Kathy is offering both in-person and virtual sessions for 2023-24 and is open to travel.
Kathy’s storytelling programs are interactive, curriculum relevant, and engaging. Students (K-12) are encouraged to think, feel, connect, and imagine, as they enjoy the experience. Sessions typically include a mix of original stories and folktales (selections are tailored to suit grade levels). Additionally, historical family stories can be added into programs for Divisions 3 and 4. Aside from telling tales, Kathy also discusses how she generates ideas, and shares tips about the writing process. She is passionate about the creative & connective power of oral storytelling and believes today’s device-driven world needs it now more than ever.
Find out more at: www.kathyjessup.com
IN PERSON PRESENTATION RATES
Half day fee: $350 for up to 2 hours of session time which can be divided into 30/45/60 minute session lengths.
Full day fee: $675 for up to 4 hours of session time which can be divided into 30/45/60 minute session lengths.
Maximum 6 session per day, though 5 is preferred. Please allow for 15 minutes between sessions. Kathy requires a microphone if performing in large spaces such as gymnasiums, with multi-class groups, or areas with poor acoustics. She asks for a quiet presentation space, a small table, and drinking water.
Please note that during Taleblazers, Kathy prefers only storytelling presentations but workshops may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
VIRTUAL PRESENTATION RATES
30 MINUTES: single session $125 / 2 sessions $100 each / 3 or more sessions $75 each
40 MINUTES: single session $140 / 2 sessions $120 each / 3 or more sessions $100 each
60 MINUTES: single session $175 / 2 sessions $150 each / 3 or more sessions $135 each
*When booking multiple sessions, it is possible for performances to be spread over more than
one day, or schedule partial days.
*Mix and match session lengths of your choice and still receive discounted rates.
*Maximum total of 6 session per day
*Maximum presentation time: a total of 2 hours/ half-day or 4 hours/day. (Any combination of session lengths). Kathy asks that you give at least 15 minutes between storytelling presentations.
*Please note that while it’s possible for digital sessions to accommodate many classroom log-ins, larger numbers severely limit the interactive possibilities between artist and students. Fewer class groups make for a more intimate storytelling presentation, and it’s easier to answer student questions etc.
Storytelling is literacy in its simplest, most accessible form.
Aside from the obvious entertainment value, STORYTELLING:
- DEVELOPS ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS & STRENGTHENS THE “IMAGINATION MUSCLE”
- ENHANCES AND HELPS BUILD LITERACY
- PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE CULTURALLY DIVERSE STORIES
- PROMOTES EMPATHY AND REINFORCES DESIRABLE CHARACTER TRAITS
- DEALS WITH SOCIETAL ISSUES IN A POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CONTEXT
- DEMONSTRATES USE OF VOICE, GESTURES AND OTHER NON-VERBAL CUES
- PROMOTES AWARENESS OF STORY STRUCTURE, DEVELOPMENT, AND PACING
- INSPIRES CONNECTIONS TO SELF AND TEXT
Edmonton storyteller Kathy Jessup loves to perform! Holding the attention of twitchy students might seem daunting to some, but Kathy masters the challenge. An experienced entertainer, she creates a relaxed, positive atmosphere, building an instant rapport with audiences , whether in-person or during virtual screen visits. Her programs are interactive, curriculum relevant, and engaging. Listeners are prompted to think, feel, and imagine, as words linger in the air. Kathy is passionate about the creative power of oral storytelling and believes today’s device-driven world needs it now more than ever.
- STORIES OF THE ALASKA HIGHWAY:
The Alaska Highway turned 75 in 2017and is on track to become one of Canada’s Official Historic Sites! Kathy has created an exciting set of stories for adults and older students about the building (and early days) of this famous highway through northern Canada. Based on historical research and family history.
Did you know … Edmonton has an important link to the World Famous Alaska Highway?
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: World War Two, Canadian history, Edmonton history, development of the North, U.S.A.-Canada relations, military road-building, pioneer challenges and wilderness survival.
- WORLD FOLKTALES and ORIGINAL STORIES
For all grade levels.
– FOLKTALES: Kathy likes to focus on the multicultural aspect of stories; how they help promote tolerance and understanding between nations, illuminating the common experiences and emotions we all share. Drawing upon stories from different countries, Kathy is able to give students of all ages a cultural trip around the world!
– ORIGINAL STORIES: Kathy loves to share insights into the creative process.
*For younger students, she focuses on her repertoire of stories for children. She reveals some of the magic- explaining how she starts with a simple idea then weaves in fact and fiction, giving birth to a new story. Popular story themes include tattling, recycling, funny family situations, and even a fractured fairytale.
* For older students, Kathy focuses on family stories and historical tales, demonstrating how memories and/or research can be used to create original true stories.
“First I like to capture a student’s interest by telling them a story,” says Kathy. “Once they’re hooked, I take them on a backward journey, so they can understand how the story came to be. It gets them excited about creating their own stories.”
Storytelling concerts can be adapted to accommodate student grade level, time requirements, special requests and particular Curriculum interests such as character education and appreciation of world cultures.