Ever since her mother read her The Wizard of Oz, Anne Rutherford has loved a good story. She grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, (part Norman Rockwell, part Stephen King.) Anne was an odd and lively child who read stories to find her place in the world.
After coming west with a volunteer program in 1983, Anne worked as a fiscal manager and mediator. In 1999 she got an idea for a story program for adults, rented a hall, sold tickets - and people came!
Without you, I'm talking to myself.
She's gone on to develop and perform a repertoire of stories, poems and songs for audiences of all ages. Her specialties are original and vintage stories of humor and adventure, trickster and supernatural tales, plus a good dose of Northwest folklore.
Anne has appeared in all kinds of venues, including inside collapsing tents and on stage with biting ants. She is a teaching artist in the schools with Young Audiences of Oregon, a member of the Portland and Seattle Storytelling guilds and the National Storytelling Network.
Anne is also three-time first place winner in the NW Folklore Festival Liar's Contest - so don't believe everything she tells you.
More about Anne at www.annerutherford.com
Norm Brecke is a spirited storyteller who revels in telling a good story. His music, zeal, and humor add to any occasion. When Norm tells … people listen, and often join in.
Norm specializes in folktales he spices to make unique. His personal stories reflect his Northwest roots. Norm often brings music to his stories, accompanying himself on guitar, ukulele, banjo, or mouth harp.
With a background and expertise as a primary school teacher, Norm's rapport with young audiences is immediate and lasting. He has developed and implemented storytelling clubs, after-school programs where he guides 3rd-5th grade students to select, practice, peer coach & refine their story for public performance. His popular and successful story clubs build young tellers' confidence in their public speaking & memorization skills - while having fun! He also leads workshops for adults in storytelling techniques.
Norm performs in diverse settings, including bookstores & libraries, festivals & community events, private venues, campfire & park events. He is a popular choice for school Family Nights, Literacy/Reading Evenings, and Pajama Nights.
Wherever Norm goes, his enthusiasm for telling stories lights people up
More about Norm at www.normbrecke.com