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NSN Storyteller Profile ... David Novak

A Telling Experience

73 Woodward Ave
Asheville, NC 28804

(828) 280-2718


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David Novak is a nationally recognized leader in the storytelling revival, recipient of the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, featured many times at the National Storytelling Festival and numerous theatres and festivals including the Cincinnati Playhouse, Kitchen Theatre, CSC Rep, Timpanogos, Tejas Festival, Hawaiian Talking Island, Frisco, and Sierra storytelling festivals. He has keynoted for the American Alliance for Theatre In Education, the Mid-Atlantic Storyteller's conference, the Greater California Reading Association and numerous library and educational conferences. His aesthetic education programs have found audiences across the country from the Lincoln Center Institute to the Los Angeles Music Center On Tour. In 1995/96n he was Master Storyteller for the Disney Institute in Orlando, FL, and in 2009 he was guest lecturer for the Czech Children's Theatre Conference in Trutnov, CZ.

"He tells his stories with great physical awareness, a real sense of suspense, humor, and integrity. His range, personality, warmth, truthfulness, imagination, ability to transform, taste, all combined, make him a unique artist." Lincoln Center Institute

"Novak, a gifted teller who regularly performs at festivals around the country, enhances his stories with a bag of tricks. His fluid voice can become a dozen different characters. He sometimes takes out a looped string and turns cat's cradle tangles into antlers, beards and other costumes for his protagonists." Smithsonian magazine

"In him, The Brothers Grimm and Carl Jung meet Monty Python." Houston Storytelling Festival

Types of stories I tell:

Creative treatments of classic myths and folktales; Original stories in many genres; highly theatrical spoken word performance; Story Slam

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Full Day Fee for travel beyond 60 miles from home. Fees range from $700 - $1500 plus travel and lodging.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

Several nationwide including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA; New York, NY; Durham, NC; St. Petersburg, FL; Cedar Rapids, IA.

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network; Actors Equity Association; School Shows.com; NC Touring Artists; Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS);