Ann Shapiro has been entertaining children with her participatory music and storytelling programs for over twenty years. She is recommended by the CT Office of the Arts as a Teaching Artist and since 1999, serves as Executive Director for The CT Storytelling Center. A teaching artist in residence in CT schools, she helps students and teachers to keep folk traditions alive by sharing the old stories and songs, followed by creating their own. In addition, she tours her variety of shows as a solo and with her husband, Tom Callinan. Their recordings include: Hokey Folky and For No Good Reason At All (sing alongs), Imagine Menagerie & I’m Gonna Tell (stories in tandem), Let’s Clean Up Our Act (songs for the earth), Home Remedies (original songs about family life) and most recently, Sweet Somethings for preschoolers. Ann and Tom have been featured tellers at the National Storytelling Festival and tellers in residence at the International Storytelling Center, both in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Ann was honored to receive the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for leadership in the Northeast, the Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award from LANES and the Barbara Reed Award from the CT Storytelling Center, as well as the Elizabeth Mahaffey Arts Administrator award.