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Ricardo A. Rodriguez
Rico is a storyteller, performer and percussionist. He is also a counsellor, teacher, facilitator and a consummate Master of Ceremonies. He tells folktales, fairytales,
fables and legends from the extremely rich and diverse Latino and Hispanic cultures. He also writes and tells stories about his life, his family and his trials and tribulations with a soccer ball. You will be delighted to hear the one about how he was named after a famous character of a well-known 1950ʹs TV show. His easy style and his masterful use of humour, even in the most painful o f situations, draws audiences young and old. He tells in English, Spanish and Spanglish. He also facilitates workshops on the art of writing and telling stories. His workshops
are very lively, participatory and mostly fun. A challenging, but humorous, exploration of equity and positive social change are a recurrent theme throughout his telling. He works with at risk youth and he listens to their stories and encourages them to draw on their experiences to achieve healthy changes in their lives.Rico has performed in schools, conferences, theatres, pubs, festivals, living rooms, parks and on CBC, CKLN, CIUT, CJRT radio shows also on MuchMusic and through the World Wide Web. He served on the Board of the Storytellers School of Toronto and was Assistant Director to Listen Up!, the Annual Toronto Festival of
Storytelling. Rico is the first recipient of the Storytellers School of Toronto Anne Smythe
Rico offers a variety of storytelling programs from performances to workshops.
Performances could be tailor made for time and age-group considerations. His
performances include a combination of stories, drumming and dancing. Listeners
get to participate in all three mediums.
Rico also offers workshops in the art of storytelling. The workshops can be crafted
to deal with specific issues or activities that can benefit from the use of storytelling.
The workshops can take the form of a residence (two days or more), a half day, or
a full day.
In addition to these, Rico is available for weddings, parties or anything else as a
Master of Ceremonies.