Antonio Sacre

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Antonio Sacre
Antonio sacre 2014.jpg
Antonio Sacre at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1968-09-23) September 23, 1968 (age 49)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Notable awards International Reading Association Notable Books
Spouse Missi Pyle (2000-2005) (divorced)
Children 2

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]




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. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "California Readers Announces 2011 Book Collections for School Libraries". 9 November 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Zarina Mullan Plath (2011). "Parents' Choice Awards: Spring 2011 Picture Books". Parents' Choice. Retrieved 28 July 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. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 28 July 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. 5 August 2001. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "On The Stage: The Storyteller". The Hollywood Billboard. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "To See or Not To See". Chicago Sun-Times. 31 August 2001. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Theater Downtown". Washington Post. 10 October 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "S.F. Fringe Festival: A wild ride". SF Gate. 13 September 1999. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Phoenix Fringe Festival Announces Schedule". Downtown Phoenix Journal. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Antonio Sacre: I Dream of Cuba". Theater Mania. 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Hick, the Spic, and the Chick". Chicago Reader. 9 May 1996. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "First NY Fringe Festival Runs Aug. 13-24". Playbill. 13 Aug 1997. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "The Hick, the Spick and the Chick". Chicago Reader. 7 August 1997. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Schedule of New York International Fringe Festival". New York Theatre Wire. 1998. Retrieved 28 July 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". 8 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 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 28 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "Pochito's Pride: Living in Two Languages". The Washington Post. 10 October 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "Meet the Playwright: Antonio Sacre". Indie Theater Now. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "THE NEXT BEST THING by Antonio Sacre". Hollywood Fringe. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Fringe 2011". LA Theatre Review. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "The Second Annual United Solo Theatre Festival, the Largest and Best of its Kind". New York Arts. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Antonio Sacre. Standing Ovation Earned". Extra Criticum. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "The 2011 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced". United Solo. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  28. ^ "LA Weekly Theater Awards 2012". LA Weekly. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "Let Them Eat Meat". United Solo. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  30. ^ "John Leguizamo, LynnMarie Rink and Ann Morrison Among Winners of United Solo Awards". Playbill. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  31. ^ "'Let Them Eat Meat' Tells Hilariously Crude Stories". LAist. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2015. [permanent dead link]
  32. ^ "2002 National Book Festival to be Held October 12". News from the Library of Congress. 25 July 2002. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  33. ^ "Storytelling Festival begins tonight". Johnson City Press. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  34. ^ "Free Concert: Antonio Sacre & Tim Lowry Present at Night of Stories at the Viridian Event Center". Timpanogos Storytelling Institute. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  35. ^ "An Evening of Stories with Storyteller Antonio Sacre". Now Playing Utah. 13 October 2014. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "Antonio Sacre Storyteller". Fabelhaft! Storytelling Festival. Retrieved 28 July 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. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  40. ^ "Savannah Children's Book Festival". Live Oak Public Libraries. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  41. ^ "NapervilleREADS authors Luis Urrea and Antonio Sacre to visit". Daily Herald. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  42. ^ "Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival begins tonight and continues through Saturday in downtown". News OK. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  43. ^ "Past Workshops". Story Arts of Minnesota. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  44. ^ "Storytelling With Antonio Sacre". Donors Choose. 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  45. ^ "Growing Educators Collaborative Team". Growing Educators. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  46. ^ "Keepers of the Word". Teaching Tolerance. 1999. Retrieved 28 July 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. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  48. ^ "Multicultural Literacy: A Mission". Growing Educators. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  49. ^ "Rise like a Penis from the Flames - a Phallic Phoenix Story". NY Theatre. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  50. ^ "Official Program: Phoenix Fringe 2010". ISSUU. InMedia. 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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