Jackie and Glen "Papa" Wright, Jr.
University City, MO - (314) 997-2376
- Is a Professional Storyteller.
- Is the Missouri State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network.
- Is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers.
- Is a member and former vice-president of Missouri Storytelling.
- Is a member of St. Louis Gateway Storytellers.
- Is a member of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival Planning Committee.
- Is on the Board of Directors of the Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis and serves as treasurer.
- Became a first time editor in 2014 for author Diann Joy Bank’s A Pot of Mitzvot-18 Jewish Folktales.
- Earned a Master’s Degree from Washington University in Education with certification in special education and reading (early childhood-12th) and elementary education (K-8).
- Is a retired Special Education teacher of 32 years.
- Is a Professional Percussionist and Puppeteer.
- Taught percussion at the St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts for 23 years.
- Taught St. Louis Community College’s Applied Music students for 3 years.
- Has performed with St. Louis Symphony musicians on various projects.
- Is a member of Puppeteers of America.
- Has been the President of the Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis since 2005.
- Has been a teaching artist with his “Wright Rhythms for Small Hands” workshops and residencies for over 20 years with Springboard, a national organization that sends artists into the schools for enrichment programs.
Acknowledgements & Awards
Jackie & “Papa”
- Are recipients of St. Louis Magazine’s 2007 A-List Awards for Best Story Time.
- Have been featured tellers at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, the Mid-Missouri Storytelling Festival, and the By Word of Mouth Storytelling Festival.
- Received the 2005 Pillar Award given by the Intercommunity Housing Association for dedication to serving the poor of St. Louis.
- Together, have over 80 years of experience working with children.
- Received the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from University Missouri-St. Louis in recognition of outstanding commitment and service as part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival Planning Committee.
- Was honored in 2012 by receiving the Luminary Award from Springboard for his percussion work with young children in St. Louis City and County Schools.
- Received the Progressive Youth Connection’s 2006 World of Children Award for his work with children through Young Audiences of St. Louis.
- Appeared several times with his Story Time Puppets on the local television show, “Show Me St. Louis.”
2012 Luminary Award
2007 A List Award
2006 World of Children Award