Rita has a BA in Speech and Drama, is a professional Storyteller for the Nebraska Arts Council’s ARTISTS IN THE SCHOOLS/COMMUNITIES and NEBRASKA TOURING PROGRAM, the Storyteller-in-Residence at Temple Israel (where she also teaches HATE, HUMANITY & THE HOLOCAUST for Middle School) and a Master Teacher and Teaching Artist in Theatre for UNL’s ARTS ARE BASIC/AESTHETIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN.

Rita is co-founder of and Artistic Facilitator for both the Storytelling and Theatre Workshops for GRIEF AND THE ARTS TRAINING EXPERIENCE/GATE, a program offering bereavement specialists methods to deal with personal/client grief issues through the arts, and EDU-GATE, GATE’s sister program for schools. She is the official Storyteller for Ted E. Bear Hollow’s KIDSKAMP, a Certified Funeral Celebrant and a graduate of the “ART IS THE HEART” TRAIN-THE-TRAINER INSTITUTE: AN ARTS IN HEALTHCARE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES IN HOME & HOSPICE CARE (WVSA Arts Connection, Washington, DC). She is the Instructor for STORYTELLING AND EDUCATION at UNO’s College of Education and does presentations on depression for teenagers and adults.

Rita is also a workshop/retreat leader for professional, social and religious organizations and a concert performer. 2006 finds Rita as a Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader for the 21st Annual Women of Spirit Conference and the Kansas Parish Nurse’s Conference and as a featured teller at Omaha’s first Interfaith Storytelling Festival and at the River Voices Storytelling Festival in Des Moines. And, yes, her hair is real.