Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Mark Binder

Transmitting Joy with Stories!

Mark Binder writes books and tells stories for readers and listeners of all ages—young people, families and adults. 
He is the author of more than 20 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 taught writing and storytelling to elementary, middle school, high school, and university students.

  • For schools, Mark has tales that teach, 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"
    --> https://transmitjoy.com/school/
  • 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
    --> https://transmitjoy.com/library/
  • 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. -->https://transmitjoy.com/festival/
  • Tales of Chelm, Original and traditional Jewish tales, suitable for every audience. --> https://transmitjoy.com/chelm/
  • Seasonal Programs for: spring, summer (camp), autumn (spooky), winter warmers, and holidays. https://transmitjoy.com

Mark's mission is to transmits joy with story to readers and listeners of all ages. 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 Zombie Cat (middle), Transmit Joy (winner 2016 Parents' Choice Award for audio storytelling), Cinderella Spinderella (winner 5 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://transmitjoy.com

Additional Links: 
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

  • February 2016

    Transmitting Peace and Joy -- A program for entire school. Different stories for each grade level. Whole Day assembly.

    This is Mark's 3rd visit to St. Rocco.

  • December 2015

    A Holiday Present - Multicultural holiday program for entire school.

    This is Mark's 3rd Visit. 

  • October 2015

    Halloween Program: Performed "Spooky Stories". This is Mark's fifth visit to the library


  • 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: 
Literature - Children's
Additional Disciplines: 
Literature - Children's
Literature - Fiction
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
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
League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling
Trinity Rep Conservatory - Playwrighting, Directing, Acting
Rhode Island College - MA: Theater and English
Columbia University - BA: Mythology
Digital Book World: Finalist Best Children's eBook
Mom's Choice award for best eBook
Finalist National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature
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 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.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
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
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
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: