Vernon Area Library and the Stevenson High

School Foundation Present:


Drumming the Mythic Heart:
An Evening of Storytelling

Wednesday, Sept 5 – 6:30-8:00pm
Stevenson H.S. – West Auditorium
One Stevenson Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Free to the public



Please join Vernon Area Library and the Stevenson High School Foundation for an evening with performing Storyteller Brian Rohr as we engage in one of the oldest acts known to humans: listening to the old stories as a community.

In his performance, Drumming the Mythic Heart: An Evening of Storytelling, Rohr invites the listener to follow the rhythm of the drum to that complex and mythic heart of the story, a place where we ourselves live, breath and dance among the ancient tales.  Brian tells stories from a number of different cultures, including Tibetan, Native American, Jewish, Russian, Bornean, European (Grimms) and more.

While children and families are most welcome, please note that these tellings tend towards teen and adult audiences as we explore the complexities, paradoxes and medicine inherent in the old myths and folktales.  Some mature themes, ideas and language may or may not be present.

This event is free and open to all; registration is recommended. Register in person at the Vernon Area Public Library, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or online at


About Brian:


“Sharing the Ancient Art of Storytelling as a way to Educate, Entertain and Offer Healing to Individuals, Communities and the Living World.”


Brian Rohr is a Storyteller, Writer, Poet and Healing Arts Practitioner who resides in the Pacific Northwest – a land of constant rain, Evergreen trees, mountains and the waters of the Pacific Ocean.  He graduated from Stevenson High School in 1995, after which he began his post-high school life travelling on many journeys, studying many art forms and tasting many adventures.  It was in 2007 when he met mythologist and master storyteller Daniel Deardorff whose artistry convinced him to give up the steady life as a Massage Therapist in Chicago and move to the small rural town of Port Townsend, WA, to be mentored in the art and magic of performative mythology and storytelling.  Since this time, Rohr has performed for national and international audiences, taught and performed at major conferences and delighted listeners of all ages.

As a storyteller, Brian focuses on the old stories – the myths, folktales and fairy tales – from many different cultures, knowing that these old stories are alive, vital and can inform us on how to live our lives as authentic human beings, helping to make sense and meaning of the living world we are a part of.

Brian is an active Board Member of the Mythsinger Foundation and is still living in Port Townsend where he spends much of his time with his beloved wife Sarah and continues his study with his mentor.


“Thank you for your stories… You are a very passionate and gifted storyteller. I was moved, intrigued, and inspired by the folklore and how you weaved the story together. Each one resonates truth.”
– Eric J Jones. Sr.

“Brian breathes fire into the story and carries you to the belly of the beast.  His energy catapults you right into the story and you find yourself riding along with the cast of characters.  You can’t help but enjoy a storytelling by Brian.”
– Michele Podesto, Artist & Ritual Leader


About the Vernon Area Public Library District


The Vernon Area Public Library District serves a population of 41,000 within a 29-square-mile area that includes Lincolnshire, Prairie View, and parts of Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, and unincorporated Vernon Township. For more information about the library and its services, visit


About the Stevenson High School Foundation


The Stevenson High School Foundation works to connect community and school. The Foundation supports the needs of students, teachers and staff, and engages in a variety of community outreach programs. The Foundation improves school and community through programs such as the scholarships, Kids in Need (KIN), opportunity grants, the biennial Odyssey fine arts festival, Children’s Theater and Spotlight Concert Series, and other public performance opportunities. For more information about the Foundation and how it fulfills its mission, visit