Illinois Storyteller Profile


Name:King, Oba William
Company Name:The Poetic Storyteller

Bio:Oba William King effortlessly captures the audience’s attention and gently releases them into the playful realm of rhythm and rhyme. He masterfully combines his professional theatrical training with a distinct poetic style. Oba is an entertaining educator sharing the traditional art form of storytelling, as if it were a sacred gift.

Oba is an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient in Traditional Folk Arts, A Jewel/Osco Hidden Jewel of The Neighborhood; A Gwendolyn Brooks Hands on Stanza’s award recipient as well as other distinguished awards. He is a featured artist through Center Stage for WTTW television in Chicago; the Bermuda State Library; PBS radio station WBEZ FM program “So Many Ways To Tell A Story;” The Bronzeville Children’s Museum, the DuSable Museum, CPS Early Childhood Education, and The Sun Foundation's ASIW.

Oba’s history of presenting programs for teen, adult and seasoned adult audiences dates back to 1994 “Breaking Chains” a one-man show at Beatrice Community College in Nebraska.

In 1998 Oba received an award nomination for the lead role in Dracula at Lifeline Theatre, on Chicago's North-side. Also, his trend-setting presentation "Sound of a Voice" by David Henry Hwang was presented at The Halsted Theatre in the Pilsen community, 2001.

In 2008 Oba won the Black Theatre Alliance award-for best lead male actor for his portrayal of Louie in "Louie and Ophelia" at ETA Theatre on the South-side of Chicago, Illinois.

Featured Storyteller, Key Note Speaker and Workshop Presenter, Oba is an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar, a 2009 recipient of the prestigious National Association of Black Storytellers Liars Contest Award. Oba is a featured storyteller at Taste of Chicago, Mayor Daley's Snow Days, Signifying and Testifying in Minneapolis, Minnesota, St Louis, Missouri's Annual Library Program and National Association of Black Storytellers. A long standing member of Illinois Storytelling, Inc., and a dedicated Educational Entertainer.
Age Groups:Adult Audiences
Elementary, Grades K-5
Family Audiences
High School/Young Adult
Middle, Grades 6-8
Story Types:Bullying Prevention
Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Fables/Tall Tales
With Music
With Song
Workshops using Storytelling:For Business/Corporate Groups
For Educators
For Storytellers
For Students