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Phone: 800-669-9850
For grades: K-12
Requirements for live visit: self-contained
Fees for live visit: contact Encore Performing Arts, Inc. for latest fees in your region.
Funding: none


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You are a talented and gifted entertainer whose skills and creativity most definitely will leave a lasting mark upon us forever!
--- Fishkill Plains Elementary School, Wappingers Falls, NY

Think it, Write it
Making stories come to life Using audience participation, improvisational storytelling, and selected multicultural folktales, Gerald Fierst demonstrates the elements of writing with examples of character, conflict, and sequencing. An extraordinary lesson into the writing process, sweetened with all the laughter and adventure of a master storyteller's performance skills. Orality is the foundation of literacy, and Gerald Fierst proves that a good talker makes a good writer.

Discover the hidden performer in you as Gerald Fierst tells mesmerizing stories and shows how you can take them home. Participate and learn to make character voices and use movement to help you discover the excitment of sharing stories as well as creating your own stories to perform.

Stories From Around the World
Folklore and legends from many cultures are carefully selected for the age of the audience. Special cultures can be emphasized upon request.

We Are All One
Using folklore and parable from traditional Muslim, Jewish and Christian stories, Gerald Fierst performs a unique restatement of the golden rule. Values of cooperation and community are emphasized as the stories celebrate the diversity of America and our common dream of freedom.

Jewish Tales
Tradition, drama, and history of five thousand years come alive. Special programs for various holidays are available.

Spooks & Ghosts
Humor and suspense fill these tales of the supernatural, stories of other consciousness, and true tales of the inexplicable.

From Aesop to Zeus
Take a storytelling tour to Mt. Olympus and its neighboring myths and fables, as you meet some of the best known gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, tricksters and monsters of the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome.

Legacy of Courage
Tales of human dignity and spirit from the Holocaust, African-American experience, and Native American history.

Winter Holiday Tales
Multicultural holiday stories from Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, and the Winter Solstice.
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Gerald Fierst is a storyteller, writer, and teacher, with a BA from Yale University and a certification as a Performing Artist in the Schools from Teachers College, Columbia University. Among his appearances are the National Storytelling Festival's Exchange Place, the 92nd Street Y's Oral Traditions Series of Master Jewish Storytellers, WNET/13's Student Arts Festival, the International Children's Art Festival, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, the South Street Seaport Museum, the Museum of American Folk Art, the New York State Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and countless schools, synagogues, and institutions across the United States. He is a recipient of the NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. His work has been documented for Public Television on WNET/13's ArtEffects.

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