Artistic Name:
Brian "Fox" Ellis
Brian "Fox" Ellis
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P.O. Box 10800 Peoria, IL 61612
Peoria, IL

Since 1980 Brian "Fox" Ellis has been touring the world as a performer and educator. Through stories and song, myth and poetry, Fox brings the world to your school, library, festival or conference. He is a dynamic teller who, in a warmly entertaining manner, captures what is most life-affirming and beautiful in the human experience.

Fox believes that within each of us is a story to tell. One of his goals is to awaken the tale teller in all of us. He is a keynote speaker and master teacher who provides workshops for students, teachers, parents, clergy and naturalists.

His "Adventures in Nature" celebrate our relationships with all of creation. His renditions of international folktales evoke a deeper understanding of other cultures. Fox's retelling of American Indian tales enriches the listener with the wit and wisdom of his elders. He brings to life the history of America through the voices of presidents and slaves, farmers and factory workers.

Fox is the author of nine books including, The WEB at Dragonfly Pond. He also writes for more than a dozen magazines. As a working writer he sheds new light on the writing process helping students to find their own voice.

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With a repertoire of 400 stories, Fox puts together a performance to fit any theme or age level. Audience participation and sing-a-long songs enliven presentations for younger audiences, while complex plots and a vivid vocabulary challenge the most astute listeners. Following is a brief list of some of his favorite themes:

Adventures in Nature: ecological tales that celebrate the mysteries of creation and our place in the web of life.

Around the World in Less Than 80 Minutes: folk tales and legends from other lands and songs in other languages.

Turtle Island Tales: myths and chants of Native Americans A Midwinter Celebration: holiday stories and songs from many traditions including Kwanzaa, Hanukah, X-mas and Solstice.

Classic Tales of Terror: classic stories from English and American Literature or international tales of the supernatural.

River Stories: the human and natural history of America's inland waterways, Twain and Lincoln, steamboats and canoes.

Speaking Truth to Power: conflict resolution and creative alternatives to violence, mediation and problem solving skills.

Historical Encounters: In a well researched, interactive monologue Fox portrays, John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, Wilhelm Grimm, Walt Whitman, Saint Francis of Assisi, or Lincoln Tales Tall and True. Invite history into your classroom!

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