Bio and Credits

A native of Osaka, Japan, Motoko first came to the U. S. as an exchange student to University of Massachusetts. Her earlier career included working as a Japanese language instructor at UMass for ten years. She trained with late master mime Tony Montanaro (1927-2002). Her partner Eshu Bumpus introduced her to the world of American storytelling. Motoko has performed professionally since 1993, going to hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and festivals.

Motoko has appeared on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and an educational video by Harcourt, and also has been awarded numerous grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and New York State BOCES. Her debut CD, “The Promise of Chrysanthemums” won a 2002 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2003 Storytelling World Award. In October 2003, Motoko was showcased on the Exchange Place Stage at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, representing the Northeast region. In November 2003, Motoko toured Miyazaki, Japan, as a part of CarnegieKids in Miyazaki Project, sponsored by Carnegie Hall.

Performance credits include, but are not limited to:

Television and Radio
PBS "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"
WGBY Reads Literacy Fair, Springfield, MA
WAMC Storytelling Festival, Albany, NY

Festivals and Theaters
National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN
The Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, ME
Three Apples Storytelling Festival, Harvard, MA
Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, Cambridge, MA
Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival, Amherst, MA
Keepers of the Lore Storytelling Festival, Milford, NH
Children’s Literature Festival at Keene State College, Keene, NH
Pentangle Arts Festival, Woodstock, VT
Connecticut Storytelling Festival, New London, CT
Doggone Storytelling Festival, Chester, CT
Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Riverway Storytelling Festival, Albany, NY
Japan Society of New York, New York, NY
Hudson Valley Storytelling Festival, Poughkeepsie, NY
Dodge Poetry Festival, Stanhope, NJ
Johnny Cake Storytelling Festival, Peace Dale, RI
The Puppetry Arts Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Martin County Library Fair, Stuart, FL

Libraries and Museums
Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas, TX
Boston Children's Museum, MA
Dartmouth Children's Museum, MA
Smith Museum,Springfield, MA
Hartford Public Library, CT
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockridge, MA
Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT
New Britain Public Library, New Britain, CT
New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain, CT
Wallingford Public Library, CT
Mystic Aquarium, CT
Keene Public Library, Keene NH
Catskill Public Library, NY
Queensboro Public Library, New York, NY
Spartanburg Public Library, SC

Teacher Workshops and Retreats
Wang Center, Boston, MA
Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Northampton, MA
Muse Machine Institute, Spartanburg, SC

Colleges and Universities
New World Theater, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Regis College, Weston, MA
Gordon College, Wenham, MA
American International College, Springfield, MA
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Babson College, Wellesley, MA
Quinsigammond Community College, Worcester, MA
Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, NH
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

K-12 Schools
Kennebunkport Consolidated School, ME

Belmont Elementary Schools, MA
Beverly Public Schools, MA
Berkshire Hills Schools, MA
Derby Academy, Hingham, MA
Natick Elementary Schools, MA
Newton Elementary Schools, MA
New Salem Regional Schools, MA
Northampton Elementary Schools, MA
Northborough Public Schools, MA
Lowell Public Schools, MA
Westwood Elementary Schools, MA
Wellesley Public Schools, MA

Greenwich Elementary Schools, CT
New Britain Elementary Schools, CT
Hebron Public Schools, CT
Killingly and Brooklyn Public Schools, CT
Hamden Public Schools, CT
Plainville Elementary Schools, CT
Ridgefield Schools, CT
Simsbury Public Schools, CT
South Windsor Schools, CT
Stamford Elementary Schools, CT
Westport Elementary Schools, CT

Plymouth Elementary Schools, NH
Plaistow School, NH
Bennington Public Schools, VT
Barre City Elem. and Middle School, VT
Putney Central School, Putney, VT
Woodstock Union Middle School, Woodstock, VT

Coventry High School, Coventry, RI
Paine School, Foster, RI
Silver Spring School, Riverside, RI
Wyman School, Warwick, RI
Dunn’s Corner School, Westerly, RI

Brookside School, Baldwin, NY
Bennett Elementary School, Boiceville, NY
Clifton Park Public Schools, NY
Fishkill Elementary, Fishkill, NY
Glens Falls Public Schools, NY
Kingston Public Schools, NY
F.E. Bellows School, Mamaroneck, NY
Milton School, Rye, NY
New Paltz Public Schools, NY
Oneonta Public Schools, NY
Red Creek Central School District, NY
Saratoga Springs Public Schools, NY
P.S. 84, Queens, NY

High Mountain Road School, Franklin Lake, NJ
McKeoun School, Newton, NJ
Walton School, Springfield, NJ
White Township Consolidated, NJ

St. Michael’s School, St. Michael’s, MD
Sandi Spring Friends School, Olney, MD
Green Acres School, Rockville, MD

Pearson School, Catlett, VA
Hamilton Elementary, Leesburg, VA
Vaughn Elementary, Woodbridge, VA

Westtown School, West Chester, PA
Rose Valley School, Rose Valley, PA
Media Friends School, Media, PA

Laurens Public Schools, SC
South Carolina School for Deaf and Blind, Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg Elementary Schools, SC

Hope Rural School, Indiantown, FL
Felix William Elementary, Stuart, FL

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