One Man Many Voices<br />

Teaching and Curriculum Development


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A Video of the Rwanda Workshop Experience

 

    Director of Expressive Arts: The Episcopal School of NYC
  • Bill has been at the Episcopal School for over 20 years. He has developed a storytelling curriculum for 2 –5 year olds and also directs the Chapel program.
    Director: Summer Arts Institute, Manhattanville College
  • Summers 2003 - 2009. A 3-credit Graduate level course. Adjunct Professor ( 2003 - Present) Graduate Courses include "Aesthetic Literacy", "An Arts Approach to Literacy" and " Fostering Literacy through Storytelling and Drama".
  • Summer Arts Institute
    Curriculum Designer and Faculty: Jacob Burns Film Center. Media Arts Lab.
  • Seeing Stories: Bill designed 4 distinct programs building media skills through storytelling, viewing and making media for 4, 5, 6 and 7-year olds. He developed the pilot programs at the media center in Pleasantville, NY and began leading the in-classroom programs in the 2009-2010 school year.
  • burnsfilmcenter.org
    Curriculum Consultant: Early Stages
  • With executive director Jackie Pine Bill created the first storytelling residency program in 1998 and continues his work developing curriculum. He contributes to the Early Stages program as a teaching artist, consultant and workshop leader.
  • earlystages.org
    Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology: General Theological Seminary
  • 2008 - 2010: "Nurturing Children's Worship"
  • gts.edu
    Workshop leader: Rwanda Film Center:
  • Bill led workshops with animator Joe Summerhays for Rwandan children. We created stories and animated them in support of the mountain gorilla.
  • A Tribeca Film Inst./Scholastic/Clinton Global Initiative/Rwanda Film Center/Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation project.
  • To see animations and gorilla trek: www.miza.com
    Storytelling Residencies
  • Bill has had numerous multi-session storytelling residencies designing thematic and literacy-based programs for students from Pre-K – 5th grade
  • More than 10 years at PS 150 Tribeca, NYC
  • Other Schools include Collegiate, Resurrection Episcopal Pre-School, Trinity Wall Street Pre-School
  • Special 2 day modeling/workshop sessions – One day working with children in the classroom demonstrating storytelling and activities. Day 2 is an intensive workshop with teachers. St Chrysostom’s Day School, Chicago.


Events

Feb 3. Very Young Composers Showcase at David Geffen Hall. VYC founder Jon Deak and co-producer/narrator Bill Gordh will present works by 3 Very Young Composers (VYC) created especially for the showcase that precedes the 2:00 PM New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert (YPC). The YPC entitled "An African-American Lineage" will include traditional, Ellington and new music from the Very Young Composers' program. The VYC Showcase will present 3 new works inspired by this theme. The composers are Eliza Gifford-Powell, Kyler Simon and Lieff Kapilian and the 5 piece ensemble performing the works include members of the New York Philharmonic. The showcase begins at 1:10 PM and is free for those with YPC tickets. The showcase takes place in David Geffen Hall.