Young Audiences of Rochester - Want to be a YA Artist?

Jay Stetzer

Jay Stetzer

Category: Literary Arts


A popular storyteller throughout the US since 1978, Jay has given outstanding performances at festivals, schools, colleges, and conferences, and has appeared frequently on radio, television, and with orchestras around the US. He has been a performing member of Young Audiences since 1983 and was selected as a finalist for their "Artist of the Year" award in 1988. Jay has recorded three award-winning CDs of stories: Fables in Four Minutes , World Full of Stories, and Parking in Manhattan. They are available through his website and at bookstores throughout Rochester.


Grades K-12
300 for Performances; Single Class size for workshops. Note: Smaller groups allow for better discussions during presentations.
Length 45 minutes
Cost $360 for Single Performance, $610 for Two Back to Back Performances; $420 for Evening or Community Event; $285 for Single Workshop

Technical Requirements

Artist will arrive 10 minutes before performance. Please provide a microphone.



Overview of Programs

Artists Career Panel Presentation - Storytelling Artist
High School Work Based Learning Coordinators will welcome Jay Stetzer as a Storytelling Artist for a panel presentation, developed to allow students to consider the role of their art interest/passion in their future plans. So many students stop arts interest areas after high school or college, yet would love to work in art fields. This Panel will help students learn how they may be able to continue in their interest areas - to consider if they can make a decent living pursuing their passion. Mr. Stetzer can provide a solo presentation or join a team of artists from other arts disciplines including Visual Art, Music/Vocal, Theatre, and Dance. (10-12)

  Workshops and After School Programs  
How Stories are Made
Meets Language and Literary Arts needs: Elementary students are introduced to the basic concepts and materials of a story that enhance oral presentation skills. They also learn how the "who, where and what" - character, setting, plot - are used to create all kinds of tales. Single Class Size for Workshops. (K-6)

A World Full of Story
Meets Language and Literary Arts needs: Older students are introduced to multipe forms of storytelling approaches from around the world. Puppets, masks, and movement are all included. Single Class Size for Workshops. (7-12)

  Performances, Family Programs and After School Programs  
Make Worlds From Words
Meets Language and Literary Arts needs: This is a genuine celebration of the oral tradition and the beauty and humor of the spoken word. Jay draws on a vast wealth of stories and songs from all over the world to craft a highly animated and participatory experience that is both entertaining and educational. (K-12)

Jay is available for School Performances and Workshops only on Wednesdays.