Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Evening Event Tellers

Here is a list of speakers that will headline the 2020 evening event.  We will add tellers as their bios are made available.

Alicia Retes brings Native American stories to life through voice, movement, and gestures. Alicia - part Mayo, Yaqui, and Cherokee - is a multifaceted artisan. Her stories are influenced by personal wildlife adventures on land and sea combined with an appreciation for all people globally. As the indigenous interpreter at the Museum of the American Indian she shares her knowledge in English, Spanish and Coastal Miwok languages. Her original stories of tricksters, shape shifters, and creators has been shared in schools, libraries, businesses, and community events in the United States and Australia.

Tim Ereneta

Tim Ereneta loves connecting ancient stories to modern day life, as he shares epic stories and forgotten fairy tales with audiences of all ages—but especially adults. He's told stories on stages from Washington, DC, to Chennai, India, performing in theaters, art museums, camps, churches, and nightclubs. A longtime volunteer with the former Bay Area Storytelling Festival, he currently serves as the National Storytelling Network's liaison to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Ruth Stotter

Ruth Stotter is a storyteller, folklorist, amateur magician, author and playwright.  She is the retired director of the Dominican University Certificate-in-Storytelling program and received a lifetime achievement Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.  She has articles in a variety of scholarly publications and is also the author of Smiles! 101 ways to bring a smile to a child’s face.  In addition, she has produced CD’s on northern California history and in 2018 and 2019 received Fulbright grants to train storytellers in Thailand and India.   We also want you to know that she enjoys telling stories with both a loop of string and origami paper folding.  Ruth has performed and taught workshops on seven continents and is hoping someday she will receive an invite from Antarctica. 

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Tom Wade

An energetic teller of mostly-true tales, TOM WADE's stories engage people of all ages. He is a homesteader and gardener with a passion for cooperating with nature, even when it arrives as a bobcat in the chicken coop. He has also travelled in some of the wilder parts of Africa and Central America and has the stories to prove it. Tom has become a popular teller at the Sierra Storytelling Festival and is a 5 time winner of the Sierra Story Slam. If you catch him off-stage, beware! Without a time limit, you might end up spellbound for hours.

Claudia Tonge has a rich repertoire of classic fairy and folk tales.  Her grandmother was a founding member of the Golden Gate Story League. Claudia, her sister and her brother grew up with their grandmother's voice and her extensive library.  When her grandmother passed away, that wealth of literature was passed on to Claudia.

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