Books Before Books

Books Before Books

Participation, physical and vocal histrionics, clever language, and creative use of objects engages all listeners in this solo spoken-word concert exploring the origins of writing and the non-literate ways oral traditions remembered and told their stories. Stories from a variety of cultures are told in fingers, strings, and sand. In this program, your students will have A Telling Experience in which they learn that reading is a behavior that involves seeing and interpretation, learn to define books as devices for holding stories and see a variety of strategies to make oral presentation engaging and informative.

Both in-person and virtual (pre-recorded) options are available for this program.

Artist Background

A Telling Experience enriches learning, entertains imagination, engages emotion, and celebrates our common ground. Featuring storyteller and teaching artist, David Novak, A Telling Experience offers live storytelling and interactive learning experiences including workshops, residencies and professional development. Highly prized for his ability to bring ancient tales, classic myths, and original stories to life and enthrall audiences of all ages, international storyteller, David Novak, is in demand for his school presentations, stage plays, keynotes, and workshops. Smithsonian Magazine describes him as “a gifted teller who enhances his stories with a bag of tricks.” 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 StoryFest, Sydney International Storytelling Conference, Czech Children’s Theatre Festival, the Wroclaw Institute of Technology in Poland, and international school tours throughout China. David is an A+ Fellow for the NC Arts Council and a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist.

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