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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Barbara Schutzgruber

2855 Kimberly Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 761-5118


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"When Schutzgruber spins her conversational yarns... you can imagine yourself listening by firelight on the edge of some enchanted forest, where anything is possible..." -Lynne Heffley 2000 Parents Choice.

**Gutsy girls, wise women, tricksters and string come to life as Barbara weaves folktales and string stories; sings medieval ballads; and shares the history and legends of Michigan.

**Her comfortable, lively, spontaneous style enchants audiences of all ages (children, teens and adults) as her rich voice and flawless pacing conjure images from the depth of the imagination.

**An award-winning recording artist, popular workshop presenter, experienced performer for schools, libraries, festivals, museums and more, Barbara has a national reputation for consistent, high quality work. Her recordings have won 2 Parents Choice Gold Awards, an ALA Notable, and 2 Storytelling World Award Honors.

A freelance performer since 1983, Barbara grew up hearing stories at family gatherings and has continued the storytelling tradition as a camp counselor, teacher, parent, and professional.

**Barbara holds a Bachelors Degree in Literature, Language, Speech and Drama and a Masters Degree in Childrens Literature with an emphasis in Folklore from Eastern Michigan University.

Types of stories I tell:

folktales, ballads, string stories, family stories, Michigan history

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

200 round trip miles included. Over 200 miles, reimburse 50 cents/mile or ticket, as needed. Lodging provided by client; home stays OK.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:


I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

MI Arts & Humanities Council Touring Program, NSN, Northlands Storytelling Network, Detroit Story League, Michigan League Handweavers, Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild