"Novak, a gifted teller who regularly performs at festivals around the country, enhances his stories with a bag of tricks. His fluid voice can become a dozen different characters. He sometimes takes out a looped string and turns cat's cradle tangles into antlers, beards and other costumes for his protagonists." Smithsonian Magazine
"In him, The Brothers Grimm and Carl Jung meet Monty Python."
Houston Storytelling Festival
From the concert hall to the early childhood classroom, the university seminar to the company meeting room, David Novak creates experiences to entertain imagination, engage emotion, and discover common ground.
His storytelling is highly interactive, live, and immediate. On stage, he ranges across myth and memoir in dynamic solo performances. In his family concerts, generations gather around a virtual storytellers' fire. His works for youth spark creativity while making connections across culture. His standards-based school programs explore patterns in narrative and creative story-making.
His consulting clients identify their core narrative, using storytelling as a tool for program development, values clarification and improved working relationships.
As a one-on-one coach, David helps writers and performers fully develop new works. His extensive repertory ranges from The Epic of Gilgamesh to compelling memoir to The Heroic Climb of Itsy Bitsy Spider.
In a single tour, David entertains theatre-goers, educates students, advises corporate clients, and coaches creative artists.
He can also do a really mean impression of Little Red Riding Hood.