New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Anne Jennison - Storyteller

     Once upon a time a long, long time ago - and only yesterday - Anne Jennison asked herself, “What would happen if Storytelling were looked at not only as an enjoyable spontaneous activity, but also could be honed and crafted into an art form which, if offered in a spirit of service, would also become an act of worship in and of itself?”  Seeking the answers to this questions has led Anne on a merry three-decade adventure as a professional storyteller.  In 1994, Anne earned a BA in Storytelling and in 1996, Anne became possibly the first (only?) person to receive a Master’s Degree in “Bahá’í Storytelling”.   Additionally, Anne has an MA in History and taught storytelling courses and history courses at both the secondary and college levels for 20 years.

     Since then, Anne has spent many years as a professional storyteller who thinks deeply about the history of the world and its oral storytelling traditions, as well as the inner meanings of stories and how to best share her storytelling - in recordings, public performances, schools, workshops, powwows, and festivals - in ways that are warmly entertaining.  

     While Anne has had many opportunities - as a history teacher and a member of her town's Heritage Commission - to share history, biographies, multicultural folktales, parables, and autobiographical stories, as a professional storyteller she chooses to tell primarily the Native American lesson stories that reflect the Abenaki part of her heritage.  Anne explains it this way: 

“Stories from all traditions share the wonder of life and great gifts of humor and wisdom, but for their gentle yet critically important lessons of life, Native American lesson stories are my favorite to tell.  I first began learning Northeast Woodlands stories when my daughters were quite young, to teach them about their Abenaki and Mohawk heritage, and have since expanded my repertoire to include stories from all over Turtle Island”. 

Additional Links: 
Anne's cd "Hummingbird - Native American Stories" - available from 9Star Media
Anne's cd "Hummingbird - Native American Stories" - available from cdbaby.com
The creative partnership of Charlie & Anne Jennison

I Have Worked With

  • August 2016
    • Anne was one of the featured tellers at the storytelling celebration of MKIM's 25th anniversary - August 2016
    • Anne has also given featured storytelling performances at MKIM in the past.

     

  • February 2016

    Anne was a featured olio teller as part of the Dawnland Native American Storytelling Festival.

  • I was a Storytelling presenter at this conference.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Anne
Job Title/Position: 
Storyteller
Physical Address: 
Hummingbird Farm 34 High Road
Lee, NH 03861
Last Name: 
Jennison
Phone: 
(603) 659-2845

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1991
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Audio or Video Recording
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
24
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Seacoast Storytellers
Granite State Storytelling Alliance
League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES)
National Storytelling Network
Education: 
Storytelling, BA - University System of New Hampshire
Storytelling, MA - Lesley University
History, MA - University of New Hampshire
Awards: 
Storytelling World Magazine Honor Award