Once Upon a Time: STORYTELLING AND ASSEMBLIES
"The King of Cool" and Other Tales for Young Imaginers
"The Improbable Love of Ethel and Elmer",
and Other Offbeat Tales of Romance
Barry has two CD's of original stories,
available for purchase on cdbaby.com, at
"I open my eyes to see, I open my ears to hear,
I open my heart to feel, I open my mind to think,
Let the stories come!"
Barry joined the world of Storytelling in 1991 on a tour through New York's The Lincoln Center Institute, and has been telling tales ever since. He is a member of the National Storytelling Network and the Southern Order of Storytellers, and was named the “National Storyteller of the Year” for 1999. Barry has told in hundreds of schools, libraries, festivals, camps, senior centers, museums, and beyond. A rich variety of voices, expressive movement, colorful props and costume pieces abound as Barry draws on his theatrical training and experience to bring stories to life!
Available and adaptable for pre-K through college:
A World of Stories
"The Mirror" from Japan, "Why Possums Tale is Bare" from the Cherokee tradition, "The Fingers and the Thumb" from the Hausa of Nigeria, "Dinewan and Brolga" from Australia, Aesop's Fables, Jataka Tales, and many more, are among Barry's extensive repertoire. For any program, stories are selected to suit audience, age group, theme, or curriculum. Barry also includes, when appropriate to venue and audience, personal narratives from his life and travels, including "Shah Tzin Nam," a tale of nearly-missed communication across the language barrier in southern China, "Taureau Piscine," high adventure in the bull games of Southern France, and "Venus Venay," a wistful reminiscence exploring race in society.
Un mundo de cuentos
The world of stories in Spanish and English - tales from the Spanish-speaking world told fully bilingually or with a sprinkling of Spanish, including "Juan Bobo and the Pig" from Puerto Rico, "Mama, Mama, Ayudame" from Mallorca, "Coyote and Mouse" from Mexico, and "Cinco Huevos" from Ecuador.
Programs by Grade Level and Venue
For Preschool and Elementary Level Programs, click here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mr. Bugaboo's Bugazoo,
Smarty Barty's Arty Party
Peace Pipes and Talking Leaves: Cherokee Leaders and Lore
Who Put the Fizz in My Pop? Stories about the People and Science Behind Stuff We Love
Shakespeare's Fun House
The Living Labyrinth: A-Maz-ing Myths of Ancient Greece
Chavez & Johnson: The Parallel Lives of Two Civil Rights Icons
First Contact: European Explorers Come to North America
Viajando por poesía / A Voyage in Poetry
For Middle and High School Programs, click here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shakespearean Love: The Romantic Tradition in Shakespeare
The Highest Office: Campaign History of a Small-Town President
Passion, Power & Poetry: Women and Men, Love and Desire in Shakespeare
Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis
For Libraries and Vacation Reading Program, click here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Each summer, Barry creates original storytelling programs to align with the Collaborative Summer Library Program's Vacation Reading Program themes. For 2016, the themes focus on health, fitness, sports, and Barry offered two programs.
Lazy Louie's Lucky Day
The First Marathon, and Other Greek Legends of Speed and Strength
For 2017, the themes focus on architecture and construction, and info on storytelling programs
will be forthcoming.