About Lynn Ruehlmann and her performances

Lynn Ruehlmann was bitten by the storytelling bug after having spent years in the theater where she was named "Best Actress in a Comedy" by Folio. Since 1990 she has made storytelling her professional focus. She performs for schools and adult organizations, everywhere from Virginia to Michigan to Alaska to Georgia to Connecticut. For many years she worked with Young Audiences of Virginia, who awarded her Artist of the Year. The Virginia Commission for the Arts has awarded her grants for her programs every year since 2002. She teaches workshops for teachers and students. She taught storytelling for Old Dominion University's Early Childhood Education Department and for CORE Knowledge Conventions in Anaheim, California, and in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. She has a brand new CD of stories about what life looks like from the eyes of a child called "Mischief! Adventures of a Daydreamy Child." Her recording, "Spy! The Story of Civil War Spy Elizabeth Van Lew," won a "Storytelling World" and a Parents' Choice Award. Her CD, "It Happened in the White House: True Tales of the Eight Virginia Presidents and Their Wives" was winner of the Storytelling World award, and NAPPA Honors.  Her background in English and Theater combined to prepare her for creating and performing her own storytelling programs of historical stories, myths, folklore and personal stories.

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Responses from audiences:

From the moment you appeared on the performance stage to the time you led your workshop, you were a festival hit.
- Peg O'Sullivan
Connecticut Storytelling Festival


Audience members are still singing your praises. They were so struck by your versatility.
- MaryBeth Evans, Starburst Storytelling Festival
Anderson, South Carolina


Lynn does this magical thing. She utterly transforms herself into the characters she's telling about. We see mirthful and wise Lynn in all stages of life, bringing us along.
- Andy Offutt Irwin, Nationally known storyteller


Audience feedback was great. They really enjoyed the fact that you are upbeat and positive and that you teach history with your storytelling.
- Wytheville Museum, Wytheville, Virginia


Wow! Another great story from one of my favorite tellers. You had the audience cracking up.  I'm always amazed at how you weave your personal stories together.
- Debbie Griffin, Lorton Arts Foundation, Lorton, Virginia


“Mischief!” is a triumph!  Individually the stories are delightful; collectively they are stunning.   Very good work, and very charming.
- Joyce Wooldridge, Personal Growth Retreats, Suffolk, Virginia


Lynn captivated the audience from the moment she began until the final word of her performance. They loved the variety of the stories and the humor in the pieces. One H.S. student said, “As a creative writer, it was great to see stories performed in such an active way!”
- Rene Miles, Teacher, Charleston School for the Arts
Charleston, South Carolina


You made me a hero for arranging to have you as our guest. Students responded to the audience participation, were captivated by the costumes and character changes, and said, “It was soooooo cool!”
- Linda Cohen, Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia


I was transported back to the Revolutionary War. The excellent storytelling skills had me fully enmeshed in the character.
- Janet Marvel, LCSW
Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake, Virginia


Lynn Ruehlmann's stories of childhood zoom kids and adults back in time to their own memories of figuring out the world. The tales make you laugh yet remind you to take seriously the vulnerability of the young. I find myself in her child characters as well as in the adults she portrays, and I come away wiser.        
- Marni Gillard,
Author of Storyteller, Storyteacher


Students and teachers agreed that we especially liked the VARIETY. Everyone was impressed with your skill at your craft, how you became all the different characters in the stories by using your voice, facial expressions and gestures.
- Kathy Hellum, Teacher, Haslett Middle School; Haslett, Michigan


You were fantastic! Rave reviews are flooding in!!
- Betsy Blandford, teacher, Powhatan, Virginia


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