Elizabeth Kahura is a native of Kenya, Africa. Living in the United States since 1995, she has shared the African beat with audiences of all ages through the African Safari program. A teacher by profession, Elizabeth educates while at the same time entertaining audiences through storytelling, puppetry, music, language arts, and hands on art projects. Schools, libraries, museums, and other venues enjoy her inspirational countenance, her displays of African artifacts, and her ability to build a bridge of understanding by demonstrating the similarities between cultures and traditions of Africa and her current home in the United States. African Safari includes 7 program choices adaptable to all ages. They include: A Day in Africa- highlights geography, culture, and lifestyle; Folktales from Africa- highlights stories, poems, and proverbs of Africa; A Jungle Walk- highlights the flora and fauna of Africa; The Rhythm of Africa- highlights story, music, and dance; African Art- highlights carvings, clothing, and instruments; Kwanza- a community celebration that highlights TEKS; and Embracing Diversity- workshops for adults.
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX 78634
public performance/concert $300 - $1200
school performance $300 - $1200
optional service optional libraries $250 - $350
optional service optional service workshops $300 - $1500
Mary Grace Ketner
Once upon a time, Mary Grace Ketner worked as a teacher, then a director of religious education, and finally a museum educational specialist, but along the way, (I cannot say when) this goal-oriented M.Ed discovered storytelling, and off she went on a quest! She authored one children’s book (Ganzy Remembers, Atheneum 1991) and recorded two award-winning story CDs ("Ghostly Gals and Spirited Women" and "1001 Years of 1001 Nights," Three Swans Productions 2008 and 2010). A recent recipient of Tejas Storytelling Association’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award, Mary Grace has been a member of the Texas Touring Roster since 2008. From Ali Baba to Baba Yaga, La Llorona to Jack, storyteller Mary Grace Ketner brings traditional folktales, fairy tales and legends to life. Her engaging story programs circle the globe, finding common ground in humor, love, courage, wisdom and-- yes!-- horror while affirming family and community values. Her interactive programs for schoolchildren stimulate higher level thinking skills as described in the TEKS and reflect each grade’s scope and sequence as well as its essential knowledge objectives.
Mary Grace Ketner
109 Fir Street
San Antonio, TX 78210
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $350 - $1000
optional service keynote address $750 - $2000
optional service after dinner speaking (storytelling) $250 - $600
Blending traditional Celtic playing skills, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock n’ roll hooks, the Killdares have created a fresh new sound that’s blended with enough commercial edge to be instantly recognizable, always engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Even die-hard fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band’s powerful genre-bending sound. Expanding the definition of "Celtic," the band uses the unconventional pairing of screaming, fire-driven fiddle and bagpipes with the wail of electric guitar, bass, and drums to create brilliant arrangements of traditional tunes and original compositions. Family friendly events/shows include (but are not limited to): general music & arts festivals, Irish festivals/world music festivals, theaters, performing arts centers, colleges, and high school programs. The Killdares will occasionally adjust their programming to meet the needs of each event (i.e. more traditional music for Irish festivals, more varied material for colleges, Q&A's for high schools, etc.).
PO Box 595733
Dallas, TX 75359
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $2000 - $5000
State Artist Shelley King
Shelley King, 2008 Texas State Musician, has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for twenty years. She is a self assured combination of singer and songwriter, who is both a successful solo artist and formidable band leader. King’s blend of blues, folk, country, soul and rock led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Musician. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. Shelley has released 7 albums to rave reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts and major venues and festivals. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists. She is available to perform as a solo, duo, trio or band, acoustic or electric. She has also conducted song writing and team building work shops at both schools and major corporations.
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX 78764
public performance/concert $400 - $7000
school performance $200 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $400 - $5000
KoumanKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble
KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving African traditions and culture through quality artistic performances. With a repertoire including traditional and contemporary dances of Guinea, Mali, South Africa, and the Congo, KoumanKe’le’ drummers and dancers make any event unforgettable! Live drumming and authentic costumes enhance each performance, while interactive audience participation adds to the experience. Offering custom entertainment packages, company professionals will work with the requesting agency to determine the most appropriate program for each event. Reaching over 45,000 people annually, KoumanKe’le’ promises a program that will be dynamic, culturally educational, and energetic. The Soweto Sunset program highlights traditional songs and dances of South Africa from the Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, and Shangaan people. From the goat herder’s coaxing song to the young girl’s dance competition, this presentation is full of culture and life.
3346 Airport Blvd.
Houston, TX 77051
public performance/concert $850 - $6000
school performance $650 - $2300
Having been an elementary school educator for 32 years, and conducting several workshops integrating the TEKS and storytelling into writing, reading, and theater arts, Sue Kuentz excites youth audiences with her folktales and fairy tales from around the world. She not only continues her youth storytelling club in the schools, empowering each child involved, but has been the organizer for the Texas Storytelling Youth Challenge each year. Sue has been honored with H-E-B's Lifetime Excellence in Teaching award; has been named NEISD's teacher of the year; and was a featured Texas Teller at the Tejas Storytelling Festival, as well as emceeing and storytelling on their various stages. Sue's storytelling sessions are age appropriate, utilizing participatory tales for the pre-k through 3rd grades such as folktales and personal tales. She enjoys telling longer tales for 4th–7th graders, often using myths, legends, and historical tales that relate to their TEKS. The presentation ends with Sue sharing how to take a bare bones story to completion with the students using an iPad presentation, throwing in a few educational and fun apps to enrich writing and storytelling.
151 Saur Road
Bulverde, TX 78163
public performance/concert $200 - $1000
school performance $300 - $1000
optional service school workshops $300 - $1000
optional service education keynote speaker $250 - $800
Everyone loves a good story. Kim Lehman has been telling tales and singing songs for many years, first as a way to entertain younger cousins and now as a professional storyteller, musician, puppeteer, science educator, and workshop presenter. "I could not believe how well Kim kept the children’s attention. I laughed so hard at the stories and the nose whistle that I almost fell out of my chair. I needed that!" Known as the Bee Lady, Kim writes a column for a beekeeping magazine and is the founder of an international kids club called Bee Buddies. The Tales and Tunes program is a combination of songs, stories, sign language, props, poetry, puppets, and participation that can be tailored to each audience and venue. Possible Tales and Tunes themes are world cultures, pioneers, fairy tales, space, and more. The Buzz About Bees shares many interesting tidbits about honey bees with participation, music, props, and optional hands-on activities. All Together Now is an inter-generational program, bringing together children and senior citizens for a highly participatory program.
PO Box 2743
Austin, TX 78768
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $1200
optional service workshops $250 - $1200