New Multi-Cultural Show for Schools and Theatres

Our new show, STAND-UP STORIES – Multicultural Tales to Live By premiered at Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater. The program (our 17th original production!) features four multicultural folktales and myths told using masks, acro-yoga, mime, and live music played on authentic ethnic instruments. “We live in a time of increasing intolerance, political gridlock, and profit often outweighing good values. This show uses humor and powerful storytelling to remind us no matter where we’re from or what we look like, we’re all people, and we all have something to learn.” – Boxtales Executive Artistic Director Michael Andrews. View more about the show for School Assemblies or Theatres and Presenters.

New School Assembly Honors Africa

Our new show for school assemblies: AFRICA TO AMERICA – The Ananse Story honors Africa and its diaspora while showing how stories and music travel with people and adapt to new environments. It points out how many of the Br’er Rabbit stories of the American South have origins in the West African stories of Ananse the Spider, and it shows how American “roots music” owes much to the drum rhythms of Africa. It features West African drum rhythms and songs, played live on ethnic instruments. See Africa to America – The Ananse Story  

2020 Summer Theatre Camps

BOXTALES DISTANCE-LEARNING SUMMER CAMP 2020! There’s no substitute for face to face, group interaction and learning in the performing arts, but creating this program has been surprisingly exciting. While there are many things we can’t do or can’t do as well in a virtual world, we are discovering a plethora of resources we had never dreamed of. In some ways, this version will be even better! The camp will be conducted on a ZOOM format, with both synchronous and asynchronous classes, taught by Matt and I. In addition, there will be selected online classes taught by the world’s most famous teachers, in the same performing art forms we base our method on and we will curate a collection of videos of the world’s best performing artists from throughout history for the students to watch. Our physicality will vary between seated screen focus and our normal rigorous challenges. We will be structuring the time so that our community of students gets valuable social time together, and some out-door activities as well. It is said that no actor training is complete without developing a solo performance. The end goal of this year’s camp is to achieve this. We hope in the future, …

2017 Summer Camp

Boxtales’ Summer Camp is a three-week journey in the Boxtales method including training in: acting, storytelling, acro-yoga, mime, music, characterization and collaboration. This year’s campers will create an original stage production of East of the Sun and West of the Moon BOXTALES offers the only professional theatre training for youth in Santa Barbara. This camp will stimulate minds, encourage team work, build character, and develop self esteem. Dates: June 19 – July 7 Times: Mon–Thurs 9am–3:30pm; Fri 9am–12:30pm Location: The Marjorie Luke Theatre Ages: 8 – 13 Cost: $750 Sign up early, only 30 positions available! Download our BOXTALES Summer Theatre Camp Registration Form 2017, for info email info@boxtales.org or call 962-1142. BOXTALES’ mission is to bring myths and folktales from around the world to young audiences using masks, movement, music, and storytelling. Our aim is to fire imaginations, inspire creativity, strengthen cultural pride, encourage tolerance, and engage young people in the excitement and immediacy of live performance.

By Author Laurence Housman Publisher Bodder and Sloughton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Boxtales’ next piece will be based on One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. The Arabian Nights is a medieval Middle Eastern literary epic which tells the tale of Sheherazade who relates a series of stories to her malevolent husband, King Shahryar to delay her execution. For a thousand and one nights she tells her stories taking care each night to pause at a moment of great suspense so that the king insists on her continuing the following night. Her stories are traditional Persian, Arabic, and Indian folktales, including historical tales, love stories, tragedies, comedies, poems, burlesques and Muslim religious legends peopled with Djinns, magicians, Caliphs and beggars and set in legendary cities of the near east. Many are richly layered tales within tales and evoke the magic, color and history of the Muslim world. Our intention with this material are multifold: we aim to show the power of storytelling, present a woman as the hero, show the wisdom, elegance, high culture of different regions of the Middle East, while reminding our audience of the universality of human struggles, and present the sometimes complex, social material in an appropriate, accessible way for young minds to grasp.

Back by Popular Demand

We are pleased to bring back our popular show Waters of the Earth – Multicultural Tales of the Sea. This show will be available for the 2015-2016 school year as both a school assembly and theatre show. See

Boxtales Theatre Celebrates 20 years

Come celebrate with the award winning BOXTALES Theatre Company! BOXTALES has been weaving a magical spell and changing the way we see theatre since 1994. The unique blend of storytelling, movement, masks, live music, and clever use of the imagination of their audience is a delightful and much needed re-visioning of the art form. BOXTALES has redeveloped and fully staged some of their most loved shows for this festival, to celebrate 20 years of successful productions. 4 Performances November 13-16, 2014 Nov 13 – Thursday 8:00pm Prince Rama & the Monkey King Nov 14 – Friday 8:00pm The Odyssey Nov 16 – Sunday 11:00am Leyendas de Duende Magical Tales of Latin America Nov 16 – Sunday 2:00pm B’rer Rabbit and other Trickster Tales Tickets on sale now at the Lobero Theatre Box Office (805) 963-0761. Single show tickets: $5 kids 10 & under, $15 students/seniors, $25 general, $50 best seats in the house. Festival Pass: 20% discount when purchasing all four shows through October 31