Roopa Mohan, Storyteller

Roopa Mohan trained as a volunteer storyteller and docent for school groups at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco where she tells folktales around objects in the museum’s extensive collection. Roopa has expanded her repertoire, and now enjoys sharing personal narratives, tall tales, portrayals, myths and legends she heard growing up in South India. She enjoys engaging her audience and enhancing her often braided stories with mudras, Indian dance gestures

Roopa serves on the Board of the Storytelling Association of CA and is leading a project to bring storytelling to underserved schools. 

She is an active member of Asian American Storytellers in Action, contributing to their ongoing project for children and families, that celebrates cultural diversity and equality.  

Roopa is also a Chautauqua Scholar, who in 2023 debuted her historical character, Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mahatma Gandhi. She has told stories nationally and internationally and was a featured teller at The Women's Storytelling Festival 2024, held in Virginia.

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'Roopa is the most charming Indian storyteller with hand gestures from Indian dance, big kind eyes that tell us so much emotionally and a lilting vocal delivery, so pleasant to listen to.' Nancy Wang, Storyteller & Co-director of Eth-Noh-Tec, an Asian storytelling theater non-profit

'Roopa isn't just a storyteller...she is a Dream Weaver! Her stories are filled with humor, imagination and fantasy. Listening to her is to take a journey into magical worlds.' Nancy Hawes,  Storyteller & Former Chair of AAM  Storytelling Steering Committee

'Roopa tells wonderful folktales, but uniquely, she tells personal stories of growing up in India. She is a graceful and elegant storyteller, with beautiful hand gestures, voice and pacing.' Eleanor Clement Glass, Storyteller & Stagebridge Teaching Artist