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 Storyteller. David animates his programs, contrasting simplicity with complexity, the familiar with the surprising, the ordinary with the fabulous. From the simple power of the spoken word, to the circus high-jinx of a veteran entertainer. He offers a unique program of stories concerning universal themes of character, courage, caring and wonder.  His background includes work with the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts Education and affiliated institutes across the country. David is also a featured artist at The National Storytelling Festival and tours extensively across the U.S. and abroad. Before moving to North Carolina, David worked withThe Disney Institute in Orlando, as Master Storyteller and Manager of Story Arts. He is adjunct instructor of Storytelling at East Tennessee State University, has published four books and numerous audio recordings.




  73 Woodward Ave, Asheville, NC 28804



First Books: stories in hands and strings

Program description

Books hold stories. Storytellers held stories with finger plays, rhyme schemes, or string figures, long before writing was invented. “First Books” includes an entertaining retelling of Itsy Bitsy Spider as an heroic epic, and original finger plays, paper, and string stories. David draws a distinction between the story and the text. “Storytellers,” he explains, “always had words. What they wanted to preserve was the memory of the story and so could make books from hand gestures with finger plays, or weave a tale using string figures.” His final story is his popular string figure retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, now available as a picture book. Participation, physical and vocal histrionics, clever language, and creative use of objects engages all listeners. Your students will… • have an expanded definition of Reading as a behavior that involves seeing and interpretation. • have an expanded definition of Books as devices for holding stories. • see a variety of involvement strategies to make oral presentation engaging and informative.

Booking / scheduling contact

David Novak



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Language Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year round

Available times:

Up to 4 programs per day.

Length of program: 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

10’x10′ platform or stage protected from the elements, hands-free microphone, small table or music stand, stool.


Your site: Schools, Libraries, Theaters.

Fees / Ticketing:

One performance: $450. Multiple Performances: $350 each.


NC Standard Course of Study:

R7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

R9 – Analyze how two or more text address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

SL3 – Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

L5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards:

C.2: Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.

A.1: Analyze literary texts and performances.

CU.2: Understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form.


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 Client to reschedule.In the event of Client cancellation, the Client agrees to reimburse the Storyteller for expenses incurred in the amount of 20% of the performance fee.