Loren Niemi

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As much as I enjoy teaching and work with organizations and individuals, I love telling a good story. I have told stories in a wide variety of settings - theaters, festivals, churches, cabarets and around the dinner table - to audiences of all ages. My repertoire includes traditional folks and fairy tales, humor, original image rich material for adults and children, and, of course, ghost stories and psychologically unsettling tales of contemporary life.

Selected Performances:

  • Balls Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN (monthly since 1992)
  • Pour It On!! - A Wine Tasting with Stories (with Howard Lieberman) Stillwater, MN (2006)
  • Cheap Theater, Minneapolis, MN (2003 - 2006)
  • Toe Jam (with Howard Lieberman) Stillwater, MN (2005)
  • On Tap, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN (2005)
  • Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN (2001 - 2005)
  • Speakeasy, Washington Storyteller's Theater, Washington, DC (2002, 2005)
  • 9/11 Memorial (w/ Jim May) Woodstock, IL (2005)
  • Dusty, Musty & Lusty, (with Nancy Donoval, Howard Lieberman) St. Croix Antiquarian
  • Bookstore, Stillwater, MN (2004)
  • Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Chicago, IL (2001, 2002)
  • UNUM Insurance Awards Event, Great Wall, Beijing, China (2000)
  • Poetry Harbor Writers Reading Series, Duluth, MN (1998)
  • National Poetry Slam, Austin, Texas (1998)
  • Cacophony Chorus, various locations, Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN (1996-1998)
  • Two Chairs Telling, Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, MN (1992-1998)
  • BAD JAZZ (A performance trio with Kevin Kling & Michael Sommers) (1983-present)
  • Fool's Paradise, (MPR) Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, MN
  • Weisman Museum, U of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jungle Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • PS122, New York, NY and other venues

 May Day Parade, '02

"I'm terribly spoiled when it comes to storytelling. Loren Niemi, a regular Balls performer and master storyteller, lives in the Twin Cities, and I've seen him many times. His stories unfold and go to unexpected places. They are enthralling and interesting." --Amy Salloway (on-line blog)


  • Mohegan Storytelling Festival, Peekskill, NY (2004)
  • Illinois Storytelling Festival, Spring Grove, IL (2002)
  • Ark Storytelling Festival, Ann Arbor, MI (2001)
  • International Storytelling Festival, Metro State University, St. Paul, MN (1996)
  • Northern Prairie Storytelling Festival, Sioux Falls, SD (1994)
  • Wild Onion Storytelling Festival, Chicago, IL (1992)
  • 4th Annual Storyfest, Grand Rapids, MN (1990)
  • A Taste of Minnesota Festival, St. Paul, MN (1989)
  • Mississippi River Revival, Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN (1986)
  • The Toronto Storytelling Festival Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1984)
  • Finnfest, Minneapolis & the Iron Range Interpretative Center, Chisolm, MN (1983)
  • Boyceville Pickle Festival Boyceville, WI (1982)
  • National Storytelling Festival - Exchange Place - Jonesborough, TN (1982)

Selected THEATER/STORYTELLING Performances:

  • MN Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, MN
  • But Whom Am I to Say? (with Diane Wyzga) (2005)
  • Alone & Testifying, (2004)
  • Beauty/Beast (with Megan Wells) (2003)
  • The Aberations of Coitus Exoticus, (with Elsyabeth Ashe) (2002)
  • Words Spoken (2001)
  • Mmmmm, (w/ Colleen Kruse) Acadia Theater, Minneapolis, MN (2002)
  • The Shitty things We've Done (with Colleeen Kruse) Bryant Like Bowl & the MN Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, MN (1997
  • Mien Doppelganger, Out There Series, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN (1993)
  • Moby Dick Tonight!, Out There Series, Southern Theater (1990) and Experimental Studio Series, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater, (1988) both Minneapolis, MN

"This guy tells wonderfully different stories. Not always happy endings. Dark themes. He uses his voice but also the story structure, repeating parts in such a way that the meaning changes. Also he kept talking about the airport today, which was cool because it showed that he could just tell, could just take new experiences and let them lead into his prepared stories seamlessly. Spiff." ---"Kipworld", Dec 10, 2002

Directing Other Performers:

  • Grendel's Mother written & performed by Dorothy Cleveland, MN Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, MN (2002)
  • More or Less written & performed by Jean Armstrong, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, MN, (2002)
  • A Land Twice Promised, written and performed by Noa Baum, Davis, CA, Washington, DC, New York, NY, Jerusalem, Isreal and other locations (2001- present)
  • The Education of a Chicago White Girl in 10 Rounds, written & performed by Sue O'Halloran, Angel's Studio, Chicago, IL (2001)
  • Rage in Not a One Day Thing, written & performed by Awele Makeba, Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival, Los Angeles, CA (2001)
  • Yakkers: Someone in the Room, written & performed by Nancy Donoval. Gerald Fierst, & David Novak, New York Storytelling Center, Manhattan, NY, Washington Storyteller's Theater, Washington, DC (2000)


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