Doug Banner, Storyteller
Performances, Workshops, Keynotes
Doug Banner is a twenty five year veteran of public education and has been a leader in the storytelling community and a promoter of the storytelling revival in Northwest Washington for ten years. He co-founded the Bellingham Storytellers Guild in 1998 and received the 2001 Mayor’s Arts Award. The Mayor's Arts Awards honor Bellingham citizens who have significantly contributed to the arts in the community.
Under Doug’s direction the Guild hosts two to three community oriented performances per month throughout the year and works closely with the city library system to promote literature and reading. In 2004 the Guild hosted the 2004 National Storytelling Conference. Doug has worked with the Healthy Communities Coalition to establish the Voices of the Ancestors, a county wide Oral History Project. This year Doug has begun working with the Honor Day Foundation, an organization which arose from the heart and vision of Native North American Indian women to recognize the many contributions made by Native American Indians. Having been awakened in the traditional way, Honor Day now belongs to the indigenous roots of all people. ,www.honorday.org.
Doug continues to promote the social, cultural, and performance aspects of storytelling through the teaching of workshops in the community. He has been an Affiliated Faculty member at Western Washington University where he teaches classes in the uses of narrative in the Human Services professions and has taught classes in Oral Narrative in History, Culture, and Society.
Doug’s is recognized as a World Folklorist. His repertoire includes hundreds of stories from cultures around the world. His uses of imagery, voice, and music have made his performances memorable to children and adults alike. It is said that wisdom is gained through the sharing of experience and experience is shared through our stories. Doug believes that there is nothing more potent to bring people together than a good story well shared.