About Jonathan Kruk

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Born an army brat in the West Texas town of El Paso, but raised in upper Westchester, New York, Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and day-dreams.  He toured the United States in a '68 Volkswagen Beetle, served as a counselor for a teen travel camp, worked as a union laborer, and watered Henry Kissinger's office plants. 

Mr. Kruk earned a B.A. in English from Holy Cross College and an M.A. in Education from New York University.  He studied creative drama in England, got coaching at H.B.Studios by Bill Hickey,  and performed Ritual Urban Theater with Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors.


Telling tales to his kid brother, lead to an epiphany; children love listening to tales told live, thus launching a full time career storytelling.

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Baby Jonathan 

Sweet Baby Bro James is Elvis!

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"Your storytelling is so natural in its style. You truly are a master.

But, just as importantly, your stories are rich and invigorating, making your audience think. ...
I love your stories and the way you tell them. We are proud you shared them with us. All the best,"

Ed Glisson, 

Director of Visitor Engagement, Boscobel House and Gardens

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Storyteller in Residence Freeport Schools

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Wild Tales for Wild Kids!

Jonathan honed his craft over candles and cake entertaining at more than 1000 children’s birthday parties.  When Freeport Schools, on Long Island, made him storyteller in residence, he left Dr. Kissinger in 1989 to perform full time. 

Every year he enchants at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites, and festivals, by tailoring programs to each venue.    Jonathan's best known for his solo shows of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "A Christmas Carol."  He's been featured on The Today Show, The Travel Channel, CBS Sunday Morning, and the BBC.  


Jonathan's performed for the New-York Historical Society, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Fest, the NYS Reading Teacher’s Association, NYS PTA Conference, the Nassau County Museum, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, Met-Life, and Pepsico.

He has eight award-winning recordings, and  two books, “Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley,” and “Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.”  

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 “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

― Rudyard Kipling

Story is the best vehicle for passing on factual information. Historical figures and events linger in children's minds when communicated by way of a narrative. The ways of other cultures, both ancient and living, acquire honor in story. The facts about how plants and animals develop, how numbers work, or how government policy influences history—any topic, for that matter—can be incorporated into story form and made more memorable if the listener takes the story to heart. 

― National Council of Teachers of English