“A storyteller who knows his craft, appreciates          his audience and enjoys his work!”

            The Quarryville Advertiser, PA

From The Storyteller

    I love stories because a well told story takes the shared bond of humanity and connects it to the personal experience of each individual listener.  Through this personal connection stories can educate, enlighten and inspire action.  All great teachers have told stories, from religious figures to political leaders to my 9th grade science teacher.  As a child the stories I was told and read expanded my sense of place and purpose in the world.  I majored in Comparative Religions at Northwestern University, because I was (and still am) fascinated by the similarity among the parables and myths of many cultures and traditions.  I also studied theater.  I love the idea that my experiences in the modern day can help me portray the experiences of a character created 400 or 4,000 years ago.  I have traveled extensively and traded stories with people on four continents.  I am constantly amazed by the diversity of the human family, and even more amazed by the commonality of the human experience.  

    I began my career as a museum educator, and found that telling a story was an ideal way to convey information and at the same time make a personal connection with the students.  In fact I was so taken with the power of stories as a teaching tool that, in 1990, I turned to storytelling full-time.  Since then I have used stories to help educate more than a half-million children.  

    In addition to telling stories I facilitate corporate team building programs with Sherpa Higher Performance, and lead outdoor adventure and experiential education programs for The Adventure Network.  Though these may seem like very different endeavors from storytelling, it is all part of my fascination with how people relate to each other and the world we live in!