Brian Rohr is a Storyteller, Poet and Healing Arts Practitioner who resides in the Pacific Northwest – a land of constant rain, Evergreen trees, mountains and the waters of the Pacific Ocean. As a Storyteller/bard/wanderer, he shares the old stories – the Myths, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales – from many different cultures around the world, often using the drum to help create a rhythmic trance state. Brian has performed as a featured storyteller for national and international audiences, taught and performed at major conferences, high schools, universities, synagogues and libraries, delighting listeners of all ages, including:
- Illinois State University;
- Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle;
- Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL
- Keynote presenter at Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, TX;
- Trickster Tales Storytelling Festival in Washington State;
- Tell It Like It Is: Portland’s Jewish Storytelling Festival;
- The 14th International Jewish Renewal Aleph Kallah in Redlands, CA and more…
For over five years, Rohr hosted the monthly First Friday Storynight in Port Townsend, WA before moving to Portland, OR. He also created & hosted the ever-popular annual Trickster Tales: A Night of Storytelling.
Two years ago, Brian was honored by JT News as a ”10 Under 40″ recipient by being chosen as one of 10 Jewish people in Washington State under 40 years old who are doing important and inspirational works within the community, specifically as a storyteller. In 2012, Brian was honored by the National Storytelling Network by being selected as one of seven finalists for the prestigious J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award in the storytelling community.
“Brian breaths fire into the story and carries you to the belly of the beast. His energy catapults you right into the story and you find your self riding along with the cast of characters. You can’t help but enjoy a storytelling by Brian.” – Michele Podesto, Artist & Ritual Leader
“You’re helping to keep cultures and ancient tales rich and alive in an age of quick info and technology.” – Joe Roche, Wrier, Actor, Humorist
“Thank you for your stories… You are a very passionate and gifted storyteller.” -Eric J Jones, Sr.
“Your presence here over S’lichot was such a blessing to all of us. [The storytelling] truly set the tone not only for the evening, but for our ongoing learning about belonging, believing and becoming. Thank you once again for your special spirit that you brought to that evening.” -Rabbi Stephen Hart, Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL