"Your storytelling was a dynamic blend of musicality, mime and emotion. Above all it was pure entertainment. All the adults and children were involved in audience participation and they will long remember this special show."
- Josh Lachman, Berkeley Public Libraries
“Kirk Waller is a gifted story teller and teacher. His workshop on the use of storytelling in human service delivery was fun, engaging and full of ideas that we could use in our own work.”
- Judy Schwartz, Administrator, Fremont Family Resource Center
"Thank you for coming! We all agreed, you were animated, sensitive, intuitive to your audience, and that you offered a great performance!"
Jan Moore, - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford
“Kirk Waller was first part of our Diablo Valley College Ethnic Storytelling Festival in 2008, and once we had experienced his world of story we knew we wanted him back in 2009. His stories transport his listeners through, and across cultures and continents. In addition, he surprises and delights his audiences with the rich and diverse traditions of Africa, and always his stories are made even more magical by the a capella music that punctuates their telling.”
- Nancy Malone, Cofounder Ethnic Storytelling Festival
"We love having Kirk perform here. He has a talent for giving classic fairytales a fun and contemporary twist, and we appreciate the fact that his high energy presentation encourages all of us to play along with him."
- C.J Hirschfield, Executive Director, Children’s Fairyland
Mr. Waller’s style is simply captivating. He encourages audience participation which ensures that even the youngest audience members remain engaged throughout the program. Mr. Waller’s singing voice is absolutely beautiful and adds a very unique element to his stories. His tales, from the legend of John Henry to the life of Rosa Parks, are very poignantly told. During one performance which I attended, an eight-year-old boy turned to me and said, “he really gets it.” I could not agree more. Mr. Waller brings to life some very important parts of our history, and audiences young and old come away richer for the experience.
- Suzy Daveluy, Children’s Programming Librarian
Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library
Kirk told several stories from African-American culture and he also gave us some background on the stories. He entranced the audience from the young children to the older adults and kept their interest. His stories have something for everyone since they touch upon the basics of human interaction. His presentation is delightful, his singing beautiful, and the stories moving and fun. I would recommend Kirk to anyone looking for a charming story telling experience.
- Ann Mahon, Program Manager, Children and Teen Services
South San Francisco Public Library
For the past decade, Kirk has been our resident storyteller for our Arts and Education program for school age children. I cannot say enough about how his wonderful and engaging storytelling has improved our service delivery as an agency that strives to help provide fair housing and equality to everyone regardless of age, race, sex or ability. Kirk has helped us spread the message of equality, tolerance and peace through his art form with artistic skill and expertise.
Teachers constantly comment on his skill and his ability to educate and inspire as he pours himself into his work. For nearly ten years I have worked with this master storyteller and I would highly recommend him to be a part of your program. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
- Adriana Ames,
Education Director, Fair Housing of Marin
Kirk’s many tales are very well crafted and skillfully delivered. They really can “take you far and away:, while also connectnig to “the here and now”. Our festival draws from an active, artistic and diverse community with an all ages and stages philosophy that Kirk readily manages. We will definitely be having Kirk back for more “Telling Tales”.
-Marti Mogense, Telling Tales Festival