Laura Simms is a storyteller of international acclaim. She performs, teaches, and conducts projects worldwide. She is on the Advisory Council for Global Education and is co-director of Mankoro: New Life Foundation. Laura combines traditional stories with personal narrative. Her awards include the Sesame Street Sunny Days award for work with children worldwide, the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, the Oracle Award from National Storytelling Association. Her most recent book is Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling.



  • March 20: When Strangers Come Knocking at the Door: stories of arrival and hospitality at Spadina Theatre at Alliance Française de Toronto (7:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
  • March 22: International Storytalk: Dr. Scheherazade – Storytelling in healthcare and community healing at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (12:00 PM –1:15 PM)
  • March 22: Storytellers Camp Afternoon Workshop at CSI Annex
  • March 23: What A Beautiful Road at Congregation Habonim (8:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
  • March 24: Storytellers in Concert at Artscape Wychwood Barns (7:30 PM – 10:30 PM)
  • March 25: Wondertales at Toronto Reference Library (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM)