ENTERTAINS, EDUCATES, AND ENCHANTS
Born an “army brat” in the West Texas town of El Paso, but raised in upper Westchester, New York, Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and day-dreams. He toured the United States in a ’68 Volkswagen Beetle, served as a counselor for a teen travel camp, worked as a union laborer, and watered Henry Kissinger’s office plants.
Mr. Kruk earned a B.A. in English from Holy Cross College and an M.A. in Educational Theater from New York University. He studied creative drama in England, got coached in acting at H.B.Studios by Bill Hickey, and performed Ritual Urban Theater with Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors.
Telling tales to his rambunctious brothers lead to an epiphany. Live storytelling calms the body, lifts the heart, and ignites the mind.
Jonathan honed his craft over candles and cake entertaining at more than 1000 children’s birthday parties. When Freeport Schools, on Long Island, made him storyteller in residence, he left Dr. Kissinger in 1989 to perform full time.
Every year he enchants at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites, and festivals, by tailoring programs to each venue. Jonathan’s best known for his solo shows of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “A Christmas Carol.” He’s been featured on The Today Show, The Travel Channel, CBS Sunday Morning, and the BBC.
Jonathan’s performed for the New-York Historical Society, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Fest, the NYS Reading Teacher’s Association, NYS PTA Conference, the Nassau County Museum, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, Met-Life, and Pepsico.
He has eight award-winning recordings, and two books, “Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley,” and “Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.”
Jonathan Kruk knows why they lived happily ever after.