Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Author, Storyteller, Playwright - Mark Binder

VIRTUAL,  Live and in Print: Creating work that astonishes, so that people are nourished and delighted (or challenged)

Mark Binder writes books and plays and tells stories for diverse audiences – readers and listeners of all ages—young people, families and adults.  He is the Audie Award nominated author of more than two-dozen books and audio recordings. His live programs have been enjoyed by more than 200,000 listeners in schools, libraries, camps, theaters and festivals in the USA and Europe. 
Mark studied mythology and storytelling at Columbia University, and had an MA in English and Theater from Rhode Island College and the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He has trained with the Adaptors Movement Theater, and holds a third degree black belt in Aikido. He was the founder of the Real Fun Theater Company, the American Story Theater, and the Spoken Stories Saturdays series.

He has taught writing and storytelling to elementary, middle school, high school, and university students.

  • For schools, Mark has tales that teach, live and virtual shows that delight, and workshop residencies that connect young people with the power of written and spoken language. His programs are aligned with curriculum and suitable for K-12, teachers and family outreach. 
    School Programs include: author visits, writing workshops and storytelling "concerts"
  • In Libraries, Mark rocks out with adventures for patrons of every age!
    Library Programs include: Summer Reading Stories that Rock—tales filled with fun and music • Gross-Out Stories for Kids (and adults with a sense of humor) •  Read a Little Every Day—transmitting joy to early learners • Workshop: Telling and Reading Stories with Children • From Many, One—diverse stories that unite • Seasonal programs for Halloween, Holidays or any day
  • Solo performance at Theaters and Festivals, Mark has more than 150 stories in his repertoire, which can be assembled into sets to enthrall any audience. Programs can be seasonal, thematic, Omakase (dealer's choice) or comissioned. Mark sometimes brags that he can tell stories for at least two days without repeating. 
  • Izzy Abrahmson's The Village Life, Original and traditional Jewish tales, suitable for every audience. 
  • Seasonal Programs for: spring, summer (camp), autumn (spooky), winter warmers, and holidays.

Mark's mission is to astonish, so that people of all ages are nourished, challenged and delighted. He tours the world, writing and performing original takes on traditional stories, tall tales, autobiographical “lies” and stories of fools and wise folk that entertain and educate people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Recent works include: THE RACE (a play), The Groston Rules (a novel), Izzy Abrahmson's The Village Life Podcast and Book Series,  Summer 2020 (audio), Loki Ragnarok (finalist for 2019 Audie Award for Original Work), The Zombie Cat, Transmit Joy (winner 2016 Parents' Choice Award for audio storytelling), Cinderella Spinderella (winner 5 international awards!) , It Ate My Sister, A Holiday Present, Stories for Peace, A Chanukah Present (finalist National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature), and his bestselling Bed Time Story Book Series.

For the latest, please visit the website at https://markbinderbooks.com and izzyabrahmson.com

Additional Links: 
The longest running live Zoom play of 2021, The Race put the audience into the performance, and made them complicit
An edited excerpt from a virtual classroom visit (grade 5)
Mark Binder--author/storyteller--presents his version of Rosa Parks' story for a school audience. Recorded live at the Dr. Martin Luther King School, Providence, RI.This version is presented for elementary. The program is suitable for grades 3-adul
A humorous Tall Tale
An investigation into the way language creates reality. Plus, the humorous story about two hapless fools heading to Berlin with a truckload of watermelons. Performed live. April, 2009

I Have Worked With

  • November 2021

    Worked with the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism on PVDFest 

    • Author, Sidewalk Stories, 2022
    • Producer/organizer of "Once Upon A Sign" - poetry and stories made visible. More than 40 authors and poets contributed work that was printed and posted throughout the festival footprint. (2019)
    • Performer/storyteller (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • September 2021

    Interim Executive Editor

    - Responsible for assignments, editing, writing and production of monthly Alt/Arts News magazine

  • March 2021

    Worked with Wilbury as Playwright. Workshop production of THE RACE, December 2020
    Full production of THE RACE, January - March 2021



  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Writer and Storyteller
Mailing Address: 
Pembroke Villa
PO Box 2462
Providence, RI 02906
Physical Address: 
Pembroke Villa PO Box 2462
Providence, RI 02906
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Literary Arts - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Children's
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Publishing
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - General
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
National Storytelling Network
Northeast Storytelling
Audio Publishers Association
Trinity Rep Conservatory - Playwrighting, Directing, Acting
Rhode Island College - MA: Theater and English
Columbia University - BA: Mythology
Adaptors Movement Theater
Aikido - San Dan
Audie Audio Book Nominee for Best Original Work
Finalist National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature
Parents Choice Gold for Audio Storytelling
Digital Book World: Finalist Best Children's eBook
Mom's Choice award for best eBook
Children's Music Web Award
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
As a spoken-word story performer, Mark's work connects with anyone. He has worked with ASL translators.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Mark is available for virtual programs
Mark travels with an awesome sound system.
He can work a room for 10 or 1,000.
His needs are simple: a chair, a table, and a cup of water. Power for sound.
Workshops require white or chalk boards and paper/pens/table space for writers.
2020 school fees are $500 for a single classroom, $400 each for 2-3 classrooms, $1,500 for 4 classrooms. Includes one ebook for each student and teacher participating. Multiple day bookings may receive an additional discount.
Library fees are negotiable
Fee Range Minimum: 
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State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
BA, Columbia University - Mythology Concentration
MA, Trinity Rep Conservatory, Rhode Island College
Margolis Method, Theater Movement
Aikido, Sandan (3rd degree black belt), Shidoin (teacher)
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: