The Circle of Excellence is presented to artists who
are recognized by their peers to be master storytellers who set
the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant
period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.
tells his stories with great physical awareness, a real sense of
suspense, humor, and integrity. His range, personality, warmth,
truthfulness, imagination, ability to transform, taste, all combined, make him a unique artist."
a gifted teller who regularly performs at festivals around the country,
enhances his stories with a bag of tricks. His fluid voice can
become a dozen different characters. He sometimes takes out a
looped string and turns cat's cradle tangles into antlers, beards and
other costumes for his protagonists."
"In him, The Brothers Grimm and Carl Jung meet Monty Python."
Houston Storytelling Festival
Novak is the most eclectic storyteller on the scene today. Just when
you think you've got him pegged, he surprises you with complete
originality and insight. His retelling of Cinderella in iambic
pentameter goes a long way towards 'reviving Ophelia'. His tale of
Sterling, the salt shaker that falls in love with the sugar bowl,
surpasses Anderson. Whatever the occasion, he always knows the right
tale to tell. "To Tell," Novak says, "means To Discern. Choosing the
right story at the right time for the right reason, is the real art of
the storyteller." Judging from his choices, he is a true storytelling