Jennifer Cayley

Jennifer Cayley is a passionate storyteller who believes that the wisdom and wonder of the ancient and, oh so contemporary oral heritage of the planet, should be a foundational part of everyone's life long learning and living. This traditional material is the foundation of her repertoire. Listening to a performance of fine traditional folk and fairy tales can be an experience in inquiry-based learning. Stimulated by the ancient power of the stories themselves and the skill and passion of a professional teller, students will visualize characters and settings, discover connections to their own lives and absorb excellent models of good narrative. Arts education has been a critical part of Jennifer's life work, both as co-founder of MASC and as a teller of tales in community and educational settings. She has been an enthusiastic part of the Ontario Arts Council's Artists in Education roster, Prologue to the Performing Arts, TD Canada Trust Canadian Children's Book Week Tour and the MASC roster. For more than 20 years she has told in schools, libraries, community centers and performance festivals across the country. In Ottawa she tells regularly at the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre. Internationally she has been invited to Wales, Australia, Hawaii and mainland USA.

Curriculum Links

Making connections between narrative elements and the natural world; Interdependence of social, economic and natural systems; consequences of interactions between human and natural systems; stewardship: active listening skills; empathy; plot, character, story structure, and narrative arc; cultural inclusion; myth and legend; non-verbal communication, oral language and storytelling.


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Indigenous
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Senior
Seniors
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English
French
French Immersion

School Performance: Out of the Everywhere: Stories For Now, From Once Upon A Time

New Program Residency Performance English

Traditional stories open up a world of adventure and imagination for your students. They are the most ancient and - oh so contemporary - of learning strategies encouraging empathy, self-reflection, inter-cultural respect, language development, active listening and … they are just plain fun! This rich world heritage of narrative is deeply imbedded in popular culture and contains stories to engage students of all ages. There are simple interactive tales for the very young, wonder tales shining with vivid imagery and remarkable exploits for middle grades and the grandeur of the world’s great epics for older students.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One session : 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $320 + HST
Half day: two 50 minute sessions $400 + HST
Full day: three 50 minute sessions $510 + HST
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School Performance: Fables for the Earth - Storying Active Environmentalism

Residency Performance English

Two children, a mouse and a goat on a quest to find out where the water has gone. As they struggle up a steep mountain, the rocks tell them the old stories they need to know if they are going to begin healing the land and bringing back the water. These stories-within-a-story delight and inspire students and make an engaging prompt for discussion about environmental realities and responsibilities.

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One session :
In person and online:
50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $320 + HST
Half day: two 50 minute sessions $400 + HST
Full day: three 50 minute sessions $510 + HST
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Seniors Performance: The Wisdom and Wit of Traditional Stories

New Program Residency Performance English Seniors

For as long as human kind has had language, stories have been a powerful way to connect, to learn, to imagine. Stimulated by the ancient power of the stories themselves and the skill and passion of a professional teller, participants will visualize characters and settings, discover connections to their own lives and absorb excellent models of good narrative. Rich in imagery, adventure and emotion, these stories offer listeners a chance to bring all that they are and all that they have done to making the stories live in the present moment. These ancient stories from a diversity of cultures stir memories, offer comfort and lead listeners on new creative adventures.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One performance: 1 hour $320 + HST 
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Seniors Workshop: Traditional Tales

Residency Workshop English Seniors

Traditional tales, polished over countless generations, are narrative jewels that offer a fine model for building your own stories into tellable, listenable pieces. In this workshop, participants will listen to some good stories, explore how to make connections between the told stories and their own narratives and will leave inspired to craft their own stories and to seek out more traditional stories

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
10
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Drama
Time and Price:
In person only:
One workshop: 2 hours $315 + HST
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