It is with great pleasure that I announce the newest members of the Professional Storyteller Team: LoiS Sprengnether and Reisa Stone. Both LoiS and Reisa are longtime members of Professional Storyteller. Welcome, ladies!
Happy Tales to You,
Dianne de Las Casas
Founder of Professional Storyteller
About Lois Sprengether
After roughly 35 years of combining storytelling with being a children's librarian, I'm now a full-time professional storyteller.
Some of the places to find me on the internet besides my website:
*MI Arts & Humanities Directory
*Historical Society of Michigan Directory
*behind the scenes of the Youth, Educators, & Storytellers (Y.E.S.) Alliance as my position on the Y.E.S. board is webmaster
*I've added to my own website the following blog that lets you see online the email newsletter "MIStory", which lists Michigan storytelling events & I post information related to storytelling groups in Michigan . MIStory online's address ishttp://michiganstorytelling.org
*I'm also the administrator/founder of a social network just about storytelling in Michigan at http://MichiganStorytelling.SocialGo.com
*I'm also the Michigan state rep. for National Storytelling Network so this lets me help promote Michigan storytelling & Michigan storytellers.
*locally on NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org
*As a member of Northlands Storytelling Network, I'm found on the Michigan page of Northlands.net
*National Storytelling Network's information at Storynet.org
After all those years storytelling in libraries, I've a large international folktale repertoire, which can include puppets, sign language, music & dance. I also reenact Liberetta Lerich Green, who grew up on a Mich. Underground Railroad Station & was active in the Civil War homefront effort. Liberetta always travels 100 years into today, so she has many historical topics available to her. Additional historical reenactment characters are a Hired Girl and a 1 Room Schoolteacher. Workshops for children, teachers, librarians & storytellers, including residencies are also available.
About Reisa Stone
Reisa collects and rewrites Ukrainian legends as well as recounting her intense experiences with animals tame and wild. She has recently completed her gonzo memoir of a Baba, "My Goat Prefer Naked: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village." These are wild stories Reisa has collected over a lifetime of listening to refugees and immigrants. Check out her very brief story sound clips in the left hand column! Yes, it says "My Music," but these are stories.
She performs her Baba stories in Vancouver venues while hounding literary agents. Live audiences make great editors!In her performances, malcontent Babas wreak borshch mayhem, a murder of crows attend a funeral, and a young man wins the heart of a princess by paying respect to his ancestral heritage of horsemanship---but not before napping on a wood stove and singing an erotic homage to baked fish.
Reisa's first job was acting in a Sears commercial at the age of four. She recently narrated a special for Bravo TV, and brought a local environmental issue to national attention through storytelling in the media. She sings in many styles and is a gospel music soloist. She performs with the Shadbolt Centre.
A devotee of St. Francis', Reisa is passionate about rescuing abused and slaughterhouse-bound horses. Her photos (below) show such a mother-daughter pair, now in loving sanctuary near her home. The big Thoroughbred was a racetrack rescue.
Reisa also utilizes her extensive dog experience to socialize rescues. She is fulfilling her childhood dream of both mothering countless animals and performing on stage.
"May my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God."