Bobby Norfolk – The Brain is Hard Wired for Stories

Bobby Norfolk storyteller

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Bobby’s innate ability to read and connect with audiences of all ages makes him one of the country’s premier storytellers. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, he creates vibrant characters who come to life through imaginative, creative story. His living history programs highlight the African-American experience, while his toe-tapping musical shows feature song and live musicians. Through storytelling, Bobby promotes character education traits, cultural diversity and literacy. He inspires and motivates kids and is a great role model and mentor. “I tell stories to see the happiness and joy that can be shared through the oral tradition. No fancy electronics, just teller and listener.”

Bobby began his career as a stand-up comedian and actor while working at the Gateway Arch as a Park Ranger. In 1979, Bobby appeared at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, and through storytelling was able to combine his theater and comedy background to become a “story-performer.”

A three time Emmy winning host of the CBS TV show “Gator Tales”, Bobby was recently honored nationally with the Circle of Excellence Award, recognizing master storytellers who set the standard of excellence and commitment to their craft. His CD’s have won ten Parents Choice Gold Awards and a first prize from Foreword Magazine. He has co-authored eight award winning children’s books, available through August House. He also hosted the Emmy nominated series “Children’s Theater at Bobby’s House.”

Bobby 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.

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1 Comment

  • By ferien, April 6, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    The gateway arch is really an impressiv building. Especially the elevators are awesome. I really recommend everybody to check it out.

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