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Doug Lipman

Susan Greenstein

Doug Lipman began storytelling in the 1970’s, when he worked as a pre-school and music teacher. Now, he is considered one of the foremost authorities on storytelling coaching. Doug has been teaching and coaching storytellers since 1979, offering workshops and classes on all aspects of storytelling.


Doug told his first story in 1970 when he was teaching a school for emotionally-disturbed children. It was then that he took notice of the power that stories had on the children. They inspired and empowered the listener. Doug began combining stories with songs in order to engage his young listeners. As a musician, he saw that music enhanced the healing power of story, transforming the listener and helping them reconnect to their true essence.


His approach to storytelling quickly gained him recognition as one of the foremost storytelling coaches in the United States. Doug travels across the country to teach various workshops and courses on the power and art of storytelling. His audience typically includes teachers, parents, librarians, and other professional performers.

Doug’s storytelling expertise has taken him around the world to perform in schools, libraries, synagogues, universities, radio stations, various festivals, museums, and theatres. He is a founding member of Storytellers in Concert, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES), and the Three Apples Storytelling Festival. Doug has published multiple books including Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People’s Best and Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work or Play. In addition, he’s also released a number of  instructional videos, audio recordings, and multimedia toolkits.

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