Leland Faulkner

Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder stimulates students’ imaginations through shadow-theater, illusion, and characters from around the world.  Join Leland in exploring the source and properties of shadow, and the myriad possibilities in a single sheet of paper.  Imagine a hat brim that is impossibly twisted into an infinite number of objects, marvel at paper butterflies that appear to dance and multiply, and explore the possibilities of light and shadow as Leland creates a menagerie of silhouettes with only his hands. Physical theater, classical conjuring, and creative storytelling create a performance that has been hailed internationally as a theatrical feast!

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About the Artist

Leland Faulkner is a man of a thousand faces. Recipient of Kennedy Center accolades for directing Shadowplay, and multiple awards for original films, Leland has also consulted on the popular film The Polar Express.

World of Wonder (Grades K-12)

Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder stimulates students’ imaginations through shadow-theater, illusion, and characters from around the world. Coming from an international background, Leland has created a multi-cultural theatrical program that is both sophisticated and accessible. Join Leland in exploring the source and properties of shadow, and the myriad possibilities in a single sheet of paper. Laugh at the classic humor of Nasruddin, the wise fool of the Muslim world, as he encounters an invisible chicken. Imagine a hat brim that is impossibly twisted into an infinite number of objects, marvel at paper butterflies that appear to dance and multiply, and explore the possibilities of light and shadow as Leland creates a menagerie of silhouettes with only his hands. Physical theater, classical conjuring, and creative storytelling create a performance that has been hailed internationally as a theatrical feast. Length:  45 minutes

What schools are saying: “Leland’s show is amazing, he holds the students’ attention the entire time with only paper, shadows and more….”  How does he do it?????

Single Performance: $995

Pair of Performances: $1425

Triple: $1925

Quad: $2285

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Visions of Peace (Grades K-12)

All cultures have the common ability to learn from one-another, and to dream.” In Visions of Peace, master illusionist, dramatist and world-traveler, Leland Faulkner, artfully illuminates stories about dreaming for a better world. First, in the old German folktale, The Heart of Glass, a miser who has been cursed for cheating an old woman, goes on a quest to regain his ability to feel compassion.  Then, origami is used to illustrate the magic of paper, and the story of Sadako, a young Japanese girl victimized by the nuclear explosion at Hiroshima. She vows to fold 1,000 paper cranes as a prayer for peace. Today, children around the world send their cranes in tribute to Sadako and her vision. Finally, in a mysterious feast, bowls fill themselves magically with food and water as hunger and thirst fade into memory. Length:  45-60 minutes

Workshop (Grades 3-12)

Bring Leland into your classroom for an energetic, transformative, and fun workshop. Students will focus on creating physical theater using movement techniques and improvisation to gain specific skills to bring theatrical ideas to life.

$165 per workshop on day of performance

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