In Katie Knutson’s 25 years as a Storyteller and 18 years as Teaching Artist, she has delivered residencies, performances, and classes to around 40,000 children and adults on four continents. She has been a featured performer at international storytelling festivals in Italy and the United Arab Emirates, and has performed and taught in Chile and Canada. Her customized programs for preschoolers through adults include personal and traditional stories. She has been called an "enchanting and magical" performer, and an "articulate, fun and inviting" workshop leader.
Katie presents workshops on the art of storytelling, physical character choices, theater games, character voices, community building, and arts integration. In these workshops, she has trained teachers (PreK-college), librarians, parents, business professionals, and budding tellers to craft, hone, and perform their stories. Knutson has received three Minnesota State Arts Board grants in partnership with Bloomington Public Schools, Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School, and Neill Elementary to be their Storyteller-in-Residence for one year each. She mentors new Storytellers and Teaching Artists, is a SELCO Vetted Performer, and has worked as a Teaching Artist for Stages, Stepping Stone, and Children's Theatre Companies.
In addition to writing and curating the New Voices column in Storytelling Magazine, Knutson has also contributed to Tomorrow’s Storytellers Today (Cordi, Parkhurst Brothers, 2019), Science with Storytelling: Strategies for the K-5 Classroom (Stenson/Norfolk/Ford, McFarland, 2017), Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs (Norfolk/Ford, Libraries Unlimited, 2018).
Find out more about Katie and her company, Rippling Stories, at www.ripplingstories.com