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’s First CD
Into the Dark: Stories from the Shadows
creepy stories for adults and fearless teens
is NOW AVAILABLE!
Rona’s family CD
Raps, Rythms and Rhymes:
Stories to Tap, Rap, Shake and Sing!
will be out in the spring, 2018.
Pre-Orders taken for only $13!
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.
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).
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!
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 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!
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.
September 20-21: Kittredge Elementary School, Hinsdale, MA. Rona will present Literacy Unbound!, a series of in-class workshops to help students to be better writers, creative miss and critical thinkers. Private Event
July 24: Cape Cod National Seashore: Rona will present a storytelling performance about the pirate ship The Whyda, the pirate Bellamy and the legend of Goody Hallet...and the love affair between the two! - 7:00 PM - FREE! (tentative)
July 25: Centerville Public Library, MA: Rona will present Raps, Rhythms and Rhymes: Stories to Tap, Rap, Shake and Sing for the library's Summer Reading Program - Time TBA - FREE! (tentative)
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!
Fun Frolic and Fancy: Stories for Families!
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)
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 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!
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!
Hear stories from Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, China, India and beyond!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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