Find a Storyteller

Storytellers of New Mexico members include both professional and semi-professional tellers who contract independently to provide storytelling tailored to the needs of the recipient organization. Professional STNM storytellers are listed below in alphabetical order. 




Sarah Juba Addison        jubamae@aol.com

Juba learned the art of storytelling from her grandmother Sarah Jane, a descendant of West African Griots. She is dedicated to performing, preserving and promoting traditional storytelling for people of all ages and cultures. Juba entertains audiences of adults, families and children with her repertories of folklore, fables and fairy tales, plus historical and inspirational stories. Juba encourages everyone to tell his or her story. Everyone has a story and by telling/ sharing your stories, you form a bridge for others to cross and get to know you, your culture and most importantly your history. Juba has performed at White Sands Monument, Fort Seldom, National Story League Convention, Border Book Festival in New Mexico and Chamizal Festival in El Paso Texas. Juba’s mission statement is: I share what I know so that others may grow. Contact her and she will share her stories with you so that you too can grow.



Phyllis Bergman               pebergman@gmail.com

I tell stories to older children or adults. My stories center around self-empowerment, travel and stories with a "point," usually about growth and change. Many of my stories are suited for older girls and women. They often stress finding your own voice. Some of my stories are just plain fun...others are more serious. I can adapt a program to suit your particular needs.  I also have a collection of stories about New Mexico’s first 100 years as a state, suitable for upcoming Centennial celebrations.


Cynthia Dobson        cynthia.dobson@southoftheborder.ca

Cynthia is an accomplished storyteller whose love of tales has taken her to collect and tell stories from around the world. She has a Master’s degree in multi-cultural education and her teaching experience in Mexico, New Mexico, and Canada has given her a unique perspective, not only on the differences but more importantly on the similarities in cultures.  From these experiences she chooses stories to share with others.  Bi-lingual and participatory programs may be arranged for schools, libraries, daycare centers, camps, as well as senior centers and nursing homes.

Margaret Edmundson    medmundsonstories@yahoo.com

I offer my stories as gifts to my listeners and hope these gifts will empower them to tell their own tales, for the stories of each individual are unique and will be lost unless they are shared. I tell personal stories of growing up in Springfield, Illinois, during the Depression. Since I've lived 1/5 of my life overseas (England, Peace Corps Africa, and the Pacific Islands of Micronesia) and have traveled in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., I tell stories about those experiences and weave in local folktales.



Kimberly Gotches           www.kimberlygotches.com    E-mail Kimberly

A former youth services librarian from Chicago land, Kimberly has nearly ten years of experience telling stories to children of all ages at libraries, daycare centers and schools. Before that, she dedicated herself to older adults as a Longterm Care Case Manager, leading original storytelling, improvisation and writing workshops. A winner of the Intergeneration 2013 Storytelling Contest, Kimberly tells folktales with ageless themes as well as personal stories that celebrate the powerful benefits of intergenerational relationships.  She draws from coursework in creative writing, acting, movement/dance, expressive art therapy and improvisation to offer dynamic stories and inspire interaction with the audience.  She can customize a program that will engage your community and will utilize her background in marketing to offer a press release with every booking.

Vivian Harris      harrisvivian8@gmail.com                                                                                                                        

Vivian Harris performs a half-hour program as “Lady Vivian” designed for children from 5 to 10 years old. Her program contains several folk and fairy tales told with props. She not only entertains but includes bits of history and asks questions to encourage children to think. Vivian comes to storytelling from a background as a teacher, public speaker, and trainer. She speaks on resilience and does workshops on self-esteem, public speaking, interpersonal communications, etc. for adults.   



Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley  bpstorybird@hotmail.com  http://www.storybirdsongstress.com/

 Also known as Story Songbird Woman, Brenda tells and sings tales from around the world using musical instruments, dance, song, puppets and a love of traditional languages and cultures.  Skilled in the Chautauqua form, she assumes the persona of historical figures such as Rosa Park , Coretta Scott-King, Lena Horne, Marian Anderson, and Billie Holiday.  Puppetry presentations include Opera Woman, Goatie, Princess Penelope Puddingshire, and others.  She specializes in African, African-American, Native-American, Caribbean, spiritual & humorous yarns.  Brenda offers numerous special productions and workshops  and is a member of the New Mexico Humanities Council, STNM & the National Association of Black Storytellers.  She tells stories appropriate for all ages. 


Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee          jhdarsee@gmail.com    http://johanna.itgo.com

We have traveled far and wide to find the most beautiful, enthralling and mysterious songs, melodies and stories, to take you on a journey to far away islands, deep forests and magical gardens. We will tailor a program to fit your audience. We live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but are happy to tour throughout the country.





Indiana Bones    indiana.bones3d@gmail.com   www.storyteller.net/tellers/mmccartney

Emmy Award winner Indiana Bones, (aka Mike McCartney), makes history and mythology come to life. Along with his pet dragon puppet Draco, Indy makes the stories of the past informative and rip-uproariously funny! He tells stories from Adventures, Myths (Greek - Egyptian - Aztec - Mayan - India and many more), as well as ancient Legends and Native American folklore.  He incorporates a bit of fact with large amounts of myth and humor.  Using, artifacts ( i.e a Crystal Skull, the Mask of Thor, a replica of Mjölnir), fossils (i.e. T-Rex teeth, the claws of an Allosaurus and a Unicorn's Horn ) and old bones, he delves into research about the ancient stories, myths or legends that may have developed around these items.  Adding his own colorful insights he tells stories of ancient civilizations and cultures with humor and a sense of ADVENTURE !!  Indy is the perfect performer for any audience from preschool, through school age, middle/high school, adults, seniors and families.




Joe Hayes joehayes@newmexico.com

Joe’s tales are a combination of the traditional lore of the American Southwest and his own imagination. The traditional part is based on things people have told him or what he has learned from reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists. Joe’s own contribution is based on his instincts as a storyteller and what his experience tells him listeners need in order to feel satisfied with a story. He has visited thousands of schools around the U.S. and is working on his fourth decade as resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe. A whole generation of Southwestern children has grown up listening to Joe’s stories. He is an award-winning author and received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network for serious and influential contributions to the literature of storytelling. He is a recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts.



Bob Kanegis -  Tales & Trails       bob@storyconnection.com      http://storyconnection.com

Just imagine children and adults alike, fully engaged- learning, laughing, and participating actively in performances and workshops.  That’s my style...getting people of ALL AGES participating together to enjoy the wonders and benefits of storytelling.  I’ve been telling and teaching storytelling here in New Mexico and across the country for 25 years and my passion is undiminished.  I draw from a large repertoire of tales from around the world to bring your listeners programs designed to fit almost any theme. I also draw on my background as a camp director, naturalist and traveler, and season my stories with a heart-full dose of respect for the earth and other cultures.  In addition to performance storytelling, with my partner Liz Mangual, I offer workshops and residencies that address improving school climate, oral language development and strengthening families through family storytelling experiences.  Phone: 505-306-4476



Ramona King - Ramonastories@gmail.com   Creating an environment that welcomes laughter, singing, and dancing, Ramona King offers a soothing voice for inner turmoil.  She wrote and performs two one-woman shows:  “Maternal Dreamer” and work-in-progress “Dying to Get out of Here!”  She also portrays the trail-blazing educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune.   She offers workshops on "Effective ways to share stories with Children", “Setting the course for a purposeful life upon the loss of a loved one,” and “How to Use stories, songs, and movement to achieve vision centered goals.”  For Primary and Secondary schools she offers inspirational stories and African folk wisdom for life’s journeys. Her school programs may include in-service workshops for teachers and residencies that include creative storytelling and logic activities.   She has performed at The African American Performing Arts Center in New Mexico, The Universities of Illinois and Houston, and at The White House.  Ramona is radio host for "The Spoken Word Hour" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  E-mail Ramona for CD's, DVD's, booking and information.


Laurie Magovern   Laurie@flourishlearning.com          http://flourishlearning.com/

I present interactive traditional and original stories for early childhood and elementary age, intertwining arts education (drama, music, movement and art) and early literacy skills.  My style is well suited for educational settings, performances and festivals.  An MA in Theater Education, I have worked at the Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Arena Stage in Washington DC.  As Curator of Education for the Albuquerque Balloon Museum I run the very popular Stories in the Sky program, named “2011 Best Story Time” by ABQ The Magazine.  I also provide storytelling workshops.


Sarah Malone    smalone@peacetales.org            www.peacetales.org

Sarah Malone is a New Mexico bilingual storyteller who has been weaving tales for children and adults for over twenty years. Through storytelling, Sarah breathes life into words – drawing the listener into another realm through the powerful relationship between storyteller and listener.  She is a published author, recording artist, and a founding member of Storytellers of New Mexico.  In 2004 Sarah founded the Peace Tales project, resulting in an award winning CD, “Holding Up the Sky: Peacetales for Kids.”  The project generated $30,000 in donations to peace causes.



Liz Mangual  - Tales & Trails     liz@storyconnection.com         http://storyconnection.com      

Ever since I hid under the kitchen table to eavesdrop on the colorful characters that populated my childhood, I’ve been in love with stories.  I’m a bilingual storyteller with years of experience working with children and families, from inner cities to rural villages. That’s diversity!  I tell stories that capture the whole range of human experience, from funny and foolish to serious and mysterious. I’ve traveled from coast to coast offering library programs in hundreds of communities.  My school residency programs, and family storytelling workshops, have won several literacy awards.  Even more rewarding to me is the joy I see on children’s faces as they listen and learn to tell stories themselves.  Phone: 505-514-5471

Elaine Muray – Embodied Voice Story Arts  Contact Elaine     embodiedvoicestoryarts.com

Elaine Muray, a new resident of Albuquerque, integrates movement and narration to deliver tales from around the world as well as personal stories.  She has performed at the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, Northlands Storytelling Conference, the Australian Storytelling Festival and in 2008 was chosen by her then Pacific peers to perform at the National Storytelling Conference All Regions Concert, representing the Pacific Region.  She has performance programs and workshops for all ages. She is a certified ESL/ELL instructor and holds a degree in Social Work.  Elaine serves on the Board of the National Storytelling Network (NSN). Please e-mail, call, or see Elaine’s website for additional information.  505-400-4123


Steven Plá         Visit Steven's Website               Contact Steven

Steven Plá has been telling amazing stories from around the world for over 30 years.  Steven brings tradition and wisdom from diverse areas of the world together in his telling.  A lifetime student of mythology, folklore, and history, he knows that story can be a bridge to understanding between cultures.  His stories promote a broader sense of belonging to a worldwide community of many peoples, all brought together by the magic of story.  Steven tells in English and Spanish, performs traditional Sea Chanteys, and leads the workshop, “Discovering the Storyteller in You.”


Regina Ress        Regina@ReginaRess.com             www.ReginaRess.com

Whether performing for adults or children, with her warm and engaging style Regina invites her audience to journey with her to explore new territory and return with insights and information, having had a delightful experience along the way. An award winning storyteller and educator, Regina has been performing and teaching for over 40 years from Broadway to Brazil. She has told stories in the US, Latin America, and Europe…from international festivals to grade schools and senior centers, from homeless shelters and prisons to Lincoln Center and The White House. Performances range from delightful folk tales to some of the world's great mythologies and original stories. Regina is Storytelling Adjunct for NYU’s Programs in Educational Theatre and TESOL/Foreign Language. She is Storyteller-in-Residence for the Hillside Market in Santa Fe.   “Storytelling connects us to each other and to the deepest parts of ourselves.”