Paul G. Akert's Story

About Paul Akert


Although his family will say that Paul has told stories all of his life, Paul officially became a story teller in 2013 when he retired after a long career as a Registered Nurse. Much of his nursing career was spent working with children and families. Paul's last job was in schools with pre-school through high school students. He advocated for students and families with Special Education and 504 accommodations. His Public Health Nurse career included care for immigrant families and high risk infants. As a Behavioral Health Nurse, he worked in facilities that focused on the behavioral health of children, adolescents, and their families. Paul is a parent and grandparent who tells, with delight, a variety of stories at family gatherings. At the suggestion of his youngest son, he took up storytelling professionally after retirement and has a variety of characters. His wife of 45 years claims, "I can sleep with a different character every night." Paul takes his role as a performer seriously and all shows are family friendly. He has furthered his education and experience as a performer by being part of several professional organizations. Northlands Storytelling Network has provided annual storytelling learning sessions. Christmas Performers Workshop (CPW) provides ongoing events to enhance the work of storyteller Santas. Paul continues to participate in activities that enhance his performances.

Professional Organizations:

Organic Arts, Ltd.:

MAST (Milwaukee Area Storytellers)

MRAG (Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild)

Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School Midland Michigan

Sierra Club (founded by John Muir)

Wisconsin Storytelling

Ongoing and Past Venues:


Bristol Renaissance Faire: 2014 to present - Toymaker/Storyteller

Discovery World Museum: Story Time 2017 to present - Various Characters

Wisconsin Club: 2014 to present - Santa

Gift of Wings, Greendale, WI: 2014 to present - Santa

Omaha Children's Museum: Virtual Visits 2020 to present - Santa

Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild Events 2018 to present - Various Characters

Various Church Groups: 2015 to present - Various Characters

Retirement Facility Venues: 2013 to present - Various Characters

Ruckus & Glee, Wauwatosa, WI 2014 to present

Brunch With Santa: 2013 to present

Corporate Parties 2013 to present - Various Characters


Delafield Library: 2022 - Pirate

Chippewa Falls WI Public Library: 2021 - John Muir

New Berlin, WI library: 2019 - Dumbledore

Urban Ecology Center: 2019 - John Muir

Retzer Nature Center: 2019 - Johnny Appleseed

IKEA: 2018 - Santa

Boerner Botanical Gardens: 2017-2018 - Various Characters

Milwaukee Public School: 2016 - Artist in Residence Teaching Storytelling

Wisconsin Club: 125th anniversary 2015 - Alexander Mitchell

Greendale, WI Festival: 2015 - Story teller