Marc Joel Levitt has been telling stories at schools, libraries, theaters
and festivals throughout the United States and at International
Schools for over twenty-five years. His semi-autobiographic work mines
the terrain of childhood memories, from getting lost, to first dates.
Mr. Levitt also tells folkloric inspired original tales. His collection
of Halloween stories, set in New England, won the Golden Head Set Award
for the Best Children's Audio Tape of 1994.
Levitt performs age appropriate stories of primarily semi-autobiographical
stories for ages five through adulthood. His stories offer touching, funny
and nuanced looks at the “trials and tribulations" of childhood, adolescence
and the teenage years. Often compared in content to material found on
the TV show, the Wonder Years, or to a ‘Spalding Gray for Youth’, Mr.
Levitt's work spans a wide spectrum of experiences, ranging from childhood
bullies, to trouble in school, to Little League success and failure. These
stories are particular valuable in schools where teachers are working
on inspiring students to write from personal experiences.
In his performances, Mr. Levitt also tells stories inspired by the world's
folktales. In myths and folktales, Mr. Levitt has found many themes and
ideas still valuable in contemporary life. He takes those themes and finds
ways to make them available to today's audiences, without sacrificing
their emotional integrity.
Mr. Levitt also has a collection of stories that encourage students to
think about diversity, non-violence, bullying, cooperation and our society’s
need for collective responsibility.
addition, Mr. Levitt's program of Halloween Storytelling, "Tales
of an October Moon", takes familiar New England settings and uses
them to create uniquely spooky stories.
Marc Joel Levitt's one-person performances
and historical narratives include:
Appleseed, Gentle Hero:
a forty minute twelve character performance that details the life of this
American folklore hero. With humor, music and costuming, Mr. Levitt brings
alive the real John Chapman without loosing his mythical elements. Available
for ages six and above.
Polo, A Multicultural Adventure:
is a forty-five minute performance detailing the travels of this thirteenth
century explorer. Mr. Levitt takes his audience on a journey of story,
music and artifact as he covers the Polo's trip from Venice, through Jerusalem
and onto China. Ages 6 and above
Mr. Levitt's story of a fictional Triple Decker tenement house in Providence,
Rhode Island, tells the story of six immigrant groups and their relationship
to each other and to the United States. Narrated by Mr. Levitt and storyteller
Valerie Tutson, the piece is accompanied by seven musicians, representing
the different nationalities whose stories are contained in this uniquely
Southern New England tenement.
and the Blackstone:
The story of ˜America's Hardest Working River" is told through
the eyes of a small girl brought into the various stages of the River's
history as she seeks to deliver a gift to the present, a gift given by
a Nipmuc Medicine Woman. The nationally known Celtic musicians, Pendragon,
accompany Mr. Levitt
Marc Levitt tells the story of a small southern New England's rivers watershed,
about it's people and social ecology. This story involves tales of slavery,
mills and suburban sprawl. Accompanied by fiddler Sandol Astrausky and
guitarist/ song writer Jon Campbell
Work-in-Progress about the history of a farm on the Island of Jamestown,
Rhode Island performed with the Jamestown Community Choir.
Lectures and Keynote Addreses
Mr. Levitt is a speaker for the Rhode
Island Committee for the Humanities. His
topics include, Democracy in Education, Fighting Sprawl and Rhode Island
Stonewalls and Their Makers.
Audio Tapes: $12 plus $2.50 for postage
From an October Moon;
Originally Haunted Tales Set in New England (age eight and up)
Johnny Appleseed, Gentle Hero: One person
performance (with music and audio effects) based on the life of this American
Folklore Hero (age six and above)
School Library Journal
at Rhythm & Roots Festival
Sept. 2006, Charlestown, RI
miss a chance to have
Marc Levitt visit your school"
Johanson, Middle School
School of Prague