Lona Bartlett - Storyteller, Puppeteer, Educator &...

Lona Bartlett - Storyteller, Puppeteer, Educator & Speaker

Lona Bartlett is a performance artist, storyteller, puppeteer and educator at schools, libraries, conferences, churches, festivals, corporate and special events. Degrees in education and a small town upbringing in the Catskill Mountains open a gateway to a long list of presentations. No matter the genre, whether folktales, fairytales, puppets, or personal stories, she loves bringing excitement and insight to stage and classroom.


New lessons, programs and performances are always being developed. Each program and performance lasts about 45 mins. Lessons and residencies can be customized to fit your needs. All lessons are directly related to the common core and interactive, allowing students to experience the art of puppetry, storytelling, poetry and music while gaining knowledge in the core academic lesson. Teacher’s Guides, Lesson Plans with Common Core and Essential Standard connections are available upon request after a program has been booked.


“Wow…I was very impressed with Lona’s storytelling! Lona needs to be on Jimmy Fallon. The students were very engaged in her presentation. I really enjoyed it.” — Libby Winthrow, Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council

“I highly recommend Lona as a teaching artist in your school or organization. She has many strengths, including her student-centered approach, her willingness and ability to create new lessons as requested by teachers, and her positive go-get-‘em attitude, that will enable her to be an asset to any school or organization. In the words of one of the teachers she worked with last year: Lona never disappoints!” — Michelle Youngs, Assistant Director of Education | Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

“Lona inspires our students to reach above and beyond their potential. We love when she comes to our school.” — Connie Foster, Talent Development Teacher | Idlewild Elementary School, Charlotte, NC

“Lona has a natural gift to bring stories alive filled with great imagination and creativity. Her work is very interactive and filled with collaborative lessons that teach what our teachers are working on in their curriculum.” — Frank Casstevens | Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts

“It was wonderful to have Mrs. Bartlett visit our school. She engaged the entire audience throughout her storytelling performances. The themes and curriculum connections were perfect. Very professional and a master of her craft!” — Brian Kothe, Music Teacher | Piney Grove Elementary School, Charlotte, NC









  4501 Easthaven Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212



Professional Development:Using Puppets and Storyte...

Program description

Learn how to use puppets to increase literacy in multiple areas and develop language skills.

Learn proper puppet manipulation of several types of puppets and how to help students to imporve development of fine motor skills.

Learn to use movement and voice to communicate feelings and ideas and build confidence in public speaking.

Those taking part in this workshop will use several types of puppets. Each type of puppet can be easily obtained by teachers. Examples of type of puppets will be big mouth puppets, hand puppets and puppets that can be made by teachers or students using simple materals such as paper plates, cereal boxes, socks, etc. There will also be examples of simple staging ideas that take only a few seconds to assemble and are easy to store. There will lso be a question and answer tie as well as a brainstorming time to help participants address the specific needs and concerns in their classrooms.

Booking / scheduling contact

Lona Bartlett



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural, Other
Program type: Professional Development
Population served: Teachers
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Other, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year round

Available times:

To fit  your schedule


I come to you.

Fees / Ticketing:

One hour: $400

Two hours: $650

Three hours: $800

Four hours: $900

Full Day: Call for pricing


NC Standard Course of Study:

Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

NC Essential Standards:

C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.

AE.1 Understand how to design technical theatre components,such as costumes, sets, props,
makeup, lighting, and sound.

A.1 Analyze literary texts and performances.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

$200 cancellation fee