About Cygnus Storytelling

Kevin, Mike, Colleen, Tina, and Jenifer are dynamic story artists providing imaginative performances and interactive workshops.

Each member of Cygnus Storytelling are successful in their individual storytelling careers. They discovered that when they combined their talents and expertise they can offer even more value to their clients.

Cygnus Storytelling offers expertise as:

  • teachers
  • contributing authors
  • naturalists
  • festival coordinators
  • early childhood educators
  • workshop facilitators
  • tandem storytellers
  • environmental educators
  • award winning speakers
  • national conference presenters
  • corporate trainers
  • certified MediaWise® trainers
  • certified teacher of the SEEDS of School Readiness, an Early Literacy Training Program

Cygnus Storytelling ... Through Storytelling We Succeed, Through Collaboration We Soar!

Mike Mann

Storyteller and public speaker Mike Mann uses enthusiasm and imagination as he tells stories to more than 15,000 listeners each year. A nominee for the Anne Richardson Reading is Fundamental® National Award, he has appeared on Channel 9’s Good Morning Minnesota and Kare 11 TV. Mike has been the subject of feature articles in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. Website: www.storymann.com

Tina Rohde

Storytelling entertainment for the child within us all! Either as a solo teller or a tandem team WonderWeavers (Tina Rohde and Colleen Shaskin) specialize in bringing stories to life. Many performances include magic and props. All include fun for groups of all ages, with lots of audience participation. Tina is available for workshops and residencies combining multicultural art activities with storytelling. Website: www.wonderweavers.com


Jenifer Strauss

Jenifer brings ten years of teaching experience to her storytelling programs, using an interactive and participatory style of storytelling to capture interest, motivate learning, and inspire writing! Energy injected Traditional and Personal Tales, and her own unique, contemporary mixture of both. Performances, Workshops, Writing Residencies and Keynotes for groups of all sizes, all ages, and in all places! Website: www.storybetold.com

Kevin Strauss

Award-winning author and storyteller Kevin Strauss has been telling stories since birth, at least that is what his parents say. A professional storyteller for the last twelve years, Kevin tells nature stories and folktales from around the world at schools, preschools and libraries across the Midwest. He has presented storytelling workshops at the Northlands Storytelling Conference (Madison, WI) and at the National Storytelling Conference (Bellingham, WA). Kevin is the author of three books, including Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). Kevin's website: www.naturestory.com

Colleen Shaskin

Storytelling entertainment for the child within us all! Either as a solo teller or a tandem team WonderWeavers (Tina Rohde and Colleen Shaskin) specialize in bringing stories to life. Many performances include magic and props. All include fun for groups of all ages, with lots of audience participation. Colleen is available for workshops and residencies combining multicultural art activities with storytelling. Website: www.wonderweavers.com