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Debra Mims

Storyteller from Burtonsville, MD - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$300 - $1000 per event

Debra Mims is from Detroit, Michigan and has lived in the Washington D.C. area since 1995. She has been an actress for over twenty-five years and an arts producer for PBS for thirteen years. Debra was trained as an actress dancer and arts lover and earned a BFA in acting from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. She has performed with the Children's Theater in Madison, Wisconsin and with the Detroit-Windsor Dance Company. She began performing with Young Audiences of D.C. in 1996 and with Young Audiences of Maryland in 2000. These programs were developed to give children as well as adults an opportunity to learn about African-American history and literature by using drama. Ms. Mims has been awarded Outstanding Solo Artist for 2004, 2008, 2010 by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Previous performances have included: The National Theatre in DC, Decatur House, Sewall Belmont House, Maret School, in Washington, DC, Enoch Pratt Library, Reginald Lewis Museum, Walters Art Museum The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore City and County Schools in Baltimore, MD, First Philadelphia Charter School, Philadelphia, PA Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City References available upon request

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

My Grandmother Told Me

Debra Mims' grandmother used to say, "If you don't know where you've been, how you gonna know where you're going?" In this tribute to African-American women from slavery to the present, as Grandma Sally Kathryn, Ms. Mims tells the audience where they've been, and gives them the confidence to make decisions as to where they are going. With stories about Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, as well as first-person narratives of women through the years, the audience leaves this presentation with a new found respect, not just for African American women, but for all people who have the courage to stand up for their beliefs. Debra Mims' grandmother used to talk about the importance of education. She would say, "You get that education, 'cause it's something that no one can ever take away from you." Ms. Mims remembers hearing stories about how some of her relatives escaped slavery. She says, "Many years later, I still feel my granny's spirit talking to me and inspiring me to share the histories of African-American women. I know that I'm a storyteller too, and that's why I want to tell children the stories that My Grandmother Told Me. (Special restrictions may apply for this program in Maryland)Length:45 minutes

Grandma's "Cautionary" Tales

Once again, Grandmother Sally Kathryn Mims returns to tell stories her grandmother told. This time she tells an entertaining mix of ghost, folk and "cautionary" tales found in Africa, African-American and Caribbean literature. The stories engage the audience in an entertaining and interactive style. Most importantly, the audience learns a lesson from the stories.

These programs are suitable for schools, libraries and community groups, for African American History and Women's History Month programming. (Special restrictions may apply for this program in Maryland) Length: 30-45 minutes

Grandma's Good Time Stories

Stories and songs for the little ones ages 2-5. Length: 30 minutes

Grandma's Tales of Anansi The Spider

This program features stories from African and Carribean literature of Anansi The Spider. The stories impart a lesson that the young ones can easily grasp. Length: 30 minutes

Debra can also create programs that will adjust to your needs.
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10+ GigMasters Bookings
2014 - Top Storyteller
2013 - Top Storyteller
2012 - Top Storyteller

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A great storyteller. Great interaction with the children. Can't wait to hear her again.

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Highly recommended. A true professional. Quality entertainer!

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2016
Jun
5
Anniversary Party
Upper Marlboro, MD
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
May
25
School Assembly
Baltimore, MD
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Apr
19
School Assembly
Halethorpe, MD
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
2015
May
30
Community Event
Upper Marlboro, MD
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2014
Nov
4
School Assembly
Silver Spring, MD
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
2014
Aug
30
Birthday Party (Kids)
Odenton, MD
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Please note Debra Mims will also travel to Silver Spring, Spencerville, Beltsville, Laurel, Ashton, Fulton, Southern Facility, Southern Md Facility, Highland, College Park, Columbia, Sandy Spring, Savage, Simpsonville, Suburb Maryland Fac, Adelphi Chillum, Annapolis Junction, Brinklow, Clarksville, Greenbelt.
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