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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Diane Ferlatte

5836 Ocean View Dr
Oakland, CA 94618

(510) 655-2719

(510) 390-1103


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Diane is known for her humor, depth, & tenderness, as well as the intimate & personal rapport that she has been making with her audiences worldwide for over twenty years. She is truly a master of the oral tradition using expression, gesture, and intense emotion, to create multiple characters for each story. Through stories, songs, American Sign Language, humor and audience participation, she brings her tales to life. While emphasizing the history, struggles and triumphs of the African American experience as well as African & Southern tales, she also loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal stories as well as many tales from across the globe. . She believes that telling and listening to each other?s stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young.

Besides appearing worldwide at major festivals on six continents, Diane's awards include a Grammy Nomination, the National Storytelling Network?s Oracle Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storyteller?s Zora Neale Hurston Award, California Arts Council's Highest Ranking, as well as Parents' Choice, American Library Association, iParenting Media, Storytelling World, National Parenting Publications, & Children's Music Web awards.

Types of stories I tell:

African American, African & other folktales, historical, personal, ghostly,& any other tale that fits my mouth.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

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My travel requirements:

Varies-Homestays acceptable in homes without cats

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Organizations I belong to:

NSN, The Recording Academy, Storytelling Assoc. of Alta California, AFM Local 1000, National Assoc of Black Storytellers