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Anne Rutherford, STORYTELLER

Without you, I'm talking to myself

Award-winning storyteller Anne Rutherford delights audiences nationwide with funny, touching performances that include tales of personal adventure, West Coast folklore and prize-winning lies. Her singing and mandolin playing add to the fun, along with vivid vocal and physical characterizations such as her original Wild West alter-ego, the adventurous Clementine Ryder.

A featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival, Anne has also twice been a Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Rutherford's CDs The Habit of Joy, 3 Lies & Some Truth and The Adventures of Clementine Ryder are Storytelling World Award Winners. However, she is also five-time first place winner of the Northwest Folklife Liar’s Contest — so don’t believe everything she tells you.


Rutherford performs and leads workshops across the country, often in with her husband, storyteller Norm Brecke. Besides telling in festivals, Anne enjoys working as a teaching artist in schools, telling at libraries, and devising new stories. She is grateful for all the people who've been in her audiences over the years, because as she says, "Without you, I'm talking to myself."

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You are a delightful, talented soul. Your energy is awesome! So happy you shared your talent with us.

Director, St. Simon's by the Sea Storytelling Fest., 2019


One of the finest professional liars in the world.


Thank you for teaching us how to say something without getting embarrassed.

5th Grade Student, Findley Elementary, 2009

Just wanted to tell you how inspired I was by today's workshop. Your stories and examples were great...the freshness of your approach helped me see several of my stories in a new way. 

Participant, Illuminating Personal Change through Story Workshop, 2021


Talk on the playground has been nothing but good.

Teaching Assistant, Lewis Elementary 2011


Treat your audience to Anne’s storytelling! 

(503) 830-2398

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