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Kevin Cordi is a nationally-recognized Storyteller whose
parents were raised in West Virginia and good-naturedly claims, "Stories were born in West Virginia, everyone else borrows."
Cordi is well-traveled, having visited over
thirty-five states, England, and most recently Scotland. He holds a Masters Degree in Storytelling and Education, and earned
a PhD from Ohio State University. He now teaches at Ohio Dominican University.
His storytelling work has been commissioned by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Highlights for Children, Newsweek,
and the National Youth Storytelling Hall of Fame.
In addition, Cordi is the co-author (with Judy Sima) of
the award-winning book Raising Voices: Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes. He is, according to the National
Storytelling Network, "the first full-time high school storytelling teacher in the country."
Kevin was just appointed as the first ever "Storyteller-in-Residence"
for an Academic Year at The Ohio State University.
Kevin is now working with a new program that involves bringing youth
on stage to perform with him. It is called "Ensemble Storytelling."
What is Performance Ensemble Storytelling? Youth
Ensemble Storytelling is a program designed by Kevin that enables children of all ages to be empowered by telling stories with other
kids often on a public stage. Kevin draws from his masters in storytelling and education, his Ph.D work, as well as his experience
as a full time storytelling teacher, both at high school and college levels, to create and implement storytelling connections
that are student driven. He travels across the country providing instruction on story curriculum. From these unique
Kevin has designed methods to help boost a student's confidence and in a short time provide for the student the tools to not
only perform on stage but to invite further storytelling connections in their lives. This ensemble teaching provides the much
needed voice of kids and young adults a place on a storytelling stage to share their work.
Under Kevin's skillful mediation
and coaching, students collaboratively create stories that incorporate their collective voices through ensemble storytelling.
As an ensemble, they invest in the stories. Stories are not written down, but instead composed by the students. The direction
of the story is not solely on telling, but instead on sharing the whole story. Each student invests in story contributing
both physically and vocally. Both organic and planned story construction is encouraged and developed in each
Stories are not realized from scripts, but instead actualized together each time a tale is shared.
"Ensemble Storytelling" Work?
Kevin has discovered that when kids tell with other kids and an adult shares
the stage with them; group confidence builds as well as individual assurance from the experience. Basically, kids feel comfortable
when others kids tell together. Their comfort level is increased by having a trained storytelling coach telling with the students.
Kevin not only provides workshops on training kids to tell in ensemble training but coaches adults how to be an "Ensemble
Why Should A Festival or School Bring Ensemble Storytelling To Their Program?
simply, it works! Every festival or school program wants to encourage kids to see the value that comes from storytelling.
In addition to this storytelling organizers would like parents and grandparents to know the value of story. Ensemble Storytelling
compliments these goals. When parents know their own child or a friend of their son or daughter from their hometown is on
stage and will be telling with a professional storyteller, the attendance often rises in the audience. Grandparents, neighbors,
and others will come to see their community is a telling format. This sends a
message that storytelling is a coveted art
but it is one that every
community can be involved in.
Be involved in an innovative program that celebrates youth
and adults telling together. It works!
Find out more at www.youthstorytelling.com