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Stories & Songs for a Better Day

Norm loves a good story.  ​Before becoming a full-time storyteller, he was an award-winning teacher who told stories daily in his classroom and taught storytelling skills to students after school.

He’s told stories professionally all over the country, most recently as a featured teller at the Kansas Storytelling Festival (2024), Story Crossroads (2023) and as Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Tennessee in 2023 with his  wife, Anne Rutherford.He’s been a featured teller at the Powellswood (2012), Art of the Story (2017), and Stone Soup (2018), The Ark (2020), and Florida (2021) Storytelling Festivals. Norm proudly narrated for the Seattle Symphony (2012), told at Seattle Art Museum (2014), and at the National Storytelling Networks’ Summit (2017 & 2018). He has been a Showcase Storyteller at Northwest Folklife in Seattle twelve times (2009 - 2022). He is a member of the online storytelling group The TBD Storytellers which have entertained people remotely since 2020 and continue today.  

He’s performed his Lighter "Side of Lincoln" program dozens of times since 2016. He extensive repertoire includes traditional tales, personal narratives, historical tales, and stories in song.

His music, zeal, and humor add to any occasion.

One of his greatest joys has been performing and teaching with his wife, Anne Rutherford. When Norm tells, people listen, and often join in. 


Your storytelling was terrific.

                     Jay O'Callahan, Storyteller

Norm Brecke held a few dozen little ears in the palm of his hand. His well-told yarn about a dragon resonated with both kids and adults…Of course, to truly soak up the message, it is best to hear the story illustrated with Brecke's colorful inflections and wide-eyed expressions.

                     Andy Hobbs, Editor, Federal Way Mirror

You are one special teller!

                     Karyn Page-Davies, Director Stone Soup Storytelling Institute


The Lighter Side of Lincoln presentation you did for the Beaverton Historical Society was incredibly captivating and enjoyed by everyone . It is a presentation you won't want to miss!

                        Judy Donovan, Beaverton Historical Society

Your programs are uplifting and fun. We look forward to you coming.

                      Diane Newlin, Program Assistant, SpringRidge Court



I'm always looking for new opportunities to share my love of storytelling. Let's connect!

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