Rosie Best-Cutrer is a storyteller from Topeka, Kansas. She started working in semi-professional theater with the Dale Easton Players at Lake Perry then as a costumer for the Topeka Recreational Department Community Theater. From there she became an elementary teacher for grades 1-3 and did that for 23 years. She was introduced to storytelling as a teacher and with her background in theater she was intrigued. While looking for other things to do with her life in 2000 she decided to start her own storytelling business. Starting with summer-time jobs, then jobs throughout the school year she finally made that transition from
teacher to storyteller.
One of her mentors and coaches is Priscilla Howe from Lawrence, Kansas. Her favorite types of stories are folktales and historical stories. In addition to telling stories she is also a musician, author, and soon to be playwright. She plays the banjo in the claw hammer style and adds singing to her stories. She does Irish storytelling programs and has performed at the Kansas City Irish Festival. She is writing the script, and will then perform as the storyteller, for the ballet “The Book of Kells” for the Storling Dance Theater which is part of the Culture House of Olathe. The show is in the theater in Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas and will run April 17-18, 2020.
Rosie has written a book titled, Read and Tell Stories for Parents, Grandparents, Aunts,