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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Chris Kastle

37205 Harbour Vista Circle
St. Augustine, FL 32080

(773) 576-7245


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PERFORMER-STORYTELLER/MUSICIAN: United States and in Canada, Europe, and New Zealand.

RECORDING ARTIST: 12 CDs and a DVD as a duo; 3 solo CDs of music and spoken word; on-line video.

AUTHOR: training materials; articles for maritime publications; contributing author in a maritime history by Claremont Press, and author/illustrator for a children's book by the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts; educational curricula; short stories.

ARTIST and PUPPETMAKER: various media. Illustrations for educational booklets and games; sculpture, some in the form of puppets. Individual works as well as collaborative works with students exhibited at Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, Thrasher-Horne Satellite Exhibit, and Government Services Building in Bunnell, FL.

EDUCATOR: Community Educator for Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, Residency Artist for VSAFL (Very Special Arts Florida),and faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music; educational residencies in several states; workshop presenter. Past Director of Education at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, instructor for the Inland Seas Education Association.

ARTS ADMINISTRATOR, ADVOCATE, PRODUCER: Executive Director of Common Times that presents the Chicago Maritime Festival and the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival; on the boards of the Florida Storytelling Association and the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine.

EDUCATION: M.A.S. Human Ecology, Governor's State University; B.A. Geography/Political Science; minor in Education; Graduate Studies in Professional Education with a cognate in literacy, University of North Florida.

PROFESSIONAL AND BOARD AFFILIATIONS: National Storytelling Network; Florida Storytelling Association, President; Tale Tellers of St. Augustine, Past President; North Florida Folk Network; St. Augustine Songwriters Association; Friends of Florida Folk; Chicago Storytelling Guild; Chicago Maritime Society, Sustaining Board; Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago.

ABOUT THE ARTIST'S WORK: The songs and stories of Chris Kastle have been described as "exquisite" and possessing "powerful imagery". Her performances are a rich blend of personal stories, original works, historically based programs, and those drawn from folk tradition. They captivate, entertain, and transport people of all ages. She presents traditional and original songs using guitar, fiddle, penny whistle, mandolin, and drum. Chris may use her whimsical puppets for younger audiences.

Types of stories I tell:

Traditional, original, and personal stories and songs; historical, maritime, seafaring, ecological, environmental; puppets and puppetmaking.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

According to the engagement. Will travel worldwide.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

St. Johns County, FL. All districts in Illinois. Have historically worked in schools in most states.

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network, Florida Storytelling Association, Taly Tellers of St. Augustine, Friends of Florida Folk, Northeast Florida Folk