Bobby Norfolk

Emmy-Winning African-American Storyteller, Author, Teaching Artist

  • Story Performer
  • Children's Author
  • Teaching Artist
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Introducing Three-Time Emmy Winning Storyteller Bobby Norfolk

NSN Oracle Circle of Excellence Winner


Jan Dolan, Booking Agent
105 E Drake Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 968-2606
Fax: (314) 968-4438

Brand New for 2014/2015 – Ideal for High School, College & Adult Audiences

Jazz, Jive & Jam

Bobby Norfolk as Simple

A Celebration of the Poetry & Prose of Langston Hughes!

Witness as Langston Hughes meets on stage Jesse B. Simple, his fictional construction of the “Everyman” of the 1920’s Harlem, and engages in a series of humorous and soulful conversations on life, love, race, and landladies. Experience the Harlem Renaissance through Hughes' creative genius and brilliant imagination; this literary journey shines with prose, poetry, vignettes and toe-tapping music.

David Graham

As a writer living in Harlem New York between the years of 1920 to 1960, Hughes was fascinated by its sights and sounds, and spent hours studying the people and culture. It became a huge and ongoing celebration, with literature, art, music dance and social commentary beginning to flourish for Black America. When faced with racism, Hughes chose to deal with it through writing, resulting in an array of lively and spirited poetry and prose.

Three-time Emmy award winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk brings to life the uproariously funny Jesse B. Simple, joined on stage by nationally known comedian and singer David Graham playing Langston Hughes with great humility, wisdom, and charm, with a few surprises thrown into the mix! Download a flyer.

Preview Night: Saturday, Sept 27, 8pm at Harris-Stowe State University’s Emerson Performance Center

Admission is free and includes a talk back and refreshments. Don't miss it! Information: 314-968-2606

Bobby has been a professional entertainer since 1971. His natural talent combined with a background in theatre and comedy has made him one of the top storytellers in the country today.

  • Bobby brings great energy, humor and spirit to all of his theatre performances in K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities.
  • Bobby provides a unique perspective and inspired motivation with his keynotes and story/theatre workshops.
  • He establishes a strong sense of place and time with his fascinating living history story performances where his audiences become totally engaged in the lives of ordinary people going through extraordinary events!
  • He highlights through his unique ability the African/American experience and traditions that show the commonality of all human beings on the planet.

As Bobby says:

We all share the exact same character traits, despite color, race or religion. I tell stories to see the happiness and joy that can be shared through the oral tradition. No fancy electronics, just teller and listener. The human brain is hard-wired for story. Once you know a person’s story, it is easier to understand and relate to them.

Program Themes:

Character Education

Bobby promotes character education traits such as: respect, responsibility, honesty, teamwork, cooperation, compassion, and self esteem. He has developed the technique of sprinkling common core curriculum lessons into his stories in a seamless flow of theatre arts in his program called: The Moral of the Story.

Cultural Diversity and Literacy

Additionally, he has storytelling programs emphasizing cultural diversity, literacy & nature. Favorites include Folktales from around the World, Back to the Books, Monsters, Dragons and Ogres, and the ever popular Anansi Tales.

Living History

Audiences of all ages delight in his first person living history programs that range from; Through The Eyes Of York — The Lewis & Clark Expedition, to Henry Box Brown and Other Tales of The Underground Railroad, Lincoln and The Civil War, to the poetry and prose of the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz, Jive Jam: A Celebration of the Poetry & Prose of Langston Hughes!.


Bobby’s musical programs highlight the life and music of great artists such as Scott Joplin; The Ragtime King and Swinging With The Duke; The Duke Ellington Story, while The Voices and Music of Africa! and The Storytelling Express combine story, music, dance, and audience participation. He introduces audiences to the rich traditions which underlie much of America's musical landscape. These special two person programs feature Bobby with a professional musician.

Workshops and Keynotes

Bobby’s keynotes on overcoming adversity and the importance of discipline, persistence focus, and concentration are favorites among educators and corporations. These workshops are also very popular with festivals and conferences where people want to learn how to research, learn, and tell stories.

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