B i o g r a p h y

Norm loves a good story.

Before becoming a full-time storyteller, he was an award-winning teacher who told stories daily in his classroom and taught storytelling skills to students after school.

He’s told stories professionally from Oregon to South Carolina, LA to BC. He’s been a featured teller at the Powellswood (2012), Art of the Story (2017), and Stone Soup (2018) Storytelling Festivals.

Norm proudly narrated for the Seattle Symphony (2012), told at Seattle Art Museum (2014), and at the National Storytelling Networks’ Summit (2017 & 2018).

He’s also performed his Lighter "Side of Lincoln" program dozens of times since 2016. He extensive repertoire includes traditional tales, personal narratives, historical tales, and stories in song.


His music, zeal, and humor add to any occasion.


One of his greatest joys has been performing and teaching with his wife, Anne Rutherford. When Norm tells, people listen, and often join in. 

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"Your storytelling was terrific."

                     Jay O'Callahan, Storyteller

"Norm Brecke held a few dozen little ears in the palm of his hand. His well-told yarn about a dragon resonated with both kids and adults…Of course, to truly soak up the message, it is best to hear the story illustrated with Brecke's colorful inflections and wide-eyed expressions."

                     Andy Hobbs, Editor, Federal Way Mirror, 2017

“You are one special teller!”

                     Karyn Page-Davies, Chair/Director

                     Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

                     Woodruff, South Carolina

"The Lighter Side of Lincoln presentation you did for the Beaverton Historical Society was incredibly captivating and enjoyed by everyone . It is a presentation you won't want to miss!" 

                        Judy Donovan, Beaverton HIstorical Society

“Your programs are uplifting and fun. We look forward to you coming.”

                      Diane Newlin, Program Assisant,

                      SpringRidge Ct, Wilsonville, OR