When Cris Riedel tells stories, folks love to listen.

She says, “Everyone wants to hear stories. Stories make us – and keep us – human. It’s more and more important for us to understand and appreciate others. Stories connect all people to each other, and to the past, and to future people, relationships all coming from the shared experience of a story.”

Cris’s background is in theater; she holds a BA and MFA in acting.  When disability required her to leave that art, she completed an MLS  with a concentration in school library. Much to her joy, storytelling was a part of those studies, and she has been now telling professionally for over twenty years.  She recently retired from being a librarian, and has just been awarded her fourteenth grant to tell stories in her home county’s summer activity programs for all ages.

Places she’s been:

  • National Storytelling Network showcase performer, 2012
  • Stone Soup Storytelling Festival New Voice 2015
  • Hammondsport Storytelling Festival
  • New York Storytellers Gathering
  • Genesee Valley Storytelling Festival
  • Rochester Area Young Scholars at Geneseo
  • Sharing the Fire Olio
  • The Fredonia Storytelling Festival
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Burchfield-Penney Art Museum
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Her workshops have been offered at:

  • Ohio Storytelling Network (formerly OOPS)
  • The Chautauqua Institution
  • Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference 2006 and 2008
  • The Fredonia Storytelling Festival
  • The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Library Development Day for Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System.


She serves on the Board of Northeast Storytelling, and is the co-founder of the Worldwide Virtual storytelling Guild.

Click here for her professional resume and her complete CV:

Storytelling Resume
Complete CV