Resume / CV

Photo by: Rudolf Von Dommele
Photo by Alex Kruk

Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller, jonathankruk@gmail.com 

11 Maple Lane, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Education/ Training

B.A. English - Holy Cross College / M.A. Educational Theater - New York University

Urban Ritual Theater - “Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors”

H.B. Studios with Bill Hickey

A trained actor and artist educator, known for solo shows of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “A Christmas Carol” and countless performances for children, Jonathan Kruk is an award-winning storyteller, ready for performing in period pieces, to do VO,  audiobook work.

 

Select Storytelling Experiences

 

Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, NYC - Storyteller in Residence - 2012 to 2019

 

Teaching Artist, Early Stages, Inc New York City, 2000-2013

Created, developed and conducted with teachers a fourth- grade social studies residency on New York Native, Colonial and Revolutionary designed to meet curricular goals and arts in education standards. Presented teacher workshops at conferences for in service training.

 

Full Time Professional Storyteller 1989 to Present

 Enchants children into listening, learning and imagining. Developed over a half dozen

storytelling programs to help teachers meet curricular requirements, common core standards.

 

BOCES Teaching-Artist -

Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Albany, Catskills, Madison, Sullivan, Verona, NYC

Artist Educator, Westchester Arts Council — 1985 -1992 

School and mental health center residences, “Imagination Celebration” Grant

 

Storyteller in Residence, Freeport Schools, Long Island — 1982-1992

 Engaged six first and second grade classes weekly, with interactive fables and fairy tales from

around the world. Officials found improved listening skills and vocabulary.

 

Featured Performances

Solo Shows -The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol” Historic Hudson Valley 2010 Featured on: The TODAY Show 10/19, Museum Mysteries - The Travel Channel 5/2019

United Solo Artist Festival, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Theater Row, NYC, 11/2015

Al-Jazeera America Artist Spotlight Interview, NYC, October 2014

“CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” NYC Sept 2012

Master Storyteller - Historic Hudson Valley, Sleepy Hollow, NY 1989 to Present

Troubadour - Huntington Renaissance Faire, Huntington Unitarian Church, L.I.1 987 -2004

EMCEE Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn L.I., NY 1998-2006

“Fairy-Teller” Guide - Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY  1981 to present

 

Keynote Performances & Workshops

 

NYS PTA Conference Keynote Performance 11/3/2019

Greater Hudson Heritage Network Conference, Keynote Performance 10/28/16

SLMSSENY Conference Keynote Performance April 2015

New England Storytellers – “Sharing the Fire” Conference 2012

Archdiocese of New York Annual Teacher’s Conferences, Somers, NY, 2004, & 2005

National Native Plants Gathering, Altoona, PA 2003

New York State Reading Council Conference, workshops keynote Rye & Saratoga NY 2001, 2002 ,2007

Nassau BOCES “Making Connections” Conference Keynote show & workshop “On the Hudson” 1999

Greenburgh School District Superintendent’s Conferences 1998, 1999

Parents as Reading Partners Conference, Albany, NY 1996

Westchester Early Childhood Educator’s Councils 1990-96

Notable Performances

St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol 2015 - 18

Hamilton Theater, Rahway, NJ - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 2014

Mark Twain House, Hartford CT - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 2011

Quadricentennial of the Hudson River - celebratory shows with Rich Bala, NYC to Albany

Building the Dams in Story & Song, for kids from Queens & Catskills, A Watershed Corp. Grant, 2007 with Rich Bala

Pete Seeger’s Great Hudson River Revival Clearwater Festival 2004, 2009, 2018

Hamilton - Burr Duel - New-York Historical Society, with Rich Bala, 2003-5

200th Anniversary of the Statue of the Amiable Child, Riverside Park, NYC, 1996

Opened for Raffi, Yonkers Hudson River Festival, 1992

Earthday Celebrations Bear Mountain Bridge, NY, 1990, Battery Park NYC 2000

 

Sample of Performance Venues

Adirondack Museum, Arkell Museum, New York State Museum, Albany Institute, SUNY Potsdam, Litchfield Historical Society, Fort Crailo, Fort Stanwix, Stony Point Battlefield, Washington’s Headquarters, White Plains & Newburgh, New Windsor Cantonment, Knox’s Headquarters, Clermont State Historic Site, Morse Mansion, Mount Gulian, Scenic Hudson’s West Point Foundry Site, Teatown Reservation, Croton Point Park, Philipse Manor Hall, Yonkers, John Jay Homestead, Fraunces Tavern, Coe Hall, WCBS, WHUD, WAMC, WBlJ, History, & Travel Channel, Food Network, German TV 1, Cablevision, World Cup Nursery

 

Awards

2017 Best Satire “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” United Solo Theater Artists Festival NYC

2009,2011 - Three Parents Choice Awards for spoken word recordings

2008 - Selected “Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley” Hudson Valley Magazine

2008 National Association for Parenting Publications Honors Award CD-

            “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

2001 CD Revolution on the River with Rich Bala "Best of the Valley" Hudson Valley Mag.

2000 Bronze Citizenship Medal, Sons of the American Revolution

1998 Citation from NYS Assembly for arts in education work at the Greenburgh Schools.

Many citations from scouting organizations

 

Publications & Films

2020 The Misadventures of Ichabod Crane" Historic Hudson Valley -Dann-Cruz, Prod. 

2019 “Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands” The History Press, Charleston SC

2018 - Jonathan's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow solo show film, Fox & Crow, Prod.

2011 “Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley” The History Press,

2004 "Parables of Jesus" Silver Burnett Ginn Religious CD series

 

 

About Jonathan

 

Serves on the Board of the Desmond/Fish Library, Philipstown Democratic Committee, Eagle Scout Review Boards, Past President Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce,

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