Rhode Islanders reading this blog will probably know who Valerie Tutson is.
And Valerie is known nationally and internationally as well...
Here is an excerpt from the biography on her site:
Valerie Tutson was graduated from Brown University with a Masters Degree in
Theatre Arts and a degree in a self-designed major—Storytelling As A
Communications Art. Valerie has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries,
festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world
with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she
learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, stories from
African American history. In addition, she is gaining quite a reputation for her
exciting retelling of age-old Bible stories. She not only delights listeners with her
tale-telling, she also teaches workshops and classes to students of all ages, and
hosts CULTURAL TAPESTRY, an award-winning show for COX 3 celebrating the
diverse cultures around us. Valerie has most recently served as the co Director of the
National Black Storytelling Festival in Providence, RI
Her website is:
And if you use facebook, you can follow it on NetworkedBlogs.
I cannot even remember when I first saw Valerie perform at Rites & Reason Theatre...but she was phenomenal.
We know that Valerie hails from Connecticut, but We Claim Valerie as a Rhode Islander, thank you very much.
Wherever you are, Valerie, I hope that you have a Joyful day and know how Grateful we are for your many Gifts.
Somewhere Marsha Z. West smiles.