Storytelling Performances

Performances for Children and Families

Wherever children gather, Katie can design developmentally-appropriate performances to meet your needs. Expect stories and chants, mostly from folklore, that actively engage the audience and promote kindness, bravery, respect, responsibility, acceptance and perseverance.

Sample programs:

 

Brave, Smart & Persistent: The Untold Stories of Women in Folklore

We’ve all heard stories about dainty princesses waiting around to be rescued by handsome princes, but those don’t sound like a lot of the girls we know! Come hear stories of ferocious females who use their minds, hearts, muscles, and sheer determination to solve problems and save the day. Girls and boys alike will enjoy these adventurous stories that reflect the strong, capable women they know and love.

Around the World and Back Again

From a Russian witch in the woods to a bilingual Mexican mouse in a kitchen cupboard, these global stories will give you a taste of other cultures and countries. How would you deal with a huge, growling dog or a bear with an attitude? No matter where you go, kindness, generosity, perseverance, and ingenuity are key. Maybe we’re not that different after all.

 

Little Ones Doing Big Things

Feeling small? Come hear stories about tiny characters who save all the animals from a drought, unearth a giant turnip, grant their own wishes, and even befriend a lion! These interactive folktales remind young listeners that they are powerful and capable, just like the unlikely heroes of these stories.

Way Up High: Stories in the Sky

The sky is a magical place with flying creatures, twinkling stars, a glowing moon, and a scorching sun. Meet characters that live in this mysterious place and others that go there for the first time, including a child a lot like you.

Wiggle, Giggle, Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!

This program, designed for the littlest listeners, will have parents and children dancing, chanting, clapping and stomping their way through stories, poems and songs. Katie can't do all of that by herself, so she will bring along some of her puppet friends to help. 

Design Your Own Program

Do you have a theme or idea that is not included here? No problem! Katie custom-designs most of her programs. Simply contact Katie to design the perfect program for your audience. 

 
 

Performances for Teens

In this magical place between childhood and adulthood, teens will revel in scary stories, true tales, and some of the folktales we don't tell to children. 

Sample programs:

 

Brave, Smart & Persistent: The Untold Stories of Women in Folklore

Sick of those stories of dainty princesses waiting around to be rescued by handsome princes? Those don’t sound like a lot of the girls we know! Come hear stories of ferocious females who use their minds, hearts, muscles, and sheer determination to solve problems and save the day. Girls and boys alike will enjoy these adventurous stories that reflect the strong, capable women they know and love.

Watchful Eyes and Creaking Floorboards: Scary Stories

You want ghost stories? Are you sure? These shiver-inducing stories will have you on the edge of your seat or hiding behind it. This show can be customized based on the age of the audience. 

The Grimmer Side: Classic Stories for a Modern Time

You think folktales are for kids? Think again! Your bedtime books probably didn't include murderous stepmothers, cannibalistic fathers, girls who cry blood, and heads rolling across porches. (And that is just one of the stories!) Hear some of the darker fairy tales that were never intended for little children. 

Coming Soon! Around the World and Back Again

Whether you have traveled the world or just dreamed of it, Katie will share personal stories and folktales from around the globe. These international stories will give you a taste of other cultures and countries while exploring what it means to be human. Maybe we’re not that different after all.

Coming Soon! NORMal? 

What is Normal? We are becoming more open to those who break societal norms, from strong women leaders to proud LGBTQ+ community members. It is easy to think of this as a new phenomenon, but our history says otherwise. These gender-bending folktales help us all learn to find our own place and root for protagonists in all forms. 

Design Your Own Program

Do you have a theme or idea that is not included here? No problem! Katie custom-designs most of her programs. Simply contact Katie to design the perfect program for your audience. 

 

Performances for Adults

Whether you are looking for a night of ghost stories, folktales, or personal tales, Katie will design a show to match your audience that draws from her years performing in fringe festivals and story slams. 

Sample programs:

 

The Grimmer Side: Classic Stories for a Modern Time

You think folktales are for kids? Think again! Your bedtime books probably didn't include murderous stepmothers, girls who cry blood, cannibalistic fathers, and heads rolling across porches. (And that is just one of the stories!) Hear some of the darker tales that were never intended for little children. 

Ferocious Females: The Untold Stories of Women in Folklore

From books to movies, and even on the stage, it can be hard to find women who are free to be human, with all the flaws, strengths, desires and ambitions of the male characters portrayed across genres. We’ve all heard stories about dainty princesses waiting around to be rescued by handsome princes, but those aren't necessarily the boxes we want to be put in! Come hear stories of ferocious females who use their minds, hearts, muscles, and sheer determination to solve problems and save the day. These adventurous stories reflect strong, intelligent, capable (and sometimes subversive) women who aren't afraid to rise up.  

Watchful Eyes and Creaking Floorboards: Scary Stories

You want ghost stories? Are you sure? These shiver-inducing stories will have you on the edge of your seat or hiding behind it. Leave the kids at home as we explore the truly creepy. 

Coming Soon: Around the World and Back Again

Whether you have traveled the world or just dreamed of it, Katie will share personal stories and folktales from around the globe. These international stories will give you a taste of other cultures and countries while exploring what it means to be human. Maybe we’re not that different after all.

Coming Soon! NORMal? 

What is Normal? We are becoming more open to those who break societal norms, from strong women leaders to proud LGBTQ+ community members. It is easy to think of this as a new phenomenon, but our history says otherwise. These gender-bending folktales help us all learn to find our own place and root for protagonists in all forms. 

Design Your Own Program

Do you have a theme or idea that is not included here? No problem! Katie custom-designs most of her programs. Simply contact Katie to design the perfect program for your audience. 

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