2012-11-14.5d3._F7C2056-M“I like a good story,” says Boston-area storyteller Andrea Kamens, “whether I make it up, I tell it, someone else tells it, or I read it.”

A writer, tutor, community volunteer and mom of five, Andrea brings her storytelling art to listeners of all ages, creating magical presentations of original material as well as telling folk and fairy tales from a variety of traditions.

Andrea began telling stories before she could read – stories to teach her sister with developmental disabilities to talk and make her brave enough to dive into the swimming pool; stories that had her friends galloping across the schoolyard on their invisible horses in a cliffhanger-laden drama that spanned a year of recess.

Her infectious love of language, poetry, rhythm, and play have engaged members of her many communities for over two decades.

Andrea volunteers extensively, serving on the Allston-Brighton ABC Thrive board and the Parent Association of JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. She is an active member of LANES, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and participates in massmouth slams and local storytelling swaps. She is on the board of The Story Space in Cambridge, MA.

In addition to performing, she is an arts specialist and runs playgroups to foster kindergarten readiness. She has gathered stories and fresh strawberries from New Hampshire to Southern Georgia.