Phone: (606) 256-9796
For grades: 4th through high school
Fees for live visit: Storytelling fees begin at $225, Residencies (4 classes per day) begin at $1200 per week, Jenny Wiley 1 hour program is $350, fees for other programs available upon request.
Funding: Residencies can be partially funded through the Kentucky Arts Council, performances can be funded for non-profit organizations by the Kentucky arts Council.
I have watched Octavia mesmerize an audience with just her voice, gestures, and of course a good story. --- Loyal Jones, Appalachian Humorist, Author
Storytelling. Octavia shares the legends, tales and superstitions from her distinctive oral heritage offering a compendium of exuberant tales that give the audience an unforgettable and insightful experience.
Educational. Students create, dramatize, audition and perform an original piece of fiction. Longer residencies may include collecting oral stories, including community members, staging a community performance, creating a video or audio recording, and publishing the stories.
Jenny Wiley. In period clothing, Octavia recounts from historical data the experiences this pioneer woman endured. Captured by Indians who murdered her children, Jenny suffered and survived mental and physical hardships. Due to graphic illustrations, this program is for mature audiences.
A native of eastern Kentucky, Octavia Sexton grew up hearing folk tales, ghost "Haint" tales, Jack Tales and Cherokee legends. She attended a one-room school in eastern KY, graduated from Berea College with a B.A. in history/English education. She is a Kentucky Arts Council roster artist and presents storytelling concerts; educational drama/story writing/storytelling programs, workshops on storytelling and humor, and performs as the historical pioneer - Jenny Wiley.
Octavia's workshops and residencies are designed to address grade appropriate vocabulary and core content standards. With a repertoire of over one hundred stories and a lifetime of storytelling experience, Octavia brings her Appalachian heritage to audiences throughout the USA.