Antonio Sacre

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Antonio Sacre
Antonio Sacre at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Antonio Sacre at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1968-09-23) September 23, 1968 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Notable awardsInternational Reading Association Notable Books
SpouseMissi Pyle (2000-2005) (divorced)

Antonio Sacre (born September 23, 1968) is an American author, solo performer, and storyteller. He writes and performs internationally, in English and Spanish.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sacre was born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish American mother and Cuban father. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University.

He acted professionally in Chicago, Illinois in the 1990s and became a member of the Redmoon Theater company. He studied solo performance with Jenny Magnus and Paula Killen and he studied storytelling with Jim May and Rives Collins.

Sacre was married to actress Missi Pyle from 2000 to 2005.[2] He married again in 2008 and has two children.


Sacre’s first children’s picture book, The Barking Mouse, was published in 2003 by Albert Whitman & Company. In 2004, it was named among the International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society.[3] It was also featured on the Teaching Tolerance website.

His next children’s picture book, La Noche Buena, was published in 2010 by Abrams Books for Young Readers, and was selected for inclusion in the California Readers Book Collections for School Libraries.[4]

A Mango in the Hand, a Story of Proverbs, another children’s picture book, was published in 2011 by Abrams Books for Young Readers and was named Parents’ Choice Approved.[5] It was also selected for inclusion in the California Readers Book Collections for School Libraries.

Sacre’s fourth book, My Name is Cool: Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller, was published in 2013 by Familius Books. It is a collection of stories for young adults.[6]

Sacre is also a published poet.[7]

Solo performer / Playwright[edit]

As a solo performer, Sacre has written for and performed in festivals and theaters in New York City,[8] Los Angeles,[9] Chicago,[10] Washington D.C.,[11] San Francisco,[12] Phoenix,[13] and elsewhere.[14]

He premiered The Hick, The Spic, and The Chick at The Rhinoceros Theater Festival in Chicago in 1996.[15] The show went on to The New York International Fringe Festival[16][17] where it won the Best in FringeNYC Festival Award.[18]

In 1999, Sacre again won Best in FringeNYC, this time for his solo show My Penis - In and Out of Trouble, as directed by Jenny Magnus.[19] The show was revived in 2010 under the direction of Paul Stein in Los Angeles, where it won Best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.[20]

In 2004, Sacre was commissioned by the Smithsonian to write and direct a play for children, Pochito’s Pride, for production at the Discovery Theater.[21][22]

In 2011 Sacre premiered The Next Best Thing, directed by Paul Stein, and had runs in both Los Angeles[23][24] and New York.[25][26] The show won Best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, won a United Solo Theatre Award for Best Storyteller,[27] was nominated for the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Solo Performance,[28] and was chosen by LA Weekly as a Top-Ten Theater Experience in Los Angeles for 2011.

Sacre’s 2012 show, Let Them Eat Meat, was directed by Paul Stein and premiered at the United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row in New York[29] where Sacre won Best Storyteller.[30] The show was revived the following year in Los Angeles with the Solo Collective Theatre Company.[31]

In 2015, Sacre was commissioned to write a 10-minute play for The Car Plays, performed at La Jolla Playhouse.


As a storyteller, Sacre has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress,[32] the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Storytelling Festival,[33] the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival,[34][35] and the Fabelhaft! International Storytelling Festival,[36] as well as at museums, schools, and libraries both nationally and internationally.[37][38][39][40][41][42] He has also released four storytelling recordings.

In 1994, Sacre started working with teachers and school districts nationwide to foster storytelling culture in schools.[43][44] In addition to performances for the students that center on drama, storytelling, and writing, he conducts teacher in-services and district-wide trainings.[45] He is committed to helping children discover and embrace their own multicultural backgrounds.[46][47][48]

In 2014 and 2015, Sacre served as the storyteller-in-residence at the UCLA Lab School on the UCLA campus in Westwood, CA.

Select bibliography[edit]


  • The Barking Mouse. 2003. (ISBN 0807505714)
  • La Noche Buena. 2010. (ISBN 0810989670)
  • A Mango in the Hand. 2011. (ISBN 0810997347)
  • My Name is Cool. 2013. (ISBN 1938301560)



Audio recordings[edit]

  • Looking For Papito: Family Stories from Latin America. 1996.
  • Water Torture, the Barking Mouse, and Other Tales of Wonder. 2000.
  • Faster Than Sooner - Tales of An Immigrants Son. 2001.
  • Uncle Tom and the Roller Coaster of Death. 2011.

Video recordings[edit]

  • Brown and Black and White All Over. 1998.
  • Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre. 2000.
  • The Next Best Thing. 2011.
  • Let Them Eat Meat. 2012.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clawson, Pat (April 23, 1996). "Storyteller spans cultures with tall tales". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "2004 Notable Books for a Global Society". The Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. Archived from the original on August 21, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "California Readers Announces 2011 Book Collections for School Libraries". November 9, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Zarina Mullan Plath (2011). "Parents' Choice Awards: Spring 2011 Picture Books". Parents' Choice. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "New Antonio Sacre Book 'My Name is Cool: Stories From a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller' Weaves Tales of Latino Customs and Irish Humor into One Unforgettable Book". Hispanicize Wire. September 17, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Sound & Literary Art Book Issue 2". Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Way Out on the Fringe, Sometimes Beyond It". The New York Times. August 5, 2001. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "On The Stage: The Storyteller". The Hollywood Billboard. September 8, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "To See or Not To See". Chicago Sun-Times. August 31, 2001. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Theater Downtown". Washington Post. October 10, 2003. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "S.F. Fringe Festival: A wild ride". SF Gate. September 13, 1999. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Phoenix Fringe Festival Announces Schedule". Downtown Phoenix Journal. March 6, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  14. ^ "Antonio Sacre: I Dream of Cuba". Theater Mania. 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Hick, the Spic, and the Chick". Chicago Reader. May 9, 1996. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  16. ^ "First NY Fringe Festival Runs Aug. 13-24". Playbill. August 13, 1997. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Hick, the Spick and the Chick". Chicago Reader. August 7, 1997. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  18. ^ "Schedule of New York International Fringe Festival". New York Theatre Wire. 1998. Retrieved July 28, 2015. Best in Fringe Festival Award for excellence in acting in 1997 FringeNYC for his performance in The Hick, the Spic and the Chick, Sacre this year presents a consciousness-raising ritual performance offering insight into the lives and plights of gang and non-gang youth that incorporates poetry, song, drumming, fire, shrine, story and silence.
  19. ^ "MY PENIS is Extended 7/15 to 8/5". July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2015. This show won a Best in Fringe award for Solo performance at the New York International Fringe Theater Festival.
  20. ^ "Theatre Asylum's Best of The Fringe". Cafe Arts. 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  21. ^ "Pochito's Pride: Living in Two Languages". The Washington Post. October 10, 2004. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  22. ^ "Meet the Playwright: Antonio Sacre". Indie Theater Now. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  23. ^ "THE NEXT BEST THING by Antonio Sacre". Hollywood Fringe. May 5, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  24. ^ "Fringe 2011". LA Theatre Review. June 11, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  25. ^ "The Second Annual United Solo Theatre Festival, the Largest and Best of its Kind". New York Arts. September 30, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  26. ^ "Antonio Sacre. Standing Ovation Earned". Extra Criticum. October 30, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  27. ^ "The 2011 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced". United Solo. November 21, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  28. ^ "LA Weekly Theater Awards 2012". LA Weekly. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  29. ^ "Let Them Eat Meat". United Solo. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  30. ^ "John Leguizamo, LynnMarie Rink and Ann Morrison Among Winners of United Solo Awards". Playbill. November 19, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  31. ^ "'Let Them Eat Meat' Tells Hilariously Crude Stories". LAist. June 28, 2013. Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  32. ^ "2002 National Book Festival to be Held October 12". News from the Library of Congress. July 25, 2002. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  33. ^ "Storytelling Festival begins tonight". Johnson City Press. October 1, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  34. ^ "Free Concert: Antonio Sacre & Tim Lowry Present at Night of Stories at the Viridian Event Center". Timpanogos Storytelling Institute. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  35. ^ "An Evening of Stories with Storyteller Antonio Sacre". Now Playing Utah. October 13, 2014. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  36. ^ "Antonio Sacre Storyteller". Fabelhaft! Storytelling Festival. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  37. ^ Matsumoto, Jon (October 11, 2001). "Time to Draw Near and Listen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  38. ^ Martin, Mitch (July 27, 1998). "Festival a preface to harmony". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  39. ^ "San Antonio Book Festival: 2014 Authors". San Antonio Public Library Foundation. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  40. ^ "Savannah Children's Book Festival". Live Oak Public Libraries. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  41. ^ "NapervilleREADS authors Luis Urrea and Antonio Sacre to visit". Daily Herald. February 4, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  42. ^ "Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival begins tonight and continues through Saturday in downtown". News OK. September 6, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  43. ^ "Past Workshops". Story Arts of Minnesota. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  44. ^ "Storytelling With Antonio Sacre". Donors Choose. 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  45. ^ "Growing Educators Collaborative Team". Growing Educators. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  46. ^ "Keepers of the Word". Teaching Tolerance. 1999. Retrieved July 28, 2015. Perhaps no one better understands the need for non-English speaking students to be heard in American classrooms than Chicago-based storyteller Antonio Sacre, but he also knows that one's message is only as effective as the listener's ability to comprehend its meaning. In his work as a bilingual storyteller, he tries to communicate the importance of being able not only to speak but, equally, to understand different languages.
  47. ^ "Telling Tales: Secrets For Sharing Your Story So Kids Will Listen". LA Parent. July 20, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  48. ^ "Multicultural Literacy: A Mission". Growing Educators. August 29, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  49. ^ "Rise like a Penis from the Flames - a Phallic Phoenix Story". NY Theatre. August 15, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  50. ^ "Official Program: Phoenix Fringe 2010". ISSUU. InMedia. 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2015.

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