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Literary, Theatre

The Storycrafters

About the Artist

Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991.  They have been full-time professional storytellers and artists in residence since that time, working nationally and internationally in performances, workshops, and school residencies applying the art of storytelling to multitudinous situations, including schools, libraries, public defender trainings, psychiatric wards, senior centers, and storytelling and folk festivals.

Internationally renowned, award-winning musical storytelling duo present storytelling assembly programs based in world folklore.  With 20+ hours of story repertoire under their belts, The Storycrafters mix and match stories to meet many areas of curriculum as specified by the school hiring them, including, but not limited to: multicultural education; literacy; character education; historical curriculum. 

Storytelling presentations vary widely by age group in the assembly performance.  The Storycrafters perform for a maximum of three consecutive grade levels at a time, to allow for a wide variety of pedagogically appropriate material for each age group. 

The Storycrafters use ethnic musical instruments, song, dance, and large-group participation in their storytelling style. Their performances are lively, funny, and thoughtful presentations of the best that the old stories have to offer to a modern audience.

Grade LevelsK-12
MaximumsUnlimited Students, 45 minutes, 3/day
Special Populations

Psychiatric patients, special needs students

Technical Requirements

The Storycrafters have their own sound system, but will sometimes use a venue's sound system if available and appropriate.  Sound needs include two vocal microphones and two boom-style microphone stands.  Other needs are two chairs and water to drink.

Total Fee1 performance- $880 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1,046 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $1,210
School Portion1 performance- $440 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $523 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $605

Five-day storytelling residency.  

All students in, typically, the highest grade level of an elementary school are taught the art of storytelling in a series of classroom workshops, with practice and homework between to solidify skills learned.  Students choose, learn, and practice a folktale, using techniques taught in workshops and demonstrated in performance.  At the end of the residency, students go to younger grades in the school to tell their stories.  The school turns into a 'storytelling village' for a day.  

Grade Levels4-6
Maximums35 Students, 60 minutes, 4/day
Special Populations

Most special needs students can participate in this residency, though not non-verbal students

Technical Requirements

None

Total Fee5 day residency - $3,125
School Portion5 day residency - $1,042

Students are given a 'child's eye view' of world cultures. The Storycrafters present stories, songs, dances, and children's games from various regions of the world. Workshops can be single-contact, or multiple-contact over several days. Each workshop session is typically spent with one cultural region.  Examples include Asian cultures, African Cultures, European Cultures, North/South/Central American/Caribbean Cultures. In multi-day workshops, comparative information is shared and discussed as the children learn the stories and games, etc.  

Grade LevelsK-3
Maximums30 Students, 60 minutes, 4/day
Special Populations

Most special needs students can participate in these workshops

Technical Requirements

None

Total Fee$276 (with performance OR minimum of 3 workshops in one day)
School Portion$138 (with performance OR minimum of 3 workshops in one day)

References

Website

www.storycrafters.com