Norah Dooley - Storyteller and Story Slam teaching artist for schools - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Norah Dooley

Type: Performance, Workshop, Residency, Remote
Art Form: Storytelling & ELA, Exploring Cultures
Grade Level: K - 8

Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author and educator and the founder of a story slam series in Greater Boston. Norah’s widely acclaimed picture book, Everybody Cooks Rice is one of four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, MA. She specializes in teaching people of all ages how important their stories are and how to tell them.

Note: All programs available live online via your remote learning platform. 


Norah Dooley performs at festivals, conferences, events and venues throughout the U.S.. She has been featured as an Exchange Place storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, the Clearwater Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, National Storytelling Conference, Fringe Fest, in San Francisco, 2019 and several Cambridge-based Revels. For the past 18 summers she has told stories to 1000s of children through ReadBoston. For 3 years, she appeared as a historical storyteller for Save The Harbor,  twice supported by Mass Humanities grant.

Norah teaches storytelling at Lesley University’s graduate school of Education and has taught storytelling to undergraduates at Tufts, Boston and Suffolk Universities. Internationally she has lectured teachers of English and graduate students in Tokyo, Japan on the role of storytelling in language acquisition. In summer of 2017 she taught storytelling in Arsuha, to Tanzanian Secondary school teachers as part of the African Storytelling initiative of World Ed.

Norah has an MEd in Creative Arts and Learning and has been a full time classroom teacher and an instructor in visual and performing arts in elementary and middle schools. Her 4 published picture books are available at and all titles; Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup, Everybody Brings Noodles are about her family and their former Cambridge neighbors.  

Norah has 6 spoken word CDs: The Music of Angels ( 1999) Italian Folk Tales (2002) Stories from the Neighborhood  (2002) Rabbitails (2006) My Bad, Bad Dog and Other Neighbors (2006) and Irish Tales (2007)  all produced by Seat of Her Pants Productions and available at Her latest book, My Bad Bad Dog (SeatofHerPants, 2016) is the first in a series of picture books about her childhood.

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