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The Performer Performing at School

A published writer, songwriter and singer, Donna immediately creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere with her audience. She is interested in the human spirit and celebrates the foibles and quirks of humanity with compassion, humour and song. The stories are selected from all traditions and cultures, and include folk tales, fairytales, fables and myths. Her program “Imagine That!” always includes singing, audience participation and interaction, and has the children moving from laughter to suspense, relief to shock and finally to identification, as the heroes in the story are revealed to be so like themselves. She masterfully encourages her audience to share their own experience and weaves it into her stories.

Donna immediately creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere with her audience. She is interested in the human spirit, and celebrates the foibles and quirks of humanity with compassion, humour and song. The stories are selected from all traditions and cultures, as well as Donna's original stories and reflect such themes as racism, living with diversity, accepting difference, bullying, conflict, self development, and integrity in a non-didactic, thoroughly entertaining way.  The audience (even teenagers!) will sing and laugh and participate actively, as Donna draws on their imagination, and moves them from hilarity to suspense, relief to shock, and finally deep satisfaction. A number of musical instruments and other odd props are used to create interest, and celebrate the multi-cultural element of the show. She is happy to create a show for a particular theme. 

 

The PerformancePerformance

Donna Jacobs Sife is a leading specialist educator and performer, at primary and high school levels. She lectures for many teacher training programs and is widely respected for her unique ability to connect with her audiences, from little pre-schoolers to troubled teenagers. A past winner of the National Storytelling Festival in Australia, she is a master storyteller, who travels extensively, performing and facilitating workshops. She is an accredited performing artist, and offers workshops to the students, and the teachers of the schools she visits.

Donna is happy to create a program for particular themes and subjects.

Previous examples include:

  • Eugenics (SCEGGS Redlands, Cremorne)
  • Going the Last Mile (All Saints Girls School, Liverpool)
  • The Beauty Myth. ( All Saints Girls School, Liverpool)
  • Welcome the Stranger (Ravenswood)
  • Getting On – Conflict resolution (Ravenswood, Gordon)

All programs are relevant for the crossroads program as outlined by The Department of Education.

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