We Tell Stories is a
traveling, multicultural theatre company that serves 100 communities
throughout the Southland at schools, libraries, museums, and other
venues. WTS performs with our signature trunk shows, celebrating classic literature, folktales, and legends for all to enjoy.
Pogo Saito, Gina Fields, and David Nott
Photo courtesy of OCPAC
Choosing My Way
Folktales from different cultures about the personal journey
Cuentos de la Familia – Stories of the Family
Celebrating family values through Latino folktales
Great for April & May – Cinco de Mayo
Ancient tales emphasizing our relationship with the Earth
Great for April – Earth Day
A Feast From The East
Folktales from Asia and the Middle East
Great for May – Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Let Them Eat Books
Classic literature & poems by Sandburg, Carroll and Twain
On Our Feet In Open Court 2000 & 2002
Bringing stories of Open Court Reading to life for grades K-5
Proud To Be Me
Reinforcing self-esteem through multi-cultural stories
Designed for 3-5 year olds, this 30-minute performance contains 2 delightful stories with plenty of audience participation.
Season of Giving
Myths, folktales and literature for the holiday season
Great for November and December
The Spirit of Black Folklore
African oral traditions & African-American folktales
Great for February - Black History Month
We Tell “Scary” Stories
Stories from classic literature and folktales - eerie fun for all!
Great for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos
WTS can perform for at your school, library, or special event.
Contact Programs Director Susan Devlin for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Some discounts available!
and Professional Development
Student Workshops ~ Using highly interactive, innovative approaches to learning, WTS master teaching artists instruct the We Tell Stories Method of Turning Stories into Plays. Each 45-minute, in-classroom workshop teaches California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), and can be customized for specific stories, learning goals, or curriculum connections. Teachers may choose a single workshop (with a minimum of 3 workshops per school) or schedule a longer series of workshops for more comprehensive instruction.
Linda Miller demonstrates 'space work.'
Photo: A Henne
Professional Development ~
Level One ~ Educators will learn the
WTS’ Method of Turning Stories into Plays; strategies for creating a safe,
positive learning environment; improvisational theatre games to support
instruction of VAPA Theatre Standards and Language Arts Standards; and new
approaches to make literacy as well as other curriculum more creative and fun.
Level Two ~ (For
teachers who have already attended Level One PD) Using a specific
story, WTS Master Teacher works in-depth with teachers to create a
story-play through improvisational games and techniques.
VAPA Standards for Theatre ~ Educators
gain deeper understanding of California Standards for Visual and
Performing Arts Standards (VAPA) and how to apply them in the classroom.
Improvisation ~ Educators
learn the basics of teaching the art of improvisation in the classroom
and how to create a safe learning environment where creativity can
Directing ~ Educators learn basic directing techniques for classroom or school performances.
Please contact Director of Education Joyce Lee for more information.
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We Tell Stories is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Organization (Tax ID# 95-3803911).
All contributions are 100% tax deductible.
Educating and Entertaining Children Since 1981
fostering a love of literature, art, and theatre