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Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Home Phone:  360-221-0326
Cell Phone:  360-708-0530
Fax:  360-341-4152

Storyteller, actress, teacher and trainer, Jill Johnson's peripatetic career (working with organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, CARE, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps) has provided a mother lode of material for her work as a storyteller.

"The core of my storytelling comes from teaching and training," says Jill, "in the US and Africa, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. When I tell an ancient Egyptian tale about a magician, I see the old gardener I knew as a trainer in Morocco. I love watching a story build a feeling of community: in a classroom, a library, a meeting, a theater, anywhere!

Jill creates lively historical stories about the lives of women in Washington State: Berte Olson, the first woman to skipper a ferry boat on Puget Sound; Rebecca Ebey, wife of the first Anglo-American settler on Whidbey Island. She shares poignant, "Cinderella" stories from France, England, Germany, the US and South Africa. Her renditions of world folktales are unique: forged from her own international experience and expertise. A lifetime of outdoor adventures and environmental activities (such as her work with Island County Beach Watchers) supplies the raw material for stories of wilderness: the creatures and the land and what we can and must do to protect them.

She has created storytelling workshops for students of all grade levels, teachers, parents, park and museum staff and personnel, and professional writers and an MFA program in Creative Writing. She has performed and given workshops in seven states and in the Philippines, South Africa, and Cameroon in Central West Africa.

She has been a Featured Teller at the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles, WA, a performer with Humanities Washington, and a member of the Tennessee Arts Commission. She also performed as a Pacific Northwest Showcase Teller at the Bay Area Storytelling Festival and as a Featured Teller at festivals in Tennessee and New Hampshire.