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David Novak is a remarkable speaker with a background in theatre arts including Shakespeare, clowning, creative dramatics, playwrighting, and directing.

Awarded the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, he is a veteran of the National Storytelling Festival, most recently in 2013.

In 2014, he was invited for several tours of international schools throughout China.and has performed at numerous theatres and festivals including the Czech Children’s Theatre Festival, The Cincinnati Playhouse, Woodstock Theatre Company, Timpanogos, Tejas Festival, Oklahoma City's Winter Tales, Hawaiian Talking Island, Northern Appalachian, and Sierra storytelling festivals.

Mr. Novak is an instructor for the nation’s only post-graduate degree in storytelling at East Tennessee State University. In 1995/96, David was Master Storyteller for the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. David is also the originator of The Storyteller’s Compass, a new method of “narrative wayfinding.” David lives in Asheville, NC.



–  2015 Schedule of Events



ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE

COLLEGE CENTER AT CROZIER WILLIAMS

All Festival events on Friday and Saturday, including registration, performances, workshops and meals, will be held in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, the college's student union, STILL on the Connecticut College campus.

Please click here for a link to the Connecticut College campus map for location and parking



Friday, April 24



7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.     CAMPUS SLAMMER - Rm 1941

The final Story Slam competition among college students from all over the State.
Colleges to be announced.


9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.     Mid-Nine CABARET: Stories & Songs - Rm 1941

Entertainment for Grown-Ups, with wine & refreshments and featuring
David Novak   •   Synia Carroll with guitarist Mychael Ross




ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE

COLLEGE CENTER AT CROZIER WILLIAMS

All Festival events on Friday and Saturday, including registration, performances, workshops and meals, will be held in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, the college's student union, STILL on the Connecticut College campus.

Please click here for a link to the Connecticut College campus map for location and parking




Saturday, April 25



9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.     A GATHERING Of TELLERS - Rm 1962 West

With Donna Washington,  Linda Goodman and Leeny Del Seamonds

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     DAVID NOVAK IN CONCERT - Rm 1962 West




12:00 - 1:30 p.m.     LUNCH & SHOPPING - Rm 1962 East



1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.     WORKSHOPS -

David Novak - Master Storytelling: Massaging the Story/Exercising the Listener - Room 224

Linda Goodman - Patchwork Tales: Making Stories from Story Fragments - Alice Johnson Rm

Donna Washington - Put Down the Book: Honing Storytelling Skills - Cro’s Nest



1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     PERFORMANCES – An Olio of Tellers - Rm 1941

Leeny Del Seamonds,  Synia Carroll and Carolyn Stearns



3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     WORKSHOPS -

David Novak - Tell and Tally: Uses of Storytelling in the Classroom- Alice Johnson Room

Matthew Dicks - Speak Up Founder and Moth GrandSLAM Champion -
First Steps Into Personal Storytelling - Room 224

Leeny Del Seamonds - Story Potpourri: A Dose of Tales, with a Pinch of Skill Building, a Dash of Humor, and a Sprinkling of Chills - Cro’s Nest



3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     PERFORMANCE - Rm 1941

•  Donna Washington - Too Big for Your Britches

•  Linda Goodman - Scenes From the Dim Smoky Past?



5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.     WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION - Rm 1962 West




6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.     DINNER - Rm 1962 East




7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.     SPEAK UP - A NEW EVENT! - Rm 1962 West

Speak Up is an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. This remarkable event celebrates the craft of live storytelling.

The theme of the show is "Game Change." All stories are 5-10 minutes long. Storytellers are required to work on their stories with Matthew and Elysha Dicks prior to the show.

Speak Up was founded by author, teacher, and 16-time Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks and his wife Elysha Dicks. Each Speak Up event features an ever-changing multitude of talented, regional storytellers who perform onstage without notes. Elysha is Speak Up's host and Matthew tells a story at every show.

The couple's goal for Speak Up is to bring the craft of live storytelling to the greater Hartford area while entertaining audiences with stories about the human condition. They have partnered with us this year at the 34th Annual Connecticut Storytelling Festival and will produce Speak Up for our Saturday night program.

Meet the Performers HERE.



Sunday, April 26 - at Clarion Hotel



8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. STORY SWAP -

8:30 a.m. - Coffee
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Story Swap - Come prepared to tell a story, or just listen!



MEET THE PERFORMERS!

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalwhoswho.htm



REGISTER for the Festival ONLINE

CSC uses PayPal to process credit card transactions but you do not need a PayPal account to register. You will be given a choice between paying by credit card or PayPal.
You'll find a link to a PDF version of the registration form to download, print and mail here too.

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalRegistration.htm


• • FESTIVAL ACCOMMODATIONS OF CHOICE • •

–  Special $89 per room, per night rate to festival attendees! –
Mention that you are attending the festival and ask for the festival rate.

Clarion Inn - 269 North Frontage Road, New London. (855) 499-0001/(860) 442-0631‎

Groton Inn and Suites - 99 Gold Star Highway, Groton. 1-866-460-7456/(860) 445-9784

Check out scenes from past Festivals on YouTube!



–  Festival Presenter Proposal Application for Festival 2016 due May 1, 2015 –

CLICK HERE!


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