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



The Storytellers' Fire

Program description

For thousands of years, our ancestors gathered to tell stories beside the fire. Today, we can get a feeling for the long traditions of storytelling by creating a Storytellers’ Fire. David draws from an extensive repertory to suit Grade level, season, and situation. Requests will be honored. Your students will… • experience the original virtual reality • hear stories from many traditions • experience animated language • have A Telling Experience!

Booking / scheduling contact

David Novak



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Storytelling
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:


Length of program: 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Sound system with hands-free microphone on a stand – no podiums please.


Your site: Schools (MP Room, Auditorium, Library, Gymnasium) Libraries, Theatres.

Fees / Ticketing:

$450 single performance, $350 per multiple performances, same day, same site.


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 Standards (all grade levels):

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 presenter to reschedule. In event of cancellation, presenter will pay 20% of contracted fees.