David Novak, A Telling Experience

David Novak, A Telling Experience

Storyteller, David Novak, is A Telling Experience! A multi-faceted exploration of story in performance and education. David works extensively in aesthetic education as a performing and teaching artist. He is an NC A+ Fellow and a National Storytelling Network Circle-of-Excellence

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Tally Up!


Program description

Writing of language and the recording of stories, emerged from tallying and record-keeping. Today, the word “tell” continues to mean “tally.” A Bank Teller, counts money; a Story Teller recounts events. They must both be able to manage various equations; the one involves numbers, the other involves narrative. Approaching literature and narrative by counting and recounting, Tally Up! addresses


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Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Language Arts, Math, Other, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 3
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year round

Available times:

School day class period.

Space / technical requirements:

Elementary Classroom. Paper, crayons, pencils, scissors.


School classroom. m-p room, or library

Fees / Ticketing:

Cost is determined by number of classes.


NC Standard Course of Study:

RS-3.RS.2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

3.W.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

3.SL.4. Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

NC Essential Standards:

From NC Essentail Stanadrsd for Theatre Arts:

Use non-verbal expression to communicate elements of characterization, including age and physicality.

Apply appropriate volume and variation in pitch, rate, and tone to express character.


Use improvisation to present a variety of simple stories or situations.



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Cancellation Policy

Artist will work with School to reschedule if needed. In the event of cancellation, a fee in the amount of 20% the contracted total will be charged.