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

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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


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Language Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten, Pre-K
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



  • String Figure Storytelling

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.