About Sara

A Versatile and Studied Storyteller

Since 1978, Sara deBeer has been delighting audiences of all ages with her repertoire of international folktales.  Listeners savor the wit and wisdom of the stories she tells. Her wide variety of programs includes Legends of King ArthurFolktales from the Many Cultures of AfricaTales of Women Wise and WondrousJewish Tales for Young and Old, and Irish Stories collected on her fellowship with Yale University.

Experienced with a Variety of Audiences and Settings

Sara has performed in libraries, senior centers, hospitals, parks, museums, classrooms, theaters, school auditoriums, and daycare centers.  Along with being a featured artist at the Connecticut Storytelling Festival in New London, CT , the Three Apples Festival in Harvard, MA., and Hartford’s First Night, she is listed in the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism’s Directory of Performing Artists, Connecticut’s directory of outstanding performing artists

An Environment of Respect and Trust

An experienced classroom teacher with degrees from Yale and Bank Street, Sara offers workshops for tellers at every level of experience.  Sara has provided lively workshops for Connecticut’s Institutes for Teaching and Learning; “Sharing the Fire,” Boston’s annual storytelling conference; and the Storytelling Institute at Southern Connecticut State University. She has worked with audiences of all ages and her goal is always to ensure that conversations occur in an environment of respect and trust.

A Love of Stories and Storytelling

A board member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center since its inception, Sara deBeer never stops developing ways to share her love of stories with others.   Her newest recording, Women of Wisdom, Women of Faith, contains a quartet of Jewish folktales.  Her popular recording, Seven Stories, offers listeners selections from two separate programs, with Tales of Deep Rooted Magic on side one and Tales of Women, Wise and Wondrous  on side two.

Credentials

  • Teaching Artist for schools program affiliated with Connecticut Storytelling Center
  • Discussion Leader, Book Voyagers and Literature for a Lifetime, CHC
  • Storyteller for the Bushnell’s Partner’s Program
  • CWP Fellow, Connecticut Writing Project (CWP), University of Connecticut
  • Master of Science in Education, Bank Street College of Education
  • B.A., Yale University, Summa Cum Laude Major: English
Sara deBeer