Jason was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, which he insists does not make him weird, it makes him interesting. Jason has, at various times, been the bass player in a heavy metal band, an entrepreneur, a salesman, a corporate trainer, a mime, a TV show extra, a prep chef, a non-profit board member, an ironman triathlete, and a hotel bellhop. Currently he works for IBM which may be less exciting, but it pays a lot better. Jason likes pina coladas, but not getting caught in the rain. Jason lives in Longmont with three great kids, and one annoying dog.
Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado and grew up without a television. Lacking the traditional American form of child pacification, he found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Cooper started performing as an actor (what do you do with a BA in Theater?) and has been working as a professional theater technician the last eleven years. In 2013, he returned to the world of live storytelling. He now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle, performs regularly with Rachel Ann Harding as Stories with Spirit, and produces storytelling events in Colorado. Cooper competed in the story slam at the National Storytelling Festival in 2015 and 2016. While an accomplished slam teller, Cooper's first love is traditional tales. Cooper's stories remind adults that folk and fairy tales are not just for children.
Rachel Ann Harding
Rachel Ann Harding is a traditional storyteller and musician, passionate about telling the most beautiful folk, myth, and traditional tales. She has been a featured teller for the local Truth Be Told and a panelist for Intergenerational Storytelling at the National Storytelling Network Conference in 2015. She is the producer for the Story Story Podcast, which showcases traditional storytelling from around the world. Rachel Ann weaves story and song together to create unique and entertaining storytelling events, keynotes and workshops that display the relevance of storytelling in our lives. She believes that fairytales are for all ages and mesmerizes audiences with old tales woven into new.
Jeremy is an old-school, camp fire storyteller with a flask of bourbon in his boot. Spending his life sitting around with friends wrapping falsehoods around a kernel of truth prepared him to get on stage and tell entertaining stories.
He makes his living in the world of digital marketing and advertising so that he can help advertisers tell stories. When not helping others tell stories, Jeremy – unable to trade on his looks – has to use a modicum of wit and charm along with storytelling to inspire teams of people to achieve great things. Any hobbies that lend themselves to exaggeration and questionable truths (fishing, hiking, camping, travel) are also fair game for his interest and enthusiasm. After growing up in Texas, living and working in Europe, Jeremy finally settled down in Boulder with his family in order to shelter himself in a bubble removed from the outside world.
Being born the fourth of three children, Nancy Norton is a natural storyteller who knows how to engage and captivate an audience. In 2016, she was the Boulder Truth Be Told, Grand Slam Champion with her story, “Bean There, Not Done That”, a poignant, yet humorous story about a tragic loss.
Nancy is also a professional Standup Comedian who has been headlining clubs for over 25 years employing a fast-paced, storytelling style. She is known for performing uniquely funny shows that connect with universal truths through her intuitive, authentic, high energy and engaging style.
Having worked as a Registered Nurse for many years, Nancy shares hilarious healthcare anecdotes that will leave you in stitches… and possibly wanting to stay out of the hospital. She jokes, she got out of nursing for the same reason a lot of people get into it… to save lives.
Nancy began touring as a standup comedian in 1991 and has toured nationally and internationally, headlining clubs, colleges, cruises and entertaining the troops on several USO tours. How else are you going to see Iceland, Guam and Okinawa? Nancy is one of the founders of MentalPause! A comedy show aimed at laughing-off the Middle Ages: www.mentalpausecomedy.com
You may have seen Nancy Norton on various comedy showcases over the years, from doing standup in Comedy Clubs across the Country, to performing on "Evening at the Improv" on A & E, or perhaps in her one-woman show, "The Yellowish-Green Girl" on PBS and featured on Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon.
Nancy evolved her standup and healthcare backgrounds into hilarious, insightful and in the moment, Motivational and Keynote Speaking. “Find Your Ahahaha Moments!” Laugh and Stay Strong! Is her talk that reveals Humor is not just for fun. It is a real need and a real benefit to businesses, families, relationships and individuals. Humor reduces stress, attracts others to us, and deeply bonds us together, all while increasing creative problem solving, team building, conflict resolution, resilience, job retention, health and overall joy.
Nancy Norton lives in Boulder, Colorado and balances storytelling, speaking, workshops and comedy engagements with being a “Single-Stay-Away-From-Home-Mom” to her son who she adopted in Nepal in 2005. Nancy and her son love music, art, skiing, running, biking, and traveling, as well as, camping all across the United States with their smiling Samoyed dog. Most of all, they truly enjoy making each other laugh.
Nancy wants to help you add a big slice of laughs to your pie chart of life!
MATTHEW TAYLOR, award-winning author, professional actor, storyteller and humorist entertains audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally. Transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England, Matthew is a partner of A.C.E. Entertainment, a creator and producer of over twenty-five original shows, including the DCPA commissioned piece, Travelers of the Lost Dimension. Matthew’s book, Goat Lips: Tales of a Lapsed Englishman is an Amazon best seller, and has won numerous awards including the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards Gold Medal for Humor.Matthew has a long history of coaching theater, storytelling, and the art of improvisation. He formed Persuasion through Narrative in 2010 to teach communication skills through embracing the power of story. Matthew loves to bike, ski, sail, and is proud to be a husband to Susan, and a father to Maitland and Alastair who continually keep him on his toes and laughing constantly.