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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 CROZIER HALL

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 - Room TBA

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 - Room TBA

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




ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN CROZIER HALL

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

Donna Washington   •   Linda Goodman   •   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 - Rm 1962 East



1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.     WORKSHOPS - Crozier Hall. - Rms TBA

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

Patchwork Tales: Making Stories from Story Fragments - Linda Goodman

Put Down the Book: Honing Storytelling Skills - Donna Washington



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

Leeny Del Seamonds   •   Synia Carroll   •   Carolyn Stearns



3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     WORKSHOPS - Rms TBA

Workshop For Teachers with David Novak

First Steps Into Personal Storytelling: with Matthew Dicks, Speak Up Founder and Moth GrandSLAM Champion



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

Donna Washington - Too Big for Your Britches - Exploding Frog, John and Mattie Sly AND
Linda Goodman – "Bobby Pins," "Punishment"



5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.     BOARD 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 - Rm 1962 West

This is a new event!
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 will be 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. We have asked them to partner with us this year at the 34th Annual CT Storytelling Festival and produce Speak Up for our Saturday night program.



Sunday, April 26



8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. STORY SHARING - Clarion Hotel, New London

8:30 a.m. – Coffee
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. – Stories



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!




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