Resume

Please find here a link to listen to a nice interview and story at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCFI4q8YX3g&feature=youtu.be
Bio
Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Hawaii and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA. Antonio has some fun and award winning DVDs and picture book too!

Training

  • University of Southern Maine. Summa Cum Laude BA in Theatre, 1989- 1992.
  • Marcel Marceau, two week master mime workshop, Gambier Ohio, 1995.
  • Tony Montanaro, fifteen year training in mime and storytelling, 1988- 2003.
  • Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique de Paris, one week, Paris France, 1991.

Grants & Awards

  • National Storytelling Network, Circle of Excellence Award, 2015.
  • Arts Visibility Grant. Maine Arts Commission, 2014.
  • Parents Choice Gold Award for Under African Skies DVD, 2008.
  • John A. Kittredge Educational Fund. Travel grant to Singapore Festival, 1996.
  • Four year scholarship. Univ. of Southern Maine, Theater BA. 1989-92.
  • Partners of the Americas travel grant from Brazil to Maine to study mime with Tony Montanaro, 1988.

Affiliations with Arts in Education Organizations

  • Young Audiences of Connecticut, Hamden -CT.
  • Young Audiences of Virginia, Norfolk -VA.
  • Class Acts Arts, Silver Spring -MD.
  • United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Raleigh-NC.

Special Skills

  • Singing (tenor). Languages: Portuguese some Spanish and French. Private pilot single engine, tree climber.

Performance Highlights

Please view my TEDx Dirigo talk at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pzwtxk23Es

Please find below a list of my performance highlights. For upcoming events please visit the Calendar section of this website. Thank you

Bay Area Storytelling Festival – California  2016.

Celebration of Light Storytelling Festival, Midland TX – 2016 and past 14 years.

Powellswood Storytelling Festival, Washington State, 2016.

Indiana Story Art Series, Indianapolis 2016.

Mesa Performing Arts Center, AZ 2016.

Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference, Colorado 2016.

Texas Library Conference, Houston 2016

Sounds of the Mountain Storytelling Festival, Virginia 2016.

Southlands Storytelling Festival, New Zealand 2016

Starlight Academy storytelling Carnival, Taiwan 2016

Under the Aaladamaraa Tree Storytelling Fesitval, India 2015.

Starlight Academy storytelling Carnival, Taiwan 2015.

Storytelling Internationales Festival in Austria, 2015.

Workshop facilitator at Sharing The Fire Storytelling Conference – Amherst MA – March 2015.

Isle au Haut school residency. Maine- March 2015

Mariposa Storytelling Festival CA. March 2015

Performance at Center Theatre – Dover Fox-Croft Maine – Feb 2015

Young Audience of Connecticut tour – Jan 2015

Gray Maine Schol tour – Dec 2014

Celebration of Light Festival in Midland TX- Dec 2014

Kathalaya Academy workshop and Performances – India – Nov/Dec 2014

Kansas City Storytelling Celebration – Nov 2014

United Arts of Wake Co. tour – Nov 2014

SOMOS storytelling Festival – Taos NM- Oct 2014

Class Acts tour in the DC/Baltimore area – Oct 2014

Beaver Storytelling Festival – Beaver PA- Oct 2014

Cave Run Storytelling Festival – Moore Head KY- Sep 2014

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival – Orem UT – Sep 2014

Festival by the Sea – Castine Maine- Aug 2014

Western Maine Storytelling Org. Performance – July 2014

Performances at Hamden and Belfast Public Library Maine – June 2014

Jackson Storytelling Festival in Michigan. May 2014.

SESC Literature week. Performances and a two day workshop in Cuiaba Brazil. April 2014.

Storytelling Festival of Carolina. Laurinburg, NC. April 2014.

Wake and Johnston County School tour NC. April 2014.

Young Audiences of Connecticut school tour. April 2014.

African Heritage Group weekend long workshop, NYC. March 2014.

Movement Residency at Yarmouth High. January and February 2014.

National Storytelling Festival TN. Oct 2013.

Celebration of Light Storytelling Festival. Dec 2013

Miami International Book Fair. Nov. 2013.

Wake County School tour. Nov 2013.

Syracuse School tour. Nov 2013.

Young Audiences of Connecticut school tour. Oct 2013.

International Festival of Arts and Ideas. New Haven CT . June 21st, 2013.

Multicultural Fair at the Hyannis West Elementary School, June 5th 2013.

Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Jonesborough TN. May  21st to 25th, 2013.

Wilson Museum in Castine ME. April 11th, 2013.

Mount Desert Island Elementary School art week workshops. Maine- April 10th – 2013.

Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference. Workshop presenter and performance. Sable Oaks South Portland ME – June 6th.

Super Saturday Children’s Festival, Tryon North Carolina. March 15th and 16th – 2013.

Center Theatre School Bused in performances. Dover Foxcroft ME Feb 12th, 2013.

Young Audiences of Virginia Glass Blowing Studio performance in Norfolk VA with several school performances. Feb. 5th – 8th -2013.

Phyzgig Festival in Portland ME. Dec 28th – 30th, 2012

LAVA Family Festival. LA Arts at Bates Collage ME. Dec 14th 2012.

Celebration of Light Storytelling Festival TX. Dec 7th and 8th 2012, and the past 10 years.

Lone Star Storytelling Festival in Frisco TX. Oct 19th and 20th, 2012.

Several school tours in Connecticut, North Carolina and Virginia during Oct 2012.

Indian Summer Storytelling Festival in Vernal Utah. Sep  20th to 23rd, 2012.

Johnson Hall Lunch Series in the Park. Gardner ME, Aug 22nd, 2012.

Center Theatre Summer Series. Dover Foxcroft, ME. July 28th, 2012.

Library tour in Hawaii. Seventeen Libraries, four islands, ten days. June 26th to July 6th, 2012.

Ljungby Storytelling Festival – Ljungby Sweden. June 15th to the 18th, 2012.

Fabelhaft Storytelling Festival. Various locations in Austria. May 23rd to 27th, 2012.

School tours in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Massachusetts. April 2012.

Florida Storytelling Camp and conference. March 23rd to 25th 2012.

Writing based on oral tradition Schools Residency programs through LA Arts, Lewiston ME. March 2012.

Timpanogos winter Storytelling Conference in Orem Utah. Feb. 9th – 11th, 2012.

International Storytelling Symposium in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Nov. 10th to 13th, 2011.

Miami International  Book Fair. Nov. 19th and 20th,  2011.

Cave Run Storytelling Festival. Kentucky Sep 21st to 24th, 2011.

Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center, TN. Sept  13th to 17th, 2011.

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem Utah. Aug 29th to Sept 3rd, 2011.

Stonington Opera House, Maine. Aug 17th 2011.

School  tour in North Carolina, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, April 2011.

Fisher Island Community Show, NY. March 25th,2011.

Storytelling Festival in Rock Hill South Carolina.  March 17th -19th, 2011.

Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival in Oregon. March 3rd to the 5th, 2011.

Tapestry of Tales – Portland Oregon- 2010

New Zealand Storytelling tour – 2010

NSN Storytelling Conference in LA 2010

ETSU ( Eastern Tennessee State  University ) summer institute 2010

Picture book called The Party in the Sky. Learn more about it on MEDIA above

Lodi Library- CA 2010

Multicultural Storytelling Festival – Eugene OR – 2010

Mariposa Storytelling Festival 2010

Miami International Book Fair 2009

Bay Area Storytelling Festival – CA 2009

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts 2009

Ljungby Storytelling Festival – Sweden 2009

Fabelhaf Festival – Austria 2009

Miami Dade Storytelling Festival 2009

National Storytelling Festival 2008.

Washington DC Environmental Film Festival 07/08.

Hawaiian Library tour- Nov 07.

Ahus Storytelling residency- Ahus Sweden-Nov.08

Gateway to the Arts- Pittsburgh- 07/08/09/10.

Irish school tour- May 08.

Patchwork Tales- Rock Hill SC- 07.

Riverway Storytelling Festival- Albany NY- 07.

The Fukugawa Edo Museum- Tokyo 06.

Singapore International Storytelling Festival 06/07.

Birmingham Museum of Art- Alabama- April 08.

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival- Aug 08.

Lone Star Storytelling Festival- Frisco TX Oct 08.

Caldwell Theatre- Boca Raton- FL March 08.

Midnight Cabaret at the National Festival- Oct 06.

Dade County Art of Storytelling Festival-Miami- 06

Village of Tales- Ojai CA-May 06.

Teller In Residence – Jonesborough – TN. Oct 25th – 29th , 05.
San Juan Capistrano Festival – California – Oct 14th & 15th, 05.
Cave Run Storytelling Festival – Kentucky – Sep 22nd – 24th, 05/08.
Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Festival – Williamsburg, VA – Sep 16th- 18th , 05.
Once upon a Thames, Storytelling festival – Ontario Canada- Sep. 05/08
Tales of Graz, Austria – Europe – June of 2005.
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center – May 05.
Multicultural Storytelling Festival – Eugene Oregon – April 05.
Mariposa Storytelling Festival – California – March 05.
Flying Leap Storytelling Festival – Solvang- CA – Feb 05.
Celebration of Light Festival – Midland Texas – Dec. 2004/03/02/01
Mesa Storytelling Festival – Mesa Az – Oct 04.
The National Storytelling Festival, Tennessee – Oct 04.
Kansas City Storytelling Festival – April 04.
Tampa- Hillsborough Festival- Tampa FL. – April 04.
Arts on the Green, Omaha, NE – August 2003.
StoryFest International, Bellevue, WA – August 2003.
Nebraska Storytelling Festival, Omaha – June, 2003/01.
Bay Area Storytelling Festival, CA – May 03.
Lecture and performance at Univ. San Diego, CA – May 03.
Keepers of the Word Festival, Amherst College, MA – April 03.
Nebraska Story Arts tour – April 2003.
Storytelling Arts of Indiana tour – Feb. 2003.
Cincinnati Play House, Ohio – Jan. 2003.
Winter Tales Festival, Nebraska Jan. 2003.
International Storyfest Utrecht – Holland, Dec. 2002.
Dunya Festival, Rotterdam Europe – May 2001/2002.
National Geographic, Earth Day Festival – April 2002.
Florida StoryCamp – March 2002.
Stories to Grow On, two week tour, California – Dec 2001.
Discovery Theater, Smithsonian – Nov 2001.
Celebration of Light Festival, Midland Texas -Nov 2001.
Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Indianapolis – September 2001.
Nebraska Storytelling Festival, Omaha – June 2001.
The Smithsonian Institute, National Zoo – Sep 2000.
Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival -October 2000.
College of The Atlantic, Bar Harbor ME -Sept. 2000.
Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale Univ -2000.
Washington DC. Int’l Storytelling Festival. Austrian Embassy -May99- 2000.
Funda – Black Storytelling Festival, Providence RI -Jan. 2000.
The Kennedy Center. Ten solo shows, Washington DC -Nov 2-7 1999.
Jonnycake Storytelling Festival -RI 1999.
Head & Tales Storytelling Festival, Salem MA, 1999.
Three Apples Storytelling Festival, Harvard MA -Sept 1998.
New England Modern StoryFest ME -Sept 1997.
Singapore Festival of the Arts -June 1996.
National tour with Light Theatre Co. Tampa Bay PAC,
Las Vegas, & Boston Museum of Science. 1993.
Dance Festival in Aruba with Tony Montanaro and CO. – Nov1991.
King Alfred College. England -May 1991.
Latin American Festival of Culture. Brazil -July 1987.

Plays:
Pentecost. Role: Antonio a Mozambican, Theatre Project, 2000
Scapin. Role: Carle & Nerine. Portland Stage Co. 1996.
Holiday Show. Various roles Children’s Theatre of Maine. 1995.
The Light Princess. Various roles Children’s Theatre of Maine. 1994.
Medea – Role: The Messenger. USM, 1991.
Twain Follies. Various roles (England tour). USM 1991.

Film & Video:
Groff Video Productions, Pilot., 2000
Concord Trailways Ad. 1998.
Irving Oil industrial, 1997.
Short Filme, Atkin Films, It is just perfect. 1997
Feature Film The Preacher’s Wife – Hockey Player. 1996.
Video: Feed the Magic Fire. PBS 1994.
Video: Mime Spoken Here, 1992.

Training:
University of Southern Maine. Summa Cum Laude BA in Theatre, 1992.
Marcel Marceau. Gambier Ohio, 1995.
Tony Montanaro. Mime and storytelling, 1988-present.
Allen Suddeth & David Leong. Stage Combat, 1991.
Bari Rolfe. Mask and storytelling, 1991.
Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique de Paris. One week 1991.
Mime and Acting in Brazil, 1985-88.

Grants & Awards:
Parents choice gold award 08 for Under African Sky DVD.
John A. Kittredge Educational Fund. Travel grant for Singapore Festival of Arts, 1996.
Four year Scholarship. Univ. of Southern Maine . BA in theater. 1989-92.
Partners of the Americas. Perform and Train in the USA, 1988.
Special Skills:
Singing (tenor). Theatre Combat. Languages: English, Portuguese some Spanish and French.

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