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About Doug Lipman

photo of Doug Doug Lipman,
a key figure in the New England storytelling revival,
is known throughout the United States and abroad
as a performer, coach, author, and teacher.

Information is available about his biography, as well as about his work:

Brief Bio.

In addition, you can read various articles from the press about Doug and his work.


Brief Bio.

Doug Lipman, the foremost authority on storytelling coaching, is popular in the U.S. and abroad as a performer, coach, author, and teacher. Doug's storytelling grew out of his work as a pre-school and music teacher in the 1970's. He has been teaching and coaching storytellers since 1979 and, beginning in 1998, has worked extensively in the corporate sector. In addition to his workshops and classes on all aspects of storytelling, Doug has published numerous books and released instructional videos, audiocassettes, and multi-media courses such as the Storytelling Workshop in a Box™.

Brief Bio #2.

Doug Lipman has been a professional storyteller and musician for over 25 years.

Doug's storytelling grew out of his work as a pre-school and music teacher in the 1970's.

Doug Lipman's performing has taken him all over the United States and beyond, to:

  • schools
  • libraries
  • synagogues
  • universities
  • National Public Radio
  • the National Storytelling Festival
  • the Smithsonian Museum.

Doug has been telling stories to adults since 1979. He was a founding member of:

  • the ten-year, Boston-based concert series for adults, Storytellers in Concert
  • the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES)
  • the Three Apples Storytelling Festival.

Lipman has been teaching and coaching storytellers since 1979; more recently, he has expanded his coaching to include marketing help and various online courses. In addition to his workshops and classes on all aspects of storytelling, Lipman has published several books and released instructional videos, over 15 audio recordings, and multi-media courses and toolkits.

You can also read general articles about Doug from the press.



Doug Lipman told his first story in 1970 when he was teaching in a school for emotionally-disturbed children. It was then that he first noticed the power of stories to inspire, empower and guide the listener. In the 1970's, as a pre-school teacher and certified Kodaly music teacher, Lipman combined stories with songs. As a musician he saw that music enhances the healing power of story, transforming the listener and helping them reconnect with their true essence.

Doug Lipman sings and plays

  • guitar
  • flute
  • banjo
  • button accordion
to accompany his stories.

Since Doug began calling himself a storyteller in 1976, he has performed stories and songs all over the U.S., in Canada, and in New Zealand for children, adults, families and Jewish audiences.

As a storyteller-in-residence he has performed at hundreds of schools, from one day to eight weeks.

Using his background as a former math and science teacher - his undergraduate major was mathematics - he also developed storytelling programs on nature and ecology.

Lipman's Jewish stories are an important part of his story repertoire. He has appeared at university Hillels, synagogues, Jewish day schools, community centers and nursing homes telling stories to adults as well as children.

The Soul of Hope, Lipman's two-act Jewish mystical adventure story, has its own home page - which has just been completely redesigned and expanded. The Boston Globe called it "a spiritual epic packed with humor, joy, and pathos."

Doug Lipman has twice been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He has also performed at Pete Seeger's Clearwater Hudson River Revival and at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

The Boston Globe wrote "to hear Doug to want to learn to tell stories yourself."

His workshops, performances and tours take him from coast-to-coast.

You can also read articles about Doug's programs from the press.



Doug Lipman is the foremost storytelling coach in the United States.

He has been offering his coaching services to storytellers since 1979 and, since 1990, it has become his most important activity.

Lipman has traveled from coast to coast teaching hundreds of workshops and courses on the art of storytelling to teachers, parents, librarians, and professional performers. Many graduates of his storytelling classes have become central figures in the storytelling community.

Lipman is the author of three books, including the award-winning The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People's Best.

His instructional video, Coaching Storytellers: A Demonstration Workshop for All Who Use Oral Communication, is a best-seller in the National Catalog of Storytelling Resources.

His coaching workshops have found a strong following in the corporate, as well as the non-profit, world.

Lipman's workshops and classes on many aspects of storytelling include:

  • supportive coaching
  • beginning storytelling
  • making an audio tape
  • telling tales to children
  • song and story
  • spiritual stories
  • long stories
  • other services.

His upcoming workshops take place near his home city of Boston, MA, as well as in various locations in the U.S. and abroad.

It is easy to arrange a workshop led by Doug Lipman in your community.

You can also read articles about Doug's programs from the press.



In order to reach the greatest number of people in the storytelling and story-listening community Lipman has published books and released an instructional video, as well as several audiocassettes.

Those who have been transformed by Doug's stories - and those who have never heard Doug tell a tale - can listen to Doug's stories and songs on ten solo audiotapes.

If you would like to learn how to be a storytelling coach, or you would like to know what supportive coaching is all about, Doug has produced an instructional video entitled Coaching Storytellers. This video is a must for anyone in the field of oral communication whether your work is in sales, the clergy, law, acting, or teaching.

Doug's books present a wealth of information. We All Go Together and Storytelling Games present everything he has learned about working creatively with children as a professional storyteller, musician, pre-school teacher, and music teacher. Improving Your Storytelling is perhaps the only book that details intermediate and advanced storytelling. The Storytelling Coach is the most extensive and comprehensive guide to supportive coaching currently available.

You can also read articles about Doug's publications from the press.



Doug Lipman has been working with children since 1969.

He was a pre-school teacher for 5 years. He became a certified Kodaly music teacher in the late 1970's, and taught music for several years in pre-school as well as after-school settings.

It was in the 1970's that Lipman found the most effective way of teaching children by combining stories with songs.

Lipman has been a professional storyteller in public and private school settings since 1978. Ever in demand to share his skills, he has also taught workshops and classes for teachers, parents, librarians and professional performers.



Doug Lipman

152 Wenonah Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106 U.S.A.
Phone: (781) 837-1940
Alternate Phone (rings the same line): (413) 754-6728
Fax (toll-free): (888) 300-6665

This page was last updated on Friday, November 28, 2003
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