Joanna performing
At Pittsburgh’s Alphabet Tales and Trail
Spooky Stories for young and old.
As Christina Taggart Sample
Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting the Village

From fairies to ghosts to historical women, Storyteller Joanna Demarest will take you on an adventure as she spins tales old and new.  She delights, enchants, touches, inspires, and motivates her audiences as she takes them on journeys to fascinating places, helping them to understand what has gone before and seeing what the future may hold.

Joanna has been telling stories to children and adults for over 25 years.  It all started when after reading every book on her daughter’s bookshelf, multiple times, she wanted something new, so she started creating fresh stories of her own.  This passion for sharing her stories has been fueled by her nineteen moves within the US and overseas.  Joanna specializes in American, Historical, Traditional, and Southern Tales, Ghost Stories, Personal Narrative, her own unique Ladybug Stories© and Storytelling Workshops.  

Joanna is dedicated to providing quality entertainment that is delivered in a personalized and highly interactive environment. She has performed and lead workshops at the Kentucky Storytelling Conference, Northlands Confabulation in WI, and at Sharing the Fire in Amherst, MA.  She has performed at the West Virginia Grand Vue Storytelling Festival, the Compass Inn and Museum, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, Beaver Tales, The Ellwood City Storytelling Festival, CitiParks’ Alphabet Trails and Tails, The National Storytelling Network’s National Conference Regional Showcase, The Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, and numerous libraries, tea shops, open mics, summer camps, concerts and for senior groups around Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New England. She frequently appeared at the Depreciation Lands Museum in Allison Park, PA as a historical character interpreter, in personally hand-made period attire, bringing history alive and telling the stories of what life was like for a woman on the frontier in the late 1700’s.

Currently Joanna is the Resident Storyteller at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement bring the stories of Lucretia Underhill’s life on the Florida frontier in the late 1800’s to the patrons of the museum. She also works as a demonstrator showing the pioneer arts to school students that travel to the museum from all over Central Florida.

Stories for all ages!