Margaret Burk

Storyteller. Writer. Producer.

Margaret Burk


Margaret brings decades of performance, teaching and producing experience to her storytelling programs and workshops.


“Stories well crafted and beautifully told.”
– Rives Collins, Professor of Theatre, Northwestern University

Margaret’s storytelling crackles with warmth and wit.”
– Megan Wells, Circle of Excellence Award Winner, National Storytelling Network



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Customized program for your event

From a rich repertoire of personal stories and folktales Margaret will design programs just for you.

Favorite Programs

“Margaret is as smart, funny and engaging as they come.”
– Scott Whitehair, host/producer ‘This Much Is True’

“Delightful, I felt like a kid again, listening to stories,“anticipating with joy what would happen next.”
– Anne Marie Sciaraffa, St. Giles Seniors


Workshops, Parties, Classes


Pass It On: Telling Your Family Stories

Margaret stirs memories and teaches how to craft stories. We tell our stories for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, our communities.

Storytelling Party for You and your Friends

Margaret leads a fun, nonthreatening process to stir the memory and loosen the tongue. Who remembers the time: “You almost got caught!” “You were totally surprised! “You went on the worst/best date ever! Guaranteed: laughs, touching moments, and shared memories.

Building Community through Sharing our Stories

Stories connect us, building and deepening relationships. Margaret gently leads the process of uncovering our stories and sharing them with one another.

“There’s joy in uncovering one’s personal story – even greater joy in sharing it.” – Jerry Apps, “Preserve Your History through Storytelling”

“Who thought entertainment from our own stories could be so much fun. We definitely would host a Story Party in our home again to learn more about who we are.” – Susan Stall & Charlie Hoch




I love to create platforms and events for people to tell and listen to stories. 


Stories from the hearts and minds of 5 unique tellers.3rd Sundays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Co-produced and co-hosted by Margaret Burk and Peter LeGrand. Oak Park Brewing Company and Hamburger Mary’s, 155 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park


Open mic storytelling, 2nd Fridays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Co-produced and co-hosted by Margaret Burk and Peter LeGrand at Eastgate Café, 102 Harrison, Oak Park


Saturday dates. Co-produced and co-hosted by Margaret Burk and Janice Del Negro. Lewis Hall, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest, IL


Programs for Spirituality


Drawing from her background in theology and spirituality, Margaret leads participants through a process of reflection and discovery using presentations, stories, scripture, ritual, and group sharing. (half day or full day)


Growing Gardens in the Desert.


Opening to the Call of Spirit


Remembering our ancestors


Healing in times of trauma and loss

“Your work is redemptive and transformative.”
- Dawn Nahf, Executive Director, Alexian Brothers The Harbor

“Your creative and spiritual essence is so present, you call into possibility what lies dormant yet capable of bursting into life.”
- Lisa Bassett, workshop participant