About Tom Lee
Tom Lee is a professional storyteller with thirty years experience telling traditional stories, myths, and epics for adults and children. Tom's repertoire is a rich trove of oral literature from cultures around the world, dating back centuries.
Tom began researching traditional stories while living in a tiny village in Scotland; he continued his research at The British Library in London. Tom gave his first performances of Grimm's fairy tales in the theater of a London Pub called, appropriately, "The Man in the Moon." This program was presented at the Edinburgh Festival and subsequently on BBC-TV.
While researching folktales in Ireland, Tom came across evidence of a storyteller in his own family history. The Royal Irish Academy has reports of one Marough O'Lee, a Galway villager who claimed to be transported by fairies to the island of Hy Brasil. "His wild tales were frequently told to his credulous neighbors."
Tom performs for adults in theaters and at festivals around the country. He is a frequent guest artist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where he brings together his passion for research, art, and story - ever connecting with new audiences.
"Prophets and Loss" was created in 2016 as part of a commission from The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in conjunction with an exhibition of pages from the Morgan Crusader Bible.
The National Storytelling Festival
The Saint Louis Storytelling Festival
The Connecticut Storytelling Festival
The Yale Center for British Art
Harvard Art Museums
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin
The Wadsworth Atheneum
The Worcester Museum
The University of Pennsylvania Museum
The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
The Metropolitan Opera Education Conference
Columbia University Teachers College
National Public Radio's Morning Edition