About Lynn Ruehlmann and her performances
Ruehlmann was bitten by the storytelling bug after having spent
years in the theater, where she won an award for Best Actress in
a Comedy. Since 1990 she has made storytelling her professional
focus. She performs for schools and adult organizations, everywhere
from Virginia to Michigan to Alaska to Georgia to Connecticut. For
many years she has worked with Young Audiences of Virginia, who
awarded her Artist of the Year. The Virginia Commission for the
Arts awarded her grants for her programs for 15 years running. She
has taught workshops for teachers and students, including storytelling
for Old Dominion University's Early Childhood Education Department.
She has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country.
Her three CDs, "Mischief! Adventures of a Daydreamy Child,"
"Spy! The Story of Civil War Spy Elizabeth Van Lew," and
"It Happened in the White House: True Tales of the Eight Virginia
Presidents and Their Wives" have won four national awards.
Most recently she is excited to be working with a symphony orchestra
cellist, combining music with some of her stories for adults and
for children. Her degree in English and her experience in theater
combined to prepare her for creating and performing a wide array
of storytelling programs of historical stories, myths, folklore
and personal stories.
Lynn Ruehlmann loves the endearing people she’s known in her
own life and the bigger than life characters she’s met from
Greek myths and history. Lynn’s CDs about some of these people,
“Spy! The Story of Civil War Spy Elizabeth Van Lew,”
“It Happened in the White House,” and “Mischief!
Adventures of a Daydreamy Child,” have won four national awards.
For many years, Lynn was active in theater, but once she found storytelling
more than twenty years ago, she never looked back! She’s been
telling and teaching storytelling to adults and children all around
the country ever since.
here to download Lynn's Resumé
Responses from audiences:
was the first time that we have attempted a fundraising event
of this nature and it was a fantastic success.
I have seen you capture the imaginations of the large groups of
small children who have attended your story telling events in
the past, so I was sure that we were in for a treat, but my expectations
were also exceeded. The ingenuity that it took to weave Greek
Mythology into your own personal stories of love was uncanny.
The flow was flawless and the presentation kept the crowd immensely
--Leigh Anne Chambers, Executive Director, Rawls Museum
Lynn does this magical thing. She utterly transforms
herself into the characters she's telling about. She becomes a
little girl – surrounded by grownups – learning to
use chopsticks. She becomes those clunky grown-ups. She becomes
a First Lady, or the President of the United States. She pulls
off what a lot of us storytellers try to pull off; we stop seeing
the teller. We see the little girl. We see the grownups. We see
mirthful and wise Lynn herself, in all stages of life, bringing
--Andy Offutt Irwin, nationally acclaimed storyteller
Keeping members of such a large and diverse audience
attentive is quite a talent. It's so evident our audience liked
what Lynn gave us.
Parents were pleased – and the children could answer questions
about the program when we talked about it after—always a
good sign that they listened and were engaged in the program.
--Pat Familar, librarian, Gates County Library, NC
choices (of stories) were unusual but recognizable and sophisticated
The audience commented that you had good frog voices and expressions!
I would love to have you back; thanks!
--BG, Librarian, Charlottesville, VA
As soon as Mrs. Ruehlmann began her story, I was
hooked. Her words and facial expressions captured me. And then
Peter began emphasizing the story on the Cello. This made the
story more dramatic. What a treat this turned out to be. I hope
they come back with another story!
--Resident, Warwick Forest Retirement Community
She was TERRIFIC! Such an enjoyable person!
--Mary Margaret, George West Storytelling Festival