2018 Premier Prevaricators: Sherry Norfolk & Bobby Norfolk


Sherry Norfolk


An internationally acclaimed performer, consultant, teaching artist, workshop leader, and keynote speaker!

Among Sherry’s many awards is a 2011 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award for National Distinguished Service, a national award from the American Library Association, and a national award from the Association for Library Service for Children.

Sherry is on the roster of several State Arts Councils and is past Chair of the Board and President of the National Storytelling Network.

Sherry captures the imagination of audiences of all ages with her magical storytelling skills. Her telling style is distinctly her own, full of rhythm, motion, multiple voices, and opportunities for interactive participation, breathing life into her rich repertoire of folktales from around the world. She is an artist who can not only talk the talk but walk the walk.

Sherry teaches inspiring, energizing workshops which demonstrate storytelling as a power tool for educators and an engaging, motivating, curriculum-spanning activity, while professional associations find her a lively and inspiring keynote speaker.


Bobby Norfolk


An internationally known story performer and teaching artist, this three-time Emmy Award winner, multiple Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Award winner and Storytelling Oracle Award recipient is one of the most popular and dynamic story-educators in America today!

Bobby Norfolk grew up a shy child in North St. Louis with a debilitating stutter. Norfolk’s path toward storytelling and success began in 1961 when he suddenly overcame his stutter when performing in a fourth-grade poetry recital. From that moment, his teachers helped him to grow as both an individual and a performer.

Bobby began his career as a stand-up comedian in 1975 at local St. Louis comedy clubs and as an actor with The St. Louis Black Repertory Co. In 1979, Bobby made his first appearance as a storyteller at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, and discovered that through storytelling he was able to combine his theatre and stand-up comedy background to become a “story-performer.” After a Scott Joplin performance at a school in Ladue, MO three teachers said: “Mr. Norfolk, we’ve been talking and we decided that you remind us of a clean Richard Pryor!”

In television, Bobby won three Emmy awards as the host of the CBS TV show “Gator Tales” and also hosted the Emmy nominated series “Children’s Theater at Bobby’s House.” Both shows were based out of St. Louis and the themes were character education, literacy, and storytelling.