Christopher Agostino's Storyfaces

StoryFaces is an exciting and original series of storytelling performances in which Christopher Agostino paints the faces of audience volunteers to illustrate the stories as he tells them, engaging the audience with uniquely animated tales of world culture and our shared humanity. Performances run 45-60 minutes and include 4-6 stories, ranging from familiar tales like Aesop’s Fables, to reimagined legends such as Punia and the King of the Sharks and The Tail of the Dragon, cultural tales like A Butterfly Story from the Tohono O’Odom, comic characters like Tiddalik the Frog, and my original tales, such as Coyote Makes Some Friends, The Tiger that Went to the House of the Sun and The Amazing Face Story Activity. Christopher Agostino; Grades K-8; Price on request

Christoper Agostino 516.771.8086

Out of Rushmore's Shadow

Parents Choice award-winning storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story of his unique contribution as chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial. Lou uses authentic photos, maps and timelines to bring Luigi’s story to life. This is a unique program about history, ancestry, perseverance and advocating for human rights. Students will also learn that history doesn’t always tell you the whole story and that it’s up to the individual to do the work and find out the truth about what really happened. Connects perfectly to Social Studies curriculum and primary source research. Lou Del Bianco; Grades K-8; $750/$1200

Lou Del Bianco 914.937.0897                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               .

Queen Nur

Renowned storyteller Queen Nur presents a lively collection of on-site and virtual shows for all ages using stories, dance and music in a highly interactive performance. The tales include such favorites as Giraffes Can’t Dance and Anansi the Greedy Spider, stories that teach character development while the interaction promotes confidence. “Folktale Fun” for grades K-6, celebrates African American folklore using song and dance, accompanied by African instruments. “The Bully Free Zone” for grades 3-8, uses folk tales, fables and hip-hop to inspire kids into accepting each other’s differences. With story, poetry, call and response, song and drum rhythms “They Put A Stamp On It - Primary” for grades 3-8 shares the lives and accomplishments of African-Americans who have been honored by being placed on a Unites States stamp including: Dr. George Washington Carver, Benjamin Banneker, Charles Drew, Madame C.J. Walker, Jan E. Matzeliger, Julian Percy, John Henry, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Little Rock Nine, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. “They Put a Stamp On It – Secondary” for grades 9-12 includes: Mary McCleod Bethune, Anna Julian Cooper, Fannie Lou Hamer, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, Zora Neale Hurston, Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit In, Freedom Riders, Marion Anderson, Kwanzaa. Queen Nur is also available for residencies and workshops. Queen Nur; Grades K-8. Price on request 

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Queen Nur 609.877.6807

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Storytelling Arts

Storytelling Arts is a nonprofit community of story writers, performers, and teaching artists who support the transformative power of inclusive storytelling. We use stories as gateways to our shared human experience and tools to make us more human together. Stories seed empathy and compassion, and challenge assumptions and stereotypes. They also move the needle on literacy and social-emotional development to develop the listening, speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills of students. Since its founding in 1996, Storytelling Arts has been providing powerful storytelling performances and outcome-driven educational programs to schools, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and human services organizations throughout the state. Residencies are implemented over four to twenty weeks. Transformative professional development training for teachers is also available in-school, virtually, and through an immersive 4-day training each summer. Grades PreK-8. $550 - $700 per day (up to 4 classes). Storytelling Arts, Inc.; Pre-K-8; $550-$700 per day (up to 4 classes)

Storytelling Arts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         .

Storytelling with Paula Davidoff

Traditional stories allow people to describe and understand life. They also have the power to change lives. The Art of Storytelling is the relating of a tale through voice and gesture. When stories are presented in this way, listeners use their own experiences to create the imagery suggested by the storyteller’s words. When students hear folktales and myths, they find in them the stories of their own lives, stories which enable them to talk about things they have never talked about and recognize things about themselves and their environment that they have never noticed. Paula Davidoff is a teaching artist who uses the art of oral storytelling as the foundation of workshops and residencies that help students improve language literacy skills and to develop skills and understanding that promote social and emotional literacy. She collaborates with teachers to develop programs that help them meet specific goals for student learning. Possible activities include: Learning to speak and listen: deep discussion of story, student storytelling using personal or traditional tales, writing workshops and residencies: storytelling as a springboard to writing and connecting literature to life: exploring social issues through discussion and writing about story. Paula Davidoff; Grades K-12; Price on request


Paula Davidoff