native Women Lead, an annual Native Women Business Summit for native women entrepreneurs and community leaders. Kim is also on the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Theater Guild and the UNM Native Alumni Association. In 2018, Kim directed, co-wrote, acted in, and co-produced (with STNM) the successful Telling My Story: Bridging Two Worlds production, centering the narrative of Indigenous women. Contact Kim

Kimberly Gotches

Kimberly Gotches

A former youth services librarian from Chicago-land, Kimberly has nearly ten years of experience telling stories to children of all ages at libraries, daycare centers and schools. Before that, she dedicated herself to older adults as a Longterm Care Case Manager, leading original storytelling, improvisation and writing workshops. A winner of the Intergeneration 2013 Storytelling Contest, Kimberly tells folktales with ageless themes as well as personal stories that celebrate the powerful benefits of interfenerational relationships. She draws from coursework in creative writing, acting, movement/dance, expressive art therapy and improvisation to offer dynamic stories and inspire interaction with the audience. She can customize a program that will engage your community and will utilize her background in marketing to offer a press release with every booking. Contact Kimberly or Visit Kimberly’s Website

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Tom hart

I am a dad and a son, a minister and a brewer, a cook and a connoisseur, and so many other things, and in it all I am a raconteur, a storyteller. I have been drawn to stories for as long as I can recall and believe stories are one of the greatest gifts we possess. I believe we are shaped by the stories we know and tell and that stories have the ability to stretch our understandings beyond their present horizons. Stories give us an opportunity to see things in a new way and in that they are gateways to the world—if we simply take the time to share them. I tell lots of stories in lots of places, for lots of reasons. I tell them to teach and tease, comfort and counsel, explore and explain, wish and wonder, encourage and entertain. Mostly, I tell them because it’s what I love to do. Contact Tom.

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Joe Hayes

Joe’s tales are a combination of the traditional lore of the American Southwest and his own imagination. The traditional part is based on things people have told him or what he has learned from reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists. Joe’s own contribution is based on his instincts as a storyteller and what his experience tells him listeners need in order to feel satisfied with a story. He has visited thousands of schools around the U.S. and is working on his fourth decade as resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe. A whole generation of Southwestern children has grown up listening to Joe’s stories. He is an award-winning author and received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network for serious and influential contributions to the literature of storytelling. He is a recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, along with many other tributes/awards. Check out our Member Publications page for information about Joe's recent recordings on YouTube of his entire repertoire - a gift to posterity! Joe is also an award winning author, with 25 published books and three anthologies. Learn more at Joe Hayes on Wikipedia. Contact Joe

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Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee

We have traveled far and wide to find the most beautiful, enthralling and mysterious songs, melodies and stories, to take you on a journey to far away islands, deep forests and magical gardens. We will tailor a program to fit your audience. We live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but are happy to tour throughout the country. Visit our Member Publications page for information about Scott & Johanna's most recent CD, The Mountain King. Contact Scott & Johanna or Visit Scott & Johanna’s Website

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Nash Jones

Nash Jones grew up in Albuquerque and recently returned home after over a decade away living in Portland, OR, and Oakland, CA. Nash tells Personal Narrative stories and has performed on stages across the San Francisco Bay Area and since returning home, across New Mexico. Nash sits on the Board of Storytellers of New Mexico as a VP and is the Producer and Host of Duke City Story Slam, STNM’s monthly storytelling competition in Downtown Albuquerque. Nash is also a workshop facilitator and a host at KUNM Radio. Contact Nash or Visit Nash’s Soundcloud

Bob Kanegis

Bob Kanegis

Just imagine children and adults alike, fully engaged- learning, laughing, and participating actively in performances and workshops. That’s my style...getting people of ALL AGES participating together to enjoy the wonders and benefits of storytelling. I’ve been telling and teaching storytelling here in New Mexico and across the country for 25 years and my passion is undiminished. I draw from a large repertoire of tales from around the world to bring your listeners programs designed to fit almost any theme. I also draw on my background as a camp director, naturalist and traveler, and season my stories with a heart-full dose of respect for the earth and other cultures. In addition to performance storytelling,with my partner Liz Mangual, I offer workshops and residencies that address improving school climate, oral language development and strengthening families through family storytelling experiences. Contact Bob, Call Bob at 505-306-4476, or Visit Bob’s Website

Matilde Machiavello

Matilde machiavello

Matilde Machiavello comes to STNM from her adoptive home of Argentina. Born in Uruguay, Matilde is a permanent US resident who enjoys sharing both fanciful and realistic tales in either her native Spanish, or in English. Full of energy and joy for life, Matilde's performances are charming and engaging for all. Contact Matilde or Visit Matilde’s Website

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Sarah malone

Sarah Malone is a bilingual storyteller who has woven tales for children and adults for over 30 years. Through storytelling, Sarah breathes life into words – drawing the listener into another realm through the powerful relationship between storyteller and listener. She is a published author, recording artist, a founding member of Storytellers of New Mexico and its current treasurer. Her award winning CD, (now out of print) “Holding Up the Sky: Peace Tales for Kids” generated $30,000 in donations to peace causes. Sarah has presented at the United Nations in NYC, the Four Corners & SOMOS Taos storytelling festivals, at numerous libraries and private functions and on safari in Africa. As a beekeeper she enjoys bringing live bees to events focused on the environment. Sarah received the National Storytelling Network 2017 Oracle Award for Service & Leadership. Given her work with STNM she no longer keeps a separate website. Contact Sarah

Liz Mangual

Liz mangual

Ever since I hid under the kitchen table to eavesdrop on the colorful characters that populated my childhood, I’ve been in love with stories. I am a bilingual storyteller with years of working with children and families, from inner cities to rural villages. I tell stories that capture the whole range of human experience, from funny and foolish to serious and mysterious. I’ve traveled from coast to coast-offering library programs and workshops in hundreds of communities. In partnership with fellow storyteller and husband Bob Kanegis, our school residency programs were designated one of five exemplary programs by the NM Public Education Dept. 2008-2013. Most rewarding for me as a storyteller, is the joy I see on children’s faces as they listen and learn to tell stories themselves. Contact Liz, Call Liz at 505-514-5471, or Visit Liz’s Website

Elaine Muray

elaine muray

Elaine Muray integrates movement and narration to deliver tales from around the world as well as personal stories for ages 5-100. She has performed at the Australian Storytelling Festival, Story Crossroads (UT), Stone Soup Storytelling Festival (SC), Taos Storytelling Storytelling Festival, Jemez Storytelling Festival, and Northlands Storytelling Conference. In 2008, she was chosen by her then Pacific peers to represent the 5-state region at the National Storytelling Network's All Regions Concert. She did a 4-week storytelling tour to international schools in Colombia in 2015, Korea and China in 2017, and just returned from a late Spring storytelling tour of Chile and Peru. Her new DVD, Embodied and Enchanted took the Storytelling Resource Award in the DVD category. (See Member Publications page for ordering information). Contact Elaine or Visit Elaine’s Website

Mauny Muray

mauny muray

Mauny Muray is an accomplished magician who enchants audiences, young and old, with his magical stories. At times partnering with his wife, Elaine Muray, Mauny is creative, funny, heartfelt and a pure delight. He is sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of any audience. Contact Mauny or Visit Mauny’s Website

Regina Ress

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Tricksters & Travelers; Fools and Wise Ones; Heroes, Heroines, & Just Plain Folks! Award winning storyteller Regina Ress, who offers rollicking programs in English and Spanish for all ages, has been performing and teaching for over 40 years from Broadway to Brazil in international festivals (her latest is in India), grade schools and senior centers, from homeless shelters and prisons to Lincoln Center and The White House. 2017 marks her 25th year in NYC’s Hans Christian Andersen series in Central Park. Performances range from delightful folk tales to some of the world's great mythologies and original stories, including “Compassion, Generosity, and Grace: Stories from 9/11” about being part of the outpouring of help immediately after the attack. Regina teaches for NYU’s Educational Theatre and TESOL/Foreign Language programs. She is Co-Producer of Healing Voices-Personal Stories, making short films raising awareness of domestic violence: hv-ps.org. Contact Regina or Visit Regina’s Website or Facebook Page

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george williams

Hi, my name’s George & I’m a recovering Oklahoman. I was bred, born, and brought up there, but I didn’t have much say in the matter. I am grateful, however, to my parents & teachers, for they were the first people to suggest I pursue storytelling. They said the tales I spun to try & get out of trouble were far too entertaining for such limited distribution. I think they were right. I’m a father, son, husband, writer, actor, director, and photographer, and cat lover…though not necessarily in that order. I tell original stories that celebrate the human spirit. My podcast - Old Father Williams - features interviews of local & regional tellers, as well as classic & original tales. New episodes released the 1st & 15th of every month! Contact George, Download/Listen to Podcast