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Welcome to my website!

Storytelling allows the Listener and Teller alike to enter into a world together and yet allows each to experience the journey on his or her own.

I hope you enjoy your journey through my site, and that we have a chance to sit and swap tales soon!

Walk in Peace,

Rona

Summer Storytelling Institute Retreat for Adults!

Calendar | Performances | Workshops and Residencies | Keynote Addresses | Funding


RONA'S PROGRAM CALENDAR

Please check back often as there are many shows, residencies and workshops being added every week!!


Funding is available through the following agencies with which Rona is an approved Artist and Teaching Artist:

* Massachusetts Cultural Council: If you would like Rona to do a school residency, please call her to discuss the MCC's STARS grant.  Discussions must begin in August or early September!!

* Local Cultural Council Grants: Contact Rona to collaborate!  Due October 15

* Hartford Performs:  If you teach at a Hartford school and would like Rona to come to your school, please contact Jaclynn Hart at 860-525-8629 or jhart@letsgoarts.org

* New England Foundation for the Arts: If you are a New England school or organization outside of Massachusetts you can apply for funding to have Rona come to your venue or event!  Go to:  Rona's Matchbook web page  and click on the "Eligible for New England States Touring" link for information about applying for funding.

* Alaskan Arts Council: Funding available for school Residencies


Rona's first CD, "Raps, Rhythms and Rhymes: Stories to Tap Rap, Shake and Sing!"
will be coming out this spring!!


Keep your eyes peeled here for release parties, or contact Rona to get on her mailing list
so you'll be the first to know. 
Geared towards ages 4-9


2017

January 3-6:
Rona will be at an annual Artist Retreat hobnobbing with other performers and working on new material!  However, she is also available for programs these dates!

January 17: Conway Grammar School, MA. Rona will present two shows of Travelin' Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza!. For grades pre-K - 6.  (Private event).

January 18-19: Kittredge Elementary School, Hinsdale, MA.  Rona will be working with each classroom on story creating, story writing, and Rona's signature workshop, The Art of Questioning to develop critical skills that will help with both writing and science inquiry.  Pre-K-5 (private event)

February 6 - March 17: Mohawk Regional High School,  Shelburne Falls, MA.  Rona will be an Artist-in-Residence, working with two Modern History classes.  The focus will be first person narratives of historical figures - research, story creation, and storytelling/theatre skills, including Rona's signature workshop The Art of Questioning.  Presentations will be made to other classes as well as the public.


February 7: Sturgis Library, Barnstable, MA. Rona will will present Moving the Body, Freeing the Mind: The Art of Storytelling for librarians, teachers and parents. 4:30 - 7:30 PM - Free!  PDP's awarded to Massachusetts teachers

February 15: Wallingford Library, CT.  Rona will present Travelin' Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza! for the library's Storytelling by the Fire series.  6:30 PM - FREE!

February16: Valley Voices Story Slam, Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, MA.  Rona has been selected as one of ten Storytellers to tell a five minute story on the theme "One Shot"!!  Sold Out.....you can cheer her on from afar.

February 18: Brewster Library, MA. Rona will will present Moving the Body, Freeing the Mind: The Art of Storytelling for librarians, teachers and parents. 1:00 - 3:00 PM - Free!  PDP's awarded to Massachusetts teachers
 
February 21: Topsfield Library, MA.  Rona will present Hot Diggity Dog: Hot Stories for a Cold Winters Night! for the library's winter vacation programs.11:00 AM - FREE!

February 21: Tewksbury Library, MA.  Rona will present Goblins and Giggles: Scary Stories in February! for the library's February Vacation programs 2:00 PM - FREE!  Geared towards ages 5-8.

February 22: Somerville Library, MA.  Rona will present Hot Digitty Dog: Hot Stories for a Cold Winters Day! for the library's
winter vacation programs.  2:00 PM - FREE!

February 23: Belchertown Library, MA.  Rona will present Hot Diggity Dog: Hot Stories for a Cold Winters Night! for the library's
winter vacation programs. If possible show will be outside by a fire!!  6:00 PM - FREE!

March 3-5: Synagogue Ruach Ha Maqom, Burlington, VT: Rona will will facilitate a Jewish Storytelling Workshop, "Moving the Body, Freeing the Mind: The Art of Storytelling" for Jewish leaders, teachers or people of the Jewish faith.  For more information go to: www.roots and trails.com for more information, or contact Rona.  Register at  goo.gl/cqqIpg 

March 15: Naylor Elementary School, Hartford, CT.  Rona will be doing her StoryToolbox workshop for fourth graders through Hartford Performs. (This is a private event)

March 20: Chester Elementary and Littleville Elementary, Chester/Huntington, MA. Rona will present Travelin' Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza! for elementary students (private event)

March 21: Leeds Elementary School, MA.  Rona will present Travelin' Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza! for grades K-2 (private event)

March 23: Ludlow Senior Center, MA. Rona will present Cracking Open, Falling Up: Stories of Life, Love and Chutzpah!, for adults (seniors, their friends and family).10:30 AM

March 24-26: Rona will be offering two - 45 minute coaching sessions for $75 each at Sharing the Fire: Northeast Storytelling Conference, in Plymouth, MA.  Some flexibility in amount of time/price. Go to www.lanes.org for information.  Hope to see you there!

April 20-23: The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Woodruff, South Carolina!  Rona will be a Featured Storyteller!! www.stonesoupsc.com. Please come!

July 14-15: Rona will be doing performances for the Family Stage at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY. Go to https://greyfoxbluegrass.com/festival/ for information.  We'll have a good time - Hope to see you there!

July 26: Newagen Inn, Boothbay Harbor, ME.  Rona will presenting Cracking Open, Falling Up: Stories of Life, Love and Chutzpah!,  Open to Inn Guest AND the public! 7:00 PM

July 26: Peabody Institute Library, MA. Rona will present Hot Diggity Dog: Atories to Rattle Your Bones! for the library's Summer Reading program.11:00 AM - FREE! (Tentative)

August 15: Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA.  Rona will be performing for one of the Seashore's Tuesday night series. 7:00 PM - FREE!

August 18: New Bedford Public Library, MA. Rona will present You....Me....We!: Stories That Bring Us Together as the grand finale of the library's Summer Reading Program.  3:30 - FREE!

September 7-9: Timpanagos Storytelling Festival, Lehi, Utah.  Rona has been selected to tell a story on the Timp Tell stage on Friday, September 8th!  She will also be facilitating her workshop. Moving the Body, Freeing the Mind: The Art of Storytelling on Thursday, September 7th.


 
 
PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTIONS

Rona is available for performances at Schools, Libraries, Conferences, Festivals and Special Events, Camps, Religious Organizations, Nature Centers and Organizational Events

To listen to Rona's famous "Mitten Rap!" click here!

The Mitten Rap!

Fun Frolic and Fancy: Stories for Families!
Kaleidoscope Stories
Travelin' Shoes: Stories form Near and Far!

A selection of fun, educational stories from around the world!

Sit back, put your feet up and join Storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and back!  Rona is one person, but many voices. Through her, skies talk, turtles sing, and magic happens! "Part mime, part singer, part actress, she walks her tales, talks them, sketches them with her hands, and stretches them from the ceiling to the floor"*. Rona will have you dancing, swaying in your seats, making funny noises, singing, and laughing, as she shares stories from the silly to the serious, from the mysterious to the monsterous!

* Quote by Bruce Watson from the Amherst Bulletin

Haunts, Haints, and Hollers: Stories for a Halloween Eve (ages 8-12 & 13-adult)

Will Jack survive the haunted house? No one else has!  What does the dead man want from Mary Culhane?  Join the search for the last panther in eastern Kentucky....or the woman and the milk bottles!   What would you do with a skeleton that won’t die?  With screams you hear in the night?  Who’s the real ghost and who’s not?  You will find all manner of haints, dead folk, shape shifters and mysterious players.......from the spooky and eerie to the silly & transformative!

Goblins and Giggles: Stories for a Halloween Eve (ages 5-8)

Who’s in the cave?  It says it’s going to eat you!  Is there anything scary out there in the dark? Ever heard of a ghoul that just wants to show you how silly she can be?  Why is the boy afraid of the red, red lips?  Or the green pants?  Do you know the magical spell to get rid of a monster that comes to town?  How do you get rid of a Belly Button monster?  Listen and you’ll find out!
Come on board and hear a tale or two that will put shivers up your spine and send you home with a smile!

Mysteries, Puzzles, and Mind Twisters: Stories to Ponder and Play With

How can you twist words meant to be your demise into saving your life? What are the clues that the wise judge uses to solve the crime? What mysterious things happen when your journey takes you to unexpected places? Join Rona as she spins tales of mysterious shape shifters, mind plays, and creative solutions to problems that will leave you pondering the stories for days!

Earth Celebrations!

Earth tales and songs about environmental awareness, personal action and responsibility, conservation,interdependence, and our animal friends.

Woven As One: Stories and Songs About Community

Working together towards a common goal; Making sacrifices to benefit the community; Celebrating similarities and differences; and the Natural community.

The Silkie's Song: Stories and Songs of the Sea

How the tides were made, whales, seal people and journeys through the sea.

I Like Myself Just The Way I Am! A Program on Self-Esteem

Feeling good enough about ourselves to succeed against the odds; Knowing and using your strengths; and Outwitting others.

Go Girls! Stories of Strong Women and Girls

What happens when girls and woman use their wit, wisdom and courage to get what they deserve, instruct others and get out of odd situations? Find out!

Turning the Wheel: Seasonal Tales

Tales to warm your toes in Winter, slip into Spring, feel the breeze on a hot Summer day and rejoice in the splendor of the Fall!

Kaleidoscope Stories

A selection of fun, educational stories and songs combining the above topics.

Oy Vey! Stories from the Jewish Tradition

Pulling from the Jewish folkloric tradition, Rona tells stories that touch on the Jewish concepts of tzedakah (giving), kavannah (intention) and living more clearly with the sacred in ourselves, others and the Earth. Holiday-specific programs are also available, such as: Hanukkah; Tu B'shvat; Passover; and Shabbat.

Degas and the Little Dancer: A Story / Theater Piece

A commissioned work involving story and drama that gives insight into Degas, the man, and the creation of his famous statue, The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years.

Tales from Russia

Enter a world that is at the same time familiar and uniquely Russian! Take a journey with a Russian Cinderella, enter into a mitten stuffed with animals, and find out what a wonderous wonder is! And what advice does grandfather have? Find out!

Asian Sampler

Hear stories from Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, China, India and beyond!

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WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES

For innovative, participatory and exciting learning experiences for students, teachers and staff

Storytelling

Using games, movement and drama exercises, creative visualizations and other participatory techniques, Rona works with students, teachers and staff in story telling and story creating in the oral tradition. Additional workshop possibilities include exploring the many themes within a story, creating follow-up activities and curriculum integration.

What Color is the Wind? Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum

Discover...a new world of peanut butter air and free sounds. Explore...gibberish, poetry and storytelling. Become...a glacier or recycled paper.

 

Kid Connections focuses on a specific curriculum area. Working closely with the teacher, Rona creates a program that meets student and curriculum needs. Arts forms may include storytelling, creative movement and drama, visual arts, puppetry or mask-making.

Teacher Tools are workshops that provide an overview of various art forms and how they can be woven into the curriculum.

Family and Oral History

This program teaches interviewing skills and looks at the human touch in history and stories. Storytelling techniques are applied. For grades 4 and up. Older students may work on an historical figure piece.

Creative Writing

Movement, drama, drawing, trust exercises, the environment, green slime, our senses and more are used to creates stories and poems.

Improvisational Movement and Drama

Expands the creative mind and body, and improves public speaking, listening and spontaneous thinking skills.

Environmental Education

Programs incorporates hands-on learning through activities, games, storytelling, movement and drama, poetry and exploration.

Hold On! Building Cooperative Classrooms

Uses games and activities that promote an understanding of group dynamics, positive communication and cooperation.


Notes to Workshops and Residencies

In each program, Rona tries to use various art forms (movement, drama, oral/linguistic exercises, singing and drawing) that incorporate several modalities of learning to appeal to a wide variety of students' needs and learning styles. This allows for a student to expand his or her comfort level from one modality/area, such as movement, to another, such as writing. This transference of skills is the importance of multi-modality learning and using arts in education. In all, this philosophy provides a strong motivational element for students and is one of the vital connections between oral and written language in Rona's work.

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KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Rona is available for making featured presentations at conferences that will engage the audience, challenge them in a non-threatening way to think critically and creatively about their work,inspire them to take their skills and knowledge back to the classroom to be more effective educators, and reinforce for them the incredible impact that they can have in the lives of children. Presentations can be used to "jump-start" a conference, invigorating the participants to fully engage in the workshops or to bring closure to a gathering.

Some suggested Keynote titles are:

FUNDING

Rona is an approved artist with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Alaskan Arts Council, the Utah Arts Council and BOCES (New York) and is eligible for full or partial funding through these organizations..

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