Eshu is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization. He has performed on the Exchange Place stage at the National Festival (1998), and performed 36 sold out shows in 13 days at the Smithsonian (1997). After appearing at the 10 Annual Connecticut Storytelling Festival (1991), Eshu was acclaimed as," … a fresh, responsible and knowledgeable voice... distinct and compelling... the hit of the Festival.
Eshu Bumpus' love for working with children
began when he was just a child himself. At the age of 12, he began tutoring
young children in math, nurturing their understanding and encouraging
learning. In 1976, while a student at Hampshire College, he began teaching
at an alternative elementary school housed at the Universirty of Massachusetts.
He would write stories based on the children's history assignments that
they would then perform as plays. It was then that he realized working
with children and the arts would be his calling.
My primary mission is to help raise the level of students' and teachers' confidence with creating, writing and telling stories. I try to do this by developing tools that break the story creation process down into finite, very accessible tasks and into activities that are as enjoyable as they are edifying. My hope with this is to encourage literacy, communication, and forge a strong sense of community with what I see as our most human of activities, storytelling.