Jim Weiss

Jim Weiss and his wife Randy founded Greathall Productions in 1989.
It was a huge leap of faith as children’s audio at the time was just coming into fashion.
Raised by parents who valued literature and history and with the additional influence of
grandfathers who loved to tell stories to their grandsons, Jim grew up in the presence
of literary and real-life characters in the tradition of oral language. Jim graduated
from The University of Wisconsin, Madison and entered the sales and marketing
profession. At forty years old, he realized that he was unfulfilled and needed to make a
career change. With a lot of prayer and reflection, Jim and Randy decided to trust
their intuition that a line of storytelling recordings told, not read would provide a
wonderful way for children to appreciate classics at an early age.

To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 50+ Greathall storytelling recordings
featuring classical literature and history; masterful and thoughtful, unabridged readings
of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham, Men of Iron, by Howard Pyle, and
more. Jim is the recipient of 100+ national awards from numerous prestigious sources.
This year (2016), Jim and Randy Weiss are celebrating Greathall Productions’ 27th Anniversary year of business and have licensed their recordings and business operations to Peace Hill Press who will take Jim and the Jim Weiss catalog into new and exciting territory.

Jim and Randy reside in Charlottesville, Virginia and are the ever-proud parents
of their daughter and son-in-law.

Jim travels extensively across the United States and Canada presenting library, school,
store and community events; teacher workshops; and his favorite-educational
conferences.


Mr. Weiss will be giving the following seminars:

Friday, 10:15 – 11:15 am in Room 370 (Chapel)

Stories from Ancient Egypt, Part 1
During each of Jim's sessions on Egypt, he’ll tell different, true stories from this 5,000- year-old culture.   You’ll hear astounding tales of the greatest pharaohs and queens, accompany daring, modern archaeologists as they search for lost royal tombs, and much more. 

 

Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in Room 170 (Youth Talk)

Sherlock Holmes to the Rescue!  
The master detective and his friend, Doctor John Watson, rank among the most popular literary characters of all time.   When Jim Weiss performs one of their most thrilling cases, you will feel as if you are right there with them.  You’ll also hear the surprising story of the remarkable man who created these beloved characters, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  This session is guaranteed to motivate listeners to read the rest of Holmes’s great cases.  (Note: This session is marked for “youth interest,” but parents are welcome to attend.) 

 

Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in Room 370 (Chapel)

How to Tell or Write a Story 
Who doesn’t like to be read to? And who better to read to children than the people they love and trust most: their parents. This workshop will teach families how to make the very most of their precious read-aloud time together. At the heart of each story he tells, Jim Weiss’ renowned ability to make even complex subjects comprehensible and memorable to children is evident.  This delightful and immediately useful workshop will help parents to: become even better readers; more clearly define their children’s listening skills; facilitate the consideration of the freshness, outlook and interpretation of the stories they choose to read; and assist in using ones voice as an instrument with rewarding and dramatic results.


Saturday, 10:15 – 11:15 am in Room 370 (Chapel)

Stories from Ancient Egypt, Part 2
During each of Jim's sessions on Egypt, he’ll tell different, true stories from this 5,000- year-old culture.   You’ll hear astounding tales of the greatest pharaohs and queens, accompany daring, modern archaeologists as they search for lost royal tombs, and much more. 


Saturday, 12:30 – 1:30- pm in Room 370 (Chapel)

George Washington, Father of our Country 
In the span of twenty tumultuous years, George Washington was the central figure as our Founders declared the existence of a new nation; fought a war against the world’s mightiest empire, and broke it apart; created thirteen state governments and a confederation linking them together; wrote a new constitution; amended it with a Bill of Rights; rewrote the state constitutions to align with the new federal system; and, amid massive uncertainties, set the new system to working. What was it about Washington that set him there?  How did his actions, and his personal character, affect the situations and the people around him? Storyteller Jim Weiss brings this extraordinary man to life. 


Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the Auditorium

Great 20th Century Americans: Men and Women Who Changed YOUR World 
The stories that Jim will tell in this seminar will have you shaking your head in wonder at the vast (and vastly entertaining) variety of ways in which humans can strive for greatness. Most of these modern Americans were pioneers in their fields and lived at a time before the technology explosion. Their gifts transformed the world and today their stories serve as lasting inspiration for overcoming obstacles to achieve life-long dreams.