MCC Storytelling
20th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration
November 13-16, 2019

Brother John Anderson

For over 25 years, John 'Br. John' Anderson has been dazzling audiences of all ages with his unique style of enthusiastic, interactive, stage presence. A former early childhood educator, children's pastor and avid book and history lover, Br. John enjoys incorporating arts into education and the promotion of healthy social and literacy empowerment skills. These combined with his impressionist and vocal talent helps learning become an unforgettable soulful experience. Please visit his web-site at:

Rosie Best-Cutrer

Rosie Cutrer started life as a storyteller in first grade when she fell on the floor pretending to faint to get out of class for the day. The stories have gotten bigger and bigger ever since. A life-long resident of Topeka, Kansas she has performed at: Nebraska’s Kearney Storytelling Festival, The Homestead National Monument, The Kansas Storytelling Festival and The Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. In 2010 she made her international debut doing a storytelling tour for the County Wexford Ireland Library System.  Please visit her website at:

Susan Bravo

Susan A. Bravo spent 41 years as a teacher in the Chicago Schools during which time she became a professional storyteller quite by accident in 1995. Since that time she has discovered there is a story everywhere, having been blessed to travel to many places and gather stories while meeting many wonderful people. She has appeared at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival and the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration many times.

Larry Brown

Larry Brown is a resident of Millersburg, MO., near Columbia. Larry has been telling for over 30 years and is the president of MO-TELL (Missouri Storytelling, Inc.).  He tells to all ages and is known for original Jack Tales, chicken sagas, and mystery stories. Larry was a featured teller at the 2012 Cape Girardeau Festival, 2012 Bloomington, IN Festival, 2012 Jefferson City Festival, 2011 Nebraska Storytelling Festival, the 2010 St. Louis Storytelling Festival, the 2008 Wilderness Road Festival, and the 2007 Kansas City Storytelling Celebration. To learn more about Larry visit his website at

Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark has been sharing his programs of stories and music across Missouri and beyond for over 20 years. Songs from his Parents’ Choice Award-winning CD Coughin’ In Your Coffin – Sing-along Songs for a Smoke-free Planet have aired on radio stations in over 30 states and in several foreign countries. In addition to his many school and library appearances, Anthony has performed live on numerous morning radio shows. His music has been featured on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Radio Show. In addition to performing, Anthony is a published author with 12 books under his belt, including his middle grade fantasy novel, Dragon Sight, available from Goldminds Publishing. To learn more about Anthony visit his website at


Dr. Gladys Coggswell

Dr. Gladys Coggswell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Missouri St. Louis in May 2015 for Storytelling. She is passionate about people and storytelling. She has been telling stories for over 35 years. Gladys will have you laughing, crying, and thinking.

Diane Cox

Diane Cox believes in the power of the spoken word and painting pictures for the mind to savor. She is seldom at a loss for words as she shares folktales and life stories. A school librarian from Omaha, NE, she is known to her students as "Mrs. Cox in Purple Socks" (or whatever outlandish socks she can find to wear). She has been telling stories as long as she can remember, and loves the fact that people now actually ask her to tell them. She is a long time member of OOPS (Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling), RAPS, and the National Storytelling Network.

Becky Everly

Becky has shared stories with elementary-aged kids for over 30 years.  In performance she often takes on the clothes, voice, and personality of a person such as Polly Pilgrim or Mrs. Claus, portraying life from that character’s perspective.  She has worked with students second through eighth grades to help them apply oral language skills in order to enrich historical and informational presentations.  Supporting students in making the transition from oral language to personal narrative and persuasive writing has brought productive experiences.  She has co-sponsored storytelling clubs and camps with kindergarten students through 5th graders.  Exploring benefits and applications of storytelling with parents, families, and educators has been an on-going focus. She was a nurse and childbirth educator before receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching.  Her proudest moments and best stories have come through family, especially her six grandchildren. To learn more about Becky visit her website

David Everly

Dave has told stories to adults and children as a pastor and teacher for over 50 years. He has been involved in teaching storytelling techniques through storytelling clubs to elementary age students’ for several years and has co-facilitated storytelling workshops for adults based on personal, inspirational, and Biblical stories. His stories have been told to various age groups in schools, libraries, churches and Senior Adult Care Centers. A unique thing about Dave is playing the baritone ukulele. He uses this musical instrument for sing-along times with both children and adults.


Geneva Greenfield

Geneva Greenfield loves to tell all kinds of stories.  She tells folktales, slavery stories and ghost stories.  She also tells Teddy Bear tales to all ages.  Her stories are filled with laughter and tears, and she specializes in customized programs. Geneva says the story is the star, not the teller.

Heather Harlan

Heather Harlan delights audiences of all ages, combining folk tales with her own whimsical stories, songs, and a splash of guitar.  Animation, warmth and audience participation hallmark her performances. She brings a wealth of performance and communication skills to every audience she serves.   Heather might ask listeners to provide sound effects for a story, accompany a tune with balloons or join in on a rollicking chorus. Heather’s performances draw in audience members of all ages for a live, memorable, shared experience and turn an ordinary moment into extraordinary fun. For more information about Heather visit her website at

Sue Hinkel

Sue Hinkel, “Storytelling Artist, paints pictures with words”  from St. Louis area. Telling tales for 40 years. BFA, MAT, Gifted Certification. Retired Art Teacher after 27 years. Adjunct Professor for 18 years, at St. Charles Community College, and St. Louis Community College, teaching Education courses, “Art for Children” and “Teaching Literacy Through Storytelling”, both 3 credit hours. Co-authored two books “Don’t Throw the Peas”, “Children’s Poetry” and two maps, “Child’s Eye View of Missouri Botanical Gardens”, and “Child’s Eye View of Forest Park”.  Missouri’s Art Teacher of the year, 1991. 



Jo Ho

Jo Ho is an accomplished storyteller, actress, and drama instructor. The year 2016 marks 28 years of storytelling for Ho. Transitioning from a career in professional children’s theater in 1989, she created the storytelling company to delight all ages with collections of folktales, fairytales, holiday stories, and curriculum enhancement stories. She spins tales year round at preschools, elementary, libraries, museums and festivals. In every program, Ho offers a dramatic flair for listeners and opportunities to role-play in the stories. To learn more about Jo visit her website at


Priscilla Howe

Storyteller Priscilla Howe travels the world (fourteen countries on four continents to date) with a bagful of puppets and a headful of stories. Since 1993, her full-time job has been telling folktales, personal stories and literary tales to listeners of all ages, even grownups. Her favorite audience is the one in front of her at the moment. In 2015, Priscilla was a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria, collecting folktales and performing. A native New Englander, Priscilla lives in Lawrence with her cat, Francis Bacon (Sir). She’s also looking for the best restaurant pie on earth. To learn more about Priscilla visit her web-site at

Marilyn Kinsella

 Marilyn A. Kinsella, Taleypo the Storyteller, a lifelong resident of Fairview Heights, IL, has been telling stories since 1981. She tells stories “from nursery schools to nursing homes.” Her vast collection of folktales come from many cultures, and her personal stories draw from her colorful past growing up in “Smalltown, USA.” Her stories are full of energy, humor, and a delicate blend of action and word imaging suitable for children and adults. As a full-time, free-lance teller, published author, and keeper of memories, she travels to where stories want to be told – festivals, libraries, schools and special events. For more information visit her website at

Gary Kuntz

Gary believes that good storytelling is really story sharing. Rather than telling an audience what they should experience he invites them to share the story, for them to use their imagination to become part of the story. Every story Gary tells, whether personal, tall tale or anything inbetween is absolutely 100% true, while he is telling it.

Linda Kuntz

Linda has been telling stories all her life but no longer gets into trouble for spinning a tall tale. Linda has competed in Tall Tale and Liar’s Contests but her favorite stories have a universal truth. Linda enjoys telling tales from around the world to all audiences.

Nancy Lewis-Shelton

Nancy Lewis-Shelton is a retired Missouri educator who now works part-time as a pet sitter. She coordinates a volunteer southwest Missouri group, Storytellers of the Ozarks (SOTO). Nancy enjoys telling all types of stories but her favorites are personal narratives about growing up on Route 66, folktales and Tall-tales.

Tim Manson

Tim has a fun and easy-to-understand way of telling a story.  His real-life attitude and lively sense of humor are evident in the stories he tells to young and old alike.  He uses voice, movement and humor to deliver his stories from Grimm fairy tales and literature.


Margaret Meyers

Margaret Meyers delights audiences with stories both humorous and deep. She tells stories like casting a stitch, drawing the audience together into the fabric of the story. As a mother and grandmother she is deeply devoted to nurturing the resilience of young people. "Growing up is complicated," she says "stories help". 

Mike & Nancee Micham

Mike Micham and Nancee Walker-Micham have been entertaining thru stories and song for over 25years in the Ozarks region. As Silver Dollar city performers for 13 years, farmers, and renaissance musicians they have a love of folk songs and tales, Irish traditional music and legends and real life stories of living on an Ozark Farmstead. They have programs that will suit all ages from 2-92 and will make sure everyone will learn, laugh and enjoy.  To learn more about Mike & Nancee visit their website at

Mettazee Morris

Mettazee Morris lives in Quincy, Illinois and has been a storyteller since 2000. She has presented stories to children in schools, libraries, parks and at storytelling festivals. As an international storyteller, Mettazee went to Chine in 2008 to exchange stories with Chinese children and adults with the People to People Ambassadors Program and The National Storytelling Network. She is a musician and actor and has performed with the Quincy Symphony Chorus as well as the Quincy Community Theater. Currently, Mettazee presents a historical portrayal of Martha Jane Chisley Tolton, mother of the first black priest in the United States.

Roger Rose

Roger Rose tells stories mostly from literary sources, adapted for storytelling.  He mines the treasure trove of literature and folklore for nuggets of a story, which he refines and polishes for telling.  He has been an active storyteller in the St. Louis area for many years and was featured at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in 1994.  Roger’s father made the walking stick, which is his trademark and talisman, from the woody stem of a saguaro cactus.

Mary Schmidt

Mary L. Schmidt grew up on a farm in Minnesota but now calls the KC area her home. She has been “playing dress-up” for years and loves to share the stories that come from her vintage fashion and fads collection. She is the Education Assistant at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, a Blacksmith at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farm and a Teaching Artist for Arts & AGEing KC. 
Facebook: Playing Dress-Up: The Stories and Clothes of Our Lives.


Carole Shelton

Carole Shelton is an educator, storyteller and author.  She has been telling stories for more than twenty years.   Carole began telling stories in her classroom and later as a seasonal park ranger for the National Park Service in St. Louis, Missouri.  She tells a wide range of stories for children and adults.  Included are historical first- person portrayals, historical events, original stories, folktales, fairy tales and inspirational stories.  Carole believes in the power and the magic of storytelling.

Joyce Slater

Joyce is a Kansas City gal.  She's been telling stories all of her life so it was only natural that she would become a professional storyteller.  She has some good ol' fashioned tales she tells as well as some newfangled ones.  She likes to make up a story or tell a personal tale about growing up in KC.  She will never turn down a chance to tell a ghost story thought, so watch out.  She loves telling a tale, no matter what the age group.  Preschool through adults, she has a story bag filled with tales for all and workshops for most.  She combines her artistic skills with her teaching skills in her wide range of stories.  To learn more about Joyce visit her website at

Kathy Smith

Kathy, an elementary school librarian,  has been telling stories for over twenty years.  Her stories include folk tales, fairy tales, adaptations of children's literature and participatory stories.  She has told to a variety of audiences ranging from preschool to senior citizens.


Jim Stigall

Rev. Dr. Stigall is a working pastor in the United Methodist Church and adopted a style of preaching and teaching that uses “stories” to enhance his presentations.
He has been telling in public schools since 1986, as well as community organization, churches, and senior living centers for over 23 years. Visit his website at


Chris Sutton

Whether performing at schools, historical sites, state parks, or on a train, Chris leaves you with an unforgettable performance! A member of multiple storytelling guilds and charitable organizations, Chris has a diverse set of talents. Chris Sutton has worked as an interpreter, guide & storyteller for the Saint Louis ZOO and for Missouri state parks. He performs brilliant and intriguing living history programs that inspire and excite each listener. Every program is done in period clothing through a first person account of someone who lived and experienced each adventure. Chris performs both children and adult stories focused on life lessons, living history, inspiration, & twists of fate. With his soothing voice, he brings a gripping sense of awe to every presentation and leaves the audience with an unforgettable experience! 

Deborah Swanegan

Deb explains, I was born to be a story teller. “My great-grandfather determined I should be his successor as the guardian of our family stories the day I was born; I was his seventy second birthday present, and the eldest of his great-grand children.   He passed on the stories he had been taught by word of mouth from his family; stories from the troubled days of slavery”, tribal ancestors, their family members and from all the ancestors had learned and observed. ”   Deb also learned stories from other family members, “old fashioned church”, teachers and parents, and a myriad of multicultural friends encountered during her father’s military duties all over the world, and her personal travels on four continents of the world.


Ric Vice

Ric told stories to children for nineteen years as a school librarian. He loves telling stories that use laughter, sound effects, and characters with a message that students and adults can take home. His tales engage his listeners, drawing on his background as a professional jazz musician to enliven the stories with sound and movement. Ric has performed as a regional storyteller at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival for the past 7 years and will appear again this year. He received his training in the art of storytelling from Lynn Rubright , Bobby Norfolk, Annette Harrison, Sue Hinkel, and Ken Wolfe.


Dianna Waite

A fascination with her Cajun and Creole relatives of Southern Louisiana led Dianna Waite to begin collecting stories of the region. Using folk tales and personal family stories she brings to life the culture of this unique region of our country. Dianna has told stories for The Franklin County Literacy Festival, The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, The National Storytelling Conference, USD 305 Arts Infusion Program, The Kansas African American Museum, Lakewood Discovery Center, The Salina Senior Center along with various schools, libraries, scout events and church groups throughout the state.


Jim Two Crows Wallen

Jim Two Crows Wallen has been presenting historical programs since 1980. He is a national, regional and local winner of many awards for his storytelling, historically accurate clothing and artifacts. Two Crows has been featured at national festivals, corporate America, schools, state parks and historical and genealogical societies. His career has included programs in 46 states and 4 continents. He lives in Independence with his wife Deborah.


Angela Williams

 Angela Williams is a full time professional storyteller who has traveled to many schools and libraries leaving audiences spellbound. She adds drumming to her storytelling, is an Artist as Teacher and a Community Scholar through the Missouri Folk Arts Program. She obtained a degree in Elementary Education from Harris-Stowe State University. She believes stories serve many functions in our day-to-day lives. Stories are the key to the ability for people to think more positively about themselves and others.


LaRita Wright

MS. “W” was introduced to the art of storytelling at the University City library more than 20 years ago. She will delight you with fanciful tales of old and new featuring stories, songs and rhymes that are appropriate for each audience or based on themes. She enjoys seeing children using their imagination while listening to a story.


Karen Young

Karen Young's stories are for the "young at heart and ancient in spirit." Her vivid character portrayals from history and folklore, as well as stories told in the voices from many lands and times, entertain and educate audiences anywhere people are willing to sit a' spell and hear a story well told.  A professional storyteller since 1992, Karen has been featured at storytelling events throughout the Midwest and is a teaching artist with Springboard of St. Louis since 2006. Visit her website at!







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