This is the official website of Lori and Omar Hansen's Great Bear Folk Theatre. The Great Bear Folk Theatre is dedicated to the art of storytelling in all its forms.  Through  traditional storytelling, monologues, folk music, and theatre, their goal is to bring stories alive in their own unique way.  They are a resident theatre company of the Historic Romance Theatre in downtown Rexburg, Idaho where they perform a yearly season of entertainment. They also travel the country bringing audiences of all kinds the gift of stories.  From Omar's hilarious characters to Lori's poignant one-woman show, the Great Bear Folk Theatre will make you laugh, cry, and certainly tap your foot to the folk music they love.
Lori and Omar Hansen's
Great Bear Folk Theatre
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Our new CD. Look for our CD opening party.
Becoming an Honorary CRONE
LORI'S ONE WOMAN SHOW. 


​Lori Hansen; the best acting performance of the evening...this one alone is worth the ticket price.
                                        Provo Buzz (Utah)

Omar Hansen's performance is astounding. 
                                      Outerstage, NYC


Omar and Lori weave stories into masterpieces.  
                      Darla Weathersby Madison School district

Hello! 
Welcome to the Great Bear Folk Theatre website! We at GBFT are dedicated to stories. Telling stories, sharing stories, listening to others’ stories. Why? Stories teach us all what it means to be human. Through stories, we connect as friends, as communities, as the great human family that we are.  

As the Great Bear Folk Theatre, through storytelling, music, and theatre, our goal is to make you smile, laugh, maybe even cry as we share both the silliness, and pathos of being human.

Take a look at our storytelling page, as well as our theatre offerings to see what’s possible in your community, or for your event. Feel free to contact us personally with any questions you may have. Our shows can be tailored to fit your specific needs and interests.


Where we’ve been:
National Storytelling Festival, Jonesboro, TN
Forest Storytelling Festival, Port Angeles, WA
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem, UT
Weber State Storytelling Festival, Ogden, UT
Cache Valley Storytelling Festival, N. Logan, UT
Henderson Library District, Las Vegas, NV
Donna Reed Festival, Denison, IA
Madison Library District Conference, Rexburg, ID

Upcoming events
February 22- Family Leadership Academy

February 23 Poetry Outloud Sugar City High School

February 27 Weber State Storytelling Festival

March 7 Sugar City High School 
                storytelling workshop