Storyteller Olga Loya was captivated by the vivid stories of her Mexican grandparents.
With poetic eloquence, she fashions stories from all their secrets and laughter, following the tendrils of memory that bind people and families. Growing up in the barrio of East LA, Olga set out on an impassioned quest to keep alive not only the fabric of her family but the larger Latino culture, richly robed in folktales, ancient myths, and history.
She flows between English and Spanish, riding on humor and pathos through stories of her own life, tales of extraordinary women, into the bedrock of Latino culture, sometimes stepping lightly into music and dance. Olga’s journey revealed to her the capacity to make one's life a surprise, even to herself, and especially to her audiences. A recipient of the National Storytelling Networks’ Oracle Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Cowboy poet and storyteller, Joe Herrington, grew up under a big Texas sky and roamed the wilderness beneath it. His stories track Western ways and traditions, and those amazing people of unblemished character and honor that shared his life. With the clear eye of Will Rogers and a voice of campfire warmth, Joe’s ranch hand verse tickles the heart and touches the soul. He finds the deep connections between our current world and the day to day lives of his rugged characters, in stories of good times and hard times, in outrageous antics and even at the gateway to where history meets legend.
Joe has been named a Will Rogers Cowboy Poet of the year and one of the three top western storytellers for 2010. He makes his way during the day as a Disney Imagineer.
Raised in a Midwestern storytelling family, Steven Henegar celebrates the wonderful variety of stories that we use to share our lives. Funny, touching and relatively honest, Steven calls up the everyday and the fantastic, deftly joining past and present to discover those feelings and experiences that connect us all. He brings “fine details to life in his stories and his timing is excellent . . . especially his comic timing.” Easy conversation wraps around a vibrant mix of personal and traditional American stories, carried on the focused energy and incisive images drawn from a decade in the theater: truth & lies mined from a long life looking around.
Steven also performs at Fringe theater festivals. He serves on the board of the National Storytelling Network, recently receiving their Oracle Award for Service and Leadership. He’s a nice enough guy.