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



A Telling Experience

Program description

A storytelling residency with Teaching Artist David Novak. Students will learn to find and tell stories in their own lives and in the world around them.

Day 1: Storyteller, David Novak, presents A Telling Experience, a storytelling assembly for grades 3-5, followed by a talk-back with students.
• Introduce oral tradition • Model effective storytelling • Demonstrate different story types (folktale, personal story, creative) • Demonstrate different styles (finger play, string story, etc.)

Day 2: Setting the Scene: Notice and describe detals about a place.
• Share experience
• Use descriptive language
• Create listener involvement

< Follow-up: students identify a sequence of events (plot) that unfold in a remembered place. Activity: The Story String.>

Day 3: The Storyline: a tally of events
• Sequence events  • Discover details  • Create surprise

Day 4: Beautiful People: adding personality
• Create Character Voice • Create Character Body Language

Day 5: Relating to Others: finding the main idea.
• Finding meaning • Creating a satisfying ending

Day 6: A Telling Time: sharing our stories
• Effective Listening • Confident Speaking • Fluency

This Residency can conclude with an in-class sharing of stories during the school day, or as an after-school event for families, or both.

Booking / scheduling contact

David Novak



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type:
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year round

Available times:

6 days @ 4 classes/contact hours per day max.

Space / technical requirements:

Open classroom or M/P room.



Fees / Ticketing:

Determined by number of classes.


NC Standard Course of Study:

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

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.

L-3. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Choose words and phrases for effect.*
b. Recognize and observe differences between the conventions of spoken and written standard English.

NC Essential Standards:

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

3-4.C.1: Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.

3-4.C.2: Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.

3-4.A.1: Analyze literary texts and performances.


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.