Ann Marie Newman is a high-energy storyteller with a multi-disciplinary arts background who has been enthusiastically telling tales to listeners of all ages for the last 22 years.  She stirs listeners imaginations by infusing her stories with theatrical improvisations influenced by audience interaction. She also enjoys using her handmade props and visuals that are inspired by exhibited artworks at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) where she was their Storyteller in Residence from 2007-2014.


Along with fellow theater enthusiasts, Ann Marie helped establish Kaleidoscope Theatre Kidz Kamp in 2004 for youth aged 8 to 18 in Panama City, FL.  Her highly popular classes relied on traditional folktales as the foundation for script writing, character development, stage movement and improvisational performance art.  While living in Florida, Ann Marie was also an annual presenter for the Bay County Young Writer’s Conference.  Using entertaining storytelling activities, elementary and middle school students relied on teamwork and their combined creativity to craft short stories from start to finish that were later presented in front of the class.

Two years after moving to Texas in 2005, Ann Marie became the first Storyteller in Residence at the Dallas Museum of Art.  The DMA's dynamic environment provided an inspirational setting where her love for visual, performance and story art merged and thrived in innovative new directions. Ann Marie reveled in the exciting challenge of enhancing patron's experience of the visual arts through the creation of highly interactive storytelling programs.  In addition, Ann Marie developed and taught week-long summer camps for youth aged 4-12 incorporating a wide variety of themes and art mediums. Her camps were StoryART!, ArtCycle!, Sculpture Mania!, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Through New Eyes, For The Birds, Awesome ARTwear, and World Wise Art. She also provided story programs for family day celebrations, homeschoolers, autistic youth,  and people with Alzheimers. Additionally, in summer of 2014, Ann Marie was the theater camp art teacher for youth aged 8-18 at the Dallas Theater Center located in the Wyly Theater in downtown Dallas.

A special highlight for Ann Marie in March, 2010 was being selected as the Visiting Artist of the Month for DMA's Center of Creative Connections. She thoroughly enjoyed sharing her unique creative process with children and adults through imaginative workshops, art activities and special programs.

From October 2016 through January 8, 2017, Ann Marie was again honored to accept an invitation to be a Dallas Museum of Art C3 Visiting Artist. Very happily, she reimagined five ancient Egyptian myths, which she then recorded for featured listening stations within the Divine Felines exhibit.


"I love to awaken people of all ages to the imaginative and wise world of stories, while also triggering within them, a desire to explore their own creative potential.”"


Ann's Story Art
Storyteller/Artist/Creative Consultant

2005 - present

Professional Storyteller, Poet, Mixed Media Artist, Art Educator, and Creative Consultant.


Haley-Henman Contemporary Art Gallery

Summer 2016

Artist in Residence. Creator of Interweaving; a conceptual, interactive, process driven installation featuring spoken word artists and community participation to promote unity.



2015 - present

Founder and creator of imaginative, handmade goods crafted from found objects. Located at 540 Mercantile, McKinney, Texas. As of fall, 2016, the shop is currently located at






Places Ann Marie has performed stories:

  • The Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX

  • OPAS Encore! Bryan, TX

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

  • Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF)

  • Sid Richardson Museum, Fort Worth, TX

  • Plano International Festival, Plano, TX

  • College Station, TX

  • SPARK! Dallas, TX

  • Haley-Henman Contemporary Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • Centennial Festival, Plano, Texas

  • UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX

  • Quakers Friends Meeting House, Dallas, TX

  • Two-day Workshop, De Soto Parish, Mansfield, LA

  • BookMarks Library, North Park Mall, Dallas, TX

  • City Arts Festival, Dallas, TX

  • Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

  • Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano, TX

  • Heritage Village, Dallas, TX

  • Blackland Prairie Festival, Plano, TX

  • Tejas Storytelling Festival, Denton, TX

  • Earth Day, Oak Cliff, TX

  • Florida Storytelling Camp, Leesburg, FL

  • Earth Day, Panama City, FL

  • Ocala Storytelling Festival

  • Ghost Tales, Seaside, FL

  • Writer’s Fest, Gulf Coast College, FL

  • Young Writers’ Conferences, Gulf Coast College, FL

  • Ghost Stories in the Park, Panama City, FL

  • Pensacola Music Festival, Pensacola, FL


  • Storyteller

  • Storytelling Coach

  • Creative Writer

  • Workshop Presenter

  • Creative Consultant

  • Youth Summer Arts Camp Instructor

  • Museum Docent Storytelling on Tours Trainer

  • Visual Artist

  • Fiber Artist

  • Event Organizer

  • Founder of Foundologie: Handmade goods crafted from found materials.


Auburn University at Montgomery

​1982 - 1984

Enjoyed learning about everything! Found choosing a major and following one educational path limiting. I continued my quest to be a life-long learner after leaving college by continuously taking classes & workshops with working visual artists, storytellers/performers, and reading non-fiction books on multiple subjects. In particular, I have spent a great deal of time (30+ years) studying about the creative process of artists.


Florida Storytelling Camp

2003, 2004, 2005; Intense 3 day attendance of multiple workshops with master storytellers from around the nation. Multiple subjects covered regarding storytelling performance and story crafting.


Tejas Storytelling Festival

2006 to present; I annually attend workshops on the art and business of professional storytelling. I also have led several workshops over the years for storytellers and youth on merging the visual arts with traditional storytelling. In 2016, I produced the annual Ghost Story Concert featuring six storytellers and a band.