Traveling Storyteller (The)

Brad Shaw (Master Teaching Artist) (Lighton Prize) [ view artist bio ]

Teaching artist Brad Shaw is “Da,” the traveling storyteller. Da offers students adventures in faraway places such as Africa, Russia, France, Germany, India, and Japan as he weaves tales from all corners of the world. Brad’s goal is to do more than entertain his audience. Brad uses his stories to teach and communicate clear messages about morals, ethics, values, and common sense.


Student participation is welcomed in Brad’s performances. In the French story, A Drake’s Tail, students play along by throwing their hands in the air and quacking. BaBa Yaga, a Russian folk tale that warns about the dangers of going to a
stranger’s house, finds Brad pinching his nose and tugging on his hair.


To schedule this program please contact us at 816-531-4022 or by email at


Grade Levels: K,1,2,3,4,5

Fees: $287 for 1 performance; $470 for 2 or more performances on the same day / The break between performances must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

Maximum Audience Size: 100 (K-2); 150 (3-5)

Availability: Mondays and Fridays

Program Length: 45 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: Travelling Storyteller TPG

Requirements: Grades K-2: 100 students maximum Grades 3-5: 150 students maximum Performance space on same level as audience; glass of water. Teachers must be present at all times during the performance.

Standards: 1.1 1.1 Knows how a culture's art works and artifacts reflect its values and beliefs.1.2 & 14.4

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