Originally from Japan, Karin Amano was trained in Japanese traditional song, dance, and theater. After performing in numerous Japanese theaters and on TV, she moved to New York City and performed in off-off Broadway productions including Shakespeare plays, one-woman shows, storytelling, and musicals. From 1997 to 2000, she also emceed the Enjoy Japan Festival at Carnegie Hall. She was hired as an actor by Walt Disney World in Florida in 1999 and performed as a full-time actor/storyteller at Epcot till 2010. She still performs there as a storyteller for Holidays Around the World every year. Recently she has been telling Japanese Folktales at cultural festivals, Young Authors Conference, Asian American Storytelling Summit, schools and libraries in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Orlando.

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Karin Amano