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



Arts Integration K-2 Assembly Programs and Residen...

Program description

Lona Bartlett, a former classroom teacher, has multiple arts integrated assembly, lessons and residencies programs available . All presentations are connected to the Common Core and Essential Standards. One day lessons through month long residencies are available. 

Assembly programs are listed below. Be sure to visit www.lonabartlett.com/programs/ for more information and additional programing.

Fairy Tales and Folk Tales: All around the world fairy and folk tales have been told for centuries. This literary art is of benefit to children in that it teaches and encourages life skills such as problem solving, character education, team building, social interaction, reading, writing, to name a few. Using puppetry and storytelling, this assembly program will include stories from variety of different cultures. From England, Africa, the Americas and beyond students will participate in creative fairy and folk tales that will spark the imagination. 

Short Vowel Sounds and Character Education: The presentation begins with Little Tiger telling a story and learning about the importance of the adults in his life. The story turns and a conversation begins about the importance of short vowel sounds in reading. Using interactive puppetry (students will manipulate puppets) and call and response technique, students will learn methods to remember short vowel sounds.

Life Cycle of the Butterfly: Students will enjoy a story about life on a farm in Upstate New York and finding caterpiller eggs on a weed in a field. Not only will students learn about life cycles but they will also learn a little about life on a farm in New York during the summer and the winter. They will also learn vocabulary which is vital to reading.

Understanding Place Value with Interactive Puppets: It’s easy to get excited about place value when you are learning with large puppets. Students will be called upon to operate number puppets and to participate in the presentation while being coached in stage presentation and dialogue. This fast moving pesentation includes everyone as they will asked to participate by responding to the puppets.




Booking / scheduling contact

Lona Bartlett



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Residency
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Music, Other, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year Round

Available times:

To meet your schedule

Space / technical requirements:

Minimal space required.


Have stories and puppets, will travel

Fees / Ticketing:

One presentation $400

two presentations $650

three presentations $800

four presentations $900



NC Standard Course of Study:

Standards listed are examples only and represent the diversity of programing. Common Core Standards are specific to each lesson and are avaliable upon request.

3.NBT Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. 4. 1. Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to   the nearest 10 or 100.

CCSS. ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determinetheir central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS. ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2/A Distinguish lonag from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllagle words.

K.A.1 Analyze literary texts and performances. K.A.1.1 Recall the basic parts of a story, such as characters, setting, and events. K.A.1.2 Analyze events in  relationship to the setting where they take place in formal and informal productions.






NC Essential Standards:

Standards listed are examples only and represent the diversity of programing. Common Core Standards are specific to each lesson and are avaliable upon request.

Health Education 2.MEH.1 Understand the relationship among healthy expression of emotions, mental health, and healthy behavior. 2.MEH.1.1 Identify appropriate standards for behavior.

Arts Standards: Theater Arts 1.C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. 1.C1.2 Use creative drama techniques, such as storytelling or puppetry, to demonstrate vocal variety.

1.L.1 Understand characteristics of various environments and behaviors of humans that enable plants and animals to survive. 1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light, space, food and shelter and that these may be found in  their environment.

Science 2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles. 2.L.1.1 Summarize the life cycle of animals 2.L.1.2 Compare life cycles of different animals such as, but nat limited to, mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies or frogs.

Theatre Arts 



3.C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. E.C.2.1 Use improvisation to present a variety of simple stories or situations.



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

There is a $200 cancellation fee. If the event is rescheduled within 3 weeks that fee can be applied to the fee of the rescheduled event.