Meet Joanna

From fairies to ghosts to historical women, Storyteller Joanna Demarest will take you on an adventure as she spins tales old and new.  Joanna delights, enchants, touches, inspires, and motivates her audiences as she takes them on journeys to fascinating places, helping them to understand what has gone before and seeing what the future may hold.

Joanna has been telling stories to children and adults for over 20 years.  It all started when after reading every book on her daughter’s bookshelf, multiple times, she wanted something new, so she started creating fresh stories of her own.  This passion for sharing her stories has been fueled by her nineteen moves within the US and overseas.  Joanna specializes in American, Historical, Traditional, and Southern Tales, Ghost Stories, Storytelling Workshops, Nature and Campfire Programs and her own unique Ladybug Stories©.  

Joanna is dedicated to providing quality entertainment that is delivered in a personalized and highly interactive environment. She has performed and lead workshops at the Kentucky Storytelling Conference, Northlands Confabulation in WI, and at Sharing the Fire in Amherst, MA.  She has performed at the West Virginia Grand Vue Storytelling Festival, the Compass Inn and Museum, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, Beaver Tales, The Ellwood City Storytelling Festival, CitiParks’ Alphabet Trails and Tails, The National Storytelling Network’s National Conference Regional Showcase, The Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, and numerous libraries, tea shops, open mics, summer camps, concerts and for senior groups around Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New England. She frequently appears at the Depreciation Lands Museum in Allison Park, PA as a historical character interpreter, in personally hand-made period attire, bringing history alive and telling the stories of what life was like for a woman on the frontier in the late 1700’s.

Joanna has recently joined the Board of Directors of the NSN YES! Alliance SIG as the new Mentorship Program Coordinator.  When the membership of the Special Interest Group requested this new initiative Joanna realized that someone would need to step forward to help the YES! Board to create the program and she saw this as an opportunity where she could give back to the national organization by volunteering her time.  If you are interested in more information, please visit the YES! Website at