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Will Gould

About the artist

Will Gould is an Indianapolis-based performance artist who specializes in acting, storytelling and impersonations. He’s been a performing since 1982, and he’s been with a teaching artist with Arts for Learning for 25 years. Will has a B.F.A. from The Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University; he taught Theatre Literature at The Orchard School from 1991-1997. Will does literature-based programming both by himself and with accompaniment from a pianist, Dave Hepler. “My programs are infused with vocal interpretations and more than a dash of nonsense and lunacy,” Will says. His energetic approach gets all students—even the most reserved ones—involved in the action. “I have a way with reluctant or shy students,” he says, adding that he hopes all of the students he works with come away with a new or renewed appreciation for the arts. “If I’ve encouraged even one student in the audience to pursue the arts and their talents, I feel I’ve done a good job,” he says. “Hopefully, their imaginations will be sparked and they’ll learn new ways to solve problems and new lessons about empathy, active listening, and collaboration.”

Programs

1 Seuss, 2 Seuss: A Pair of Programs

Performance

K-3rd: Ted I’ve Read
Beginner Books (times 4) prove that Seuss is no bore! Faithful pachyderm sitting, hopped pop, tooth book & participatory mooing all with an acting point of view, because reading should be fun for students and you!

4-6th: WWII and Dr. Seuss, Too
Find out how Dr. Seuss’s experiences as an officer in WWII changed children’s literature forever. A dictating turtle and Whos with small voices will help your students think about history and what influences writers and actors.

This program meets standards in Communication Critical Thinking Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading U.S. History & Culture World History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $288 Double: $576

Specialized Literature

Residency

Multiple visits with an actor. Students explore a classic work of literature (such as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach). Students will contemplate possible sequels or prequels, and learn literary elements.

This program meets standards in Communication Creative Writing Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills Reading
  • Grades: 3-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

5-day: $469

These Stories Go Beyond Any Test

Performance

Through theatrical readings, students explore life-long learning themes such as accepting each other’s differences, working as a team, and facing our fears. Choose from children’s literature selections that will compliment your students’ needs.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-2
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $288 Double: $576

Seuss and Other Nonsense Stories

Performance

The works of three children’s authors are brought to life in this presentation of theatrical readings. Students will be introduced to the idea of nonsense poetry, and will enjoy the simple pleasure of silliness.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-2
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $288 Double: $576

The Spirit of James Whitcomb Riley

Performance

Indiana’s own poet is celebrated in this character performance. Through Riley’s verses, students will meet some of the major influences on his imagination such as The Raggedy Man, ‘Lisabeth Ann, Li’l Orphan Annie, and the Goblins.

This program meets standards in Indiana History Language Arts Listening & Speaking Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $288 Double: $576

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