140 Ellsworth Avenue
Toronto ON M6G 2K6
Home #: 416-652-3775
Email/Courriel: Mariella Bertelli
Mariella Bertelli is a Toronto-based storyteller with extensive background in puppetry and theatre. A children’s librarian who integrates storytelling into her library programming, Bertelli has told at the Toronto Storytelling Festival for the past 22 years. She has performed at the ROM, the AGO, and Harbourfront, and for CBC Radio, as well as in festivals in many other cities.
In the fall of 2002, she traveled to the Yukon for a storytelling mini-tour; in the fall of 2004, she presented a workshop on storytelling traditions around the world in Cape Town, South Africa. Over the years she has collaborated with other tellers to create shows with blend storytelling, theatre and music – including a retelling of the Odyssey (organized by the Toronto Storytelling School) and a special adaptation of Boccaccio’s Decameron, and a retelling (with other tellers) of Ariosto’s Orlando, presented in Ottawa in 2006. She performs in English and in her native Italian for audiences of all ages, offers workshops for children and adults and is willing to travel.