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Boxtales Theatre Company's mission is to present myths and folktales from around the world to youth and family audiences using storytelling, live music, movement and mask work. Their aim is to fire imaginations, strengthen cultural pride, foster tolerance, and engage young people with the excitement and immediacy of live performance.

Boxtales seeks to set a national standard for vital, interdisciplinary children's theatre. With a sophisticated approach based on powerful and provocative stories with complex themes, Boxtales engages children’s intellectual curiosity and encourages a new generation toward a lively and passionate relationship to the arts.

Created 1994, Boxtales was comissioned by the Lobero Theatre to create a storytelling performance piece for the Santa Barbara School System as part of the Lobero's Literary Arts Outreach Program. Since then, the company has created five additional shows, and performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, festivals, and other youth events throughout California and beyond. Find out more at

Jeff Mills (Touring Performer, Co-Producing Artistic Director) has been performing as a professional actor and musician for 18 years. After receiving his undergraduate training in acting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he continued his studies at the Guildford School of Acting and Dance in England and at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. He has performed with the Denver Center Theatre Company and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Colorado; Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Kosanovich Dance Theatre in Minnesota and with the American Folklore Theatre in Door County Wisconsin. He was also the co-founder of the Door Shakespeare Festival in Door County, WI. He has worked with BOXTALES for the last six years and is very proud of their latest production, The Odyssey in which he played Odysseus.
Matthew Tavianini (Touring Performer, Co-Producing Artistic Director) has been a member of Boxtales for four years. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where he received his B.F.A. in acting and Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory where he received his M.F.A. in acting. He has studied movement theater with Sigfrido Aquilar at the Estudio Busqueda de Pantomimo Teatro in Guanajuato, Mexico and with James Donlon at the University of California Santa Barbara. Other theatres Matthew has enjoyed working at include the Westport Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre, Santa Barbara Shakespeare Festival, Ogunquit Playhouse, Asolo Theatre, Santa Barbara Theatre Group, and The Ensemble Theatre. Matthew is also a co-founder of the Lit Moon Theatre Company in Santa Barbara and directs the annual Shakespeare show at Open Alternative School.


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