Find a Storyteller – Debra Olson-Tolar

 
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Debra Olson-Tolar is an accomplished teller of world folktales and personal stories. She was the first storyteller asked to join the J. Paul Getty Museum's initiative to pair original story with pieces from their permanent art collection. Whether telling stories of strong women or tales of wisdom and wonder, her enthusiastic style sweeps listeners into another time and place. She has shared her stories and taught storytelling workshops at the Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, the Texas Storytelling Festival, the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference, and the National Storytelling Conference, as well as at women's retreats, schools, churches, museums, and libraries. Her CD, The Stars in the Sky, contains several of her favorite folktales.

In addition to performing, Debra conducts workshops for teachers on using storytelling in the classroom, teaches intensive weekend workshops for other storytellers, and conducts individual and small group coaching sessions for those who want feedback on their storytelling skills.

Debra's background includes a B.A. degree in Acting, an M.A. in Communication (both from the University of Northern Colorado) and a Ph.D. (from the University of Denver) in Speech Communication. She was a Professor of Communication Studies at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA, for 19 years, where she taught The Art of Storytelling and Studies in Storytelling as well as other courses in human communication.

Debra is a proud member of the National Storytelling Network, the Healing Story Alliance, Tellers of Tales Tucson, and Rocky Mountain Storytelling.
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