Darrin Crow
 Talespinner & Troubadour
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Selected Festivals and Performances

            Knoxville Storytelling Festival: Knoxville, IA, 2013. One of seven featured tellers at this inaugural weekend event.

Lincoln HIghway Arts Festival: Mt. Vernon, IA, 2013. At this outdoor art festival I performed shadow puppet stories and helped guests make shadow puppets and perfrom their own stories.

Heartland Storytelling Festival: Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE. Featured Teller, April 2011, 2012. For this  festival that celebrates the stories of pioneers I created a long form story about the settlement of Pella, Iowa, by the Dutch in 1847.

County Diversity Festival: Creston, IA. Featured Teller. February 2011.The theme of this year’s festival was historic diversity in Iowa. I created stories for kindergarten through college about Iowa’s early settlers.

Tales for a Winter’s Night:
Cedar Rapids, IA. December 2010. For this evening of storytelling I told my favorite stories and premiered a historic 1906 one-man melodrama, “The Mosquito’s Revenge.”

Arts Festival, Iowa City, Iowa, May 2009. Featured Teller. This festival performance featured stories from around the world.

All Things Scottish: CelticFest 2009
, 2011. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Featured Teller. This festival, one of the largest Celtic events in Iowa, has been running for over 20 years.

2009. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Producer and Featured Teller.

Chalk the Walk:
2008, 2009, 2011. Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Teller. I shared stories of Iowa’s heritage and favorite folk tales of old Iowa for artists and visitors at this madonarri festival.

’s Web: A Group Storytelling Project. 2008. Director and Teller. I and a group of eight storytellers worked together to tell this classic children’s story outdoors at a small farm life zoo.

Bonfire Storytelling Night
: 2008-2010. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Producer, Teller. A monthly summer and fall program to bring stories to families around the bonfire and encourage them to share their stories as well.

Fairy Tale Festival
: Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 2001-2010. Founder, Producer, Teller. This event was the largest storytelling festival in Eastern Iowa.

Halloween StoryFest:
East Tennessee State University
1998, 1999. Storyteller.

Library Storytelling

Coralville Public Library: Coralville, IA, June 2011, '13.  Summer Reading Stories

Marengo Public Library: Marengo, IA, June 2011, '12. Summer Reading Stories

Ely Public Library: Ely, IA, June 2011, '12. Summer Reading Stories

Lisbon Public Library: Lisbon, IA, June 2011, '12, '13. Summer Reading Stories

Mechanicsville Public Library: Mechanicsville, IA, July 2011. “One World, Many Stories.” October, 2011 "Morbid Curiosities"

Cedar Rapids Public Library: Cedar Rapids, IA, 2011, '12, '13 Various performances.

Hiawatha Public Library: Hiawatha, IA, 2011, '12, '13 Children and Adult programs.

Educational Storytelling

Storyteller in Residence: Viola Gibson Elementary School and Cleveland Elementary School, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Through the course of the school year I visit each grade, pre-school through fifth several times with stories on topics ranging from wetland life to civil rights.

Asperger’s Program Storytelling Class:
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy and Four Oaks. Summer 2011. This was a nine week program I created to teach storytelling for Four Oaks’ Summer Asperger’s Program for high school students.

Storytelling Through Shadow Puppets: The Zach Johnson Foundation, Kids on Course, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. Fall 2011. This seven week class brought second grade students into the magical world of shadow puppets.

Morbid Curiosities: A Conversation with Edgar Allan Poe: This first person program introduces middle and high school students to the story of Poe’s life and several of his best tales and poems. Fall 2010, Spring 2011.

School Performances:
Programs performed at schools, after school programs, and day care centers around Eastern Iowa on folk tales, immigration, Iowa history, and more.

Community Storytelling

Retirement Homes: Monthly and bi-monthly storytelling at retirement homes around Eastern Iowa.

Church Groups:
Programs featuring hymns and the stories behind them.

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