Glenda's Biography

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


Glenda Bonin has been performing for more than thirty-five years, and has made her living

as a storyteller since 1996. She was born in Wyoming, raised in Oregon and currently

resides in Arizona.

She has five CDs to her credit and is a Roster Artist with the Nevada Council on the Arts. Her artist memberships include the National Storytellers Network, and the Puppeteers of America.

Glenda tours the United States and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the country including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Her performances and presentations include college classes, family workshops, public concerts and festivals. She has worked with disabled children during summer camp programs; held teacher in-services and parent workshops; provided after-school and summer camp residencies in rural elementary schools; served as mentor for the Tucson Children’s Museum youth empowerment storytelling program; and taught art classes at the Tucson Museum of Art School and U of A Extended University.

Glenda has presented workshops for the College of Education Conference on Literature and Literacy for Children through the University of Arizona. She has also provided workshops for the Nevada Reading Week Project, Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language, the Amphitheater Public School Camp APPLES, and the Lyon County Professional Development Conference for Educators in Nevada. Glenda has participated in collaborative work with artists from other disciplines (theater, music, dance, video and visual art), serving as the lead artist in these group projects.

In the past few years, she has created and presented educational storytelling/puppet shows to inform kids about why learning about science can be fun, how to deal with bullies, how to be safe around water, and why it is important to make healthy choices.

Since 2014, Glenda has been telling stories to different audiences in senior living communities throughout Southern Arizona. Her program list includes more than forty different themed shows specifically designed to be of interest for assisted living and memory care residents. She was invited to present a workshop on the subject of storytelling for seniors at the 2016 National Storytelling Network Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Glenda holds a BA in Management from the University of Phoenix (1990). In 1998 and 1999, she earned graduate credits at East Tennessee State University through the Storytelling Institutes program.

Her summer storytelling tours began in 2006, and these trips have taken her across the United States several times. The list of events where she has told stories include the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah, the Mesa Storytelling Festival in Arizona, and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area “Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival” in Tennessee.

For five years, Glenda was the coordinator for the Storytelling Stage during the annual Tucson Festival of Books – one of the top four book festivals in the United States.

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I am happy to provide details and cost estimates if you need an experienced storyteller to entertain or provide workshops for a special event, festival, conference, school residency, community gathering or annual celebration.

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