top of page
Adult, all-ages, children, family, elementary school, senior
Personal, literary, tall tales, historical, folktales, song/music, story-jokes, ghost stories
Themed programs and workshops available
About the Teller
Award-winning storyteller Anne Rutherford delights audiences nationwide with funny, touching performances that include tales of personal adventure, Pacific Northwest folklore and prize-winning lies. Her singing and mandolin playing add to the fun, along with vivid vocal and physical characterizations such as her original Wild West alter-ego, the adventurous Clementine Ryder. Anne’s been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, two-time Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center, and five-time winner of Northwest Folklife’s Liars Contest. She is a 3-time Storytelling World recording artist winner.
Rutherford performs and leads workshops across the country, often collaborating with her husband, professional storyteller Norman Brecke. Besides telling in festivals, Anne enjoys working as a teaching artist in schools, telling at libraries, and writing new stories. She is forever grateful to all who have been in her audiences throughout the years. “Without you,” Anne says, “I’d be talking to myself.”
Just wanted to tell you how inspired I was by today's workshop. Your stories and examples were great.
—Sandra M., Florida Storytelling Festival 2021
So very happy that you were a storyteller at our festival this past weekend. You are a delightful, talented soul. Your energy is awesome! — Donna C., Director, Epworth Stories by the Sea, 2019
Your storytelling is truly amazing. I can't believe how quick and funny and complex your style is- and SO entertaining. It was such a wonderful evening! — Nancy S., Founder, Sing With Our Kids, 2019
bottom of page