About Beverly Comer

Beverly Comer grew up in a home where family members constantly spoke to each other in rhymes (yes, really!). This instilled in her the love of language throughout her life. Back then she shared stories and theatrics with family members, children in the neighborhood, classmates, and anyone who would listen. She went on to graduate from Ohio State University and became a preschool teacher. During that time storytelling was a very big part of her curriculum and a teaching tool. In 1984 she saw her first professional storyteller. She was surprised and happy, to discover that a person could do storytelling as a profession After that day she knew it was her next calling. In 1990 she took early retirement from teaching, and the rest is her storytelling history!

Today, Beverly Comer is a professional storyteller, early childhood educator, teacher, workshop presenter and writer with more than 25 years of experience. She enthusiastically shares stories and workshops with people of all ages in many different settings. From the Children's Garden at Michigan State University to the professional stage, she travels far and wide to share a tale!

Why She Tells Stories

Beverly tells stories because it's part of her heart. She knows that stories tell us who we are, where we come from, and often leads us to where we are heading. She knows stories help us to teach, learn, motivate, laugh, imagine and inspire!

Some Storytelling Experiences, Memberships, Other Information, Etc.

  • Professional Storyteller since 1990
  • Many years as an Early Childhood Educator - Ohio State University Education Graduate
  • Performing artist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council - Artists in the School Program
  • Storyteller for local Hospice Children's Bereavement Support Group
  • Previously on faculty of the Toad Hollow School of Storytelling in Fulton, Michigan
  • Co-Founder of Columbus Storytelling Adventures - a grant-funded literacy program combining storytelling, free books and language arts activities for inner city children in Columbus, Ohio
  • Gerlach Center for Senior Health - Storytelling & Story Creation with the Seniors (Monthly, since 2001)
  • Training in "Arts Integration for the Teaching Artist" through Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • Producer: Tellabrations, Fireside Tales, Earth Day Storytelling Celebration and O.O.P.S. Master Retreat
  • Board member of Storytellers of Central Ohio & Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling
  • Other Memberships - National Storytelling Network, Lansing Storytellers, NAEYC
  • Performer on Focus Pocus - Columbus Public Schools - Educational Access Television  
"You do such a great job getting the children to participate. Even the shy ones want to join in!"

Amy, Teacher, Trinity Lutheran Christian Preschool and Kindergarten, Circleville, Ohio

"Beverly is a very accomplished storyteller. She blends straight storytelling with songs, puppets and props to develop engaging appropriate programs for the expected listener
Jean Bolley, Branch Head Librarian, Foster Library, Lansing, Michigan