MARILYN PRICE - ONE OF A KIND!
MARILYN PRICE is a nationally known puppeteer, storyteller and educator who has been telling and teaching for over forty years. Her uniquely handcrafted characters convey an enthusiasm for the spirit of her stories to all of her audiences both young and less young. Her repertoire includes a wide variety of programs for all sorts of audiences and specializes in imagination stretching and stories that teach.
Over the years Marilyn and her puppets have traveled to every corner of the United States using original scripts and stories fitted to her characters and style. Her choice of materials - she makes all her puppets - reflects her impish sense of humor as nerf balls, feather dusters, toilet paper tubes and baby sleepers come to life with her touch.
Marilyn has taught and performed across the country to children and educators, librarians, parents, professional puppeteers and storytellers and clergy. She has been the author of a bi-monthly feature on puppetry for Shofar Magazine, a series of articles on Jewish home life for the Reconstructionist Magazine and in spring of '96 released a book Puppets in English and Spanish for Celebration Press (an imprint of Scott Foresmen) that featured her puppet creations. One of her original tales "Grandma's Challah" can be found in Chosen Tales: Stories told by Jewish Storytellers (ed. Peninnah Schramm). It has been effectively converted to a children’s book entitled “Grandma’s Cookies”and is available on Amazon as well as Torah Aura Press. Also released from Torah Aura Press is "Marilyn Price and Friends Present the Alphabet from Alef to Tav" featuring a different puppet creation for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet including the vowels (Torah Aura Press).
Another of Marilyn's specialties is creating "programs to suit" for institutions such as The Chicago Public Library system in areas of Ecology, fine arts and Chicago lore. She has worked with the Field Museum of Natural History designing a family guide for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and working with the Block Gallery of Northwestern University she created a program centered on the art of Babar the Elephant and another on whales for their Moby Dick painting exhibit. Having starred in a Cable program with her signature character Mrs. Goose, she then worked with science topics to illustrate a variety of principles specifically geared for elementary school students in the video medium.
With a specialty in Judaica, Price designed and coordinated a Family Education Program that used stories to teach. Often called in to consult on curriculum development and program building for schools Marilyn helps to spread her innovative and accessible ways of teaching to others. A regular faculty member for the Union of Reform Judaism's Adult Learning Retreats she teaches adults a variety of subjects centered on stories and spirituality. Ms. Price travels regularly as a guest scholar for Elderhostels, synagogues and conferences and has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Arts Council's Artstour Roster.
All of the stories she tells reflect the ethics she feels necessary for a valuable and full life. Marilyn's puppetry and storytelling teaching skills have instructed adults and children in social issues ranging from AIDS to ecology, to topics such as the Holocaust, sacred spaces, Elijah the prophet, Tzedakkah (justice or charity) and Mitzvot (commandments or good deeds) and is a frequent guest teller on National Public Radio.
Currently Ms. Price is the President of TriBraining, Inc. a not for profit educational foundation that is spearheading the efforts to teach educators (formal and experiential) on how to reach all the members of the classroom. She uses the arts as her principle tool featuring not only puppetry but storytelling and presentation skills as she travels across the country focusing on this important and vital work.
In 2015 Marilyn was honored by her hometown with THE MAYORS AWARD FOR THE ARTS for her outstanding work in the community as well as her mastery of her craft in helping others bring joy and learning to their environment.
Yet perhaps the most important is that her contagious humor and wit make learning with Marilyn the most enjoyable lesson her audiences can imagine.