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Cross Roads presents lessons for successful living, cultural understanding and respect all through well crafted stories from around the world. With rich imagery, realistic sound effects and exquisite mime illusions, this culturally diverse presentation not only entertains but also educates students, from elementary to middle schools, about other cultures while addressing matters of conflict resolution and respect. The program can feature works from different parts of the world or focus on a particular one. Antonio encourages teachers to express their students educational needs before the visit so that he can tailor each performance to the particular needs of each group. Antonio also adapts the program to discuss issues such as transition into middle or high school, learning about good decision making and stress management. Antonio Rocha's presentation is nothing short of a good motivational speech through amazing stories and compelling characters.
Antonio Rocha, originally from Brazil, presents a unique fusion of acting, mime and realistic sound effects creating an extremely engaging and dynamic educational experience. His career spans 30 years with performances including Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian and several storytelling festivals, schools and libraries across the USA and 16 other countries and across 6 continents. He is the recipient of prestigious awards such as Parents Choice GOLD in 2008 and The Oracle Circle of Excellence by The National Storytelling Network, 2015. Antonio has also been in the roster of United Arts since 2010 presenting successfully in the both elementary and middle schools settings.