Michael Katz

SPECTRA Artist
Storytelling

Available only to Schools

Michael Katz has been a storyteller since 1984 and has been featured at such illustrious locations as the openings of both the Los Angeles Getty Center and the Disney Concert Hall. For 30 years Michael was the host of the radio storytelling program Katz Pajamas, heard on NPR station KCBX FM. His storytelling weaves together both the comic and the profound using a highly energetic, animated, and interactive style of storytelling. Michael's stories include multicultural folktales, myths, original stories, and personal narratives. He has performed at theatres, concert halls, festivals, school assemblies, and libraries throughout the U.S. Because of Michael's extensive research of stories, his repertoire is so vast that he can find the right story for almost any event; he can return to the same venue year after year and not repeat the same story twice. His recording of folktales from around the world, "Far Away and Close to Home," was a receipient of a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award."Michael Katz launched into his first tale, silence reigned. Katz is a versatile performer and wonderful storyteller." - Los Angeles Times

"For many years, Michael has brought the art of storytelling to our annual GATE conference, and he always engages and enchants our students as they explore new paths of creativity and self-expression." - Craig Goldman, Superintendent; Mountain View Whisman School District

"Every teacher who attended your storytelling performance remarked at how every child was spellbound by your stories. You could hear a pin drop and in the children's eyes you could see their imaginative synapses firing away. We loved your assembly!" - Hope Pilch, North School Assembly Chair; Hillsborough, CA


website: www.storytellermichael.com
email: mkatzteller@gmail.com
phone: (805) 284-5906

See Me, Hear Me

Description: Inspire children with folktales and original stories that teach them about compassion for themselves and others; a perfect and powerful show which addresses the topic of bullies and bullying.

K-8
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

Multicultural Stories

In this program, Michael present folktales from aroudn the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. You can pick the place, and he'll share the tale! The program will illustrate the uniqueness of different cultures, and intriguing similarities between them as well. The stories evoke laughter and develop cultural awareness and pride.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

I Read it in a Book

Encourage students to read through this captivating program where Michael explores the joy of searching for good books and discovering the wonderful worlds of entertainment, education, and imagination they provide.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

Do the Right Thing

Explore the morals and consequences learned from making good and bad choices through multicultural folktales and original stories, perfect for Red Ribbon Week or any time of the year.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

The Holidays Through Story

In this new show, Michael features stories that celebrate not just the wide variety of holidays during the month of December, but focuses on stories that emphasize the over-riding themes of these celebrations; generosity, patience, warm-heartedness and love.

K-8
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

Pinocchio

Michael tells the classic Italian folktale of Pinocchio, written in the late 1880's by Carlo Collodi. This beautiful story touches on such themes as: patience, keeping good company, loyalty, honesty, wise speech, gratitude, common sense, good decision making, courage, adventure, self-effort, sacrifice, and generosity. Not to mention it encourages reading!

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

A Journey Through Grimms

Featuring the captivating stories of the brothers Grimm, Michael takes audiences on a delicious tour of portrait, landscape, laughter, and sound as they discover one of the most significant collections of folklre in our literary heritage.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

Ghost Stories

Description: Age-appropriate ghost stories and scary tales from around the world. Lower grades will giggle over gianst and willy nilly men, while the upper grades will get chicken skin and goose bumps from the jump tales and eerie stories they crave.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

United States of Stories

Students will be entertained by the amazing variety of storytelling styles which make up the American Patchwork, including: tall tales, folktales, and native myths. They'll laugh at the rollicking adventures of Pecos Bill from the West, soar with the Boy Who Fed Eagles from the native tribes of Alaska, giggle and gasp at the Talking Eggs from the Black American storytelling tradition of the South, and chuckle at the misadventures of Lazy Jack from the rich Jack Tales tradition of the Appalachian Mountains.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

What's in a Story

Description: This assembly features multicultural folktales, original stories, myths, and personal tales, retold in a highly animated and energetic style that encourages students to broaden their perspectives about what makes up a story and energizes children to read!

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

Jewish Folktales

Description: This assembly features a lively telling of folktales and original stories from the rich and hilarious Jewish tradition. Through the stories, students will be given a general introduction to the history and customs of Jewish culture.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875

Create Your Own

Because of Michael's extensive research of stories, his repertoire is so vast that he can find the right story for almost any event. If you don't see a theme that interests you above, please contact Michael and he can try to create a show for you.

K-12
Each Performance:
Requires: Multipurpose room or classroom
45min.
$675/$775/$875