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Andrea Torrey Balsara

One of Andrea’s first memories was of holding a picture book close and thinking, “I want to make drawings like these!” Since then, she has added writing to her list of THINGS-I-LOVE-TO-DO.


The Hero's Journey (for ages 10 and up)

Through storytelling, and readings from Andrea’s books, including her multi-award-winning young adult illustrated novel, The Great & the Small, students will learn to unlock the power of their own potential.

Andrea Torrey Balsara

45 Minute Program

O Happy Days!

In this presentation Andrea wears her illustrator hat and demonstrates illustration and cartooning methods. Perfect for budding cartoonists & illustrators!

Andrea Torrey Balsara

45 Minute Program

UNITY ROCKS! Getting Excited About Diversity!

Through drama, storytelling, and music, young people will discover the power of “Unity in Diversity.” Using the award-winning book, The Nightingale's Song, as a springboard, participants from ages 1-100 will see themselves and their neighbours as precious, just the way they are.

Andrea Torrey Balsara

30 Minute Program

YO, HO, HO, and a Visit from Greenbeard the Pirate Pig!

Young piggywinkles, ages 4-10, will enjoy a romp with Greenbeard, the guinea pig pirate! Andrea will read the story, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG, ending with a rousing pirate shanty. Participants will learn how to do their very best, “AAaaarrrr,” and “AHOY!” and “AVAST!” and will learn how to sing like a pirate!

Andrea Torrey Balsara

30 Minute Program

One of Andrea’s first memories was of holding a picture book close and thinking, “I want to make drawings like these!” Since then, she has added writing to her list of THINGS-I-LOVE-TO-DO. She trained as a stage actress in London, England back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, and now brings that experience to every presentation she gives. Andrea’s passion is not only sharing the joy of creativity but also helping young people to see their own unique gifts and talents!

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