Storyteller
Michael Katz

Professional Storyteller

"Michael Katz launched into his first tale, silence reigned.
Katz is a versatile performaer and wonderful storyteller"
Los Angeles Times





Michael Katz: Michael Katz has been a storyteller since 1984 and has been featured at such illustrious locations as the openings of both the Los Angeles Getty Center and the Disney Concert Hall. Michael has performed at theatres, concert halls, festivals, school assemblies, and libraries throughout the U.S. He is the host of the storytelling radio program Katz Pajamas, which can be heard on NPR station KCBX FM. Michael's CD "Far Away and Close to Home" received a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award. He is one of the founding members of the National Touring Theatre Company BOXTALES, and was the founding Artistic Director for the Flying Leap Storytelling Festival in Solvang, California.  

Description of programs:
Because of Michael's extensive research of stories, his repertoire is so vast he can find the right story for almost any event. If you don't see a theme which interests you below, please contact Michael and he can try to create a show for you.

Multicultural Stories
Michael presents folktales from around the world: Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. You can pick the place, and he'll share the tale! The program will illustrate the uniqueness of different cultures, and intriguing similarities between them as well. The stories evoke laughter and develop cultural awareness and pride.

Do the Right Thing!
Multicultural folktales and original stories, which deal with the consequences and morals learned from making good and bad choices. Great for any time of the year, especially Red Ribbon Week in October.

See Me, Hear Me -- New! New! New!

Inspire children with folktales and original stories that teach them about compassion for themselves and others; a perfect and powerful show which addresses the topic of bullies and bullying.

United States of Stories
Students will be entertained by the amazing variety of storytelling styles which make up the American Patchwork including: tall tales, folktales and native myths. They'll laugh at the rollicking adventures of Pecos Bill from the West, soar with the Boy Who Fed Eagles from the native tribes of Alaska, giggle and gasp at the Talking Eggs from the Black American storytelling tradition of the South and chuckle at the misadventures of Lazy Jack from the rich Jack Tales tradition of the Appalachian Mountains.

What's in a Story?
Multicultural folktales, original stories, myths, and personal tales, retold in a highly animated and energetic style that encourages students to broaden their perspectives about what makes up a story, and energizes children to read!

Ghost Stories
Age appropriate ghost stories and scary tales from around the world. Lower grades will giggle over giants and willy nilly men, while the upper grades will get chicken skin and goose bumps from the jump tales an errie stories they crave.

Jewish Folktales
A lively telling of folktales and original stories from the rich and hilarious Jewish storytelling tradition. Through the stories, students will be given a general introduction to the history and customs of Jewish culture.

Create your Own
Because of Michael's extensive research of stories, his repertoire is so vast he can find the right story for almost any event. If you don't see a theme which interests you below, please contact Michael and he can try to create a show for you.


Grades: K-8

Instructional Materials Included:
Upon request (Available as pdf.)

Other:
Workshops, In-Service, Performances for Adults, Libraries, Theaters, Family Nights ... even tree houses!

CONTACT:

Storyteller Michael Katz
Michael Katz
1117 Blake St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
Home: (510) 649-0631

Cell: (805) 284-5906

E-mail: mkatzstory@yahoo.com

Web Site: www.storytellermichael.com