Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado and grew up without a television. He started his performance career as an actor (what do you do with a BA in Theater?) and in 2013 rekindled his childhood love for live storytelling. Cooper competed in the story slam at the National Storytelling Festival in 2015 and 2016. In October 2017, he performed at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival. While an accomplished slam teller, Cooper’s first love is traditional tales. He was awarded the 2018 JJ Reneaux Emerging Artist Award by the National Storytelling Network. Cooper makes up one half of Stories with Spirit. Since the beginning of the pandemic he and Rachel Ann Harding have produced over 20 virtual storytelling shows, and performed in many more. He has become a leading voice in the production of online storytelling.

Cooper’s stories remind adults that folk and fairy tales are not just for children