Kristin Pedemonti combines storytelling, theatre and literature to create educational and entertaining programs which feature multicultural folktales from around the world. The goal is to build bridges and foster understanding between cultures through storytelling. Every show includes audience participation, everyone “gets into the act” both onstage and from their seats using simple costumes, call and response and dialogue to participate. Every performance is as educational as it is entertaining and ties into curriculum standards, multiple intelligences and also gives those differently abled an opportunity to shine. Programs are suited for children ages 4 and up, except where noted.
Kristin has performed for thousands of children and adults at hundreds of locations throughout the mid-Atlantic, as well as in New York City in Central Park, at the UN Child Care Center, Cornelia Street Cafe, Scandinavia House, Governor’s Island, and in New Orleans and Virginia. She has donated programs for 33,345 children throughout Belize, Central America through her volunteer project Literacy Outreach Belize; you can learn more about this project by clicking Literacy Outreach Belize. She has also performed in San Miguel Duenas in Guatemala; Thorpe, England; Paris, France; Vullo and San Sebastiano, Italy; Malardalen University in Eskilstuna, Sweden, Vasterberg Folk High School in Storvik, Sweden, and Cosmopolitan School in Berlin.
Watch her in Action:
Elephant’s Secret performed in Bogota, Colombia at Artes Sin Fronteras as part of Storytelling Festival Quiero Cuentos
- Programs promote LITERACY.
- Explore the world through interactive folktale theatre; connect cultures through stories and emphasize our similarities while valuing differences.
- Teach Character Education and treating each other with respect and kindness. Programs focus on issues affecting all schools such as bullying and acceptance.
- Participants help tell the tales – simple costumes and dialogue provided.
- Programs tie into school curriculum standards connecting to language arts, teaching English as a second language, social studies, history and science .
- Programs utilize all of the Multiple Intelligences: linguistic; use of language, patterns, call and response, kinetic; ie. dance within a story, interpersonal; working together as a group to create the story, intrapersonal; understanding oneself better through the stories presented, visual; brightly colored costuming, musical; songs and instruments from around the world.
- Programs provide an opportunity for those differently abled to shine. Time and time again, students with various learning challenges or different abilities volunteer to participate onstage. Teachers are often amazed that students with severe ADD, Autism, Learning Delays, and other challenges succeed through story.
- Folktales featured from the entire world! Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America. Thus students can see themselves in the stories and their cultures being valued.
Current programs include: