Listening to stories develops: emotional intelligence, pattern recognition, creative problem-solving, cultural awareness, and empathy for others. In both form and content, The Storytellers’ Fire directly addresses Essential Standards in Theatre Arts and Common Core Standards for English Language Arts such as Key Ideas and Details; Craft and Structure; Phonological Awareness and Fluency. Students also explore core concepts in Science for Inquiry, Systems, Processes, and Change as they explore the natural world for ancient patterns that create new stories. A Telling Experience also addresses The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy in Cognitive Processes such as Explaining and Inferring: Folk narratives abound with cause-and-effect plot structures such as the cumulative tale; in The Knowledge Dimension such as Conceptual Knowledge and Meta-Cognitive Knowledge. Careful selection of material, opportunities to participate, and the associations formed between stories involve the listener.
David Novak tells stories to enhance learning, engage emotion, and find common ground. A performing and teaching artist with the Wolf Trap Institute, Lincoln Center, L.A. Music Center, festivals and schools across the nation. David’s tours abroad include New Zealand, Asia, and the Czech Republic. A Master Storyteller for The Disney Institute, he was awarded the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, and is often featured at the National Storytelling Festival. His background is in arts education, theatre, and creative writing. David is a published author and recording artist, living in Asheville, NC.