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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Mary Grace Ketner

109 Fir Street
San Antonio, TX 78210

(210) 887-0628


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Ali Baba or Baba Yaga, Tiger or Turtle, Sheherazade or Jack – Mary Grace's graceful hands and enchanting voice bring them all to life in folktales, fairy tales and legends from all around the world.

An author with teaching experience in Language Arts, English, Spanish, and Special Education and work as an educational specialist in a museum of history and culture, Mary Grace understands the role of artistry in advancing a community of learners. Her interactive story programs address the scope and sequence of each grade's Social Studies content as well as the state standards for language arts.

Mary Grace is on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster. Her two CDs, Ghostly Gals and Spirited Women and 1001 Years of 1001 Nights have each received Storytelling World awards in the category of CD/DVD for Listeners for Any Age. Guest editor of the 2015 Fairy Tale issue of Storytelling magazine, Mary Grace blogs at FairyTaleLobby.wordpress.com and https://diggingupstories.com.

“Mary Grace's pace, her expressions, her gestures, her choice of story were all perfect. Spiritual...Graceful, you might say.”--Jim Maroon, Grapevine

“I cannot believe that you told six sessions of stories and never repeated a single one!  Mrs. Turner and I who were able to hear them all were truly blessed.”--Karen Hodges, Kyle

"Her presentation is the perfect way to introduce students to The Canterbury Tales. Her knowledge of Chaucer's language, style, and stories is invaluable and makes students want to know more. Even teachers who have taught Chaucer for years will learn a thing or two from her"--Amy Maytum, La Vernia High School

"Her telling at the Fredericksburg event brought the grace and eloquence we've come to expect from her and provided the needed dimension of folk and literary tales that are the foundations of our art form."--Donna Ingham, Texas Tale Teller

"That story was so good it made made me see a movie."--Dillon, Age 10

Types of stories I tell:

Worldwide folktales, fairy tales, legends, ghost stories, interactive tales, classic narratives (Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights) for schools Kinder - college, festivals, organizations, conferences.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Mileage outside of San Antonio TX area or airfare; lodging and meals while in your care. I can work with your budget to set an appropriate fee and expenses package.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

No restrictions

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network, Tejas Storytelling Association, Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster, San Antonio Storytellers Association, San Antonio Arts in Education Alliance.