Nason, a registered touring artist with the Texas Commission on
the Arts, is a multiple award-winning storyteller/actress/writer.
She’s been performing around the US since 1993 but telling
stories since she was two! Nowadays her stories are more organized
and easier to understand, but the excitement, enthusiasm and energy
are just the same!
became committed to producing high quality storytelling shows
when she found that many parents had stopped telling their children
bedtime stories. She also noticed that watching television and
playing video games were hindering the development of children's
own storytelling skills. She believes we must keep literature
alive through the power of live storytelling, encouraging audiences
to tell stories themselves.
(Pre-school and Elementary)
on a simple stage set, Bernadette’s shows are comprised
of multicultural tales unified by a storytelling framework and
the unique use of simple props. Each character has a distinct
personality and voice. Bernadette opens performances with an entertaining
introduction to the wonders of the area from which the tales are
chosen, and its history. She uses a lot of audience participation,
particularly with younger children. In programs for 5th grade
and above, inter-action is replaced by stronger characterization
and a broader vocabulary.
lively Q&A session stressing the joy of reading follows each
show. With older students, this often develops into an animated
discussion on careers in the performing arts. All ages love the “show
and tell” on how the stories are chosen, the stage is built
and the props selected!
prepares new selections seasonally so as to offer variety and
diversity, and to maintain a fresh and lively repertoire. Each
tale has a moral and Bernadette reads hundreds before selecting
one to perform. Folktales are chosen from all over the world,
and gathered in programs supporting school studies, e.g. “Tales
of Texas Flowers,” “American Folktales,” or “Greek
Myths.” Selections are available for all annual occasions,
e.g. Chinese New Year, African American History Month, St. Patrick’s
Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, and Thanksgiving.
you are studying cultures, countries or continents, she has programs
developed to support your social study units. If you simply wish
to be entertained, there’s something for everyone! Most
shows can be adjusted to suit any age. New folktales are constantly
added to the list -- if a school has a specific requirement, Bernadette
can customize accordingly.
goal is to expose the public to the beauty and truth found in
folklore from around the world. My revitalized tales shine from
within an entertaining, modern framework crafted in the timeless
tradition of storytelling. I write and present complex dramatizations,
weaving multicultural characters together with narrative, dialogue,
and imaginatively developed action to introduce age-old truths
that are as vital for audiences today as they were in their original
time and culture. My objective is to offer theatrical pieces that
challenge modern audiences to embrace and understand the human
spirit while being completely entertained.
calendar fills up 6 months to a year in advance. If you need particulars
about a visit or wish to book, please contact her by phone at 512-454-4925 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org (email is best.)
Further information is available upon request -- just email to
request a press packet.
size: anything from 5 to 5,000 (depending on location)
35-45 minutes (flexible). Several shows are usually performed
in one visit. All day visits are common.
varies by number of shows, audience size, and travel/lodging
needs. See Fees or email for a quote on your specific performance
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