Cathy Kaemmerlen is a professional storyteller/actress/historical interpreter/author known for her variety of one-woman shows, her creatively artistic and animated approach to storytelling, and her rapport with audiences of all ages. She is committed to bringing stories, both literary and historical, to life. She writes, creates, researches, performs, and directs her various shows.
Performing for over 30 years, she has done literally thousands of solo in-school performances throughout the country, using her dance and theatre backgrounds to enrich her tales and bring her characters to life, and her writing skills to craft her varied stories and shows.
A performer and “creator of shows” since she can remember, going back to a highly imaginative childhood, she has been a recipient of a choreographer’s fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts and individual artist’s grants from the California Arts Council, Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Georgia Arts Council.
Cathy is the author of two books with The History Press: General Sherman and the Georgia Belles: Tales of Women Left Behind and The Historic Oakland Cemetery of Atlanta: Speaking Stones and The Buzz On Honeybees from Pelican Press and the self published book, Travelling the Georgia Roads with Nancy Noodlehead.
A Hambidge Fellow, she is currently listed on the Georgia Arts Council Touring Arts Roster, National Storytelling Network Sourcebook, National Women’s History Project, Active Artists Alliance, South Carolina Arts Council Approved Artists Roster, and Southern Arts. In metro-Atlanta, where she lives, she books through her own production company, Tattlingtales Productions; through the Teaching Museums of Fulton County; through Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s Arts in the Schools Program; and the Touring Roster of the Georgia Council of the Arts, and formerly with Young Audiences/Arts for Learning. She tours some 20 different programs including those that are historically based and those that are based on literary storytelling.
Cathy holds an MFA in dance performance and choreography from the University of Wisconsin; BA in English/Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina; is the proud mother of three talented children and is also the wife of Robert Gaare.