Valerie Tutson

Val Tutson storytellingThe Right To…Liberty

During the colonial period and the time of the American Revolution, freedom was on the minds of all people, including those held in captivity or on the margins in the free Black communities. There were many Black people who wanted to make sure that the revolutionary ideals of the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would become reality for themselves, their community, and their children. Storyteller Valerie Tutson recounts significant moments from this moment in our national history through the tales of Ona Maria Judge, who escaped from the plantation of President George Washington, James Forten, who, as a teen, risked his life in the fight against the British, and Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, whose court case paved the way to abolishing slavery in Massachusetts.

Target Grades: 3-12
45-60 minutes
Audience Limit:

ValTutson1ValTutson2Tales From African Traditions

Drawing from her own travels, internationally known storyteller Valerie Tutson brings to life an assortment of myths, folktales and historical accounts from the African continent and the African Diaspora. Tailoring the material to the grade level of her audience, she shows students the beauty, humor and wisdom of tales which help to illuminate parts of the diverse and ancient cultures of Africa.

Target Grades: Pre-K-12
45-60 minutes
Audience Limit:

PRICING (performance/day)
Single: $578 Double: $924 Triple: $1,213 Quad: $1,444
Travel Fee: Based Upon Mileage (calculate below)
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Valerie Tutson Right To Liberty Performance Requirements
Valerie Tutson Tales From African Traditions Performance Requirements

Valerie Tutson The Right To Liberty Educational Materials
Valerie Tutson Tales From African Traditions Educational Materials

VALERIE TUTSON 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.

Rhode Island Foundation: New Works Grant, 2003
International Heritage Gallery Individual Artist Award 2001
Rhode Island Human Rights Hall of Achievement 2001
RICH Independent Research Grant 2000
Metcalf Award for Media Excellence 1998, 2000
Women in Broadcasting, New England Cable 1999

“Valerie Tutson is an energetic, dynamic performer who leaves the room vibrating when she exits. Her voice, facial expressions, and dance movements make her presentation a delight for children and adults. Her stories range from humorous to frightening to plain fun– and they kept the attention of a challenging audience (spanning from about a year and a half to seventy-five). 
-Randy Robert, Director, New York State Museum, Albany, NY

“Valerie Tutson’s tales take the audience on a voyage. She’s refreshing…enthusiastic…and intriguing. The audience (young and old) absolutely loved her!!” -Barbara Nauman, Promotional Specialist, Providence Journal-Bulletin, Waterfront Festival, Providence, RI

Valerie travels from Rhode Island so, while she can be flexible, late morning or afternoon is best.

Mileage Rates
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