MISSION & BIO

Hello.  Whether calling contra dances, singing folk songs, creating folk art, spinning yarns or giving puppet shows my mission is sharing stories heart-to-heart. 

I have given shows for
 countless seniors, adults, teens, youngsters, and families.  My list of corporate clients programs is ever growing.  I co-created the Wisconsin Summer Library Reading Program performing arts movement and the Northlands Storytelling Network.  I co-founded the Wisconsin Storytelling Get-Together, the Waisman Center Family Entertainment Series, and the Rotunda Stage Family Entertainment program at Madison [WI] Overture Center.  My programs weave art forms into a unique blend of imagination-inspiring enchantment.  Generations of audiences return and introduce their families to my shows.

My entertainment roots go deep and I come by them naturally.  I didn't know my grandfathers, but my parents and grandmothers, and aunts and uncles, and older cousins all sang.  Their repertoires included lullabies, ballads, laments, hymns, ditties, and show songs.  I acted, told stories, and sang in elementary, middle school, high school and college.  I acted and gave puppet shows as a young man.  Eventually I became a full-time folk and performing artist. 
My renditions of classic and traditional folktales and songs; contemporary and original songs and stories; and family and contra dance programs are guaranteed fun.  I also created a whimsical folk art form I call wood punk.

I have performed at Wolk Trap National Performing Arts Park, American Players Theater, Madison Overture Center, Milwaukee Summerfest, Corn Island Storytelling Festival, Michigan Storytelling Festival, Illinois Storytelling Festival, and a host of other venues across the U.S.A.  When not giving a show I may be performing in productions like Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Tale of Hans Christian Anderson, The Berenstain Bears, The Little Prince, and others.  I coach performers in acting, singing, speaking, writing, script writing, banjo, ukulele, guitar, jawharp, spoons, storytelling, contra dancing, and stage craft. 

I perform in Summer Library Reading Programs to encourage kids to keep their reading skills polished on summer break.  I create commissioned programs for special groups and projects.  Examples:  The Saga of Credit Unions for CUNA Mutual, The Story of Madison [WI] Knitters Guild, Tales of Yesteryear for South Central [WI] Library System, and Songs for Endangered Species and Songs for Preserving Nature with students in Mt Horeb, WI, schools.

I enjoy the special beauty of a community that gathers for folk entertainment.  Whatever the program, I appreciate being recommended to folks in libraries, schools, parks and rec depts, festivals, fairs, markets, senior villages, nursing homes, coffeehouses, theaters, opera houses, and performing art centers.  I love giving house concerts in peoples' homes, too.  

Please share this information and contact me for discussing a performance or other program.

Thanks and best regards,
Reid Miller

reidmillershow@gmail.com
608-852-4524
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