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William Hornyak

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Department of Communication Studies
whornyak@marylhurst.edu

Education

BA, Marquette University

Classes Taught

Storytelling for Communication & Business Professionals

About

From Irish myths and Russian fairytales to Native American legends and original material, storyteller Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of stories and storytelling traditions into energetic and engaging performances, workshops and class experiences. A full-time storyteller since 1994 he has written and produced numerous one-man storytelling shows including "Inside Job: Art and Freedom in Peru's Prisons," "Erin's Daughters: Hags, Heroines and Sorceresses in Irish Myth and Legend," "Mostly Grimm: The Handless Maiden and Other Tales of Initiation." Said The Oregonian of his work: "Storyteller par excellence...boundless wit, endless imagination..." Will was named Artist of the Year by Young Audiences of Oregon and awarded the Brimstone Grant by the National Storytelling Network for his storytelling assembly program in environmental education: "Living Streams: Stories for Healthy Watersheds." He has performed at storytelling festivals throughout the United States.

A former newspaper reporter in Latin America, Will has provided workshops, performances and keynotes for varied organizations and communities including Intel, the American Cancer Society, Doc Martens Shoes, the Oregon State Penitentiary, Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Department, Johnson Controls, Mercy Corps, the Bank of the Cascades and The American Hospital Association. He is a board member and active participant with the Portland based non-profit Open Hearts, Open Minds which facilitates theatre, storytelling and dialogue groups in the Oregon State Penitentiary system. He works frequently with Mosaic Voices Multicultural Foundation, a Seattle based non-profit, that sponsors art and dialogue based events for youth, prison populations and returning veterans. Will has taught storytelling for K-12 educators, business, drama and mythology students at Lewis and Clark College, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland State University, and Clackamas Community.

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