Anne Jennison's Bio
Once upon a time a long, long time ago - and only yesterday - Anne Jennison asked herself, “What would happen if Storytelling were looked at not only as an spontaneous and enjoyable informal activity, but also could be honed and crafted into a performance art form?” Seeking answers to this question has led Anne on a merry three-decade adventure as a professional storyteller. In 1994, Anne earned a BA in Storytelling and in 1996, Anne became possibly the first (only?) person to receive a Master’s Degree in “Bahá’í Storytelling”. Additionally, Anne holds an MA in American history - and has taught storytelling and history workshops & courses, both at the secondary and college levels.
Since finishing her post-graduate work, Anne has spent many years as a professional storyteller who thinks deeply about the history of the world and its oral storytelling traditions, as well as the inner meanings of stories and how to best share her storytelling - through recordings and public performances, schools, workshops, powwows, and festivals - in ways that are warmly entertaining.
Anne has had many opportunities over the years - as a history teacher and - more recently - as a member of her town's Heritage Commission - to share history, biographies, multicultural folktales, parables, and autobiographical stories. However, as a professional storyteller Anne chooses to tell primarily the Native American lesson stories that reflect the Abenaki part of her heritage. Anne explains it this way:
“Stories from all traditions share the wonder of life and great gifts of humor and wisdom, but for their gentle yet critically important lessons of life, Native American lesson stories are my favorite to tell. I first began learning Northeast Woodlands stories when my daughters were quite young, to teach them about their Abenaki and Mohawk heritage, and have since expanded my repertoire to include stories from all over Turtle Island”.