On March 18, Wednesday, internationally known Professional Storyteller/Educator Dr. Michael Lockett will perform and provide and will be available for conversation for students and the community at a FREE show on the Lancaster campus at the Ray Wilkes Gallery. The storytelling starts at 7:00pm. With a partnership with the Friends of the Library and support from OSEA (Ohio Student Education Association), we are able to bring Dr. Lockett on campus.
“We are excited to bring Dr. Lockett to our students, he does not often travel in Ohio and we are lucky to have him stop here,” says Dr. Kevin Cordi, himself a professional storyteller and Education Assistant Professor. “I have seen and performed with Michael and he is always captivating, he shares traditional tales in new ways that all pre-service educators, family workers, and/or parents would love. Bring kids, they will enjoy it too.”
Judy Carey Nevin, director of the Hannah V. McCauley Library says, “I took a storytelling class for my master’s in library science (MLS) and the professor, Ellin Greene, was like a fairy godmother. Storytellers have the power to transform the world around us. I’m so happy we’re able to sponsor Dr. Lockett’s performance.”
A little about Dr. Lockett:
Dr. Mike Lockett taught in Normal, Illinois for 21 years. Students from schools where he taught, along with children, adults and seniors from local libraries, churches and organizations came to think of him as the Normal Storyteller. After receiving his Doctorate in Curriculum, Lockett followed his teaching experiences by serving as a school administrator in Peoria, Illinois for twelve years. It was a NORMAL experience for Dr. Lockett to share stories when he visited classrooms or met with teachers and administrators where they called him "The Normal Storyteller."
Dr. Lockett has taken his storytelling and educational messages to over 4000 audiences in schools, libraries, education conferences, festivals and churches. Mike is a teller of traditional tales in a non-traditional manner. He often adds vocal effects and dialects to his audience-participation stories. He has been a performing artist in 31 states and 17countries including 22 tours of Taiwan and 14 in China. In 2016, he was a featured storyteller at the 18th Tehran International Festival in Iran.. The laughter from audiences and repeat call-backs serve as evidence that Lockett’s programs are popular. Mike always reminds everyone that his programs are always clean and high interest. They are planned on each group’s needs and are not "canned" one-size-fits-all programs.
He is the winner of over 25 awards for his books and storytelling products, including honors recognition from the 2014 World Storytelling Awards.
“We hope that everyone will come for this family-friendly, dynamic show and a conversation about the art after the show,” Cordi replied."
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