Jennifer Cayley

About the Artist

Jennifer Cayley has been a performance storyteller for more than three decades. While her repertoire includes, literary, historical and personal stories, it is the traditional folk and fairy tales along with some of the world’s great epics that are the foundation of her work.

Performance highlights include: touring with Jan Andrews to Rome, Australia, Wales, USA and southern Ontario; appearing at festivals across Canada and in Hawaii; making regular appearances at the Ottawa Storytellers’ Signature Series; telling some of the great epics of the world at Rasputin’s Café, the National Arts Centre and best of all on the shores of Taylor Lake in Lanark Co.

Working with young people in schools and in community settings has been a critical part of Jennifer’s storytelling life. She was also, along with Jan Andrews – a co-founder of MASC where she is now thrilled to be on the artists’ roster. She has worked on the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education roster, with Prologue to the Performing Arts, and the TD Canada Trust Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour.

It doesn’t become a story until listeners bring their own ideas, their own life experiences, their own feelings into play.

— Jennifer Cayley

Artist's Programs

Curriculum Links

Making connections between narrative elements and the natural world; Interdependence of social, economic and natural systems; consequences of interactions between human and natural systems; stewardship: active listening skills; empathy; plot, character, story structure, and narrative arc; cultural inclusion; myth and legend; non-verbal communication, oral language and storytelling.

Artistic Disciplines

Drama, Literary Arts


2SLGBTQIA+, Seniors, Women+


All ages, Children ages 5 - 11, Children ages 12 - 18, Seniors, Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Language Proficiency


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