Hi everyone! My name is Myranda Tuck, and I’m a senior at UNCW majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Applied Behavior Analysis. My goal is to become a Speech Therapist in the future and work with kids! This is my second semester as a Storyteller, but my first time as a Hawk Tale Player. I’m so excited to develop a childhood story of my Mom’s into a fun, educational performance for students! A fun fact about me: I train assistance dogs through the paws4people/UNCW Assistance Dog Training Program 🐾
Hi everyone, my name is Josephine DeVita. I am a senior at UNCW, majoring in communication studies. This is my first storytelling class, and I am very excited to be a part of the Hawk Tale Players troop! A fun fact about me: I am a musician! I play the piano, the drums, and I sing.
Hi everyone! I'm Sam Denniston- I'm a senior at UNCW, studying Communication Studies and Creative Writing. This is my first time with the Hawk Tale Players. I love writing and telling stories, and I can't wait to learn more about adapting them into performances for kids. My classmates have shared such colorful experiences, so I'm excited to hear how they've been woven into tales!
This is Week 4 of Storytelling! This is Belinda in Paris performed by Haley Cissel. Haley is so amazing with the students and they thoroughly enjoy her story with the fun accents and characters. The students at Mary C Williams were incredibly kind and genuine and loved all of our students stories and their interactions. We thoroughly enjoyed performing for the students of Mary C Williams and cannot wait to return!
Week 3 of our storytelling troupes doing what they do best, telling stories! The kids thoroughly enjoyed the performances and were excited for each and every one. It was wonderful to see the happiness on the children’s faces as we told our stories. This is James O’Gara with his story, Hungry Hen by Richard Waring.
Week 2 of everyone going out and sharing our wonderful stories to the kids. Going out and telling our stories to these kids have been a joy just to see and interact with these kids. They love our stories and we love to see the wonderful smiles on their faces. The kids were fun to be around, had lost of energy, and made our experiences even more enjoyable. Here is Jordan Bell performing his story to the Winter Park Elementary students.
After lots of practice and a hurricane…we FINALLY got to perform our awesome stories for elementary school students! We had an absolute blast performing for the first time to multiple classrooms on a special day… Halloween!! Although eager to get home and fill their buckets with candy, ALL of the students were so interactive and asked great questions after each story ended. The students were extremely polite and thankful, and each teacher gave our performers effective feedback. We had such an amazing first week with the best school, teachers, and students!
Here is a clip of one of our favorite stories this year, The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch, performed by storyteller Chris Rivoli.
My name is Nathan Zak and I am a proud Hawktale Player for UNCW. I grew up in Harnett County NC for nearly my entire childhood. After graduating high school I attended Sandhills Community College for 3 semesters. I needed a change in my life and decided to transfer to UNCW. Moving to Wilmington is the best decision I have made so far. Initially, I chose the class to fulfill my second COM 400 level requirement. The first few weeks I honestly dreaded the class. I struggled to find motivation and see how the class would benefit me in the future. I grinded it out and did what I could to keep up with my peers. After my first performance at an elementary school I realized why Dr. Scott and many others were so enthusiastic about the course and what we do. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone and truly connect with an audience. Seeing the reactions and the pure joy in the kids’ faces is definitely worthwhile. I have learned a lot about myself because of this class and view myself as a much stronger public speaker.
My name is Robert Wilson and I am a senior here at UNCW. I will be an Alum of this fine university in May. I believe my COM degree provided the firm foundation I will need as I enter my next endeavor of attending law school. Aside from the enjoyment I receive from being a Hawk Tale Player, I enjoy working on cars and spending time with my children. During my quiet times at home, I enjoy listening to analog music (jazz) only as a true audiophile should. Yep, vinyl is where my heart and ears reside. Time permitting, I take great pleasure in gardening and general landscaping. As a student of Dr. Scott, I have learned to escape from my safe zone. Having had the pleasure to experience her wealth of knowledge in the field of public performance, I now understand the fear of public performance can be a useful emotion. Especially if, it’s used as a motivator to overcome.
Hi!!!! My name is Emalee Smith and I am a Senior, majoring in Communication Studies. Outside of being a Hawk Tale Player, I am a member of UNCW’s hip hop dance crew Physical Graffeeti. I have been dancing since I was 7 years old, so I guess you could say it’s one of my passions! I also enjoy hanging out with my family and my friends, driving to the beach to watch the sunset, and attending different concerts. I love being a Hawk Tale Player because I enjoy going to different elementary schools within our community to entertain great students with exciting stories. This is my second performance class at UNCW, and I can’t wait to continue growing as a performer!
Hello to whomever may be reading my bio! My name is Meg and I am a junior at UNCW majoring in Communication and minoring in Business. I am in Pi Sigma Epsilon, the Business Sales and Marketing Fraternity on campus, and am currently interning for Loyale Studio, a clothing and food company based in Raleigh and San Francisco, California (I know - cool, right?!). I enjoy spending my time being active with friends and family, whether that be biking, surfing, running, working out, hiking, rock climbing, or taking walks. I have a cat named Dog (I know - weird...), and I hope to study abroad in Switzerland, Croatia, or Germany next spring. My friends would describe me as fun and funny, and someone who is always down to drop everything and just go.
It has been a joy to be able to share my dad's childhood stories through the Hawk Tale Player troupe. I have sincerely loved being able to tell and perform his adventures with the children who attend school in our community. This is definitely something I will miss dearly when the semester finishes at the end of this month.
I encourage you to check out the other HT Players bios to learn more about us and what we do! GO SEAHAWKS!
Our second week of story telling went wonderfully. Thank you Winter Park for being an amazing audience! Check out Hawk Tale Player Haley's story from last week's performances.
Hey everyone! My name is Marissa Makar and I am a senior here at UNCW! This may, I will earn my B.A. in Communication Studies with a focus in Integrated Marketing. Aside from being a UNCW Hawktale Player, I am a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. Some of my favorite things to include relaxing on the beach, reading a good book, and listening to some interesting podcasts! This is my very first performance class and I'm excited to see how I grow as a performer throughout the semester!
We're happy to report a fantastic first week of story telling! Check out this footage of Hawk Tale Player Cameron performing at Wrightsboro Elementary School.
With our Hawk Tale Players giving their first performances of the year tomorrow, get familiar with the stories coming to schools this semester!
Hello! My name is Abbie Kingdon and I am a senior at UNC Wilmington. I am a Communication Studies Major, my focus is Digital Media Production and I absolutely adore what I study! I love being being a camera and/or organizing a production. In addition, one of my passions is photography, specifically live music performances. Some of my other hobbies include: cooking, CrossFit, and finding adventure in everything! I love going to new places, trying new foods, and making fun memories. My plan after graduation is to potentially find work in production or dive further into my photography business. I am excited to start telling my stories as a Hawk Tale Player and sure I will enjoy this fun & new experience performing!
Hi everyone! My name is Haley Dumas. I am a Junior Communication Studies student at UNCW, and I love it! I have many different interests such as traveling, fashion, and fitness.This summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in London, Paris, Milan, Rome, and Florence. This was a whirlwind trip for me full of excitement and possibilities. This trip to Europe opened my eyes to what truly makes me happy, which is acting. I feel great joy when I can make even one audience member laugh or smile while I am performing. I enjoy it so much; that this is the third performance class I have taken at UNCW. This semester, I am more excited than ever because I get to bring some really fun characters to life for young students. Kids are the best audience members because they are raw and honest. I look forward to positively influencing their lives and learning from them so that they can influence mine
My name is Tabitha Biear, a senior student at UNCW majoring in Communication Studies. I moved to Wilmington from town called Calabash North Carolina to continue my education after high school. Some of my favorite things to do are beachin’ it with my dog Pax, taking dance classes, going to the gym, and ANYTHING involving food. Thank you for listening along with me as I tell my stories inspired by my family members as a UNCW Hawk Tale Player!
Shianne is a junior at UNCW who is majoring in Communication Studies. She grew up in a small town where she spent her time riding horses, fishing, and playing on a travel softball team until high school. She loves FaceTiming her pups back home, reading, watching movies and going to the beach with her friends! Shianne participated in the Disney College Program last year and she plans to return to find a permanent position within the company once next graduates next spring. This is her first time taking a performance class and she is really excited to see how everything goes!
Hi there! My name is Cameron Abresch and I am a senior at UNCW studying Communication Studies. I am originally from Salisbury, Maryland and decided to move south for school. After I graduate I plan to move to Washington DC and work to save up money to travel. My top three destinations (at the moment!) are Ireland, the Netherlands, and Thailand. In addition to traveling, I love reading, eating a ridiculous amount of pasta, and re-watching The Office on Netflix. I have one very fat cat named Frisky, who loves gravy treats and naps in the sunshine. My parents, Lisa and Larry, are the inspiration behind my stories.