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Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2, K-5, Preschool

Program Length: 40-60 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: 250 (elementary school assembly)

Setup Time: 15 minutes

Breakdown Time: 15 minutes

Technical Requirements: Classroom, stage or gym, microphone, table, chair

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Artists Fees

Single Fee: $400 - $600 plus travel


.45 per mile from Swanton, MD

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Gail Herman brought stories from around the world to students at Fauquier Public Library, April 1998  

Gail Herman

The Organic Storyteller



Gail encouraged participants. She helped them see that they could be storytellers.

Program Type

Classroom Presentations, Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Residencies, Workshops

Subject Areas

Conflict Resolution, Conservation, Creative Writing, Culture Studies, Folktales, Literature, Oral Language, Poetry

The Organic Storyteller: Dr. Gail Neary Herman, the "Organic Storyteller," uses sound effects, mime, movement and song to present stories and folktales from around the world including Thailand, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Africa, China, and Taiwan. By encouraging students to add to stories as she tells them, their minds begin working and inventing. In addition to school assembly presentations, Dr. Herman offers workshops in storytelling, mime, and writing of family stories and tall tales. She also performs workshops in movement exploration and energy in the visual arts by relating art and sound to movement. Her new audio was a finalist for The Audies this year and was awarded a Parents Choice Silver award.

Creatures of Our Mind's Eye (preK-3) Stories about animals who solve their problems creatively by finding their unique differences and developing their individual talents. These stories nurture kindness and concern.

Folktales From Around the World (3-6) Stories from other lands that focus on global awareness, conflict resolution, and freedom of speech.

Tales of Mischievous Martha: True Stories from a Family Diary (6-8) True stories from a relative's journal written during her boarding school experiences.

Tall Stories and Tales (6-8) Interactive tall tales and fun for middle school students.