Gerald Fierst is one of America‘s most acclaimed storytellers. As a performer, he has appeared throughout the US, in Europe, and in Asia, telling original stories, stories from his own Jewish tradition, and stories from world folklore; as a writer and teacher, he has worked for school systems and universities across the US, leading workshops for teachers and students in writing and performance. He has served as a Co-director of the MidAtlantic Storytellers‘ Gathering, as a member of the board of The New York Storytelling Center, and as artistic director of the Jewish Storytelling Center at the 92nd St Y in NYC. Fierst has been a featured teller and ghost story teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, a Storyteller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center, and is on line with a scholastic.com web page Meet the Storyteller
In 2008-10, he has represented the United States through its embassy in Spain, performing stories with noted childen‘s author Margaret Read MacDonald as part of US State Department‘s cultural programming. Fierst has released four audiotapes Monstrous Mischief, Tikun Olam (both Parents Choice Silver Honorees), Jewish Tales of Magic and Mysticism, and The American Spirit.
As a civil celebrant performing weddings and funerals, Gerry uses storytelling techniques to illuminate the ritual of timeless life passages. His unique blending of tradition with a contemporary sensibility has made him a popular marriage officiant, lecturer, and trainer.
His book The Heart of the Wedding has been praised by critics for “celebrating the new America, respecting tradition while finding a contemporary voice to say “I do.” By connecting life‘s passages with a larger vision of humanity — past, present and future — Gerry shows us a way to celebrate our families and ourselves.‘
Tales from Around the World
Laughter, drama, participation, and suprises from a multi-cultural world. Designed for elementary school audiences, a collection of folklore, literature, and original materials which stress that all of us have stories to tell.
“YOUR LIVELY STORYTELLING CAUGHT ALL THE CHILDREN UP IN YOUR STORIES AND SHOWED THEM THE MAGIC OF STORYTELLING.” Janet Sygar, PS 110, New York, NY
The American Spirit
Eyewitness accounts of the men and women who shaped our nation in a dynamic mix of storytelling and theater. Experience the pageant of American history through folklore and historical events involving George Washington, Sojourner Truth, the Wright Brothers, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and more.
“DYNAMIC, HUMOROUS, AND WONDERFUL” Connecticut Historical Society
Spooks and Ghosts
Everyone loves a tale that curls your hair and sends chills up your spine. Hear a master storyteller tell classic tales of the supernatural, modern stories of other consciousness, and true tales of the inexplicable.
“MARVELOUS AND ENTRANCING” Fran Poteet, Newark Public Library. Newark, NJ
Don't let his boyish good looks fool you. Gerald Fierst can tell a tale that will make your skin chill and your toes curl. His 60-minute program includes classic folktales of the "gotcha" variety and contemporary horror from modern masters as well as original stories of haunting and inexplicable happenings. You're never too old to listen to a great storyteller, and Gerald Fierst is one of the best!
Recent appearances have included:
Allegheny College, Ambler University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Drew University, Drury College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Macon-Randolph College, Marymount College, Penn State-Dubois, Simmons College, Smith College, SUNY Binghamton, Texas A&E, Trinity College, University of Denver, University of Ohio, University of Oklahoma-Okmulgee, University of Pennsylvania, Utica College-SUNY, Westminster College, Yale University.
For five thousand years, the Jewish people have used stories to worship, to teach, to share joy and sorrow. Experience the traditions, drama, and history of the Jewish people through the words and images of one of America's foremost storytellers. Special holiday and synagogue programs available.
YOUR ABILITY TO RELATE TO PEOPLE FROM TWO YEARS OLD THROUGH EIGHTY PLUS IS REMARKABLE. YOU HAVE A MARVELOUS ABILITY TO TEACH THROUGH STORYTELLING."Rabbi Richard Hammerman, Congregation B'nai Israel, Toms River, NJ
Listen to samples of Gerry reading from a selection of stories: