The show incorporates the art of puppetry with the art of storytelling. When the visual world of the puppeteer unites with the auditory realm of the storyteller, a unique partnership evolves. The puppeteer’s skill in making inanimate objects seem real becomes all the more effective when merged with the storyteller’s art of turning words into memorable tales. In this relationship equality of art forms in which the story and the puppet share the limelight. With this sharing, the separate art forms unite to become more than the sum of their parts. The results bring a sense of exhilaration and excitement that only such a fusion could produce. Intermediate and adult audiences will receive this same excitement with the use of props and other visuals to bring out the messages of their stories.
I am a teacher at Cork Elementary School near Tampa, FL and have been teaching for thirty-eight years. I was selected as Teacher of the Year at Apollo Beach Elementary for the 1990-91 school year.
Highlights in my career include performances at Tampa’s Educational Channel, St. Petersburg’s Holocaust Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival, Ocala Storytelling Festival, Orlando Storytelling Festival, Clearwater Folk Festival, Pinellas Folk Festival, St. Petersburg Times Reading Festival, Sarasota Reading Festival, Hernando County Reading Festival, First Night St. Petersburg, Taste of Florida, Broward County StoryBook Festival, Bradenton Phantom of the Arts Festival, Steven Foster Storytelling Festival, Florida Citrus Storytelling Festival, Florida Folk Festival, Ocala’s Central Florida Community College Early Childhood Conference.
I have also performed at hundreds of Summer Reading Programs throughout Florida and Georgia. The Florida Humanities Council has used me as a storyteller in many of its Prime Time Reading Programs. The Arts Council of Hillsborough County uses my storytelling programs in school and after school programs.
To further my career, The Arts Council of Hillsborough County has given me one of their Individual Artist Grant for 2017. I was also honored by being selected as one of the storytellers in the prestigious Florida Storytelling Camp for the year 2000, as a storyteller at the Exchange Place of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough Tennessee for the Year 2001, trained as a Prime Time Storyteller for the Florida Humanities Council in 2009 and Featured Storyteller at the 2017 Florida Storytelling Festival.