School Residencies

DSCN0632During classroom storytelling residencies of 2-10 weeks, I teach students of all ages how to tell stories. My curriculum includes:

  • Storytelling circle games
  • Drawing, reading and writing exercises
  • Performance and stage presence skills
  • Learning and re-telling traditional and family stories.

As the residency progresses, the shyest children get brave enough to tell their stories to the class, and the louder children learn to channel their energy to deliver powerful performances to their audience.

And everyone learns to listen more deeply, with their hearts as well as their ears.

Teachers say, “This program really transformed my students.”

“I wish we’d done this at the beginning of the year, as so many other skills are based on this.”

Click here to download a one-sheet describing the learning outcomes of my assemblies and residencies.

Many of my storytelling residencies are conducted under the auspices of Stagebridge, the country’s oldest senior citizens’ theater company. In this video, you can see me and Storytelling Director Kirk Waller working with a 2nd grade class at Glenview Elementary. (My section begins at 2:24 on the video.)

Some of the Oakland public schools where I’ve led residencies include:

  • Allendale
  • Buenavista
  • Crocker
  • Glenview
  • Joaquin Miller
  • Lincoln
  • Montclair
  • Redwood Heights
  • Sequoia

and more.

Call me at 510-338-0241 to set up a storytelling residency at your school today.