Storytelling is a powerful and ancient art form, certainly one of the oldest. The power of story to enchant and captivate children and adults is often a surprise, but recent brain research makes direct connections between how the brain itself works and the power of narrative.
Stuart almost always includes stories in his performances. In addition, he teachers storytelling workshops as part of his work with the Kennedy Center, and to early childhood teachers and providers. Storytelling is not difficult to learn, and it’s a great tool for anyone who works with children.
Ghost stories are one variety of story that almost everyone loves. Stuart has told ghost stories for years, and he has released a CD of scary songs and stories, as well as a book called “The Bookcase Ghost: A Storyteller’s Collection of Wisconsin Ghost Stories.”
Storytelling is also an inspiring foundation to help student writing. Stuart’s workshop “Writing the Hero’s Journey” is an exploration of this approach.