Akbar Imhotep, a 2012 Governor’s Arts & Humanities awardee, has been affiliated with the Wren’s Nest since 1985 and served as the storyteller-in-residence from 1985 to 1999. He has also been a storytelling fixture for Zoo Atlanta and a resident puppeteer at the Center for Puppetry Arts. He’s originally from Perry, Georgia.
Storyteller Chetter Galloway is as raconteur of African and African-American stories. He is a native of Suffolk, VA, the youngest of ten children and remembers his father telling stories on road trips. He first experienced the power of storytelling at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, VA. He honed his craft at East Tennessee State University in their Masters of Storytelling Program. His programs are perfect for schools, churches, family reunions, civic groups, holiday celebrations, assisted living homes, and more. Chetter is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, National Storytelling Network, Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, and the Southern Order of Storytellers. Engaging and entertaining, Chetter invites you to Feel the Rhythm & Live the Story!
Esther Culver tells for the pure joy of telling. The side effects of listening to her may be fits of laughter, uncontrolled crying, and body movements like a chicken. You might relive history, or experience another person’s life. Various Programs:
Daycare and Pre-K
There are stories that captivate young minds simply with the use of voice, facial expression. and body language. Many of the stories are interactive and include props, music or finger play
Elementary/Middle High Schools
These programs range from folktales, tall tales, scary, inspirational, biographical, original, and more. The themes are crafted to be presented according to the student ’s age.
That Wonderful Senior Ear You name it! Do you want to laugh, reminisce, or be frightened? There is a program of stories for you, just ask!
We sat down with each of our storytellers in one-on-one interviews to give them the opportunity to share their stories. Find out more about how they became professional storytellers, their connections to the stories themselves, and how they got started at The Wren's Nest in the videos below.
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