Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
You've stood in front of audiences before, but get ready to build upon your experience with a radically different viewpoint that you can still use in everyday situations.
This interactive workshop is designed to tune up your presentation skills. Presented by Oba William, Illinois Arts Council Traditional Folk-artist, Fellowship Award Recipient, Humanities Council ROAD Scholar, and former apprentice to Oscar Brown Jr. Illinois Master/Apprentice program.
We will begin by reviewing the power and purpose of story, with a demonstration from the story "Eagles Who Thought They Were Chickens." Next attendees will explore "The Ancestors Drum... We're Connected," a story designed to encourage Unity among people (All Walks).
The participants can expect to walk away with a finer understanding of the Art of Storytelling, it's usefulness in a variety of situations and settings, and a desire to further develop their own skills in the art form as well as become more supportive of the arts activities that surround us.
This class is for:
- Leaders who organize.
- Lawyers who rely on closing arguments with a story to win them over.
- Teachers trying to reach that student who just doesn't seem to break their shell.
- Ministers who preach.
- Speakers who speak.
- Poets who recite.
If you stand in front of folks, you need to be here!
The class fee is $15. The permalink to this class is: http://storytelling-two-point-zero-5-22.eventbrite.com
About the instructor:
Drawing on the vast folkloric traditions of storytelling, Oba William King celebrates African American heritage and encourages diversity through his exuberant, interactive performances. Not only does this American griot help younger audiences develop critical and social skills through his performances of storytelling. He's also gifted at another, more difficult task: entertaining listeners of all ages and cultures. Mixing the movement of theater, the rhythm of music from the soul and the charm of narrative, with a healthy dose of social work, King captivates his audience. King's skill at sharing his passion for this craft and culture was recognized by the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award, the Gwendolyn Brooks Hands on Stanzas Award, the Jewel/Osco Hidden Jewel of the Neighborhood Award and the designation by the State of Illinois as Traditional Folk Artist. Oba William King is The Poetic Storyteller; his programs extend beyond spoken word. Through writing workshops and reading sessions with families, King encourages, interpersonal growth, immersion and cultural education across all generations. Through JUSTUSarts Educational Entertainment- school based assemblies and workshops, Oba helps participants develop positive self-image and articulation, conflict resolution, team-building, and agile thinking skills. Oba offers assembly-style performances interweaving stories and poetry with rhythm and song to create entertaining, educational events for all audiences, ages, cultures and communities.