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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Glenda Bonin

Glenda Bonin Storyteller

336 E. 16th Street
Tucson, AZ 85701

(520) 629-0270

(520) 234-4171


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I am a touring storyteller and have performed at a variety of venues throughout the country including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
My performances and presentations include college classes, family workshops, public concerts and festivals. I have worked with disabled children during summer camp programs; held teacher in-services and parent workshops; and provided after-school and summer camp residencies in rural elementary schools.
My touring educational storytelling/puppet library shows began in 2006. Program topics include: why learning about science can be fun, how to deal with bullies, how to be safe around water, and why it is important to make healthy choices.
I have performed at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah, the Mesa Storytelling Festival in Arizona, and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area “Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival” in Tennessee, and the Yuma Storytelling Festival in Arizona.
For five years, I served as coordinator for the Storytelling Stage during the annual Tucson Festival of Books - one of the top four book festivals in the United States.
My most recent project is a creative-aging pilot program tailored specifically for people with memory issues. Once a week, I tell stories to small groups of residents at three different sites in Tucson, Arizona.

Making a meaningful connection with an audience is what drives me to continue my work as a performing artist and storyteller. This can take many forms, but what they all have in common is that moment in a story when a shared understanding, memory or emotional response occurs. This is what good storytelling is about, and this is why I do what I do.

The stories I tell must first resonate for me. If I like a story, and it causes me to see the possibilities within it, I believe I have found a tale worth sharing. My hope is that my listeners will experience the wonder, delight, understanding or surprise within each story in a personal and satisfying way.

For me, a story comes alive only when it is created anew with each telling,in a space where everyone in the room is drawn in to listen and feel the possibilities within each tale. This is part of being human, and this is why I do what I do

Types of stories I tell:

Multicultural Folktales, Family and Personal Stories

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Travel and housing requested for special assignments. When I am on tour these costs are waived. Rates depend on type of .venue, size of audience and length of show. Block Booking rates available.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

Arizona schools in Tucson, Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Mesa, Nogales, Safford, Scottdale, Queen Creek, Wickenberg, Williams. San Diego, CA, Nevada schools in Las Vegas, Yerington, Eureka, Reno

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

NSN, Puppeteers of America, Tucson Tellers of Tales, Roster Artist in Arizona, Nevada and North Dakota.