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Evanston, IL


847 712-2844

Susan shares her stories with the technical expertise of her theatre training and the intuitive wisdom of a true storyteller. Jewish tales for adults and children include Midrash, folktales, Chasidic stories, , lifted off the page with insight and skill, and put back into true oral tradition, then woven together with her personal narratives-often poignant, thought-provoking, sometimes hilarious, always entertaining.  She continues to perform every summer for YIVO Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture, as well as in museums, synagogues, schools and, most recently, in Warsaw, Lodz, and Lublin, Poland. ("Bringing the Stories Home: Jewish Tales From Poland"). Bringing her considerable experience to her community, Susan is the Founder/Co-director of the annual Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival. She also tours with an interfaith storytelling troupe--Muslim, Christian and Jewish (see website link), Sisters of Story.

For many years, Susan taught storytelling to teachers at National-Louis University, and still continues to offer workshops and in-service professional development. Many of her stories have been included in anthologies, and she has been honored with awards for her CDs of Jewish stories for children (Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Storytelling World Award, NAPPA Gold Award).

A passionate performer for over 30 years, Susan’s tales entertain, enlighten and illuminate the human condition. School Library Journal declares, “she is an incredibly talented storyteller.”

For Students, For Educators, For Adults, For Storytellers, For Librarians, For Synagogues
Family Audiences, Elementary- grades K-5, Middle - grades 6-8, High School, College, Adult
"Susan Stone combines a remarkable talent for storytelling with a unique understanding of the audience, setting, and moments in which she shares her stories. Rather than telling stories TO people, she invites them into the story WITH her"
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
Former Executive Director, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
"If you're looking for a storyteller who will enrich the lives of your congregation, organization or group, look no further. Susan Stone is one of the most gifted storytellers I know. Her stories -- whether culled from the pages of Jewish tradition or from her own life--will touch your heart and inspire you."
Rabbi Jacob Herber
Congregation Beth Israel, Milwaukee, WI ,
"Your program at our Sukkot dinner was wonderful … You have a way of involving all ages in your storytelling. I always learn something from watching you perform."
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis IN
"We brought Susan into our community as the entertainment at our community wide fundraising event. She is an amazing storyteller. She was engaging, funny, warm, charming and delightful to have in our community. Her stories were just perfect and left everyone wanting to hear more. I highly recommend Susan and will bring her back for more engagements when I can."
Debra Barton Grant, Executive Vice President
Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley South Bend, IN
"My husband and I saw Susan's performance first time at Salt Lake City Jewish community who had invited her to tell great Jewish stories right after the Shabbat service. What can I say... It was amazing! And when I saw Susan's performance, for all that moments, I just forgot that I was in this World. I really had travelled to the My-Grandma-World.... Awesome feeling... And I hope to feel it again really soon! Thank you Susan!"
Nadia Lipes
owner of a Ukrainiam Genealogy Research company
“Before any further time passes, I wanted to extend my biggest heartfelt thank you for all you did to make our 2018 Docent Summer Learning Series the best to-date!  Your knowledge, warmth, humor, and power of presence was incredible!  There were  many great connections throughout the 4 hours, and many, many “ah-ah” moments.  I am still hearing your fellow family members talk about the training and how much they loved it!  Let’s talk about Part 2 soon!   Thank you.”
Kelley Szany |Vice President
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
“Thank you, Susan. You made our Sukkot celebrations so meaningful, both for the children and the teachers. You teach a beautiful and deep Torah and it is the sort of Torah that we don’t hear enough. I so appreciate your energy and enthusiasm over an entire day in the sukkah with children and for our evening event the next day. You were wonderful, and I look forward to working together again in the future.”
Betsy Forester
Director of Jewish Life and Learning
Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago