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"No teller embodies the animals with the same fierce aliveness as Susan!"
Dr. Linda Sussman, Author of The Speech of the Grail

"Susan is a very creative collaborator and blended her original script beautifully with the music (The Firebird Suite). Her talent is a so large that the children in the back rows of our 2800 seat hall were mesmerized."
__ Peggie Schwartz, Oregon Symphony

"I thought I had seen the best in storytelling until I met Susan Strauss. Susan lives her stories and embodies each of her characters, bringing them to life with such vivid visual and auditory detail that her audiences literally lose themselves in the fantasy. Absolutely captivating!"
__Dr. Sam Ham, Professor of Interpretations, University of Idaho

 

Susan Strauss is a storyteller, visiting children's author, natural history author, keynote speaker, creator of The Passionate Fact Interpretive Training Workshop (TM) on Storytelling Science, Natural History & Cultural Information, an environmental educator, natural history interpreter and studying eurythmist.

She is recognized internationally as a storyteller of natural history performances __ combining mythic/traditional story with personal anecdote and scientific information to provoke an experience of natural archetypes __ including: water, wolves, weather, coyotes, plants, marine life, landscapes, trees, bears, birds and other creatures __ as well as telling fool stories, hero myths and traditional stories of feminine and masculine archetypes. She gives storytelling performances and storytelling training workshops at cultural centers, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, National Parks & Forests, interpretive centers and for conferences of interpreters, soil scientists, sylvaculture scientists, wolf biologists, birds lovers, environmental educators, fine art museum docents, zoo & botanical garden curators, reading and literacy teachers, educators and visiting author school assemblies throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. Including:

  • Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Washington, D.C.
    Special exhibits of Robert Bateman, Karl Bodmer and Discovery Theater
  • World Conferences on Heritage Preservation in England, Hawaii & Scotland
  • International Congress of Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Australia
  • Columbia University, New York City
  • Oregon Symphony, Portland, Oregon
  • The original Waldorf School, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
 

Susan created a video performance on the wolf in mythology which was used by the US National Park Service to restore wolves to Yellowstone NP in the 1980s. Susan created an original story for the Monterey Bay Aquarium's exhibit, "Sharks: Myth & Mystery", which won two Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) awards. Recently, she wrote the "landscape story" for a major salmon watershed in the Siuslaw National Forest to enlist public support for its restoration and protection.

She teaches at Oregon State University and is affiliate faculty at University of Idaho. Her material is generated from extensive research in linguistic, anthropological and biological texts.

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Recognized as one of the finest storytellers in the country today, Susan has produced multi-cultural storytelling books and award-winning audio recordings of children's and adult stories. Authored titles include:

  • Coyote Stories For Children:
    Tales from Native America
  • Wolf Stories: Myths and True Life Tales
    from Around the World
  • When Woman Became the Sea:
    Creation Myth from Costa Rica
  • The Passionate Fact:
    Storytelling in Natural History &
    Cultural Interpretation