Lori and Omar Hansen's
Great Bear Folk Theatre


 Omar and Lori Hansen have been telling stories in one fashion or another for years. Beginning in their son’s kindergarten class, to children’s theatre producers, and storytelling teachers at BYU-Idaho, telling stories is a way of life.
Omar taught theatre, acting, storytelling, playwriting, mask making and theatre history for twenty years at BYU-Idaho.  A published playwright, he also founded the Tellers and Troubadors Children’s Theatre program, where he wrote and produced the plays that were performed each year to over 2500 elementary and middle-school aged children. Playwright, song writer, storyteller and professional actor (SAG and AEA), Omar brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to Great Bear.
Lori has a degree in Theatre Ed., and has been the primary director for Tellers and Troubadors.

As a storyteller, Lori enjoys telling both personal stories and folktales that highlight strong feminine role models, as well as the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.  Her one-woman show “Becoming An Honorary Crone” does just that, which she has toured throughout Utah and Idaho.
As a tandem-telling duo, the Hansens bring stories to life.  With Omar’s hilarious characters and his original folk music, balanced with Lori’s straight man support and her ability to turn tears of laughter to tears of human understanding, these two  create shows that captivate audiences from all walks of life, young to old!


The Wildman" was a light hearted, wonderfully orchestrated, adventure into the land of fairy tales where beasts and animals converse with humans and interact with them in a positive way. It absolutely enthralled the children and even the adults in the audience.  
                                                                        Jackie Mitchell 5th grade teacher
Omar and Lori weave stories into masterpieces. 
                                                   Darla Weathersby  Madison School district
A charming performance for all ages!
                                                            Kelly Johnson Madison School District
The Wildman was fun to the very end, and had us all in tears from laughing so hard.
                                                                 Jordan Kidd       Kennedy Elementary School

What the kids said:
"The best play ever!"
"I liked how they used their bodies as props."
"I liked the wolf. He was funny. I liked how he face planted when they went back across the water."
"I liked how the raven would get in the man's face and annoy him."
"It was funny and it had otters in it."

"The characters just popped right out at us...I liked that very much."