The Kearney Area Storytelling Festival is pleased to present Donna Washington and Antonio Rocha as our featured national storytellers for our 2018 Festival.
Donna is a performer and author with a diverse background in storytelling. She was born an army brat in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and began her international travel early with her parents. All through her journeys, her father would sit at the dinner table and spin the wildest yarns imaginable. He taught her Arthurian Legend and Greek Mythology by telling the stories in the first person. For many years, she thought he had actually been with Merlin and Oedipus! Donna spent from second to sixth grade in Seoul, South Korea. It was during these years that her parents adopted three Amerasian children. Through it all, she learned about different people, places and of course, learned their stories.
Donna attended Northwestern University and was involved with numerous theatrical productions. In the four years she was there, she began to make storytelling a central part of her performance life. She is an award-winning author and recording artist receiving multiple Parent’s Choice awards. Donna has performed at thousands of schools and libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the National Storytelling Festival.
Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theatre BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Hawaii and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around the USA. Antonio has some fun and award winning DVDs and picture books too!