Nationally known performance artist and speaker, Bobby Norfolk, visited Clay City Elementary and Junior High School Monday.
Norfolk, a master storyteller, brings literature to life. Students and faculty alike enjoyed Norfolk's interactive presentation that was coordinated by Title One teachers and and funded by the Clay City Excellence in Education Foundation.
Norfolk began his career as a stand-up comedian at the Funny Bone, and as an actor with The St. Louis Black Rep and Imaginary Theater Company in St. Louis. He also worked ten years at the Gateway Arch as a Park Ranger. In 1979, Norfolk made his first appearance as a storyteller at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, and discovered that through storytelling he was able to combine his theater and comedy background to be-come a “story-performer.”
In television, Norfolk won him three Emmy awards as the host of the CBS TV show “Gator Tales” and also hosted the Emmy nominated series “Children’s Theater at Norfolk’s House.”
In October 2009, Norfolk Norfolk was given the national Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, an honor presented by the National Storytelling Network, which recognizes the very best storytellers in the country. This prestigious award is given to artists for exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling, who set the standard of excellence to their craft.
Norfolk’s has over ten CD’s, many having won the prestigious Parents Choice Gold Award. He has co-authored eight children’s book, and won first prize from Foreword Magazine. His book The Moral of the Story: Folktales for Character Development is a popular reference handbook for using story in the classroom. (See www.augusthouse.com for the complete catalog.)
Norfolk travels both nationally and internationally presenting performances, keynotes, and workshops. A past member of the Board of Directors for the National Storytelling Network, he currently serves on the St. Louis Storytelling Festival Advisory Council and is a featured artist with Springboard to Learning and the Missouri Arts Council. He also owns Folktale Productions, a storytelling company started in 1989, which can be found at www.norfolknorfolk.com.