1. STEVE DAUT - The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
2. ANNE SHIMOJIMA - The Wave
3. FARAH MASUD - Weightlessness
1. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Bad Moon Rising
2. BEATLES - Dear Prudence
Steve has been performing in various venues for over 35 years. Onstage credits include magic, sketch and stand-up comedy, improvisation, storytelling, and MC work.
Steve is a member of the National Storytelling Network and president of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. He is a graduate of the Second City and the Purple Rose Theatre Actor-Director Lab. He leads discussion groups and day-long storytelling retreats as well as shorter storytelling workshops.
Steve’s versatile, improvisational storytelling style is engaging for a wide variety of audiences. A typical show for adults includes personal stories from heartwarming to hilarious, some bits of humorous history, and perhaps a Mark Twain story or two. He brings quirky characters to stage, often finding wisdom in the most unlikely places. His shows for younger children involve traditional folk tales, a lot of interaction, and a touch of magic.
The story is Steve’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This is one of 26 stories published in Steve’s book, Telling Twain, and is part of his program of the same name, which is featured in the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council travel directory. It tells the story of a man named Smiley, who promotes the jumping prowess of his frog, Daniel Webster, and finally meets a formidable challenger who might just cause him to rethink his penchant for wagering.
More information is available on Steve’s website at http://www.stevedaut.com.
Anne Shimojima has been delighting audiences across the United States for over thirty years in schools, libraries, festivals, gardens, museums, and senior communities, telling literary stories, folk and fairy tales, and her Japanese American family’s World War II story. Anne was a New Voice Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Tennessee. She has also performed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, the 1st Asian American Storytelling Festival, and the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park, New York City. Anne’s 2017 CD, Sakura Tales; Stories from Japan, includes some of her favorite Japanese folk tales and is available on her website.
Farah Masud is a 22 year old aspiring writer and poet from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over the years, her works have been published in several anthologies and newspapers both locally and internationally. She is a contributor at The Daily Star, which is the largest circulating English daily newspaper in Bangladesh. She was the semi-finalist in the storytelling category of Asian English Olympics 2018 and this year in AEO19, she qualified as a quarter finalist.
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