Patricia Hruby Powell


Patricia Hruby Powell performed internationally with her dance company, One Plus One, from 1976-1992 and received choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the IAC. Her AIE residency sponsors include the IAC, the Kennedy Center, the Detroit Art Institute, and the University of Costa Rica. Since 1993, as a storyteller/dancer, she has toured nationwide and was a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Conference (2003) and the Illinois Storytelling Festival (2002). The author of award-winning picture books (Blossom Tales, the Navajo/English Zinnia, and Frog Brings Rain), her degrees include: BFA Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (1979); MFA Dance, Temple University (1987); and MS LIbrary Sciene, UIUC (1994). Hruby Powell participated in the Kennedy Center's seminar, "Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers" (2005).

Artistic Statement: 

Dramatizing a well-known folktale provides a springboard for students to physically model verbs and build vocabulary, find story structure, and choose pithy details, all to improve writing (and inspire reading). This work in drama provides a healthy energy outlet (especially for at-risk students) and builds self-confidence with students' resulting success. Through folktales we can enter all the cultures of the world. Students tell or write their stories or adapt folktales using movement and sounds to depict characters and explore the power of self-expression and performance. Developing characters ignites a sense of empathy for diverse peoples. Residency workshops are customized to enhance school curriculum, meet specific goals, and originate from work with drama and storytelling. Teachers' workshops are provided to ensure that the work continues effectively, year after year.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist