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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Michael Parent

Michael Parent

95 Congress St., # 2
Portland, ME 04101

(207) 879-0401


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From New England to New Zealand, and many places in between, Michael Parent, a native Mainer of French-Canadian descent, has performed as a storyteller and singer since 1977. He has been featured at hundreds of schools and libraries, the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, as well as international events in France, Austria, Ireland, England, Poland, Brazil, Costa Rica and New Zealand. Michael also leads storytelling, storywriting, and performance workshops, and is known for his teaching abilities and a knack for creating a supportive workshop environment. He is a 1999 recipient of the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award

"Michael Parent is a unique blend of consummate professional, yet wonderfully approachable artist. Audiences of all ages loved him, as was evidenced by the standing ovation! Distractions fall away as Michael lures listeners into his tales and heart. Pure joy was the outcome of Michael's visit to our festival." -- Teresa Clark, Director, Snake River Storytelling Festival

"(He) was almost a festival in himself. He played, sang in French and
English, and juggled balls, rods, and what-nots as he simultaneously told the story of a down-and-out juggler. A magnificent voice, an inexhaustible fund of stories, wit, charm, a gift of mimicry..."
(Layna Verin - U.C. Berkeley Daily Californian")

"The storyteller, in the fullness of his craft, has struck, and the spell is on,
as surely as it was when Homer conjured up a fleet of ships on a wine-dark sea
bound for the walls of Troy."
(Melvin Maddocks - Time Magazine)

Types of stories I tell:

Folk, original, sometimes based on true, historical events. Some are humorous, some not, some a mixture.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Fees are so variable, and mostly flexible that I prefer to discuss them over the phone. If going far from home, I assume travel costs will be covered, and that food and lodging will be provided.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

I don't get this question. I've never had any trouble with any school district, and don't expect to in the future.

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network MOOSE (Maine Order of Storytelling Enthusiasts)