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Ivan Coyote

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of twelve books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote has toured public schools solo around the world for 18 years now, using the power of a personal story to fight bullying and make schools safer for students, staff and parents. In 2019 Ivan marked 25 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and released their twelfth book, ReBent Sinner, with Arsenal Pulp Press.


A school visit by Ivan Coyote should be a curriculum requirement for every school in the province. Sylvia Knittel, Langley Fine Arts School
Ivan's stories were wonderfully told, imaginative, and highly relevant. Esquimalt Secondary, Victoria
I wanted first to say thank you so very much for sharing with our staff and student body this week. I think the narrative is one of the most powerful tools we have as humans and you are a tremendous storyteller. I have attended a lot of school assemblies and heard a lot of guest speakers, but never have I heard a presentation that was so real and relatable; your humility and humour make us want to listen to your message. I know our students will be changed because of what you had to say. As an EAL learning support teacher, I work closely with students who are often on the margins. I spend a lot of my time advocating for their needs with my staff members and helping the students themselves feel empowered to advocate for themselves at our school. Our school demographics are changing quickly- we never had so many newcomers up until a few years ago. There is racism and bullying at our school- unfortunately sometimes it even happens within the ethnic groups themselves (those who are established here vs. those who have just arrived). I think there was something in your message today for everyone. Heidi, Lead Support Teacher

Performances & Workshops

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker

Grade Suitability: Grade 6 - 12
Duration: 60 mins. + 10 min Q&A
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: PA, mic on stand
Fee Range: $844-$944 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Ivan Coyote's one-person show, Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker, was conceived and crafted with an eye for audiences in middle and secondary schools. This poignant and powerful one-person performance blends humour, family myth and high school politics in a surprisingly engaging way that challenges youth to take an honest look at homophobia, transphobia and bullying and how we can all be an active part of creating safer schools for everyone. Ivan has been speaking to students now for 17 years, using their signature humour and compassion as tools to tackle the very real issues and struggles and triumphs of queer and trans people in today's complicated world.

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