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



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 Essential Standards in Theatre Arts and NCSCoS ELA Standards such as Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Phonics, and Fluency. Students explore concepts in Science for Inquiry, Systems, Processes, and Change. Tally Up! addresses The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy in Cognitive Processes for Explaining and Inferring with cause-and-effect plot structures such as the chain story.

In this one hour workshop, students will combine number lines with story lines and learn to tally a tale using a folded paper "story counter."

Booking / scheduling contact

David Novak



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 3
Subject: Language Arts, Math, Other, Theatre Arts
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.