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

Interdependence of social, economic and natural systems; consequences of interactions between human and natural systems; stewardship: the need to use and care for the natural environment in a responsible way; active listening skills and story structure; cultural diversity; myth and legend; non-verbal communication and storytelling.

Additional Information

If you are interested in bringing the gift of compelling narrative to your classroom to support the curriculum in a diversity of areas, call MASC to explore other programs. These include simple interactive tales for the very young; travelling tales and stories from ancient civilizations for the middle grades; wonder tales and epic for middle school and high school. All of these stories are rich in delight, adventure and imagination.


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Fables For The Earth: stories to inspire environmental awareness and responsibility

Residency Performance English

Food and water are scarce. Two children, a mouse and a goat must brave the elements and climb a steep mountain to find out what can be done. As the group struggles upwards, the ancient rocks they walk upon tell them stories. Listening, they begin to understand just how brave, cooperative, persistent and thoughtful everyone needs to be to do the critical work of caring for the earth. This is a dynamic storytelling performance that aims not only to delight but to harness the age-old power of traditional fables from around the world, to inspire a creative appreciation for the dynamic interactions of the earth’s physical, biological and social systems.

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One session : 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $315 + HST
Half day: two 50 minute sessions $395 + HST
Full day: three 50 minute sessions $505 + HST
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There Are Lots More Stories!

Residency Performance English

If you are interested in bringing the gift of compelling narrative to your classroom to support the curriculum in a diversity of areas, call MASC to explore other programs. These include simple interactive tales for the very young; travelling tales and stories from ancient civilizations for the middle grades; wonder tales for middle school and high school. All of these stories are rich in delight, adventure and imagination

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One session : 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $315 + HST
Half day: two 50 minute sessions $395 + HST
Full day: three 50 minute sessions $505 + HST
Request a Booking

Workshop

Residency 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
Time and Price:
One 2 hour workshop $280 + HST
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