Story Storks was founded by Sarah Cantrill in August 2011, as the storytelling class that she'd wanted but been unable to find for her daughter.
To begin with, the workshops were classes for parents to bring their children along to and experience a whole range of performing arts. Once it became apparent that the story itself was helping to prepare children for reading, Sarah converted Story Storks to a social enterprise, started working with teachers to deliver workshops in schools and put her stories on the larger stage.
Sarah now undertakes research projects in order to advance the understanding of how the Performing Arts can enhance Early Years Literacy and Language development, in turn improving literacy outcomes for children in the UK.
Sarah still writes all of the Story Storks stories, and now writes books for children too, using all the research and experience she has amassed during her time leading Story Storks to boost language and literacy skills for early years children.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
With a background in Theatre in Education, Stand up comedy and sketch comedy, Sarah combined being a mum to her two beautiful girls with her previous experience to create Story Storks in 2011. There is nothing she loves more than storytelling, and is thrilled to have been invited to the role of ‘Storyteller in Residence’ for Heathmere Primary School.
Her favourite story is Red Riding Hood. "I just love the wolf!"
STORYTELLER & PUPPETRY DIRECTOR
Rachel trained at Kingston College, is a founding partner of ‘Captcha Theatre Company', and recently featured in Horrible Histories on CBBC. She is a regular in the Story Storks line-up, having created the role of Cracker Chimes in The Forgotten Christmas Elf, and Piggy Straw in The Three Little Christmas Pigs. Rachel is a legend with a hand puppet, and designed and built the Christmas Crocodile. She loves telling stories, especially at the Rose Theatre.
Her favourite story is Sleeping Beauty - oh to sleep for 100 years!
Orna is a legend in the Chobham area though her native New York twang is still apparent. Having worked in various countries, Orna's family settled in Surrey where she continues her career as an actor, voice over artist and composer. There is no instrument she can't play!
Her favourite story is Snow White.
Kate is a working actor in the Kingston area, and helps out at the weekly workshops between her theatre and film roles.
Her favourite story is The Princess and the Pea
Raphael joined the cast of Story Storks for Princess Island at the Rose Theatre in 2017, and has been stealing the show ever since, most notably as the big bad wolf in The Three Little Christmas Pigs. With a background in musical theatre and comedy, Raphael can also been seen in ‘Florence Foster’ along with Meryl Streep.
His favourite story is Jack and the Beanstalk.