Via is a storyteller who specializes in making stories come to life. Some of her stories are based on folklore and some are original stories, developed specifically for her audience. All stories are performed (not read — in fact, one 4-year-old listener remarked, “Mommy, she didn’t have any books; she WAS the story!”). Some stories may include props, character voices, or songs. But all stories help the listeners find and use their imaginations. And all stories are entertaining, age appropriate, and engaging — Via encourages active participation by the audience!
Via’s programs are customized to meet the venue’s needs (themes, length, etc.). If she is performing for children she will use stories to emphasize key learning blocks (Virginia SOLs and Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning) — shhhhh! don’t tell the children they are learning! She specializes in stories for preschoolers through middle-school-aged audiences, but has also performed for older students, as well as adults (at libraries, nursing homes, museums, retirement dinners, and special events).
Via’s background includes being a former preschool teacher and teacher’s aide, substitute teacher for the public school system, room parent for public school classes, PTA member, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry for a large church, “team” mom for soccer and softball teams. She is licensed and has been “background checked”. In addition to performing stories for children and young adults, she has conducted several Professional Development workshops and teacher in-service trainings.
Via is also a member of the National Storytelling Network, and was awarded “Teaching Artist of the Year – 2015” by Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc. She has headlined at more than 800 performances over the past 5 years, and would love to share stories with you and your group.