storyteller, writer & educator

Storyteller Antoinette Botsford grew up in a family that values storytelling. "My mother told stories about the past, my father told stories about the future." Her education includes a Ph.D. in Theatre from UCLA, a master's in Folklore and Mythology and -- the important part -- "a whole ton of life experience." She's especially known for native North American tales (many learned from her Canadian-Metís relatives) as well as a growing Celtic collection she calls, "The Forest of Broceliande." A large part of her performance repertoire includes stories she weaves from fragments of family history and anecdotes, as well as stories she describes as "traditional and true" that she has adapted from world cultures.

Botsford toured for six months with Utah's Grammy-winning Douglas Spotted Eagle in his stage show, "Voices of Native America," and is a frequent performer and teacher at arts festivals including ten seasons with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Jack Zimmerman, president of the Ojai Foundation, describes her as "...a gifted and profound teacher and storyteller who brings a heightened and complex understanding of myth to contemporary life."