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Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences with his storytelling performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1976.
A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world.
Len is a popular storyteller at theaters, schools and festivals throughout the United States and has performed at festivals in Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Holland and Canada. He is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network 2001 Circle of Excellence Oracle Award. The author of a children’s book for young readers and contributing to several folktale collections, Len also has five Cd’s and audio cassettes featuring a wide range of his favorite stories, several receiving NAPPA and Parents’ Choice awards.
For teachers, librarians, caregivers and aspiring storytellers, “Len Cabral’s Storytelling Book,” is an excellent resource on how to begin telling stories, filled with 22 stories from around the world with telling and teaching guides, storytelling games and an extensive bibliography.
Storytelling is an art that can be taught to people of all ages. Len teaches storytelling skills to children, teachers, parents and other storytellers and customizes his workshops for each level.
Workshops for elementary, middle school and high school students
Following a storytelling performance, Len offers classroom workshops that focus on storytelling as an art form. The workshop begins with opportunities for questions, which students may have pertaining to the performance. This is followed by discussions on the use of movement, gesture, voice and silence within a story, plus techniques used to encourage audience participation. During a workshop, Len facilitates exercises that engage students in the process of telling their own stories, as a precursor to writing their stories.