About Mary Anne Moorman
Mary Anne Moorman Short Bio
Mary Anne Moorman is an emcee, a storyteller and workshop leader sharing story tips with writing groups, organizations and musicians. Heard on public radio, seen on stages from the Northwest to Virginia’s Crooked Road, her tales ooze from the Blue Ridge Mountains, salute Civil Rights struggles, and bridge multi cultural generations for the struggles ahead.
Often known as ‘Auntmama’ around folk circles, Moorman is a proud member of the National Storytelling Network, member and past president of the Seattle Storytellers Guild. A former business owner, journalist, theatre director and machinist, she hosts Seattle’s Auntmama’s Storytable the last Thursday of every month at Madison Park Starbucks where stories and music mix together. “Every story I tell is better when it begins and ends with a song.”
"AuntMama keeps you leaning in, whether offering a perfectly-paced story that sounds like it came from your own family
or serving as the glue that keeps an event moving forward. Expect just the right touch."
Wes Weddell, Singer, Songwriter, Citizen
Mary Anne Moorman Long Format Bio
Auntmama gathers audiences up in tales and tunes. Her voice is a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at dusk, rolling and misted sweet. These stories are conversations with memory that leap into the here and now. As Seattle’s Entertainment reviewer once said, "Auntmama whips up silvery, spit-shined tales.”
Auntmama emcees shows, tells tales at musical events, appears at festivals, invitational events, the StoryGuilds, Starbuck’s Storytelling Corner and on weekly radio broadcast.
Listen to her voice and roll back to small-town, 1950s. Her stories are biscuits slathered in butter, crickets singing by an oak tree, and sugar maple leaves falling on an autumn earth.
But you won’t stay in the past for very long before the perplexities and complexities of 21st century unfold with a touch of blues, smoky jazz, or bluegrass fire. Radio listeners have come to appreciate strong musical segues that introduce new sounds or use some of the tried and true.
"Drawing from a deep well of country tall tales and hijinks, storyteller Aunt Mama takes us back to the not quite halcyon days of childhood, giving us a glimpse of her Virginia youth that continues to reverberate with modern day truths."
Iaan Hughes, Music Director, KBCS.FM
Born Mary Anne Moorman, her musical tastes reflect her parent’s home. “Growing up was like the Johnny Cash song, only in our house it was papa played Porter Wagoner, Mama played Cole Porter, or Papa played Methodist, Mama played Episcopalian and somewhere in the middle, “brothers and I joined right in.”
Moorman credits her great niece for storytelling. When the first grader came home needing a family story from an elder, Moorman realized she had advanced to elder and after she supplied the one story there was another and another and five years later, she’s still going strong for her nieces and nephews of birth, of choice and the hundreds of fans who now think of her as their own Auntmama. Moorman’s colorful, cantankerous and creative family arrived in the “new country” as Quakers escaping the terror of Oliver Cromwell. Thus the tales begin.
Moorman, a former machinist, management consultant and journalist, teaches storytelling to a wide range of audiences from businesses working stories into marketing strategies to Washington State’s famous Wintergrass festival, Northwest Folklife Festival, Hugo House’s Write O Rama. She offers workshops throughout the country and is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture and the City of Seattle.
Auntmama has recorded 3 CDs to date, the latest being “The Last Laugh” now available on line and through iTunes. And yes, the book is coming.