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David Novak, A Telling Experience

About the Artist

American storyteller and actor, David Novak is recipient of the Circle of Excellence for storytelling, and the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwrighting Award for excellence in professional theatre for children. David’s 30+ year’s experience as a performing and teaching artist includes a stint as Master Storyteller for The Disney Company, tours for The Lincoln Center Institute, L.A. Music Center, and as a featured storyteller for the National Storytelling Festival. His international appearances include the Singapore International StoryFest, international schools throughout China, and the Wroclaw Institute of Technology in Poland. An A+ Fellow for the North Carolina Arts Council, and a NC Wolf Trap Teaching Artist David lives in Asheville, NC. 

First Books: The Origins of Writing 

Storytellers told stories with finger plays, rhyme schemes, sand, and string figures, long before writing was invented. Students will gain an expanded definition of Reading as a behavior that involves seeing and interpretation; define Books as devices for holding stories; see a variety of skills to make oral presentation engaging and informative. "First Books" demonstrates how observation of nature inspired the written word. David unpacks myth and folktales to reveal the foundations of modern literacy. Ibis inspired the first written words; Grandfather Stone gave us stories from the natural world; Grandmother Spider taught us how to weave a tale. "Storytellers," he explains, "made books from hand gestures with finger plays, or wove a tale using string figures." Get a fresh take on the nature of story and the written word. Participation, physical and vocal histrionics, clever language, and creative use of objects engages all listeners.

This assembly is customized to the attending grade levels. Selecting from an expansive repertoire, David Novak creates A Telling Experience for K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12.

Grade LevelsK-12
Maximums250, 50 minutes, 4/day
Technical Requirements

10'x10' performance area elevated for view. Sound support, such as microphone on a stand, as needed. Electrical outlet. Screen or other surface for projection from ovehead projector.

Total Fee1 performance - $606 / 2 performances (same day, same school) - $1,046 / 3 performances (same day, same school) - $1,376
School Portion1 performance - $303 / 2 performances (same day, same school) - $523 / 3 performances (same day, same school) - $688

David Novak introduces students to the art of using string for storytelling and demonstrate its use in a variety of traditional and original string stories. Students participate in creative activities developing stories on a shoestring.  Students are immersed in teamwork, experimentation, evaluation, refining and presenting. Novak introduces the use of string figures for the presentation of oral narratives in world cultures including African, Native American, Polynesian, Asian, and European. This residency culminates in public presentations of student work. CURRICULUM STANDARDS: 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Information Skills competency 1.01 - Participate in read-aloud, storytelling, book talking, silent and voluntary reading experiences.

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Information Skills competency 5.01 - Respond to reading, listening, viewing experiences orally, artistically, dramatically, through various formats.

Grade Levels3-5
Maximums20, 60 minutes, 3/day
Technical Requirements

Standard classroom area.

Total Fee4 day residency - $2,000
School Portion4 day residency - $667

"First Books" demonstrates how observation of nature inspired the written word. David unpacks myth and folktales to reveal the foundations of modern literacy. Ibis inspired the first written words; Grandfather Stone gave us stories from the natural world; Grandmother Spider taught us how to weave a tale. "Storytellers," he explains, "made books from hand gestures with finger plays, or wove a tale using string figures." Get a fresh take on the nature of story and the written word. Physical and vocal histrionics, clever language, and creative use of objects engage all listeners.

 

Grade LevelsK-12
Maximumsno limit , 50-60 minutes
Technical Requirements

Live streaming via Zoom 

Total Fee1 Live Stream Performance - $550 / 2 Live Stream Performance- $770 same day & school
School Portion1 Live Stream Performance - $275 / 2 Live Stream Performance- $385 same day & school

David Novak introduces students to the art of using string for storytelling and demonstrates its use in a variety of traditional and original string stories. String figures were used for oral narratives in world cultures including African, Native American, Polynesian, Asian, and European. Students will learn traditional string figures and participate in creative activities such as telling stories on a shoestring and creating string books. This residency culminates in recorded presentations of student work.

CURRICULUM STANDARDS: 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Information Skills competency 1.01 - Participate in read-aloud, storytelling, book talking, silent and voluntary reading experiences. 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Information Skills competency 5.01 - Respond to reading, listening, viewing experiences orally, artistically, dramatically, through various formats.

Grade Levels3-5
Maximums25 per Class , 45-50 minutes
Technical Requirements

Live streaming via Zoom 

Total Fee5 Day Residency 1 class per day - $1,002 / 5 Day Residency 2-3 Classes - $2,001
School Portion5 Day Residency 1 class per day - $334 / 5 Day Residency 2-3 Classes - $667

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