Antonio Rocha: Storyteller, Mime, Actor

The jungles of Brazil and Africa come to life as Antonio Rocha singlehandedly evokes the sights and sounds of the rainforest and its wildly entertaining inhabitants. Uniquely blending movement with precision-paced storytelling and amazing sound effects, Antonio can take audiences anywhere around the world. In Jungle Tales, he becomes a snake, jaguar and turtle right before your eyes while he fosters an appreciation for the rainforest. InCrossroads, Antonio performs tales of adventure, wit and wisdom that address virtues of responsibility, courage and respect. Internationally recognized, his performance highlights include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian and many worldwide festivals.  Antonio won a 2007 Parent’s Choice Gold Award for his DVD, Under African Skies.

“The children, K-6, and teachers were totally engaged throughout both performances.  Children are practicing the mime techniques and enthralled with the storytelling and acting as well as with Brazil.”


Native Brazilian Antonio Rocha began his career in the performing arts over twenty years ago. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the US to perform and deepen his mime and story skills with Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude BA in theater from University of Southern Maine, studied with mime master Marcel Marceau and toured nationally with the Light Theater. Mr. Rocha’s solo show of mime and tales has been performed from the Far East to the Far West in places such as the Singapore Festival of the Arts, Aruba International Dance Festival, The Smithsonian, The National Geographic, Three Apples Storytelling Festival MA, and many other regional festivals.

Artist’s website: Antonio Rocha


Antonio engages students with stories from Brazil, Africa, Asia and the United States. Watch a forest rat trying to convince a cloud to marry his daughter or learn how a horse saved six lives in Brazil. Through mime and storytelling, Antonio touches on communication, self-esteem and inner value over outward appearance.

Jungle Tales
Using physical theater, storytelling, and sound effects, Antonio Rocha of Brazil brings to life the sights and sounds of the rainforest and its rollicking and wildly entertaining inhabitants, becoming characters such as a rattlesnake, jaguar and turtle right before the eyes of the audience. Antonio’s stories foster an appreciation of Brazilian culture and the diversity and importance of the rainforest.

Antonio combines humor and suspense in a showcase of stories and mime.

Single $650/Back-to-Back $875

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.

Audience, Elementary School, Middle School, Children & Families

Art Forms, Storytelling, Theatre

Program Type, Performance, Workshop

Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages

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