Our Storytellers

Dan Bagley

Dan Bagley

Daniel B. Bagley
Dan Bagley lives in Nevada, Iowa, and is a member of the Des Moines Two Rivers Story Spinners and the Northlands Storytelling Network. Dan has told stories at the Moonshell Festival and the Fontenelle Forest in Nebraska, shared stories at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dan was a featured storyteller at the Erskin Water Carnival in Erskin, Minnesota. Iowa venues include the Story Festival in Story City, and Living History Farms in Des Moines. Email Dan.

Bettie Jane Bibler

Bettie Jane Bibler

BettieJane Bibler
Hungry for stories? BettieJane Bibler offers a feast of fanciful tales, served with a sprinkling of wit, a dash of wisdom, and a healthy dose of fun! She tempts the palette with tasty true-life adventures, original tales, and flavorful folktales from around the globe. Generously seasoned with multicultural musical instruments, puppetry, and a cast of colorful characters, her tales will be savored by listeners of all ages. An Iowa Arts Council teaching artist and a Metro Arts Alliance artist, BettieJane also offers storytelling classes, workshops, and artist residencies. Email BettieJane.

Brett DeBruyn

Brett DeBruyn

Brett DeBruyn
Brett is a teller, puppeteer and performer with over 30 years experience. He tells folktales, personal humor and fairy tales of all kinds and has earned the Toastmasters International gold achievement award. Brett is also a professional puppeteer with Big Bear Puppets, a stable of plush and furry friends who bring smiles to audiences of all ages. Brett has personal speaking shows, stage puppet performances and walk around entertainment, tailored to suit any and all occasions. View Brett’s Facebook page.

Patricia Coffie

Patricia Coffie

Patricia Coffie
Patricia Coffie was born interested and Iowan. Her family is Iowan on both sides for five generations. From ‘Love, American Style’ in Hot Rod Magazine to ‘Discovering Fire; Generation after Generation after Generation’ at Northlands to ‘Reflections and Revelations’ on an icy drive home, she tells stories familiar to many hearts.
These stories are filled with the love and laughter and sometimes tears of one whose heart belongs to the Midwest. Email Patricia.

Maureen Korte

Maureen Korte

Maureen Korte
Irish-American Storyteller, Maureen Korte writes, adapts and tells stories of every genre, from every country for every kind of audience. She has traveled extensively to study and collect the ancient myths and legends of many different cultures. Maureen enhances her tales using sign language, puppets, pantomime, accent, paper cutting and folding, costume and audience participation. Maureen teaches through a variety of venues. You can find her at festivals, conferences, working with businesses to write their stories, through private seminars and in schools and colleges. Teaching programs focus on storytelling, public speaking, creative writing, poetry, creativity, and acting. Email Maureen.

Thea Nicholas

Thea Nicholas

Thea Nicholas
Thea Nicholas offers a wide range of storytelling possibilities: key note addresses; historical interpretive work; nature-based stories for Children as Grandmother Nature; workshops on storytelling development; serving as MC; and Storytime Yoga® for Children.
Thea Nicholas is the only Storytime Yoga® certified instructor in the area. She takes the world of storytelling to a new level through this offering for young people ages 8 and up. It is also a profound learning experience for young teens with neural issues. View Thea’s website.

Carol_Taylor

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor
Patchwork Puppets is the creation of Carol Taylor. Combining folk wisdom with captivating performances and a menagerie of lifelike friends, Patchwork Puppets is an entertaining and educational experience for children and families of all ages. View Carol’s website.

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