Antonio Rocha

Antonio Rocha

Antonio Rocha, born and raised in Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM

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Program description

Crossroads presents lessons for successful living, cultural understanding and respect for all through well crafted stories from around the world. With rich imagery, realistic sound effects and exquisite mime illusions, this culturally diverse presentation not only entertains but also educates students, from elementary to MS. The program can feature works from different parts of the world or


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: African, American, Asian, European, Latino, Middle Eastern, Multicultural
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Fall and Spring depending on school and artist availability. The Storyteller lives in Maine and will add schools in consecutive days in order for travel expenses to be be charged.

Available times:

Mornings and Afternoons.

Length of program: 45 to 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

I need a clean space or stage with a quality sound system so that I can plug in the mic I travel with.


Gym or stage.

Fees / Ticketing:

Fees: $800 for a single show ,  $1,200 for a back to back in the same school and $1,400 for three programs.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Through storytelling and mime (stories through movement), the students learn how communication is a combination of several items. During my presentation they are receiving information through movement, speech, song, tone and gesture.

L3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. During my storytelling presentation students are exposed and learn how body language is so important in defining meaning to what is spoken.

SL.2.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent and complete sentences. Through the stories I present, the students learn how to develop and apply their own storytelling skills both in the classroom and at home.

NC Essential Standards:

2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles.

2.L.1.1 Summarize the life cycle of animals including: • Birth • Developing into an adult • Reproducing • Aging and death. When I perform the pantomime of the life cycle of a caterpillar, the kids learn how to perform it. This piece integrates science straight to their gesture and muscle memory. It is a visual and hands on experience, using story through movement.

3.G.1 Understand the earth’s patterns by using the 5 themes of geography: (location, place, human environment interaction, movement and regions). In my CrossRoads program, I tell stories from around the world and teach several

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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 scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


  • In Performance in California.


…….”Antonio’s performances [….] are
absolutely captivating and magical. When he brings these skills and talents into a
school, the children respond with excitement and an openness and curiosity to
the performing arts. I have collaborated with Antonio […]
and every time his lessons have surpassed my expectations and have inspired a new generation of artists. His love of storytelling and his 30 plus years of dedication to his craft make him a highly sought after storyteller nationally and internationally and we are fortunate to have him here in Maine.

Kelley Nogar
Title I Educator
Ocean Avenue Elementary School
(207) 318-1709


“Antonio Rocha is a warm, compassionate channeler of important stories who can touch any audience. His stories are meaningful and resonant. He is tender and fierce. He uses every tool at his disposal — his face, his voice, his body — in service of the tale to be told. Most importantly, to me, is his acute awareness of the audience with whom he is working. His stories shift and change to meet them halfway, whoever they are, whatever age they are, whatever mood they bring in the door. He is a master.”

Mark Lutwak – Former Director of Education
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park


……”As the storyteller master that Mr. Rocha is, he safely guides the audience through laughter, sadness, anger, and joy. The audience increases their emotional and mental agility, developing compassion for characters and settings that are historically unfamiliar and unknown.

His artistic expression has become a phenomenal addition to the art of storytelling. His performances add cultural diversity, international folktales, and builds community…….. ”

Mayra J. Diaz
Assistant Director Public Services & Festival Director

972-292-5614 |




Cancellation Policy

If the show is cancelled after the contract has been signed, the artist requires 50% of the fee.
The artist will travel from Maine to your area and has to incur travel expenses which are already included  in the publish fees. The artist fee is at block booking  discount and in order for it to keep at this cost, the artist much organize the school in consecutive day with a minimum of three days.