Professional Level Storyteller

Name: Anna Kerz
Email: annakerz@rogers.com
Phone Number: (416) 293-8618
Website: http://www.annakerz.com

Biography:

Anna Kerz is an accomplished storyteller whose tales will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. Her extensive repertoire includes stories suitable for listeners of all ages, as well as a collection of personal stories geared towards more mature audiences.
(14 and up)

She has shared her stories with listeners of all ages in schools, libraries and community gatherings, both large and small; at Pier 21 in Halifax, and at festivals in Ottawa, St. Marys, East Gwillimbury, (Weaving Words) and multiple times at the Toronto Festival of Storytelling.

Anna is a regular participant at 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, a member of Storytellers of Canada, Storytelling Toronto, and the York Storytelling Guild.

She is also the author of three novels for middle-grade readers. The books were chosen for the Hackmatack, Silver Birch, Diamond Willow and Rocky Mountain Book Awards. Better Than Weird, a novel about a boy with autistic tendencies, won the Notable Books for a Global Society Award.

Repertoire

For teens and adults Anna tells folktales, myths and legends about themes such as peace, justice, love, brave girls and determined old women. She also shares stories taken from Canada’s history. For younger listeners she has a collection of lively, interactive tales.

Personal Stories:

Immigration Tales: A variety of stories that tell about life in an Austrian D.P. camp, coming to Canada in 1954, and life in and around a rooming house on Kensington Avenue.

My Walk With Sin: The almost completely true story about how a fascination with the movies almost cost her the chance to make her first communion.

Sex and the Need to Know Method of Child Rearing: the humorous, yet touching tale about a search for knowledge in a world where children were rarely told anything they wanted to know.

Gladys Pouch: A story about a bully, the bullied and the bystander who in the end, turned out to be one and the same.

The stories, When Katie Comes to Visit and How My Father Put a Down-payment on a Fire Engine tell about her family’s experiences with Alzheimer’s disease.

Programs / Workshops Offered

Anna helped create and now teaches the StoryJam program which is designed to help everyone, from 5 to 95, develop their speaking and storytelling skills.

Target Audience

Anyone willing to listen, from grade one on up, and up, and up to great-great-grandparents.

Geographic Area

On a regular basis…I’m happy to drive an hour in any direction from Kennedy Road and the 401 in Toronto’s east end.

For special occasions I’m open to offers.

Kerz, Anna