Making a meaningful connection with an audience is what drives me to continue my work as a performing artist and storyteller. This can take many forms, but what they all have in common is that moment in a story when a shared understanding, memory or emotional response occurs. This is what good storytelling is about, and this is why I do what I do.

The stories I tell must first resonate for me. If I like a story, and it causes me to see the possibilities within it, I believe have found a tale worth sharing. My hope is that my listeners will experience the wonder, delight, understanding or surprise within each story in a personal and satisfying way. This is why I do what I do.

For me, a story comes alive only when it is created anew with each telling, in a space where everyone in the room is drawn in to listen and feel the possibilities within each tale. This is part of being human, and this is why I do what I do.

RESUME – Glenda Bonin, Storyteller


Professional Memberships

National Storytellers Network

Puppeteers of America

Education and Certification

  • University of Phoenix, BA in Management, 1990
  • Storytelling Institutes, East Tennessee State University (1998, 1999)
  • Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, Humanities in Medicine 2016 Symposium
  • Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference Desert Southwest Chapter (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Selected Credits

  • Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference (2019) – Workshop presenter – Golden, CO
  • StoryRise (2018) – Workshop presenter and performance – Goodyear, AZ
  • National Storytelling Network Conference (2016) – Workshop presenter – Kansas City, MO
  • Catalina Foothills Adult Care and Fairmount Assisted Living/Memory Care (2014 to present) – Regular storytelling sessions at three different sites – Tucson, AZ
  • La Posada Senior Living Community (2015 to Present) – Monthly storytelling sessions at three assisted living/memory care residences – Green Valley, AZ
  • Southern Arizona Storytelling (2016 to Present) – Performer and co-coordinator of local storytelling concerts – Tucson, AZ
  • National Storytelling Network Conference (2014) – Emcee for Western Regional Storytelling Concert – Phoenix, AZ
  • Tucson Festival of Books (2010,2011,2012,2013,2014) ––Scheduled storytellers, told stories and coordinated the storytelling stage — Tucson, AZ
  • Timberland Regional Library – Presented Summer Puppet/Storytelling Shows (2003, 2006,2008,2010,2013) – Various communities, WA
  • Bullhead City School District –Presented professional development workshop (2011) – Bullhead City, AZ
  • International Tour Management Institute (2010) –Symposium presenter–Tucson, AZ
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area –Storyteller for Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival (2009, 2004) – Oneida, TN
  • Cedar City Library in the Park Storytelling Festival (2009) – Workshop presenter – Cedar City, UT
  • Timpanogos Storytelling Festival (2006) — Western Showcase Storyteller — Orem, UT

336 E 16th Street, Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone: (520) 235-4171 –

Touring Artist Available for Assemblies, Programs, Special Events, Conferences and Festivals