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Professional Storytellers in the San Francisco Bay Area

Need to find a storyteller for your next event? There are lots of professional storytellers in the San Francisco Bay Area, from Sonoma to Berkeley to Fremont to Santa Cruz. These artists don't read books: they are practitioners of the oral tradition! Whether you need an after-dinner speaker, entertainment for a family festival or local event, an educational assembly for your school, check out these storytellers!

Diane Ferlatte

Award Winning International Storyteller.

Multi-cultural stories, with an emphasis on the African-American experience.

John Weaver

Storyteller John Weaver - Fremont, CA.
Presenting Legends & Laughter for All Ages. Education and Entertainment

Muriel Johnson

"As a storyteller Muriel shares her passion and warmth with audiences of all ages, her interactive style keeps everyone captivated."

Tim Ereneta

Storyteller Tim Ereneta tells fairy tales for contemporary audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. These stories are too juicy to only share with children!

Professional Storyteller

With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller has been immersed in these art forms for over 20 years.

Jeanne Haynes

This former journalist turned #storyteller and storytelling teacher says "Impassioned by stories, I tell mine and bring out the best in others to tell theirs."


ETH-NOH-TEC is a kinetic storytelling company based in San Francisco that is at once precision choreography, lyrical word-weaving, graceful, playful and poetic. By layering ancient Asian mythologies, folktales and Asian urban legends with Asian American sensibilities, Eth-Noh-Tec has created an exciting new blend of movement-based storytelling.

Olga Loya

A nationally recognized Latina performer, Olga Loya uses a dramatic mix of Spanish and English to share one-woman shows for adult and children's programs.

Willy Claflin

A headliner and master of ceremonies at the National Storytelling Festival, Willy is a favorite at festivals throughout the U.S. He offers stories for families as well as adults, often weaving music into his performances.

Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy

The oral tradition is our "first literature" world-wide. Both empathy and understanding are encouraged when students join together to hear stories of wonder and wisdom from a multitude of cultures.

Ruth Halpern

Internationally known, award-winning storyteller Ruth Halpern has been telling stories all over the world for a long time. How long? Her parents say, "Since she could talk."

Alicia M. Retes | LinkedIn

Multi-talented and mission driven professional communicator who excels at creating fun, meaningful and engaging tours, stories and classes on land and at sea while promoting valuable resources, products and services that enhance people's well being.

LINDA D WRIGHT - Master Storyteller

History and multicultural tales


Teacher, author, and multiple GrandSLAM winner of The Moth in San Francisco


Jeff is a multiple winner of the Berkeley Moth StorySLAM, the San Francisco Moth StorySLAM, Westside StorySLAM, and StorySLAM Oakland. 

Erica Lann-Clark

Entertainer, Teacher, Storyteller

"Erica's vivid, participatory storytelling opens the windows of imagination with traditional and original stories."

Joel ben Izzy

Joel ben Izzy
Traveling Storyteller




Megumi, bilingual storyteller of Japanese Folk Tales and Stories from World War II Japanese American Internment

Beatrice Bowles

Our CDs provide world class feasts for young imaginations! Perfect entertainment for children at home or on the road. As Einstein said, "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

Michael Litzky

Wondrous Tales: Stories for Young and Old

Regular Performer at Fine Schools and Day Care Centers

Liz Nichols

Liz Nichols is a teacher, trainer, and storyteller, who helps kids, older adults, and everyone in between discover the power of play and imagination to create health, happiness, and transformation.

Reverend Debra Ting

Debra customizes storytelling events for any occasion and venue such as retreat centers, hospitals and hospice, worship centers, women's retreats, bereavement groups, senior centers, and private gatherings.

Awele Makeba

An award winning and internationally known storyteller/teaching artist, literacy specialist, and recording artist recognized as a “truth teller," an artist for social change, and someone who sparks "aha!" moments. She researches, writes and performs hidden African American history, folklore, and personal tales.

Jacqueline Lynaugh

Jacqueline Lynaugh has been a professional musician and storyteller since 1980.

Claudia Cuentas

Claudia Cuentas was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performing artist, bilingual storyteller and youth educator who has a deep love and belief in the power of transformation through the Arts.