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 Grades 3-5 Assembly Programs and ...

Program description

These programs are desgined to address a variety of individual learning styles for students. Having been a classroom teacher I understand that students learn more when they are having fun. 

North Carolina History: (This assembly is 1 hour long but can be adjusted to 45 minutes by leaving out one of the stories) Students will actively participate in the stories about North Carolina. There is a story for each of the three areas of the state.

       Piedmont: Students will enjoy seeing some of their peers participate in the story of Charlotte’s Name.

       Mountain Region: Jack Tales are part of history in the mountains. Students will learn a bit about the history of Jack and will be entranced by the oral presentation of one of these historical tales.

       Coastal Plain: Many people do not realize that Pepsi originated from the Coast North Carolina. Students will discover how Caleb Bradham first introduced this beverage to the public. 


Place Value: (This assembly is 45 minutes long) Student will participate in a hands on presentation using extra large number puppets to show place value and regrouping. Everyone is excited to see their peers assisting with this out of the box presentation of place value.


Trickster Tales: (This assembly is 45 minutes long) Folk tales from different continents which have a main character that is a trickster. From rabbits in North America to spiders in Africa, each culture has a different animal(s) that represents the trickster. These stories often have a moral and introduce students to multi-cultural stories.

 For more details on additional programing go to www.lonabartlett.com/programs/ 




Booking / scheduling contact

Lona Bartlett



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Residency
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Other, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Year round

Available times:

 To fit your schedule.

Length of program: 45 mins - 1hr
Space / technical requirements:

 Minimal space needed.


 Have puppets and stories, will travel.

Fees / Ticketing:

One presentation: $400

Two presentations: $650

Three presentations: $800

Four presentations: $900




NC Standard Course of Study:

Standards listed here are a variety of examples only and represent the diversity programing. Common Core Standards are specific to each lesson and grade level. They are avaliable upon request.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in  gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression. (Students will acquire vocabulary by experiencing the new words through story and in context of the story.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. (Students will listen to the stories, as well as participate vocally.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (Students will experience different tones a textures of language through the story and how these changes affect the story.)





NC Essential Standards:

Standards listed here are a variety of examples only and represent the diversity of programing. North Carolina Essential Standards are specific to each lesson and grade level. They are avaliable upon request.

3.C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. (Students will participate in the performance sometimes as a group and individually, being coached to illustrate the emotions of the characters.)

3.C.2.1 Use improvisation to present a variety of simple stories or situations. (Students will participate in the stories without prior knowledge of the presentation as a whole. At times they will be asked to present dialogue into the story.)

4.H.1 Analyze the chronology of key historical events in  North Carolina history. (Through the presentation of the story, students will discover the sequence of events leading up to the specific events.)




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 rescheduling within 3 weeks you may apply this fee to the rescheduled event.