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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Ross Tarr

The Storyteller of Old Tampa Bay

550 1st Ave So Unit #1604
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 418-5578

(727) 418-5578


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Ross Tarr -Tells tales of American and Florida history, Folktales and stories of his personal experiences ranging from days as a Boy Scout to the trials of fatherhood, and entertains with stories of Santa's adventures in malls and homes drawing on his background not only as a as a storyteller but as a second-generation professional Santa Claus and Leprechaun.
As a social historian, writer, and performance artist Ross tells tales of Florida characters, hero's, and ghosts, American leaders, villains, and characters of myth and history told with a perspective gained from his early American forebearers.
Ross Tarr served as the Executive Director of the 2016 St. Petersburg StoryFest and the World Storytelling Day Celebration in St. Petersburg, Fl. and has appeared repeatedly at the Florida Storytelling Festival, the historic Tampa Theatre, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, the Glazer Museum of Tampa, The International Santa Claus Convention, and for hundreds of programs at colleges, libraries, and community events.

Insured and with Annual Background Check Performed.
Tarr has been cited in: Who's Who in American Health Care as well as in Who's Who in Public Speaking, and as a published author, generated articles on training and development for national trade magazines, and has appeared as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator creating and delivering training programs, and working with people with Dementia/Alzheimer's.
M.S. Training and Development, National College of Education, Evanston, Illinois. B.S. Health Care Administration, Chicago, Illinois
Certificate, Group Story Facilitation (specializing in people with Alzheimer's/Dementia) U. of Wisconsin
Ted Lis Actors Workshop, Chicago, IL.
Bachelor of Santa Claus, USC

Types of stories I tell:

Stories of Santa's real life in malls and homes, including a Santa Concert, "Hey Santa, Ya' Got A Visitor," detailing the sometimes sad but often humorous personal experiences of a second generation Santa. Stories of personal and family life, (including tales of relatives in Civil War America). Stories of Florida History, Charmers, Cheats, and Ghosts. Tales and programs for St. Paddy's Day, and all hollidays.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Fees, Transportation, and Accommodations by arrangement. Limited availability during the Santa season November-December.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

Florida Public Schools Contractor - Exp. 10/27/2021

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

NSN, Florida Storytellers Association, Tampa Storyteller's Guild, The Storyteller's of Old Tampa Bay, The International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santa's, Certified Group Storytelling Facilitor, (University of Wisconsin)