405 E BISHOP DRIVE
Primary type of performance
Folk/Fairy Tales, Myths & Legends, Historical Stories, Monologues, Personal Narrative Stories, Literary Stories, Applied Storytelling
I tell a large variety of stories: folktales, personal stories, stories from history, stories from literature, and stories I collect through personal interviews with adults and children.
Bi or Multi Lingual
Jon Spelman has been a full time storyteller since 1980, and has frequently been featured at the National Storytelling Festival. His work has been supported by grants from the National Storytelling Network and the Cummington Press in honor of Harry Duncan, by Alternate ROOTS, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Maryland Arts Council, the Arts Councils of Florida and The District of Columbia. Spelman has been called “World-Class” (Los Angeles TIMES), and “a stunning wordsmith and a riveting performer” (Washington POST). The Bluemont Concert Series has labeled him “The Dean of American Storytelling”. He has received a Children>s Radio Award, an Achievement in Children??™s Television Award, and two EMMIES, for THREE STORIES TALL, which he hosted for six years. He has been admitted into The Circle of Excellence of the National Storytelling Network. He has performed on NPR, at the Smithsonian, and tells TALES OF THE LINCOLN for families at Ford's Theater in Washington DC.
All Ages, Children, Adult, Teenage
approximately 700 in 37 states