Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy



Professional Storyteller for Children, 1986-present:


Performing Artist, Consultant and Teacher with and for Adults, 1989-present:

Performances on site, on air, and at festivals, meetings, annual retreats and seminars. Examples: 

Workshops as a Consultant and Teacher. Examples: 


Formal Education

BA in Women’s Studies; Goucher College 1976

Adult Education Credential; San Francisco State University 1982


Existential Education

Elder Training; It Takes a Village to Raise a Child, 2012-2015:


Continuing Education

International Symposium: Storytelling as a Healing Art; Jarna, Sweden 2005

Wisdom of the Elders: Traditional Healing Practices in Mexico; Goddard College Travel Study; Morales, Mexico 2007


Storytelling CDs

Imagine the Brave with Olive, 2008

Imagine your Way Home with Olive, 2006


Volunteer Work

Eucharistic Minister, Saint John of God Church/UCSF, 2001-2011

Bread and Roses

Storytelling in Homeless Shelters, Halfway Houses, and YMCA children’s programs



“The Fairy Tale of Critical Care” in “Words on the Wing”: Issue 7, Publication of The Healing Alliance

A Storyteller’s Parable” in Storyline Magazine


Personal Essays

“Storytelling Meets Recreation Therapy”

“Storytelling as Face Time”

“Storytelling as Medicine”

“The Fairy Tale of Critical Care”

“A Storyteller’s Parable”


Previous Teaching Experience

Adult Education Teacher/English as a Second Language, 1980-1986


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