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Shayna Jones

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Kaslo
Languages: English

Shayna Jones is a professional performance storyteller and founder of creative company We Are StoryFolk: Traditional Storytelling Arts. A trained singer, dancer and actor, she imbues each performance with soulful song, dynamic movement and spell-binding folktales - audience participation is lovingly required! Shayna deeply believes in the power of "eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart" communication. Today, in an age where such connection is threatened by pixels and sound bites, Shayna endeavors to keep traditional storytelling alive and vibrant!


I thought the Story Circle was awesome and I was most impressed. I was absolutely amazed by your expressiveness and storytelling abilities. Your talent is a great gift! Kristen, District of Kent Recreation Programmer
Dear Ms Jones, I really enjoyed your stories! I can't stop thinking about them. My favourite story was the one about the twisted tree, I really like plants! Do you just come up with the stories or do you hear them from somewhere? P.S. You are an amazing singer and dancer. Student, Simonds Elementary
Shayna magically enthralled her audience at our Family Literacy Night event. She captured the rapt attention of young and old alike. None of us wanted her to stop! She truly is a gifted storyteller who may just revive a lost art. Thank you, Shayna. Debbie, Fraser-Cascade Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Performances & Workshops

FolkPlay: African and African American Folktales to Live By

Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 - 55 mins.
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: cordless microphone, a PA System (if it is built into the gymnasium/performance space,that is fine), and a mic stand.
Fee Range: $720 - $995 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

FolkWise: is a smorgasboard of wise words, rhythm, song and movement - audience participation is lovingly required! Listeners are treated to a 40 to 50 minute show featuring 3 or 4 short folktales. Room is made for group discussion and reflection throughout and/or at the end of the performance. The timeless quality of the folktales lends itself to the issues that modern students face. From anti-bullying, to forgiveness, tolerance and self-acceptance, students of all ages consistently find meaningful points of reflection and self-discovery. FolkWise generates classroom discussion, debate and delight. You won't want to miss it!

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