Bio

Biography

“Yvonne Healy is a triple threat:
dynamite storyteller, workshop presenter, and emcee.”
– Elizabeth Ellis, National Endowment for the Arts,
American Masterpiece Artist

“Yvonne Healy is an Irish pixie of a performer!” She didn’t simply kiss the Blarney Stone; she swallowed it. Weird Irish legends, outrageous family lore, thought-provoking adult fare, or participatory kids’ tales: this diversely talented storyteller-writer opens windows to life, as real and touching as it gets. Funny, too!

Blarney & Beyond!  Professional performer for 40 years, Yvonne Healy was born across the water.  She grew up on an American Main Street with Irish language, stories and culture.  The inherited gene for adventure led Healy to graduate from Swarthmore College, spend half-a-life acting in New York’s soap operas and theaters, summer in yoga ashrams, and always to tell stories. These days, Healy incarnates ‘Midwest Nice’ with longtime husband, 2 teenage daughters, and 2 fluffy dogs on a Michigan lakeshore.

Comic or haunting, Yvonne’s unique tales from Irish myth, folk life and history especially delight all ages. Some are her parents’ bedtime tales recorded in the Irish National Folklore Archive. Others are family stories with their first-hand accounts of the birthing of a new nation and the withering of the old.

“Healy is unafraid to amuse her listeners in any way possible,
throwing herself into these stories with gusto.”
– AudioFile Magazine

Decades in professional storytelling, writing, acting, and improvisation lend a lively interactive flair to Healy’s teaching. In college courses, conference workshops, and artist residencies, Yvonne encourages children, teens and adults to develop communication, writing and literacy  in her dynamic programs.

“Your voice is delicious as always!”
– Laura Pershin-Raynor, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

As a volunteer, Yvonne publishes the monthly MI Story since 2001. She has also served on Board of Directors, Conference Program Chair, and producer for the National Storytelling Network, Northlands Storytelling Network, Detroit Story League Festival, Midwest StoryFest, and the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.  Yvonne regularly scrubs pots in homeless shelters and enjoys wedded bliss with the same wonderful man since 1984.

“Thank you very much for that important story
told in such a sensitive and gentle manner.”
Kevin Brooks, producer, Sharing the Fire Conference, NH