Monday, February 27, 2006

Multicultural Storytelling (K-12)

Turning kids on to creative expression and the power of the spoken word is what my work is all about. With shrinking resources where every dollar has to count, I can assure you that your students will be getting a quality program at reasonable prices.

I travel extensively as a professional storyteller, author and workshop leader. I am a recipient of the 2005 WV Artist Fellowship Award. I'm on the roster of the Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artists In Schools, Akron's Access program, WV Arts In Education Directory, and Artsbridge.

My programs are both educational & entertaining. In schools I offer dramatic, multicultural storytelling programs, geared toward different grade levels, which emphasize character development, and appreciation of world cultures and literatures. These programs have been hailed by educators across the country. In these sessions I may also provide students with tips on creative expression and speak about my experiences immigrating to America as a child. My programs are interactive, chock full of stories and include a display of hand held musical instruments from around the world. Besides storytelling performances, I also offer workshops and master classes on storytelling, the dynamics of making oral presentations and writing stories:for students - TELL IT! and WRITE IT!; for teachers - Storytelling For The Teacher's Soul


"I can't call it just storytelling, for the word doesn't do it justice. We were gratful to have such enlightening presentations as yours. We welcome you back anytime." Batesville Middle School, IN.

"You certainly made storytelling come alive for the students." Ritchie Elementary School, WV.

"It was an extremely valuable and unique opportunity for our students to meet and experience a storyteller of your caliber." St. Louis Elementary School, IN."The workshop and storytelling session was wonderful." International Student Affairs, College Of Wooster

“The scope and breadth of your stories sparked many conversations and your style was a wonderful modeling of the way of the storyteller.” Joy Fowler, School of Creative & Performing Arts, OH

"Andy Fraenkel is a phenomenal storyteller with an enormous stage presence. He performed his stories from around the world for our first Cultural Shake-Up Festival here at Carnegie Mellon University. The way he blended the stories together makes exploring cultures both fascinating and so much fun. Andy definitely helped to make it a great success, and because of performers like him we are planning to make this Cultural Festival an annual event. Andy Fraenkel would be a great asset to any festival, conference or program for any age level." Heidi Koler, Co-coordinator Cultural Shake-Up Festival

"My class and I thoroughly enjoyed your storytelling. It was quite motivating. Because of your enthusiasm my students enjoy writing stories." Marge Conley, Middle Creek School, WV

"How delightful! The children really enjoyed your stories and instruments, as they discussed it for days after you left." Miss Lyons, Sawyerwood Elementary, OH

"Thank you for introducing the art of storytelling to my students. You provided an especially effective introduction to Coleridge's Ancient Mariner. The students then approached the study of the poem with great enthusiasm." Ethel Hennen, Trinity H.S., PA

“Thank you for bringing such a wonderful tool to us and showing us so skillfully how to use it. “ Shary Ratliff, Children's Hospital, OH.

Will tailor programs to your needs. For grades k-12, colleges, conferences, special events. My main touring area: OH, PA, WV, MD, DC, IN, MD, NJ, NY but will consider traveling elsewhere.

Will send an info packet in the mail upon request. My fee for three storytelling sessions at a school in one day begins at $300 plus travel exp. I live near Wheeling, WV but travel extensively. Do you have special concerns? Let's talk.

Andy Fraenkel RD 1 - NBU 19 Moundsville WV 26041 TEL: 304 845 6840 EMAIL: