About Chris

"You are so funny! I wish my brother were here, he would love you."
-- Fifth Grader, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Chris Fascione's greatest passion has always been performing for children and their families. He presents his one-man show, "Bringing Literature to Life!," in which he acts out stories his audience can then check out from the school or local library, for schools, libraries and other family venues. Chris has been touring throughout the United States for over twenty years, performing over 300 shows annually. Chris has conducted workshops on storytelling and read-aloud techniques to educational professionals and has been the keynote speaker at numerous literary events.

Chris is a "Storytelling World" award-winner, has been featured through "Reading is Fundamental," highlighted at the Connecticut and Illinois Storytelling Festivals, and has appeared on several children's television programs. He has been honored to have been selected by the Illinois Arts Council to be on their Artstour Roster of Artists for the past 18 years.

As a professional storyteller/actor, Chris incorporates his acting, mime, juggling and comedic skills to both entertain and lead children into the world of books, promoting literacy and a love of reading. He received his theater training from Connecticut College and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and worked with several national children's theater companies such as the Missoula Children's Theater and Child's Play Touring Theatre prior to developing his own show. Originally from Philadelphia, Chris makes his home in Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives with his wife, Diane, and their two sons.

 

Interview with Chris from the StoryWatcher's Club video: