About


I am a creative individual with many areas of passion that I explore in my career life:

Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; Arts-In-Education Advocate; Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; Curriculum Writer; and sometimes more, as the needs arise.

As the founder and Artistic Directer of The Brothers Grinn (1995-2006), an interactive improvisational storytelling performance troupe, I was always learning how to entertain and, hopefully in our school shows, educate, to such a wide disparity of audiences.  I found myself not just a well received performer but as a recognized leader of Theater Arts.

That resulted in my pursuing, and achieving, two Masters of Arts degrees: a MA in Educational Theatre and a MA in Oral Traditions. Both have served me well in my ongoing journey in so many ways.

I have extended the breadth of my traditional storytelling canon, although you will still find me quite happy to improvise a tale or two. I’ve been writing more, which has led me to perform a very personal show: “everywhere I look..”, my father’s stories as a Concentration Camp survivor. His story is mixed with my perspective of such horrors still plaguing us. Look for this on the performance page.

I’ve also experienced growth in how I lead my classrooms and workshops. The basics of what I believe are always there in the way I teach: the atmosphere must be safe and non-judgmental, interactive, and a space that is open to new ideas that help  explore everyone’s creative voice.

I advanced my professional Arts Administration side (after 12 years with The Brothers Grinn) with my work for the Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. I had a great learning experience as a Professional Development Coordinator and Facilitator, and then as the Chair and Special Projects Manager for “American Voices.” I led a group of arts educators in creating Social Studies curricula that was heavily infused with Theatre Arts. “American Voices” is now a NYC Department of Education official document.

Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Come with me on an imaginative journey, and lets have fun discovering the possibilities together.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Sewell McCann
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 17:28:14

    Hello Stuart,
    Delighted to have found you. Our initial contact came through the LinkedIn group you created. Very happy to find your blog and website. I will follow you with interest. If you are able, I’d love for you to check out a venture my wife and I created called Sparkle Stories. I’d love any feedback you have to offer. The address is attached.
    to stories!
    David

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  2. bornstoryteller
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 12:13:17

    Hi David:
    thank you very much. I LOVE the graphics of your site! I’m on the run right now, but I really will check out in greater depth when I have some time to sit and relax.
    Stuart

    Reply

  3. Katy
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 10:09:38

    Wow! Those are some credentials you have there! Looking forward to following your imaginative journey.

    Reply

  4. danroberson
    Aug 03, 2011 @ 22:55:10

    Storytelling is a lost art in most of the country. It doesn’t conform with “teaching to the standards”, although I think theater arts and storytelling would get students more involved. Keep up the good work.

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    • bornstoryteller
      Aug 03, 2011 @ 22:58:56

      Hi Dan: in NYC Theater Blueprint, Storytelling IS part of the standards. I’d have to check the national standards, but…they are there. I tell stories, therefor I am.

      Reply

  5. Victoria-writes
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 07:21:17

    Thanks for following me 🙂

    Reply

  6. Jenna Smith
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 14:47:34

    Hi,

    this blog is great, however I was wondering if you do accept guest posts? I would really appreciate any information you could give me. Thanks

    -Jenna

    Reply

  7. patryantravels
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 15:30:18

    Where does the truth end and the story begin?

    Reply

  8. Anonymous
    May 14, 2012 @ 11:08:53

    Concerning your presidental race and it’s funding
    Would it not be good to tax the campaign funds @ 10 or 15 % and start an arts and culture council that funds the creative and performing arts.
    After all the presidential hopefuls should all be tax paying citizens too

    Reply

    • Stuart Nager
      Jun 08, 2012 @ 18:42:23

      It would be a great thing, but…never gonna happen.

      If you gave me a politician who used all those campaign funds for a good cause instead of the amount blown on negativity, I’d vote for him/her.

      Reply

  9. circlesunderstreetlights
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 18:30:52

    Thank you for following – I look forward to reading your work!

    x

    Reply

  10. Sisyphus47
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 09:36:54

    Hey Stuart! I wanted to show my appreciation as follower, reader and fellow writer => http://ofglassandpaper.com/2012/08/23/the-beautiful-blogger-award/ :-))

    Reply

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