Dr. Gail N. Herman is a professional storyteller and an enrichment consultant. She performs regularly for schools and libraries across the country, and has performed internationally in Estonia, Germany, Canada, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands. Dr. Herman also conducts storytelling residencies with students and teachers in writing and retelling folktales, family stories, tall tales, stories with mime, story collection, and creativity. She teaches storytelling to teachers for Lesley University's Graduate Program, Integrated Teaching through the Arts, for Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland, and for The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She also teaches for Confratute at The University of Connecticut where she received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and Talent Development. As a former public school teacher, she taught for 11 years in NJ, NH, and CT in the primary grades and as a K-8 enrichment teacher-coordinator. Gail has contributed stories to the books JOINING IN: AN ANTHOLOGY OF AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION STORIES AND HOW TO TELL THEM and SPINNING TALES, WEAVING HOPE: STORIES FOR PEACE JUSTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. She has written STORYTELLING: A TRIAD IN THE ARTS which is being revised, and has co-authored an art appreciation book: KINETIC KALEIDOSCOPE: EXPLORING MOVEMENT AND ENERGY IN VISUAL ARTS. She has written a number of book contributions and articles on storytelling including ones for NSN’s TALES AS TOOLS: THE POWER OF STORY IN CASROOM, BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, and PARENTING FOR HIGH POTENTIAL. Gail has created three tapes, a CD, and a cable TV show. Her research includes COAL TALK, a collection of oral histories, a project she co-directed. She serves as a contributing editor to ROEPER REVIEW and is on the board of AEGUS, the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students and was the first Chair of the NAGC Arts Division.
She is a member of the National Storytelling Network and served on the Youth Special Interest Group Board of Directors. She works closely with the Arts Division of NAGC. Dr. Herman is also an active storyteller in her community working with Head Start, elementary and middle schools, the local Reading Council, the local Fine Arts Program, and with various civic organizations. She directs the Tall Tale Liars’ Storytelling Festival and Tellabration! in Oakland, Maryland. Gail is on the rosters for the Maryland State Arts Council Performing Artists and Maryland Artists in Residence Programs as well as the Bluemont Concert Series in Virginia.