About Steve Otto

Steve Otto is a full time professional storyteller! He has been telling stories since 1985, full time since 1994. His degree is from the University of Missouri, in speech and dramatics. He has worked in Television and has acted and directed in over thirty roles in Community Theatre.

Steve tells over 200 programs a year to all age groups from nursery schoolsl to nursing homes.

His intergenerational programs for Senior citizens and late elementary-Middle school students teach how to tell personal stories as a learning tool for other generations. This is an excellent Artist in Residence opportunity to increase intergenerational awareness for the Senior and School population.

Programs for children from grades K-12 show the importance of opening the mind to create images to enhance their learning skills. His programs emphasize the importance of making reading fun, using the human mind as the “original virtual experience game” through literature.

He has developed many in-service programs, using storytelling as a teaching tool in the school setting. Steve has been a regular at Conferences for teachers throughout the country. He has taught storytelling at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri State University at Springfield, The Kansas City Metropolitan Community Colleges, Rockhurst University and Lindenwood University. At a major national writers conference he taught professional and “wannabe” writers how to use their natural storytelling ability to enhance their writing style.

Steve has presented workshops at the National School Age Child Care Conference in St. Louis and Orlando and Salt Lake City, and the Minneapolis SACC Older kids conference. He has been featured at the SACC State Conferences in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. He has presented at most State sponsored Conferences for the education of children in Missouri and Kansas. Most recently he presented three workshops and a graduate credit course for the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

Steve has participated as a feature teller for the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, Riverwinds Festival in Illinois, and the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, where he presented a seminar for adults on telling their own personal stories. He has twice been the feature ghost story teller at the Texas Storytelling Festival and a two time presenter at the Texas Storytelling Conference. He has told on the swapping stage of the National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, TN, and has presented three seminars at the National Storytelling Conference. He was featured teller two times at the Northlands Storytelling Conference in Madison, WI, and was on the faculty of the “School of Storytelling.” He has been the feature Ghost Story teller at Living History Farms in Des Moines, IA.

He has authored a chapter for “The Healing Heart”, published by New Society Press. His Three CD’s offer oral storytelling for every group. “The Wide Mouth Frog” is perfect for students from pre K through 8th grade. “Steve Otto tells Scary Stuff” can move the imaginations of middle school through adult audiences. “Potpourri” offers tall tales and fun stories along with “growing up during World War II” stories.