Valerie Tutson is a multiple award-winning storyteller who has been performing 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 and stories from African American history. She is a gradute of Brown University where she earned a Masters degree in theater arts and a BA in her self-designed major of Storytelling as a Communications Art.
Note: Programs available online for remote learning. Outdoor performances also available.
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).
Valerie Tutson’s tales take the audience on a voyage. She’s refreshing…enthusiastic…and intriguing. The audience (young and old) absolutely loved her!!
This was fantastic! Incredibly engaging, entertaining and relevant, and a perfect fit for our 2nd grade curriculum in particular. I will be recommending Valerie to the other Brookline schools. The format was great, in some ways better than an in-person assembly. There wasn't a bad seat in the house! Students were able to provide feedback through the chat and via hand gestures at different times of the meeting, and Valerie was great at 'looking around the room' and shouting out different students by name. Q & A was very smooth as well with easier back-and-forth between students and the presenter.
I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the amazing performance. My daughter, who is not easily impressed, absolutely loved it.
She said “I had already read the book about Mumbet in the past but the way that she tells the story is so mesmerising that I felt like I was in the movies. It was disappointing when she finished and we had to go back to reality, I just wanted her to keep going...”
She was so honest, still spellbound by the presentation.
Thank you Valerie! I hope you will come back next year.