Meet the Act!vated Performers
Going every where,
Oh, Where will they be next?
Zipping around from place to place,
Always on the go.
It spells GOZA!!!!! ~By Kiaya Steele (age 11) of Massachusetts
Dennis and Kimberly Goza left their home in San Francisco in 1992 with their son Zephyr (who was still in diapers) to perform professionally at schools and libraries across the United States. The Goza family performed together as "The Act!vated Storytellers" since Zephyr was about 4 years old. In May of 2008 when he turned 18, Zephyr decided to retire.
The Goza's are notorious nomads - rarely staying in one place for more than two days. They relish exploring America, touring across the country year-round ambitiously seeking out new experiences.
Dennis writes the witty scripts and music for Activated Story Theatre, being sure to add a little something for everyone to laugh at and learn from. He is the author of "Tortoise Dances", feature writer at RoadTripAmerica.com and has had his music featured on the nationally syndicated "Dr. Demento Show". He is an award winning and poet. His prizes include 4th place in American Songwriter Contest in 2010, 1st runner up in The Great American Song Contest for the Lyrics in 2009 and 2010. He is also the family cook.
In this season's Digging Diversity he is the bear in "Tops and Bottoms" and "The Holiday Guest", a treasure seeker with big dreams in "The Bridge and the Dream", the dotting grandfather in "Something from Nothing". In "Simple Ivan" he is the simpleton who just can't seem to get things right. And in "The Iron Dragon" he dons many hats while in the "Hat Seller and the Monkey" he is trying to sell the hats.
He is also telling the stories of "Davy Crockett", the Native American nature myth "Niagara" and "The Knee-High Man" in the storytelling production "American Wonder Tales".
Kimberly directs the shows, adding as much physical comedy as humanly possible. She trained as a dancer and serves as the company's primary "fall guy". The Portales News-Tribune says "Kimberly is quite active during the shows turning handstands and doing physical comedy that would put Jim Carrey to shame." She makes all the sets, costumes and props and does the driving, sometimes logging up to 600 miles a day. And she handles the bookings. You can also blame her for this Web site.
This season Kimberly in Digging Diversity plays the cunning fox in "Tops and Bottoms", the frustrated mother in "Simple Ivan", the dancing genie, poor wife, bumbling policeman and pyramid seller in "The Bridge and the Dream". In "Something for Nothing" she plays the grandaughter, ages a few years turns around and plays the grandmother in "The Holiday Guest". And when she is not changing hats at rapid fire pace in "The Iron Dragon" she can be seen squeezing through tennis rackets or being the hat stealing Monkey in the "Hat Seller and the Monkey" .
In her solo show Audience Participation Tales, she enacts the stories of "Goldilocks and the Three Bear" (entirely in Sign Language); "Simple Ivan" a noodlehead story from Russia; and "The Egyptian Cinderella" with audience's help.
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" The Activated Storytellers are a wonderful touring trio! You can expect educational, entertaining and professional shows from the Gozas." ~Karen Newberry-Robinson, Youth Services Librarian, Jonesboro, AR
Zephyr began performing while he was still in diapers, doing TV and radio commercials, as well as Act!vated productions. He performed with mom and dad for 15 years and is now out on his own but can still be heard on the occasional Activated Stories Podcasts. He is the author of a series of fantasy adventure books for young adults, as well as a novel for adults, "The Tomato Soup Chronicles". Zephyr's other vocations include playing in his punk rock band "A Simple Disaster", designing theme parks and haunted attractions, and anything else that involves entertaining the general public. He continues to perform daily at his job as a tour guide at the unique attraction 5W!ts (yes, they write their i as ! too) near Boston. Drop by if you are in the area and ask him to take you on an adventure under the sea in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or as a spy in Espionage.